Sarah Dolan - MHS '11

Posted by Dr. David Zerbe on 11/20/2023


Sarah (Stewart) Dolan is a rising star in the construction industry, currently serving as the Director of Finance at Gorski Engineering in Collegeville, PA. But a little more than a decade ago, Sarah walked the halls of Methacton High School with a passion for both music and sports, and a readiness to go into the world and do great things. She served as president of Orchestra, won the “Coach’s Award” for lacrosse as a freshman, and attended the prestigious HOBY Leadership Seminar in her sophomore year.


When asked about her favorite Methacton memory, Sarah had such an enjoyable experience that she couldn’t just pick one. “All of the extra-curriculars I participated in - orchestra, lacrosse, cross country, key club, honor society. I particularly loved some of the cross country races we ran at local courses, especially when we went up to Lehigh University or Daniel Boone for districts. It was great being outside in the fall -- my favorite season -- with my high school teammates. I also have great memories of Wednesday evening orchestra rehearsals and orchestra trips, namely Boston and Williamsburg.”


MHS Cross Country Running with Nicole Rossi


MHS Lacrosse


One Methacton teacher stands out as a guiding light—Ms. Magann. Sarah fondly remembers the orchestra rehearsals and trips, where Ms. Magann not only nurtured her musical talent but also created a safe space for self-expression. "She let us be creative and fun, but the way she ran her program also taught us responsibility and independence."


Sarah kicked off her post-high school adventure at Penn State University, where she built upon the academic foundation set while attending Methacton. Upon graduation, she dove into the world of public accounting in Washington, D.C. Armed with a CPA, she later navigated the realm of private equity real estate, carving a niche for herself in financial reporting. Now, she's on the path to securing the industry-esteemed CCIFP (Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional) designation.


In her role as the Director of Finance at Gorski Engineering, Sarah plays a pivotal role in running the financial operations of the construction business. Gorski Engineering, a design-build general contractor, recently announced its expansion statewide with a strong focus on public sector projects such as fire stations, community buildings, and schools. Sarah takes pride in the company's recent completion of the Phoenixville Rec Center and Fire Station, two projects that have had a positive impact on the local community.


Beyond her corporate success, Sarah is dedicated to shaping the future of her industry. Her initiative in creating an emerging leaders program at CFMA Philadelphia Chapter is a testament to her commitment to fostering talent. As a nationally-recognized CFMA Rising Star under 40, Sarah is not just making waves; she's creating a ripple effect of positive change.



Outside of the office, Sarah volunteers with Girls on the Run, aligning her passion with a purpose—to empower young girls to build confidence, kindness, and decision-making skills. She also enjoys spending time with those who bring joy to her journey -- her two dogs, cat, and husband— Ivy, Murph, Janie, and Sean.


Sarah & Sean's Wedding in Ireland


Girls On The Run Volunteering


CFMA Chairman's Coin Awards


Reflecting on her journey, Sarah Dolan offers this advice to current Methacton students: "Figure out what you are good at and what makes you happy, and success will come along with those two things." She urges students to think outside the conventional career paths, be selfish in choosing what makes them truly happy, and not succumb to societal expectations. “Working in the construction industry, I see so many successful career paths that don't require a degree. Again, figure out what you are good at and what makes you happy. You won't regret it.”