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Mayor MaryJane Dolan (Ward I)
A native of Minnesota, MaryJane’s insurance career began while a student at the University of Minnesota as she gravitated from the world of psychology to the field of insurance. MaryJane came to Lynchburg from Minneapolis in 1978 when she married Ron Dolan.
Continuing her career in the insurance arena she founded Colonial Brokerage House in 1978, an insurance brokerage agency serving the mid-Atlantic region. She was one of the first women in the United States to build an insurance brokerage agency from the ground up, a business that continues to grow today. After forty plus successful years in the insurance business she retired in 2008 to focus her energies on community initiatives.
She is a CLU, was a member of NAILBA, NALU. LALU, and the Lynchburg Estate Planning Council. She held board positions on most of these professional organizations.
MaryJane was honored with the 2003 Mayor’s Award of Excellence, she received the 2005 Outstanding Philanthropist award from the Virginia Piedmont Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, was the recipient of the National Conference for Community Justice Award in 1997, and was the 1990 recipient of the Academy of Women’s Business and Industry Achievement award.
Currently MaryJane serves on the boards for Beacon of Hope, Centra Health Foundation, Horizon Behavioral Health Advisory Board and The Opera on The James, and is a University of Lynchburg Trustee. Some of her past boards include Lynchburg College Business Advisory Board, Amazement Square, YMCA, YWCA, United Way of Central Virginia, and she has served as Chair of The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust Board.
MaryJane loves to travel, golf, hike, read, and spend special time with her five grown children and nine grandchildren.
MaryJane was re-elected to represent Ward I for the term July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2024. On July 1, 2020, MaryJane was chosen by City Council to serve as Mayor.