Dawn currently serves as the parent liaison at the Institute for Disability Studies. Dawn is the parent of an adult with disabilities and was the first Family LEND Trainee in Mississippi through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program. For her leadership/research project, Dawn developed a booklet consisting of stories by parents of children, youth or young adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities that promotes advocacy, awareness and education targeting legislators. Currently, Dawn provides one-on-one parent assistance with the transition to adulthood including a parent support group, assists with the Hattiesburg Campus STEP UP to Leadership Council and leads a weekly crafting activity. Dawn enjoys helping fellow parents, and their youth/young adults, find their paths through the transition to adulthood.