Rear Admiral Donovan is the Deputy Judge Advocate General for the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.
During her initial period of active service, Donovan served as Counsel to the Regional Physical Evaluation Board, and Senior Trial Counsel at Naval Legal Service Office, Great Lakes, Il.; Assistant Staff Judge Advocate to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet; Legal Officer on board USS ACADIA (AD-42); and Staff Judge Advocate to Commander, Amphibious Group 3.
Donovan transitioned to the Reserve Component in 1991. Since then, she has commanded Navy Reserve Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic 206 and Navy Reserve Appellate Review/NAVJAG 113. She also served in a wide variety of commands including United States Forces Korea; Naval Legal Service Office, Washington D.C.; The U S. Naval Academy, and the Office of the Judge Advocate, General Litigation Division.
Among the many staffs with which she served on active duty for special work during her career were NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation; Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command; Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; and the Department of Justice/Department of the Navy A-12 Litigation Team.