Thank you, Johnson County
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” Confucius
Thank you to the voters of Johnson County. I’m honored to become a Trustee and look forward to keeping JCCC growing into the future! I’m also humbled to make history as the first Black Trustee in the history of JCCC! This is the cultural center of our county and I intend to honor it and make it the best it can be. I look forward to working with the administration, the faculty, the students, and the 6 other Trustees. I’m excited to learn more about the college and board responsibilities. The needs of students and the workplace are quickly changing and I’m excited about taking our strategic plan into our future!
Thank you to campaign supporters and volunteers. Your support came in many forms: prayers, putting up yard signs, phone and text banking, canvassing, sharing social media posts, encouraging me, donations, and hosting events! I am overwhelmed with gratitude for you. Thank you for believing in my ability to be a Trustee. We made history together and I’m committed to making you proud of your choice.
Finally thank you to my family and my business. My attention and time has been dedicated to the race and I’m excited to turn attention back to you! Your patience and encouragement lifted me up throughout the campaign.
Education changes lives.
I studied hard in school to earn a full scholarship to college to get a degree in Chemical Engineering. This changed my life and the lives of my family. I’ve seen firsthand how a college education can positively impact lives and future generations.
I am a mom, a business owner and I believe in giving back to my community. I consider myself an advocate and product of a meaningful education. JCCC deserves a trustee who understands the connection between education and success.
The college is a cornerstone of our community, enhancing minds since 1969. Access to college is an important issue to me. This includes, transportation, connectivity, and affordability. I’m also committed to making sure the college meets the needs of students and businesses of the future. I want to help improve career and opportunity pathways that stretch beyond JCCC doors.
I will listen, learn and be a good steward of the college.
I am committed to excellence at JCCC
My parents had GED’s and did not graduate from high school. My father took a few classes at Donnelly College.
My mother-in-law taught at Kansas City Kansas Community College for 3 decades.
Dawn was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Sumner Academy of Arts & Sciences. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University. In college, she interned at Pfizer, Cargill and Allied Signal. After graduating from college she married Manu Rattan, her husband of almost 24 years, and began her 11 year career with Procter & Gamble. She enjoyed roles in Operations and Human Resources in both Cincinnati and Kansas City. After leaving P&G, she was a stay at home mom to her 3 children, Maya, Rishi, and Nikhil. During this time she began to work in the family business as the Human Resources and Marketing Manager. In 2015 she was able to pursue her mission to create a community of fun fitness minded people when she opened EverFit in Shawnee.
She enjoys traveling and fitness. Dawn and her husband regularly support nonprofit causes like Braden's Hope, sacred and Sunflower House. She believes in giving back to the community.
Vice Chair, Johnson County Charter Commission
Member Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Board
Chair Sunflower House Gala
Chair sacred Gala
Chair Bradens Hope
Member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc
Member of The Links, Incorporated
Member of Jack & Jill of America
With experience in corporate America, start-ups, business ownership and support for nonprofit organizations, I have the open mind, skill set and heart to earn your vote.