Donna Kamann was raised in northern Minnesota, the second daughter in a family of seven. She earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1986 and a bachelor of science in nursing from Winona State University (WSU) in Minnesota in 1995. She is currently working on a master's in advanced practice nursing at WSU. Donna works part-time as a registered nurse in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and teaches part-time at WSU. She lives in Winona and spends her free time engaged in community and enjoying the surrounding wetlands, bluffs, and the Mississippi River.