Dawn joined Compassion in 1994 and is currently responsible for monitoring, controlling, and safeguarding all corporate financial assets and systems. She received her degree in accounting from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and was certified as a public accountant in December 1985. For over 10 years, she worked for a regional public accounting firm developing a broad range of skills in auditing, tax litigation and business consulting. She also had the opportunity to focus on quality standards for other accounting firms through a national peer-review program. It was Dawn's desire to use her talents and skills in service to the Kingdom of God that led her to Compassion.
She reflects, "I wanted to find an organization that promoted teamwork, focused on long-term objectives and encouraged my personal development. God dropped me right in the middle of Compassion, and I haven't been disappointed!"
Her professional credentials and experience have contributed greatly to Compassion's overall organizational goals and objectives. Dawn was Compassion's first female executive and continually brings a fresh perspective to the ministry, while continuing to emphasize the foundation of integrity, stewardship, and excellence upon which Compassion has been built. She has brought strong leadership to the Finance and Business Services Divisions, while encouraging a lighthearted, but hard-working atmosphere.
Dawn's professional credentials and business successes fall second to her love for her own children and grandchildren. She has three grown sons named Adam, Joey and Tommy. Additionally, she is now 'Grandma D' to three precious grandchildren, one boy and two girls.
She says, "I'm always thankful that God gave me these precious gifts! It amazes me how much children constantly teach us about our Heavenly Father's love for us."
Dawn also enjoys music of every kind, and began playing the piano at the age of eight. "The best part of music," she says, "is that it allows God to touch parts of my soul that nothing else seems to be able to do."
One of her favorite Bible verses is, "Love is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears and loves the Lord shall be praised" (Proverbs 30:31 NIV).