Cultivating hope & empowerment in young girls

Founder & CEO

Meet our Founder/CEO

Donna Marie Romani

Donna Marie Romani has enjoyed a distinguished career providing education and behavior consulting services to individuals and families living with communication and behavior challenges.  She has dedicated her adult life to helping others, in and out of the classroom, the boardroom, the hospital room, and private homes.

In 2015, Donna’s passion for uplifting and empowering the lives of young girls led her to bring to life Grace in the Mud (GRACE), a for-purpose 501(c)(3) charitable organization to help young girls develop skills that will help them transition into adulthood and become the leaders of the next generation.

GRACE provides fully immersive enrichment programming to preadolescent girls ages 9-11, enabling the girls to safely learn about personal areas of interest from local experts, fostering connections with mentors from all walks of life, and incorporating a routine of self-care practices. Donna incorporates throughout the curriculum valuable lessons promoting positive identity formation, character development, and civic responsibility.

With a degree in Special Education from Rowan University and a Parent Training certification from Rutgers University, Donna commands the highest respect and maintains long-standing collaborative working relationships with many physicians, mental health and specialty care providers, child study teams, teachers, and ancillary care providers in the tristate area.

Since 2003, Donna has been a professional member of the Collaborative Office Rounds (COR) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), supporting the pediatrician’s role in the educational process.

As an active member of St. Peter Celestine parish (now Christ our Light), Donna designed and implemented the elementary school’s Inclusion Initiative.  Donna is a member of Learning and the Brain Society, the Femfessionals of Southern New Jersey, and the National Association of Professional Women.

Donna remains an on-going behavior support and training advocate for the St. Cecilia’s Little Angels Program, and provides Mentoring to students within the L.U.C.Y. (Lifting Up Camden’s Youth) Outreach Organization in Camden.

Donna may be reached at [email protected] and 856.577.5165.