She grew up in Mountain View, CA and graduated from Mountain View High School where she was a cheerleader, homecoming queen and student body vice president. She attended the University of the Pacific and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders in 1989 and her Master of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology from UOP in 1990.
Dana went to work for San Joaquin County Office of Special Education for two years before beginning her career for the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in October 1993 as a Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist, and an Impact of Crime on Victim’s trainer at Johanna Boss High School. In August 1999 she accepted a position as an Instructional Designer and developed training for the DJJ Basic Supervisor’s Academy, Basic Peace Officer’s Academy and Educator’s Academy. She was the Training Center’s representative to the Supervisor’s Development Steering Committee and helped to develop performance standards for first line supervisors as well as field parole agents. Dana returned to Johanna Boss High School as Assistant Principal in 2004; in 2006 she joined the faculty at Dewitt Nelson High School as Assistant Principal. In August 2008 she joined the N.A. Chaderjian High School Faculty and became principal in December 2008,
She played the piano beautifully, loved scrapbooking, her dinners with the “girls” and having friends in for Mark’s barbeques, but most of all Dana loved family . . . and her closest friends were considered “family,” too.
She is survived by: Her husband, Mark Raymond Quintero, Lodi, CA. Her parents: Richard A. Wilson and Betty Jean (Manes), Rocklin, CA. Her sister: Michele (Wilson) Leiva, husband Bill, Belmont, CA and children Billy, wife Kate (Coppola), Nashville, TN, Caitlin, SF, CA and Patrick Belmont, CA. Her brother: Douglas R. Wilson, wife Katie (Blommer), Newark, CA, daughter Taylor, Carson City, NY. Her mother-in-law: Florence Hernandez, Indian Wells, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to support the Transplant Family Fund in memory of Dana Wilson. To make your donation, please make your check payable to the UCSF Foundation and in the memo line or on an accompanying note, please indicate ‘Transplant Family Fund in memory of Dana Wilson.’
The donations may be sent to:
Regan Botsford, UCSF
220 Montgomery, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104