Dawn began her work with the AYF in 2010, after she relocated back to the west side of Michigan. Prior to joining the AYF team, Dawn worked as a legal assistant, worked in a variety of roles for a local electric cooperative, and as Executive Director of a chamber of commerce. She grew up right next door to Miniwanca and spent many days exploring the camp, and as a member of her church’s youth group attended Miniwanca through a community program as a teen. Three of her four children have participated in the AYF programs. Her youngest son, Thomas, began as a 3-week in-camp participant and continued through Odyssey of the Four Trails program, and is a participant in the National Leadership Conference. Dawn witnessed the transformation that took place in Thomas during his years at Miniwanca as he discovered “My Own Self, At My Very Best, All the Time”. She is extremely thankful for the AYF and the impact it has had on her and her family, and continues to work diligently to ensure more youth may experience the life changing transformation that AYF brings to youth. She resides in Montague and is a wife and mother to four adult children.