Dona Lee Carrier, born in 1940, was a treasure to her parents, Reverend Floyd and Eleanor Carrier, who had waited seventeen years to have a child. Dona Lee began skating in Seattle and then trained with Mary Lou Butler in Troy, New York. The Carrier family moved to Southern California in 1958, and Dona Lee found a welcoming community in the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club (LAFSC). Coached by Bert Wright at the Polar Palace in Hollywood, she had difficulty finding a permanent ice dance partner; in club and regional competitions her partners included Roger Campbell, Howie Harrold, and Dr. Robert Wilkins. When World Team members Roger Campbell and Yvonne Littlefield dissolved their partnership—a result of parental disagreements—Dona Lee and Roger Campbell began skating together in September 1960 with Bill Kipp as their coach.
When Roger and Dona Lee won the 1961 Southwest Pacific gold dance title, it was Dona Lee’s first win. They followed that victory with the 1961 Pacific Coast gold dance title. They earned a berth on the 1961 U.S. World Team when they placed second at the U.S. Championships. Before the 1961 North American Championships, Dona Lee and Roger, along with Rhode Michelson, trained at Bill Kipp’s hometown rink in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, they were delighted to capture the silver.