Dan Donnelly was raised on the campus of a boarding, preparatory school in the Cleveland area. He is the son of an English teacher and a librarian, each of whom provided crucial assistance in the founding of Eukarya. Dan has been married to Donna for 20 years and is the father of Nolan and Owen, who are both ECA alum. He earned a B.A. from Oberlin College majoring in history and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.Dan has worked with children and adolescents since he was a teenager, first as a day camp counselor then later as a child psychiatric specialist at Children’s National Medical Center in DC. After earning his Master’s degree, he served as a child and family therapist at the National Family Resiliency Center in Columbia, MD.
Dan and Donna moved to Winchester in order to open a Sylvan Learning Center franchise in 2000 where he served as a director for nearly eight years. He and a small group of parents and staff members started Eukarya in the spring of 2010. The school started with 8 students in the fall of that year. He has been involved in local churches, serving mostly in children’s ministry, as a small group co-director with Donna, and more recently as a licensed pastor in the Brethren Church (Ashland, OH).