Kansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 2007
Elected to executive committee: 2011
Donita Barone lives in Frontenac where she grew up and attended public schools. She attended Pittsburg State University. She married Jim Barone in 1963.
Barone works for Pittsburg State University as a part-time administrative specialist for The Midwest Quarterly, a journal published worldwide. She previously worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, H&R Block, and as a court clerk for the City of Clarkson Valley, Missouri.
She served on the board for the United Way of Crawford County. She was president of the Foundation for Class, Inc., Crawford County Women Democrats, two-year president of the Kansas Legislative Spouses, and treasurer of the Frontenac Education Foundation. She is a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg. She is also an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac.
Barone was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 2007. She is currently serving as president elect. She and her husband have three sons and five grandchildren.
"My husband, Jim, and I moved all over the Midwest during our working years. No matter where we were, I was always very proud to say I was from Kansas. When Jim retired, we moved back to our roots in southeast Kansas. Kansas is a great place to raise children, and there is so much important history here. Every part of Kansas has wonderful stories that should be shared, and I am proud to be a part of that."