Dr. Dawn M. Thomas is currently a Prevention Systems Manager with the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and has more than 25 years of public service that has focused on prevention, training, mental health and other social services programming for adults as well as students. She is highly experienced in event planning, program development, coordination and implementation as well as fostering and promoting close working relationships between state, county and local social service systems/agencies. Thomas previously served as the Project Director for both Ohio’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) and Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) State and Tribal Initiative Grant totaling 18 million dollars. Dr. Thomas is also the President and CEO of Dawn RISING Consultants, LLC which focuses on building healthy communities through social justice and equity.
Dr. Thomas is passionate about working with underserved communities that experience health disparities and learning best practices, policies and strategies for providing culturally appropriate services to achieve health equity. She is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant (OCPC), earned a Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 and is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Although Dawn currently resides in Columbus, she is originally from Cleveland and loves all things Cleveland including; the Browns, the Cavs, and Lake Erie.