NCC Awards Outstanding Alumna


Nash Community College recognized Donna H. Reams of Nashville, NC as the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient at the Curriculum Graduation ceremony Friday, May 17, 2019.

The annual award honors a graduate or student who is making outstanding contributions in their chosen profession and service to their community.

Donna Reams enrolled at Nash Community College in 1995 in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. A Dean’s List student, she was a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, secretary of the Physical Therapist Assistant Student Organization, was inducted into Who’s Who among Community College Students, and served as a tutor. Donna graduated from Nash Community College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in 1997, with honors.

Upon graduation, she began her career with Nash Health Care serving as a Physical Therapist Assistant and Clinical Instructor until 2005. Donna was promoted in 2005 to Rehabilitation Coordinator of Acute Care Services at the hospital where she assisted with operations, budgeting and staff leadership. Additionally, she oversaw collaboration with other departments within the hospital and in physical therapy settings. In 2012, she was promoted to supervisor.

Donna’s 22 years of clinical experience and dedication have been devoted to teaching best practices to countless Physical Therapist Assistant students. Her work ethic, strong interpersonal skills and leadership qualities have helped her excel in her career.

“Donna is a most deserving recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award. In addition to the professional advancement she has realized at Nash-UNC Health Care Systems, Donna has provided thousands of hours of valuable, and volunteer, service to the NCC Physical Therapist Assistant program as a clinical instructor since graduating over 20 years ago,” NCC Vice President for Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Tammie Clark said. “Considering the countless patients and students Donna has affected, her impact on the Rocky Mount community has been substantial.”

Donna Reams is actively involved in her church and community supporting causes such as the United Way, Adopt a Family and Relay for Life.

Pictured above, Donna Reams, NCC 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient