Entrepreneur| Mother| Speaker
Donna Ivey founded I-CARE Inc., Home Health Care in 1993 with the mission in its name. I-CARE Inc., initially provided rehabilitation staffing for other home health care companies and transitioned in 2007 to providing personal care assistance for clients of all ages. I-CARE currently provides services to clients in Northern Virginia and the Hampton Road/Tidewater region of Virginia.
Donna knew at an early age she wanted to make a life-long impactful career in the healthcare field.
She began to put her aspirations into practice when she graduated high school at the age of 16 and enrolled at Bowling Green State University with a major in chemistry pre-med. She later moved to Oklahoma to continue her degree in chemistry pre-med with a medical sociology option in 1982.
While in pursuit of her education and career in the healthcare field, Donna decided that the demands of family was her priority; therefore, she placed her education on hold until after she founded I-CARE, Inc. Home Healthcare and Rehabilitative Staffing Services in August of 1993. She then continued her education at Strayer University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, graduating cum laude in 2003.
In the 1990s, with the help of her husband, Tony, director of operations/vice president, I-CARE Inc. quickly grew to become one of the area’s top home care companies, specializing in neurology care. As a busy wife and mother of three, Donna incorporated all her children in the business. She says, “At age 14 they were each given a worker’s permit and a birthday cake and from there they learned many different aspects of business, ownership and management.”
When Donna is not diligently engaging in the needs of clients, she spends time volunteering at First Baptist Church of Vienna, Virginia. She has been a member of First Baptist for more than 31 years, and has been an active participant in many of its activities like Sunday School teacher, community outreaches such as feeding and clothing the homeless, Missionary Ministry, Church Choir, and served for 3 years as the president of the Deaconess Ministry.
Donna has been a board member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which assists abused and neglected children in Prince William County Virginia. She also has served on the board of WAFE (Women’s Alliance for Financial Education) & MCCP Foundation (Medical Care for Children Partnership).
She is very active in the civic life of Northern Virginia. She was president of and had several leadership roles in a BNI ( Business Networking International) and is also an active member & President of the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Rotary.
Donna and her family have been featured in many local magazines and media outlets. Donna and her eldest daughter graced the cover of Loudoun Woman Magazine with the title “ A Family Affair At I-CARE”, Donna was also a feature in Smart CEO magazine in an article called “Business By Blood” recognizing family owned and operated companies, and was also named one of the Top 10 Women in Business in 2011. Some other media outlets you can see Donna and her family are in The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal, News Channel 8 Women’s Business Report, and the Fairfax/Vienna Connection.
Donna has been asked to be the keynote speaker for several community and church events. She has educated her audience in the aspect of how to be a great caregiver and advocate for family encouraging them to “Breathe First”, taking care of themselves so they can be the best for their loved one. Donna teaches about patient advocacy, navigating health insurances issues with emphasis on health and wellness.
Donna lives in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband & business partner, Tony. The couple is humbly grateful for their three adult children, Ashley (husband Larry), April & Tony Ivey Jr. her grandchildren Angela & Kevin.