Dawn worked her entire career in the non-profit industry. From 1987 to 2014 she worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania starting as a secretary and after two years moving to the accounting department eventually becoming the Director of Financial Services. In 2015 she accepted a position at McGuire Memorial Foundation located in New Brighton, as the Business Manager. She left at the end of 2016 for a job that was closer to home at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School. She started as the Director of Finance and Data Management and became the Business Manager from 2018 to 2021.
She has always been a creative person. While working at the Boys & Girls Club, she taught art classes to the members of the Lawrenceville and Millvale clubs. She loved working with young children, they loved any type of project that was available to them. She is constantly making something, whether it is to decorate her house or sell at a craft show. She has two granddaughters ages 8 and 10 who also like making things. They have a craft day once per week at her house.