Entrepreneur of Cozy Homestead Publishing. She self-published her first cookbook in 1996 to raise money for her husband's brain cancer treatments and since then has sold over 1,000,000 copies (even though she didn't know how to type, use a computer, or anything about publishing!).

Awards include:

  • 2013 Jefferson Awards Certificate of Excellence
    Outstanding Community Service

"Busy People's Low-Fat Cookbook"

  • 1998 Best Cookbook of the Year (North American Bookdealers Exchange)
  • Certificate of Merit from The Writer's Digest

"Down Home Cookin' Without the Down Home Fat"

  • 1996 Best Cookbook of the Year (North American Bookdealers Exchange)
  • 1996 - One of the "Best Cookbooks in Ohio"

"2nd Serving Low-Fat Cookbook" (Note: No longer in print)

  • 2002 Pinnacle Cookbook of the Year (NABE)
• She's a recovering food addict and has over 10 years experience as an aerobic instructor and facilitator for recovering compulsive over-eaters.
• Selected "Top 20 Under the Age of 40" Leaders in Northwest Ohio.
• She's been on The Food Channel, 700 Club, Woman to Woman, Good Morning Saturday A.M., Life Today with James Robison, and national news programs for affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, and CBN.
• Recipient of the 2001 Community Service Award.
• She's a popular event, conference, and inspirational speaker, who is full of energy, insight, and clever ideas.
• 10% of Dawn's profits go to an inner-city children's outreach program called "Solid Rock".