The Board of Trustees for Rockland Community College welcomes two recent appointments; MariEllyn Dykstra-Donnellan was appointed by the legislature in July, and Joseph Rand was appointed by Gov. Cuomo in September. The College also recently welcomed several new appointments to the administration, Bruno Casolari, Director of Resource Development; Elizabeth Kendall, Director of Grants Management; Joseph Marra, Associate Vice President of Finance/Controller; and Tammy Richardson, Director of Student Involvement.
MariEllyn Dykstra-Donnellan is a familiar Rockland business community leader, with many years of experience devoted to her family’s business, A. Dykstra Florist and Greenhouse in Chestnut Ridge. Her husband, Jerry Donnellan, serves on the RCC Foundation board and is an RCC alumnus. Dykstra-Donnellan has been active in several community organizations. She is a past president and current board member of the Spring Valley Rotary, a recipient of the Rockland Business Association Pinnacle Award in 2011 (for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Business), and is currently enrolled in Leadership Rockland’s class of 2014. Dykstra-Donnellan earned a BS in education from Cortland State University, SUNY, and an MS in exercise physiology from Long Island University.
Joseph Rand is a managing partner and general counsel for Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, the largest real estate company in the Hudson Valley. Rand also brings to the Board an academic background, having been a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, a full-time instructor of law at Brooklyn Law School, and an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, Georgetown Law School, and Stanford Law School. Rand also serves on the board of United Hospice of Rockland and he and his family were recently honored by the American Cancer Society’s Hudson Valley chapter for their fundraising efforts.
Bruno Casolari, Director of Resource Development, brings RCC his 15-years of successful fund-raising and experience in financial management and operations. Casolari was the executive director of Highbridge Voices, a performing arts and education nonprofit serving at-risk youth in the South Bronx, from 1998 to 2003 and 2008 to 2013. At Highbridge, he doubled the organization’s operations, increased grant support by 72 percent, and dramatically increased the number of individual major donors. In Seattle, as executive director at Rainier Scholars, he secured a large grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a program to reduce intergenerational poverty. Casolari holds a BA in music education from the Manhattan School of Music and an MS in nonprofit management from The New School in NYC.
Elizabeth Kendall, Director of Grants Management, comes to RCC with a range of experience that includes 12 years of fund-raising and nonprofit development; 10 years of grant writing and event planning; and more than 16 years teaching students of diverse backgrounds. Most recently Kendall served as a development consultant, and secured more than $5 million in new multi-year funding for a nonprofit agency in fiscal year 2013 and as a grants manager for Inwood House from 2010 to 2012. As the executive director of a nonprofit education and enrichment organization in Oakland, CA, she secured funding to provide year-round programming for more than 1,000 young people each year. Kendall earned a BS in biology from Stony Brook University, and an MA in education from Argosy University in California.
Joseph Marra, Associate Vice President of Finance/Controller, brings extensive financial expertise including 12 years in higher education, nonprofit accounting, and management experience. As manager of financial analysis at Westchester Community College from 2006 to 2010, he prepared an annual operating budget of more than $100 million, and as controller at the College of Mount St. Vincent (1997 to 2004), he successfully implemented a new software system, revitalized a marginal cash flow system, and increased interest income by $200,000 in less than two years. Past responsibilities include director of accounting for the American Red Cross (Westchester, NY), and manager of reports and budgets at Montefiore Medical Center. Marra holds a BS in accounting and an MBA in management, both from Manhattan College.
Tammy Richardson, Director of Student Involvement, has served RCC for the past two years as academic intervention advisor, peer mentoring assistant coordinator and club advisor, and seminar instructor for first-year students. Richardson has more than 12 years’ experience in leadership roles in higher education and student services. She previously served as academic advisor and adjunct professor of learning theory at Nyack College. Richardson earned a BA in history and education from Norfolk State University and an MS in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College.