Donna Marie Scimia passed away after a brief illness on June 8, 2019, surrounded by family. Donna was a resident of Pleasantville, NY. She was born in White Plains on June 29, 1956. Beloved daughter of Carmine G. (deceased) and mother, Josephine M. (DelMarco) Scimia, she is the sibling of Valerie Scimia, Lorraine Scimia, Anthony (Meredith) Scimia and Joanne (Frank, Jr.) Ferri and a loving aunt to nieces Abigail and Madeline Ferri.
Donna was an independent woman who made the world a better place. After graduating SUNY Oneonta, Donna worked for the Westchester County District Attorney’s office assisting domestic violence victims. She later received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and obtained a LCSW designation.
Donna spent many years working as a Corporate Employee Assistance Program Specialist. In that capacity, she spent many months in downtown Manhattan counseling those traumatized by the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. In 2006, she founded Scimia Consulting Group, Inc. through which she trained and counseled thousands on managing conflict in the workplace and developing better personal relationships. Donna had a unique ability to connect with those she trained. She always shared a piece of herself with those she worked with and encouraged many.
In 2010, Donna hosted a talk show on Pleasantville Community Television titled “Taming the Cubicle Jungle: Workplace Discussions That Make A Difference”. Her shows were popular and had thousands of additional views online. They can still be accessed on the PCTV website.
In her spare time, she enjoyed playing the saxophone, most recently with the Mount Pleasant Community Band. Throughout the years, she played with a variety of bands that often played at nursing homes and public events. She even wrote a book! Mad About The Ads was a riotous account of her dating adventures through personal ads. It never made it to publication, but she wrote it!
Donna was never afraid to “put herself out there”. She took chances and wasn’t afraid to fail, although, for her, failure wasn’t really an option. She loved her work and always wanted to be better at it. She visited the Pleasantville library (yes, library!) every month and researched constantly. And it worked. She was highly regarded and sought after in her field.
Donna was a generous person who gave of herself to family and friends. She always listened without judging and always gave sound advice and encouragement. She will live in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to: Career Closet, 30 South State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
Services will be held at McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett, Thursday, June 13th, 4pm to 8pm. Catholic Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 920 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains NY 10605, Friday, June 14th 11am.