Donna J. Manes
I was born and raised in Westminster, California, the youngest of four. My parents grew up with very little and were taught hard work. Because of that, I was raised with a great work ethic. As a child I really enjoyed coming up with ideas of things that I could sell door to door. I was a great child salesperson. I spent my time playing sports and working several jobs. My favorite thing then and now is to go down to the beach and watch the sunsets.
I graduated from high school in 1982 and then pursued a Dental Assistant Degree from Orange Coast College where I received my X-ray/Polishing License. My first job out of school was in a Pedodontics office and I knew that it was not going to hold my attention so I went back to school for Criminal Justice. I worked part time as an undercover agent and was very good at it. I was offered a position at the Huntington Beach Police Department and was invited to attend their academy. From there I would be placed into a high school to do drug busts. At the same time however, I was accepted into USC’s Orthodontic Program. I found myself at a cross road. I chose USC.
In 1989 I moved to Massachusetts and worked for Dr. Robert Ryder. I learned so much from him and his brother Fran, including a deeper understanding of how appliances actually worked. During my tenure with him I went to Great Lakes and learned more about the fabrication of appliances with the hopes of opening my own lab. Dr. Ryder encouraged that and in January of 1991 I did just that.
My goal was to listen to each doctor and give them exactly what they needed. Communication, quality and on time delivery became the foundation of Parklund. Being a real estate investor as a hobby allowed me to purchase property and construct a building which became Parklund’s home in 2005.
In December of 2003, we welcomed our only child Max Henley. Max is now 13 and busier than ever. He loves snow and water skiing, sailing lasers & catamarans, and playing baseball. He is an amazing athletic young man.
Max’s passion is snow skiing. He has been on the Attitash Race Team for the past six years and has enjoyed it very much. In 2016 and 2017 Max worked hard year-round to become one of the top Slalom Skiers on the East Coast. Max’s goal in 2018 is to go to a Ski Academy and to become even a better ski racer.
I enjoy spending time with Max and love to watch him on the ski slopes, waterskiing, sailing or playing ball. I love to take photos and videos of him. It is that love that allows us to have quality family time together whether on Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts at our home or on the slopes in the winter.
I’m very passionate about Parklund Labs and real estate, I believe that it is this passion that has made Parklund Labs what it is today and will allow it to grow into the future.