Immediate: January 9, 2017
Garden City, NY – Nassau Community College is please to announce that Joy DeDonato, Executive Director of the Nassau Community College Foundation and a resident of Smithtown, is the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award from Long Island Business News. (download hi res photo)
"Joy brings a great deal of experience and demonstrated performance to the Nassau Community Foundation. What makes her so special, however, is the passion and enthusiasm she exudes that she invests in everything she does each day on campus. Joy is a great asset to Nassau Community College, and we all take pride in her recognition as a trailblazer here on Long Island," stated Dr. W. Hubert Keen, President of Nassau Community College.
Vernon R. Williams, Chair of the Nassau Community College Foundation Board of Directors, echoed those sentiments. "Joy's selection as a top 40 under 40 comes as no surprise. When you are looking for someone to keep all the balls in the air and get the job done, she is the right person. This is well deserved recognition."
DeDonato has an extensive background in the non-profit industry in both management and income development. Over the past 15 years, she has successfully helped organizations raise millions of dollars to support their mission, causes and programs. DeDonato's expertise includes fundraising, operational management, promotion, marketing and public relations. Prior to her position at the College, she was a national award winning fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, where she served the Eastern Division.
DeDonato earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling, specializing in higher education, from Long Island University. She taught event planning at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue. DeDonato is on the Board of Directors of Dress for Success in Brookhaven, serves as a creative advisory board member for the Long Beach International Film Festival, and is a committee member of the Monday's at Racine organization.
DeDonato, her husband Ted and their two children reside in Smithtown.
Since 1998, Long Island Business News has taken nominations for outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are 40 or under. These future leaders of Long Island have a proven track record of career success, are involved in mentoring and promoting their profession and find time to give back to their communities.
About Nassau Community College Nassau Community College, part of the State University of New York, is an institution where more than 20,000 full- and part-time students and approximately 10,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence.