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Board Spotlight: Dawn Kline

Meet our Board President, Dawn Kline!

What is your day job?

I’m the Assistant Dean in the School of Business at Ithaca College. I also write lesbian romance novels under the pen name Aurora Rey.

How long have you served on the Advocacy Center’s Board of Directors?

I’m in my fifth year.

What Board committee do you sit on? What role does that committee play? 

As Board President, I am part of the Executive Committee, which supports Board development and recruitment and helps the Executive Director decide how to handle unique situations. I also sit on the Fundraising and Development Committee, which helps with thanking our donors, strategizing fundraising opportunities, and supporting events like our annual breakfast fundraiser, Kids Are Our Business.

What would you like people in our community to know about our agency?

I’m always amazed by both the breadth and depth of the work the Advocacy Center does in the community–from direct support to education. Everyone in the community benefits in some way or another.

What is the most rewarding part of volunteering at the Advocacy Center?

It’s such a privilege to be part of this work. I especially value knowing we are helping to secure the long-term health and strength of the Advocacy Center in the community.

Five for Fun:

1) If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?

I think I’d like to be able to use the force like Yoda. It would be super convenient and I could use it for good!

2) If you could meet five people, living or dead, who would you want to meet?

Eleanor Roosevelt, Gertrude Stein, Alice Toklas, Jane Austen, and Audre Lorde

3) If you could be a character from a book or movie, who would you be?

Not to be silly, but I’m not sure I would. I like being the one crafting characters.

4) What would you name your autobiography? 

Femme of All Trades, Master of None

5) Motto or personal mantra?

“Aye, there’s the rub.” It’s kind of a strange motto on some levels, but it’s a good reminder that things are both complicated and simple and rarely exactly as you imagine them.


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