Dawn has been a member of the Rotary Club of Greater West Chester Sunrise since 2005.
She has a passion for Rotary and experience beyond her time as a member, having first been the daughter-in-law of a PDG Edward O’Brien 1989-1990 and then the very active partner of her husband PDG Russ in 2007-08. Having served on numerous committees within the club, as well as being a past member of the Board of Directors and President of the Greater West Chester Sunrise Foundation committee, she served as President in 2009-2010. Dawn and Russ have traveled to Ecuador many times involving Rotary projects.
Her district activity includes serving as the District Interact Chairperson from 2006-2009, Assistant Governor for Area 8 from 2010-2013 and District Youth committee Chair from 2013-2016. She also served as a Member–at-Large to our Board of Directors for Super Area 3 in 2015 for one year, prior to her selection to the “G’ line. She has been on the District training teams working with the Governors in the district as well as many District Conference committees. Dawn has been the “Protocol Liaison” for the District 7450 since 2010.
She and Russ are 2nd Level Major Donors and also Bequest Society members and charter members of the Paul Harris Society of District 7450. Dawn is also a Guy Gundaker Fellow.
Dawn has also been a Rotary Leadership Institute facilitator since 2010 and was DGN Partner Co-Chair for Zone Institute in 2011. Dawn and Russ also have attended many Zone institutes and Rotary International Conventions since 2005.
Dawn was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Spring-Ford High School in 1976. She graduated from Millersville State College with an Education degree in 1980. Dawn was also a Girl Scout Leader from 1993-1996. Since 2003, Dawn has worked with her husband Russ in their HVAC business, O’Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in Drexel Hill, PA. She handles accounting functions for the business.
Dawn has been married to Russ deFuria, PDG D-7450 for 33 years. They have two daughters, Nicole and Yvonne, as well as a handsome grandson, William who is just over one year old. Both of their daughters are Paul Harris Fellows and Yvonne is also a Rotarian in D-7450.