Ms. DiDonato joined Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP as Of Counsel in May 2020. Prior to joining the Firm, her experience was as follows:
- Questar III Board of Cooperative Educational Services ? Castleton, New York (2003 – November, 2019)
Counsel and member of executive leadership team for innovative regional education services organization providing educational and business services to a twenty-three school district region. Provided support to board of education and district superintendent on policy development, compliance with education and employment laws, contracts review; served as hearing officer for student disciplinary matters; provided daily guidance to administrative leadership team members; advised director of special education on student issues, Medicaid compliance, other special education program matters; member of school emergency response team; performed employee and student-related investigations; provided presentations to superintendents on relevant issues (e.g. APPR). Served as designated NYSED Compliance Officer for Questar III’s region.
- New York State Department of State ? Albany, New York (1981 – 2003)
Served in progressively demanding in-house counsel positions supporting multi-purpose state agency. Provided support for executive-level special projects, legislative program development, advice to agency program areas including local governments, land use, licensing, regulations, corporations. Served as lead author/editor for the Report of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Local Government Consolidation (1993) and Quality Communities Interagency Task Force report, “State and Local Governments Partnering for a Better New York (2001).
Admitted to Practice in New York State and U.S. District Court Northern District (1981)
J.D. Albany Law School
B.A. (with high honors) State University of New York College at Oneonta