Dawn graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After relocating to Salem with her husband and sons, she held a position with the State Board of Psychologist Examiners prior to moving to southern Oregon. Dawn has served on various boards and committees, including the School District 7 Curriculum committee and the City/County Bikeways committee, before she began a 28-year career in healthcare fundraising. Prior to her retirement at the beginning of 2015; Dawn, who became a Certified Fundraising Executive, served as a director for the Asante Foundation. She was an original member of Pathways to Care Network, is a member of Rogue Gateway Rotary, and continues to serve as an Advisory Board member for Rogue Community College. Her personal pursuits include running in which she competed in the first Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, cycling, traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with family as often as possible.