Dawn Cazzolli graduated from Kent State University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Individual/Family Studies. For over 7 years Dawn worked as an Investigator and On-going Case Worker at Wayne County Children Services. After a brief break from child welfare, Dawn was offered the opportunity to be a part of a community response to child sexual abuse as the Case Manager at Wayne County Children’s Advocacy Center. Over the course of 4 years, Dawn witnessed repeated instances of child sexual abuse cases that were preventable. Dawn recognized another passion- PREVENTION! Dawn received training and provided numerous Stewards of Children prevention trainings for professionals and parents in community. In 2010, Dawn accepted a position that allowed her to embrace child abuse prevention, Initiative Coordinator of the Ohio Initiative: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention for the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. This position was funded by grant dollars that unfortunately were cut at the end of 2012. However, this offered Dawn the opportunity once again embrace child welfare, but this time in the form of administration and program development at the Wayne County Children’s Advocacy Center, where she is currently the Executive Director.
On a personal note, Dawn resides in Doylestown, Ohio with Andy, her husband of 16 years and their two children, Greyson and Sophia.