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Trustee MariEllyn Dykstra-Donnellan


The Rockland County Legislature appointed MariEllyn Dykstra-Donnellan in July to serve on the RCC Board of Trustees for a five-year term, expiring in July 2018. She replaces Caroline Osinga, whose term expired in June. Dykstra-Donnellan is a familiar figure in Rockland, having devoted almost 30 years to her family’s business, A. Dykstra Florist and Greenhouse in Chestnut Ridge, including the past 16 as owner. Her husband, Jerry Donnellan, serves on the RCC Foundation board and is an RCC alumnus, as is their son, James Thurston.

Dykstra-Donnellan has staunchly supported numerous community causes. She is past president and a current board member of the Spring Valley Rotary, and former assistant governor and currently membership chair for the Rotary district encompassing Rockland. As a member of the Rockland Business Association, she received an RBA Pinnacle Award in 2011 for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Business. She also is enrolled in the 2014 class of Leadership Rockland, hoping to use her experience and local knowledge to further promote positive change in the county. Dykstra-Donnellan, of Valley Cottage, earned a BS in education from Cortland State University, SUNY, and an MS in exercise physiology from Long Island University. Her son, James, took advantage of RCC’s transfer agreement with Purchase College, SUNY, to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Purchase in 2012.

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