Dr. Neta Kolasa
Dr. Neta Kolasa was born in Detroit, Michigan and since 1968, has made South Florida her home. As an esteemed alumna of Barry University’s School of Social Work (MSW, ’75), she went on to earn a Doctorate in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and has always remained closely connected with Barry University. Married to her childhood sweetheart, John Kolasa, they created a life together that exemplified the Adrian Dominican mission and the mission of Barry University.
John Kolasa was a dedicated member of the Barry University Board of Trustees; he served as Chair of the Finance Committee and was a member of the Executive, Investment, and Audit Committees until his untimely death in 1995. After his death, Dr. Kolasa agreed to maintain her husband’s seat on the Board of Trustees. Since 1996, she has been an active and committed member of the Board and a valuable member of the Barry community. Her skillful management of the Kolasa Trust and Foundation enables Dr. Kolasa to continue her philanthropic work to give back and honor the memory of her beloved husband. Steadfast in her faith, she puts her beliefs and values into action.
Dr. Kolasa is a woman of extraordinary talent, commitment, and generosity. As an inspired artist, author, and dedicated lifelong learner, she is an outstanding model of integrity and professionalism to the future generations of social workers.