Peg Coleman, Executive Director
Peg believes in miracles. She sees them at Dawn every day. “I see those miracles in the smiles of children who were sullen and withdrawn and in the faces of women who are now safe and happy,” she says. “The survivors we serve teach me about courage and fortitude. If they can live through the abuse, if they have managed to keep their kids safe in the face of such trauma, then I can do the small things I’m called upon to do each day.” Before joining Dawn, Peg served as the executive director of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and of the South Peninsula Haven House in Homer Alaska where she championed the opening of three centers on the Kenai Peninsula to responds to child sexual assault. Peg also served as a member of the town council and mayor of Dennis Township, NJ. Peg also served as the associate director of Family Crisis Services in Portland Maine. Peg joined Dawn in 2014.
Laura LeMaster, Program Director
Laura has spent almost her entire career working with survivors of domestic violence after becoming passionate about this work as an intern in law school. “I love to go to work with a purpose, knowing that every little thing we do is done to help survivors. I’m so proud to say I work at Dawn,” she states. Laura joined Dawn in 2016 after working with Eastside Legal Assistance Program as a domestic violence staff attorney. She earned her law degree from Seattle University in 2013. Laura is grateful to everyone who supports Dawn, noting that “the more lives we touch, the more impact we will have in creating domestic peace.”