Dawn Ignatius extends genuine empathy to the children in need in El Paso and Teller counties because she spent 12 years of her childhood in foster care.
“I didn’t have a CASA,” Dawn says. She is confident her childhood years would have been different if she did have an advocate by her side. She recalls her time as a foster child being lonely and isolating; a memory that drives Dawn to do whatever she can to prevent other children from experiencing that kind of pain.
Dawn had just completed CASA training and was ready to volunteer when The Teller County Department of Social Services approached her and asked if she would serve children full time as a case worker, and she accepted. She has since transitioned into the role of Chief Operating Officer with Prospect Home Care & Hospice in Woodland Park, which freed her up to join the CASA Board of Directors.
Dawn has used her distinctive, persistent voice to expand the reach of CASA of the Pikes Peak Region to provide a voice for children in Teller County. She just completed her 6 year term on the CASA Board of Directors including a year as Board Chair.
We thank Dawn for her unique perspective, passion and selfless actions. She truly understand the plight of foster children and has the best interest of the child in her heart.