Spotlight: Dawn Stastny

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Family – married? Children? Pets? Married, two only children. Son is 30, daughter is 14. We are dog people–2 currently as just lost one.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Grew up in Texas, suburb of Dallas. Always wanted to be a lawyer. Got married straight out of school, then I the joined military instead. I didn’t go to school until later in life – 25.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? Texas Women’s University. Studied organization development. Played golf in college – haven’t really played since.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Town Lake, Cherokee. 9/11 brought me here – made me realize that long-distance relationships should be more serious as I tried to reenlist into military as medic. I decided to stay instead.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? My daughter’s activities consume much of our time. We love to cook–he cooks French, I cook traditional/bake. Travel (St. Martin). My husband owes me a trip to Nice –upcoming anniversary gift. We take an annual trip to St. George

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Child advocacy – PTA involvement, etc. Help to improve education/childhood development. I believe every kid should have the chance to learn.

Favorite food? Worst food? Toast – it’s the most underrated food on planet. With butter (real).Liver – ate it when I was pregnant for nutritional values, but can’t do it again.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook, but I don’t mind the washing dishes. Husband and I trade off cooking. I’m particular about how the dish washer is loaded, so I’m the only one that loads it (or it gets reloaded).

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? Hockey – was heartbroken when the Thrashers left. Gone with the Wind – the actual book. Favorite movie too. I love Scarlett O’Hara.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Ireland. Or Kuwait (Desert Storm). Best: St. Martin when we took Kat (our daughter) with us.

Speak any other languages? Nope. Does sarcasm count?

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Beach. Sand & Sun!

Role model in your life? I idolize Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I came from such a conservative/strict/secret service family. I never saw my mother drive a car. Attended church 4 times/week. Loved it as I was in a bubble – some feeling of missing out. Never had a slumber party. Now – I’m so outspoken/sarcastic/career driven.


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