About the Chamber Vice President
Donna Milakovic is the daughter of a U.S. Navy pilot and spent her youth on the East Coast, mainly in Florida, where she was born and later in upstate New York. She attributes her undying belief that anything is possible to the fact that she spent many formative years living adjacent to Disney World.
After serving an LDS mission in Seoul, South Korea, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English and a minor in Korean. She spent her graduation day in Oxford, England while completing the BYU London Program. Donna has used her education and life experiences in various fields working as a paralegal and legal secretary, a newspaper correspondent for the Daily Herald for 3 years, an event planner in Eagle Mountain City working on the Pony Express Days Celebration that includes 28 events in 10 days, and most recently as executive director of a chamber. Continuing her professional development, she has attended the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management in Tucson, Arizona.
Before accepting the newly created position of Executive Vice President at the Utah Valley Chamber, Donna was President/Executive Director for the Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce for three years. In her first year as a Chamber President, she was recognized by the members as “Business Person of the Year” and later nominated by her peers to serve on the Utah State Chamber Board of Directors. Donna is currently the Chair Elect for the 2013 State Chamber Board.
Along with state awards and acknowledgements, she led the chamber to gain national attention as Lehi Area Chamber joined only 20 other chambers in the country to be named “Military Friendly Chambers” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Veteran Owned Business Association in a December 2011 publication.
She participates in several professional and community organizations.
Donna lives in Eagle Mountain with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, running half marathons, writing fiction, working with her writers’ group, traveling and improvisational cooking.