Staff Spotlight, Donna Brown
Ranger Station Attendant, Donna Brown
Donna Brown began working at O’Leno State Park in 2004 as an OPS ranger station attendant and toll collector. She has spent many hours greeting guests to the park, cleaning the group camp cabins and day use area and whatever other duties she can work on. Born and raised in High Springs, Florida, O’Leno has been known to Donna her whole life.
Donna is the second generation to work for the Florida Park Service in her family as her father, Ed Brown, spent some time working at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. She enjoys greeting and helping visitors, and is always helpful, friendly, and courteous. If you’ve ever been to O’Leno, chances are you have been greeted by Donna! She values all who visit our beautiful park and loves to make certain that visitors enjoy their experience.
Her favorite time of year at O’Leno is spring, when the dogwoods, redbuds, wild azaleas and fringe trees are in full bloom, creating a canvas of breathtaking beauty. Her favorite event held at the park is the Race the Tortoise 5k, followed by the O’Leno Ole Chili Cook Off and Springs Festival. Donna’s experience and knowledge is a huge asset to O’Leno and River Rise State Park, and she takes pride in being thorough and organized. Her knowledge of the local area is a huge benefit, and very helpful to visitors. Her dedication to O’Leno State Park makes Donna a valued part of the Florida Park Service.