Admissions Director, Family Mentor
She serves as a family advocate and coach providing support and assistance to parents seeking therapeutic solutions for their struggling teen or young adult. She has personally experienced the difficult choice of placing her youngest of three sons in a therapeutic boarding school in 2007.
She has benefited from parent coaching as well. Through this experience, she realized her need for personal work as a parent, which was instrumental in the restoration process for her son and her family. Against the backdrop of having served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for over 12 years, she combined her passion for advocacy with her career goals.
As our Admission Director, Dawn combines her coaching expertise with her screening to deliver professional and heartfelt guidance to families as they sort through the options available to address the challenges that often arise in teens and young adults as they develop emotionally and physically.
With combined studies in communication at Valdosta State University and Applied Behavioral Science at Ashford University, in addition to coaching certification through Next Steps for Success, Dawn strives to utilize her personal experience and her knowledge to offer insight, empathy and solutions for each family served. She is passionate about helping parents better understand and communicate with their child as they discover the root of their emotional pain and recognize the patterns in their destructive behavior. Through her coaching sessions, she offers empowerment and motivation. She does this via a skills-based approach to better equip parents with the tools necessary to assist with their child’s struggles while also working to restore the family unit with trust, respect, and communication.
Dawn is a native of Georgia. Her greatest accomplishment is that of mom to her three adult sons. In addition to the aforementioned 12 years of CASA work, she served as a member of Women of L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P 1st and is Founding Board Member and camp Co-Director of SeaSide Summer Enrichment Camp, which serves at-risk adolescents.