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Donna Marie

Donna Marie

  • Occupation: Small Business Owner
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Hometown: Mahwah, NJ
  • Tenure: 2
  • College: Rutgers

What is your favorite food? 

It’s nothing special but I love Entenmanns’s Apple Puffs.

Describe your perfect date?

I would love to enjoy a sunny day spent out on a boat relaxing and having fun in the sun.

What qualities do you look for in your ideal mate?

I am so thankful to have a husband who is kind, ambitious, loyal, and supportive. He has a great sense of humor-I couldn’t have found a more ideal mate!

What is your favorite food? 

It’s nothing special but I love Entenmanns’s Apple Puffs.

Describe your perfect date?

I would love to enjoy a sunny day spent out on a boat relaxing and having fun in the sun.

What qualities do you look for in your ideal mate?

I am so thankful to have a husband who is kind, ambitious, loyal, and supportive. He has a great sense of humor-I couldn’t have found a more ideal mate!

What would be one place you would love to travel?

My ultimate vacation would be a cruise around the world. Visiting places like Dubai, Fiji, the Mediterranean, and New Zealand all in one trip would be the greatest vacation ever.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully, happy and healthy looking back on a few great seasons as part of the Flight Crew. I also would like to have my own small floral design studio, specializing in weddings and event décor.

What is your favorite movie?

That Thing You Do, starring Tom Hanks and Liv Tyler. It is about a one hit wonder band in the early sixties. It’s totally corny, but I love it.

What is your favorite book?

I love reading biographies and autobiographies, my most recent favorite is Ali Wentworth’s biography Ali in Wonderland. It was laugh out loud funny and how can you not love someone who’s first thought in a crisis is to go to the Four Seasons.

Name 5 people you would invite to your celebrity dinner party?

Andy Cohen (Bravo TV’s mastermind), Anderson Cooper, Bethenny Frankel, Wendy Williams, and Katie Couric.

Tell us one thing that would surprise people about you?

I used to be a professional note taker. While I was in college at Rutgers University, I worked for a company called First Class Notes. They pretty much paid students with high g.p.a’s to go to large lecture classes and take notes all semester, then they sold them to other students.

One thing you would like to change about yourself?

I am still trying to learn how to believe in myself more. The Flight Crew has helped me learn how not to stand in my own way so much-but it is still a work in progress.

Describe your career aspirations.

My career aspirations have changed so the past few years, but I think for now I have settled on continuing to learn more about my favorite hobby floral design, and hopefully eventually opening my own floral design studio.

Who is your role model? 

My husband, Kyle. There is not a goal he has set that he hasn’t reached, he welcomes a challenge, and meets it head on with hard work and persistence.

What is your best beauty secret?

This may sound strange but…it’s green juice!  Throw kayle, spinach, an apple and water in the blender, puree, and enjoy. I think that giving your body such a great serving of nutrients not only helps your insides, but helps your skin look great on the outside too.

What is your favorite restaurant in NY/NJ?

In New Jersey, it is Zoe in Little Silver, NJ. I order the same thing every time, the crab cake appetizer and the Zoe salad, it’s simple but always delicious. It’s hard to pick a favorite restaurant in New York because it is the food capital of the world. But one of my standout restaurants in the city is Mesa Grill, I had one of the best steaks ever there.

What do you love most about Jets fans?

I love that Jets fans are not shy, they say what they mean and they mean what they say.  One of the best parts of being a Flight Crew Cheerleader is having the opportunity to go on appearances and meet the fans.  They are the most loyal and outspoken group in the NFL-how could you not love them. 

What has been your favorite experience so far as a member of the Flight Crew?

It is hard to pick one favorite experience, but having the honor to have met and spoke with former President George Bush as well as First Lady Laura Bush at the September 11th game was a very memorable moment for me.

What is one interesting fact about yourself that few people know?

Few people know that I am really into baking with vegetables. I know it sounds kind of strange, but I make spinach brownies that will knock your socks off!

What was your most unusual job?

During summers while I was in college, I worked at a golf course as the beverage cart girl. All summer I drove around in my little golf cart handing out drinks and snacks, it was so much fun and I had a great tan from being outside all day!

What songs are on your iPod right now?

On my iPod, you would find a lot of pop from the early 2000’s. I recently got satellite radio in my car and my favorite station is Pop2K, it reminds me of all the songs I used to love in high school and college.

What is your philosophy on life?

“An attitude of gratitude brings opportunity” I read the quote on the back of a Yogi tea box and I think it is the perfect summary of my personal philosophy.

Describe your greatest accomplishment?

It’s a tie between graduating from Rutgers Magna Cum Laude and making the Flight Crew for a third season. Dancing on the Flight Crew has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have ever had. I worked as hard as I could to improve and make the team for another season-it is an accomplishment that is priceless to me.

What are your hobbies?

Anything with friends that keeps me active. On the weekends, you can probably find me playing tennis, catching a yoga class, going to the beach, hiking or relaxing outside on the deck with a good book.

What are three words that best describe your personality?

Curious, genuine, and cheerful

What is one goal you want to accomplish in your lifetime?

I would like to write a book-I am not sure about what yet, but I know one day the idea will hit me. My parents would be so proud to see me actually putting my journalism degree to good use.

What is the best concert you've ever been to?

My first concert- Z100’s Zootopia. Even though there were tons of performers, the part that stands out the most was when Bon Jovi came on. Everyone was standing on their chairs, singing along, it was so much fun.

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Easter is my favorite holiday; I loved it as a little girl because my sisters and I got to wear beautiful matching dresses and hats. Now as an adult, I host Easter at my house and cook with my mom. To me it feels like the unofficial start to spring, and is a special day spent with my family.

What actress would play me in a movie?

I think that Kristen Chenoweth captures my bubbly personality, so she might be a good choice.

Where is your favorite place to shop?

My personal style would fall into the preppy category, right now I am really into Lilly Pulitzer, so the Palm Place in Manasquan is like heaven.  But I love anything plaid, seersucker, monogram or nautical inspired.

If you could live in one city for the rest of your life, where would you live??

Anywhere in southern California-you have all the benefits of a city like Los Angeles, but you can still enjoy nature and go hiking in a canyon or relaxing at the beach all in one day- and of course the weather is fantastic!

What do you like to do on the weekends?

I really love going to Rutgers football games in the fall and supporting my Scarlet Knights. In the winter, I will attempt to ski, but am not very good at it to be honest. When the weather gets warm, all I want to do is be outside and soak up the sun with friends.

What do you love most about Jets Football?

I love the unpredictable nature of Jets football; you are always on the edge of your seat. This season’s home opener had to among the most exciting final thirty seconds in the whole league-I am so lucky to have had one of the best seats in all of MetLife Stadium. Seeing moments like that from the sidelines is priceless.

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