Ms. Donna L. Shands became the Acting Director of Supply and Maintenance, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, on 21 June 1999. Ms. Shands became the Associate Director of Supply and Maintenance, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, on 24 May 1998. Upon accepting this position, Ms. Shands was officially appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES).

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Shands had been the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, since October 1994, with responsibilities for Logistics Automation, Resources, and Base Support Operations. Other prior assignments include Project Manager for the Single Stock Fund Initiative at the Strategic Logistics Agency, a staff support agency to the Department of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (1991-1994); Chief, Materiel Management Division and Supply Policy and Programs Branch, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, U.S. Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, HI (1981-1991); Senior Systems Analyst with the Logistics Center, Fort Lee, VA (1975-1981); and as a member of the SAILS Functional Guidance Group, an ad hoc group assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (1971-1975). From 1971-1981, she was involved with development and Army proliferation of the SAILS system, particularly in Europe, Hawaii, Korea, and Japan. She also served as a Systems Analyst for the U.S. Army Materiel Command's Commodity Command Standard System (CCSS) while assigned to the U.S. Army Automated Logistics Management Systems Agency, St. Louis, MO. She began her career with the U.S. Army Troop Support Command in St. Louis, MO, as an Inventory Manager.

Ms. Shands attended the University of Southern Illinois and later Wayland Baptist University where she graduated with honors and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. In 1991-1992, as SLOAN Fellow, she attended Stanford University and was awarded a Masters of Science in Management Degree from Standford's Graduate School of Business.

Ms. Shands has received numerous honors and awards, to include the Meritorious Medal for Civilian Service Awards in 1998 and 1994, nomination as USARPAC EEO Manager of the Year in 1989, and USARPAC Manager of the Year in 1990. She participated in the prototype session of the Department of Defense's Executive Leadership Development Program from 1986-1987.

Ms. Shands is single and is active in the Sierra Club and several professional women's support organizations, to include the Federal Women's Program and the National Association of Female Executives. She is a supporting member of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and a life-time supporting member of the Girl Scouts of America.