Metro Health Director
Originally from the Washington D.C. - Maryland metropolitan area, she graduated from Frostburg State University in Cumberland, Maryland with a degree in Health Education. Dawn is a two-time alumnus of the University of North Florida where she received her Master’s in Public Administration and Health Administration in 1995 and her Doctor of Education Leadership and Social Marketing in 2008. This past December 2017, she was accepted into the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Population Health Management graduate program.
Dawn began her career as a chronic disease health educator with the Duval County Health Department in Jacksonville Florida. She crafted her leadership, evaluation, and health communication skills at various private, human service non-profit organizations and public health consulting contracts across the country. In 2016, Dr. Emerick was selected to lead Clackamas County’s Health, Housing and Human Services’ Public Health Division where she helped transform the Division’s infrastructure and workforce and successfully positioned the Public Health Division as the Chief Heath Strategist for the county. In early 2019, Dr. Emerick was selected to lead Benton County Health Department located in Corvallis, Oregon where she led Public Health, Behavioral Health and Developmental Diversity services. She also co-led a Health Department and Community Health Center model called Benton County Health Services.
Dawn has three children: Tasha, a PhD student at the University of Maryland; Richard, a Manager at UPS in Jacksonville, Florida; and Dylan, a student at the University of Oregon.