She brings business savvy, political astuteness, and entrepreneurial thinking that seeks out relevant opportunities and positive outcomes for organizations and businesses. Dawn utilizes her abilities as a creative strategic thinker with a visionary capacity to move the full spectrum from concept to evaluation, focusing on fiscal responsibility to achieve results.
The majority of Dawn’s work has been in the healthcare and social services industries. In the last decade, she has garnered a national reputation within the vision research field as an expert in Macular Degeneration. She is a positive influence through her advocacy and compassion for individuals with this debilitating disease and is a champion of low vision patient education. During her career, Dawn served in executive leadership positions at the Macula Vision Research Foundation, Wesley Enhanced Living, and Einstein Healthcare System. She also held fundraising and marketing positions with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America in Philadelphia (national headquarters) and Maternity Care Coalition.
Dawn is Principal at CopperBeech LLC, a fund development and non-profit management consulting practice she founded in 2012, and also Owner, President and CEO of Sage Vision, a company dedicated to supporting and educating patients with low vision through assistive technology. Currently, she serves as a national spokesperson on patient and caregiver advocacy for ophthalmology / age-related macular degeneration and a member of the patient advocacy advisory council at Novartis.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Marketing and French from Northwest Missouri State University and an MBA with an emphasis in marketing and economics. She also holds a certificate from the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy Fundraising School and has convened numerous fund development and marketing educational sessions and workshops throughout the country. Dawn’s lifelong commitment to serving others transcends her professional role as she actively devotes her time and energy in a volunteer leadership capacity for many worthy causes.