YWCA Honors Dr. Lynda Dolan, Mitch Roth as Remarkable

The YWCA of Hawaii Island will honor local physician Dr. Lynda Dolan and Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth as its 2017 Remarkable People.

The pair will be honored at the ninth annual Remarkable Person Luncheon Thursday, April 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Moku Ola Ballroom.

“The YWCA is proud to recognize Lynda and Mitch for their exceptional achievements in the workplace and throughout the community,” said Kathleen McGilvray, CEO of YWCA Hawaii Island. “Our honorees exemplify what it means to be remarkable, and have truly gone above and beyond in service to others.”

Dolan has provided comprehensive medical services in East Hawaii for 20 years, and serves as a mentor for the next generation of healthcare providers. Roth, a former deputy prosecutor on Oahu and Hawaii Island, is Prosecuting Attorney for Hawaii County, and works tirelessly to create safe and healthy communities.

There are a limited number of tickets and sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Naomi at the YWCA of Hawaii Island office at 930-5705 or via email tuyemura@ywcahawaiiisland.org

Dolan found her way to Hilo from Upstate New York in 1997 after she met island-boy Michael Costales, whom she later married. As a family practice physician, she is passionate about caring for the community and has her eye on continuously improving the overall healthcare experience. Dolan strategizes and works with stakeholders to ease the administrative burden on physicians while empowering patients to be more in tune with their own healthcare.

Dolan’s reach into the community extends beyond her practice, The Family Medicine Center. A strong believer in the continuum of care, she serves as medical director for Hospice of Hilo. She serves on the board of East Hawaii Independent Physician Association with the goal of keeping private practices alive and thriving. Dolan also lends a physician voice to various HMSA committees and initiatives.

For years, she has served on Hilo Medical Center’s Medical Executive Committee, holding several positions including Family Medicine Department Chair, Vice Chief of Staff, and was the first female Chief of Staff. Dolan currently serves on HMC’s Utilization Review committee, and is a former chair of the Focused Review, Quality, and Credentials committees. She sits on the Hilo Medical Foundation Board of Trustees and is an active volunteer at St. Joseph School. Dolan spends time precepting at the Hawaii Island Family Residency Clinic, and mentors students pursuing careers in healthcare. She lives in a multigenerational household with her husband, children, Dylan, Evan and Michaela, and her mother, Rita. Their oldest child, Mahina, son-in-law Bryce and granddaughter Khloe visit as much as possible.

Roth has been a prosecutor in Hawaii for more two decades. He’s served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City & County of Honolulu and Hawaii County. In 1994, while at the City, he developed a community-oriented prosecution program and became the first Community-Oriented Prosecuting Attorney in the State.

Roth joined the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office in 1998 where he supervised the Asset Forfeiture program, the Community-Oriented Prosecution project, and was designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He helped start a Community Coalition for Neighborhood Safety Big Island chapter, was the Interagency Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Interagency Team, and helped bring the Shattered Dreams Youth Alcohol Prevention project to the island. He was elected Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney in 2012 and 2016.

Roth’s commitment to community is evident in his involvement in many organizations including the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Island, Exchange Club of Hilo, Rotary Club of Hilo, and the Western Community Policing Institute, where he’s been a trainer since 1996. He’s served on numerous boards and steering committees across the state including the Community Empowerment Organization, Turning Point for Families, Hawaii Community Resource Center, and YMCA Hawaii Island.

Roth received his bachelors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and earned his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. He is happily married to his wife, Noriko; together they have three children.

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