Dawn graduated from Duke University in 1987, with a BA in Economics. While raising her family in Granby, Connecticut, she earned her Masters of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. She has experience in several aspects of Christian Ministry. Most recently, she was the Pastor for Youth & Families at First Congregational Church of Southington, United Church of Christ. She had the leadership responsibilities for the confirmation program, high school youth group, middle school youth group, junior deacon program, teen support group, youth service & mission trips, and pastoral care to youth & families. She lists her key areas of interest as: Youth & Young Adults, Interfaith Understanding and Cooperation, Environmental Justice, Science & Faith, Racial Justice, GLBTQ Justice, and bringing “church” out of the building.