The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has appointed Donna Douglass Williams to be the next Director of its Ombuds program. She succeeds Rita Burns, who retired at the end of August after six years at M.D. Anderson and four years at Marquette University.
Williams brings substantial experience as an Ombuds, most recently at the World Health Organization in Geneva (2009-2012) and previously Georgia State University in Atlanta (1999-2009). She also has extensive experience as a collaborator, trainer, facilitator, coach and mediator in both national and international settings as well as years of professional service, including work on the IOA Board of Directors. Williams graduated from Purdue University and earned her JD from the University of California, Davis - School of Law. Her work at M.D. Anderson begins September 24, 2012, when she will join two part-time Ombuds, William Brock, Ph.D., and Janet M. Bruner, M.D. (LinkedIn.)