Doniell graduated with honors from the University of Maryland, University College with a degree in Humanities (Fine Arts) with a focus on philosophy. She also studied music for 3 years at the Washington State University School of Music and is working toward her Masters in Teaching. After spending 8 years as an Army wife, Doniell and her husband settled in Spokane, where they have lived for close to a decade,
Doniell enjoys teaching, music and composition, tabletop gaming, binge watching shows on Netflix or Prime, reading, shopping, and travelling. She is a member of MTNA, Pi Gamme Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, Corruptible Book Lovers, and Young Living.