Dawn Ohanessian is currently the Director of Residence Life at Bridgewater College, a small, private liberal arts college in Bridgewater, Virginia. In July 2016, Bridgewater College live-in professional staff made the switch to non-exempt staff as specified by the FLSA, becoming one of the first colleges in the country to make this change. This experience has led to many learning experiences, professional discussions, and an upcoming presentation on FLSA at the Virginia Student Services Conference (VSSC) in November.
Dawn has previously worked in Residence Life at Seton Hall University, LaSalle University, the University of Georgia, and Elizabethtown College. She served on the Leadership Council of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO) from 2010 to 2013, and attended the National Housing Training Institute (NHTI) is 2009. Dawn has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on topics ranging from Student Development Theory to Successfully Working with Parents.
Dawn received her Master’s degree in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. She lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with her husband and five year old daughter.