One of the “original natives” of Wake County, Dawn attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC (Go, Pirates!) graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. As a lifetime cheerleader (her father coached Pop Warner football) from age 5 and into college, Dawn exudes enthusiasm for all she is passionate about. Working in medical sales for 25+ years, she brings her background and her desire for quality products to the table at DFJ. After hearing about Designed for Joy on WRAL, she wanted to be a part of such an amazing organization and started volunteering in the workshop. She now develops wholesale accounts and processes online applications to help bring on new merchants. She is passionate about increasing opportunities for DFJ to grow artisans, encouraging women to reach their potential, and feels most valuable when giving back to her community. Her “fave fellas” are her long-time boyfriend of 12 years, her golden doodle dog Oscar, and her two nephews. She currently resides in Raleigh.