Patricia Donovan was the Deputy Secretary of Administration (DSA) for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) for the State of Maryland with direct oversight of Finance, Procurement, Fleet Management, Information Technology and Human Resources. Prior to her appointment as DSA she held the position of Executive Director of Human Resources since joining DPSCS in January of 2013.
Patricia Donovan was the Chief Operations Officer of Community Renewal Team, Inc., Connecticut’s largest nonprofit agency. She had the responsibility of overseeing both the administrative departments of quality assurance, human resources and training, and program divisions including community services, housing services, and youth and training services. She previously served as CRT’s Director of Human Resources.
A decorated member of the U.S. military, Donovan served 23 years in the United States Army, retiring in 2001 at the rank of Major. She served in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm as a Military Police Officer, and rounded out her distinguished career as an Inspector General. Among her many honors she has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and multiple Army Commendation Medals for her service to our county.
In 2003, she again served our country as Director of Logistics and In-Country Human Resources for a civilian company working in Taji, Iraq, specializing in neutralizing ground explosives and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Donovan has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, including stints as Vice President of Talent Management for Berkshire Heath Systems, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for WebMD and Director of Human Resources for the St. Petersburg Kennel Club.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a minor in management from North Adams State College and is certified in strategic human resources management. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and a Lifetime Member, Reserve Officers Association, Washington, D.C.
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