A lifelong resident of the St. Louis area, Dawn Stark’s advocacy journey brought her to Florida Baptist Children’s Homes in September of 2015 where she now serves as the Orphan Care Coordinator for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.
Dawn is an experienced project manager and marketing professional with 30+ years combined background in both corporate and non-profit environments, including involvement with community-driven organizations, family-owned regional companies and international corporations. Dawn is also an aspiring author working on her first book, a blogger and a social media marketer. She earned a B.A. in Government/ International Relations from Regent University.
As a pastor’s daughter and a pastor’s wife, Dawn is no stranger to the local church or a life of ministry. She and her husband Tim ministered to youth of all ages, from babies to young adults, all while enduring their own private infertility battle. Throughout this process that spanned a 23-year period, Dawn learned to worship her way through life’s challenges and heartbreaks. As with Hannah of old, God was faithful and eventually granted Tim and Dawn three biological children, including a set of twins, and two adopted children from Guatemala. Their five children are a testimony of God’s faithfulness and His unwavering ability to weave all things together for the good of those who love him (Rom 8:28).
It was during Dawn’s adoptions from Guatemala that her eyes were open to the sobering status of global child welfare. Personally stuck in the process for years, she dedicated the rest of her working years to be an advocate and voice for children in need. Dawn began volunteering with the Both Ends Burning Campaign in 2013 and joined the team full-time in January 2014 running faith-based initiatives and outreach for the organization. It was during this period she became connected with Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) which led her to Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.
Although Dawn’s initial focus was related to international adoption, her journey as an advocate has matured and developed to embrace solutions along the entire continuum of care. She is passionate about the rights of children without parents, both in the U.S. and internationally. Dawn is excited to join her expertise and experience with the staff at FBCH, Orphan’s Heart and The Porch Light to make a real and tangible difference in the lives of children who have been abandoned, neglected or abused.