Dawn was born and raised in Southwest Florida; she grew up on Captiva Island. She graduated high school at Cypress Lake High in Fort Myers and attended Florida State University for two years. She transferred to Harrisburg Community College in Harrisburg, PA, and obtained an associate of arts degree in paralegal studies. She continued on to Penn State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Dawn has been working in the field of insurance since 2002. She is a single working mother of two girls.