Dawn Duhaime received her bachelor’s degree majoring in social work, becoming a licensed social worker. From there she went on to complete her masters in the general studies of human behavior. Her desire to understand the ‘why’ drives her to continually challenge herself personally. She has been in the field of social work for 35 years and has served in numerous roles, including working with inner city gang youth, leading a family ministries counseling program, a school social worker to school dean to eventually training teachers on how to connect with high risk youth in the classroom. She currently is an executive director for a nonprofit that serves to provide healing to individuals who have experienced trauma through their life experiences, addiction, and incarceration. However, her greatest achievement was her son, Justin, whom she always referred to as her ‘heart with legs.’ Justin lost his battle to addiction in 2019 and Dawn uses her grief as a tool to be his voice to others struggling with personal pain.