Getting to know Dawn Mayer, Director, Glenn County DCSS
That is how I would describe my childhood. I was born and raised in Willits, CA (Mendocino County). It was small town America. I came from a large family – my father was one of 8 and my mother’s grandparents emigrated from Italy. My whole family attended the same high school – if you walk down the halls, they have composites of every graduating class, and it is like looking at a family album. Willits was like the song, “Small Town” (John Mellencamp) – it was a very safe place. You could go out and play all day without your parents knowing where you were – you just needed to be home before the street lights came on. It was a great place to be raised.
Besides being involved in track, volleyball, and basketball, I was part of our cheerleading squad that went to nationals (we placed 8th). When we returned from competition in the middle of the night, the whole town was there to greet us. Probably one of the highlights of high school.
Ever since I was 9 I wanted to be a lawyer. I attended California State University, Chico and received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Paralegal Certificate. While in high school I attended a college and career fair where I met Dr. Edward Bronson, PhD who convinced me to go to Chico State. While there I actually got to work on a change of venue death penalty case with Dr. Bronson.
Life’s Curve Balls
Like with most of us – life throws up curve balls. My grandmother became ill. I began working as a paralegal. An Assistant District Attorney I was dating at the time told me about Child Support Services and thought I that would be a good fit. He was right! Goes to show you that just because you get a curve ball, doesn’t mean you can’t hit it!
Worked My Way Up
In 1999 I started working for the Glenn County District Attorney’s Office as a Family Support Officer I. I held several positions including Ombudsman. In 2005 I became Assistant Director and was appointed Director of Glenn County Child Support Services in 2009.
I served on the CSDA Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014. In 2014 I held the position of Treasurer. I have participated on numerous CSDA committees including Annual Conference for many years which included being track dean. I have also served on Incarcerated Obligors and continue to serve on PP & R. For DCSS I have served on their Legislative Committee and Enforcement Review Workgroup. Locally I have served on many committees throughout the years. I currently participate on AB109 for Glenn County, Blue Ribbon Commission, Children Interagency and Social Detriment Workgroup.
Best in Life
But the best thing in life is my daughter, McKenzie age 20. I like spending time with family and friends, watching movies, reading books and travel.