Melissa Jeffers Von Dollen


Melissa is a lifelong resident of Colonie and attended North Colonie schools. She was a longtime participant in both the Latham Lassies Softball League and the Latham Circle Soccer Club. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and French from Elmira College, where she also participated in numerous community service programs. Additionally, she had the unique experience of studying abroad at a political science school in France while completing an internship with an Irish Member of the European Parliament. Upon graduating, she returned to Colonie and received a Master’s Degree from SUNY Albany while working part-time at the former St. Colman’s Daycare. Melissa spent over three years working in the private sector at Liberty Travel in Colonie Center, during which time she purchased her first home in South Colonie. She then decided to seek a career in public service with Albany County, where she is now employed as a paralegal.

In September 2016, she married her husband, Bill, who is a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Albany Medical Center. They recently purchased a home together in North Colonie and enjoy participating in numerous community programs. In her free time, Melissa enjoys running outdoors, playing soccer at Afrim's, and spending time with her dog, Colby, at the Crossings.


  • Town Attorney
  • Human Resources
  • Planning and Economic Development
  • Civil Service
  • Planning Board / Zoning Board


  • Shaker High School (2005)
  • B.A. International Studies and French, Elmira College (2009)
  • M.A. French Studies, SUNY Albany (2011)
  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies, Tompkins Cortland Community College (2017)
Councilwoman Melissa Jeffers Von Dollen