Board of Directors
Joanne Watkins, President & CEO, spent 20 years as Founder and President of a worldwide multimedia production and distribution company, where she was an award-winning producer of 11 feature films and several television and educational programs, including the acquisition and distribution of a 60-title international film library. In her passionate quest for freedom of expression and respect for human rights, Joanne became one of the national developers and lecturers of targeted information exploring International Humanitarian Law for the American Red Cross. Her position as a Disaster Action Team Leader and Client Services Supervisor for disaster relief, damage assessment, and disbursement of services for the American Red Cross made her become part of the relief effort at ground zero in the aftermath of September 11th and Hurricane Katrina, along with many other local and national disasters over the last decade. Joanne is a member of numerous non-profit organizations and has spent time as an invited guest at the United Nations as well as International Leadership and World Peace conferences, traveling as an Ambassador for Peace in India, South Korea, Washington, DC, and New York City.
Dawn A. Dalrymple serves as the Executive Director of The Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Dawn has over 15 years of YMCA experience in operations assessment, training, supervision, strategic planning, board development, international initiatives, and fund development. During her YMCA tenure, she has led efforts in raising over $1 million to support children and families in need throughout her service areas. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and Health Sciences from Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Ohio. Dawn is very much involved in the community, as well as other non-profit agencies. She is the past president of The Trumbull Rotary Club, and sits on the First Selectman’s Prevention Council, Bridgeport Hospital Advisory Committee, Trumbull Relay for Life Committee, Trumbull Youth Commission, and The Trumbull Youth Drug Awareness and Prevention Council. She is a member of the Association of Fund Development Professionals, North American YMCA Development Organization, Trumbull Chamber, and Trumbull Business Education Initiative. In addition, she is a member of Women’s Federation for World Peace where she became an Ambassador for Peace. Dawn is passionate about helping to strengthen the foundations of community by bringing people together from all walks of life. This, she believes, is demonstrated through nurturing the potential of children, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility to ensure that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow, and thrive.