Loss of a Leader and a Friend
Donna Adams Mahaffey, the longtime Chief of Staff of the PCIDs, and a resident of Sandy Springs, passed on December 28, 2015 after battling a long illness. Mahaffey, an Atlanta native, worked as Director of External Affairs and later Chief of Staff for 14 years with the PCIDs and PBA. Mahaffey worked in the public sector for decades, in senior staff roles for DeKalb County Commission Chairs, Walt Russell and CEOs Manuel Maloof and Liane Levetan. She was viewed by many as a 'behind the scenes' leader, strategist and advocate for a wide-array of local government infrastructure enhancements and improvements. Her work won recognition and numerous national awards. She was an active alumnus of Leadership DeKalb as well as Leadership America.
"Donna was an exceptional employee for 14 years. Her loss is being deeply felt here and across the community," said close friend, Yvonne Williams.
The City of Sandy Springs, Donna's longtime home, has established a scholarship fund in her memory. Donna is survived by her husband, Tom Mahaffey, President of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce and her daughters, Shana DeLuca (Rich), Helen Craig (Daniel); sons, Andrew Mahaffey (Ashley), Jason Mahaffey; grandchildren, Emily DeLuca, Oliver Craig, Grady Craig; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Adams; nephew, Sean Paul Adams (Jessica); and niece, Meghan Stabinsky (Michael).