Dawn spent most of her childhood in Iowa City, Iowa. Her family moved to east Tennessee when she was twelve. She received her degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee. While working towards her degree, Dawn would help out in the veterinary teaching hospital on her down time. She liked her work so much, that she has remained on staff at the veterinary teaching hospital for over 20 years.
During her off time, Dawn is an avid sports enthusiast. She especially loves the Lady Vols Basketball team. She enjoys spending time with her seven cats and 2 dogs, and when she has time she likes to read mystery novels and watch movies.