Dawn Abernathy has lived most of her life in Lake County. She grew up in Libertyville and attended Carmel High School in Mundelein where she first met Mark Abernathy, not knowing she would marry him ten years later!
Her father worked for Abbott Laboratories, and her mother raised their family. Her parents instilled in her a sense of respect and responsibility at an early age. They have been her role models, her heroes, and her biggest supporters.
She attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and decided to move back to Illinois. In 1994, she married Mark Abernathy, a small business owner whose family owned Abernathy’s Department Store in Mundelein for 57 years. Mark and Dawn have fostered five children, and they have two daughters, Akaysha and Maggie.
Dawn has spent her life on the frontline serving people. Opening her home to children with nowhere else to turn as a foster mother, advocating for those without access to housing, and ensuring local tax dollars are reinvested in the community. She has been involved in many charitable organizations such as Santa Maria del Popolo Church, CASA, Mundelein Mainstreet, Mundelein-Vernon Hills Rotary Club, Carmel High School. “Dawn has always been the first to stand-up to volunteer,” says longtime friend, Cindy Otrembiak.
Dawn ran for Mundelein Trustee in 2013 and won. Since then, she has been a leading champion for independent living facilities and the redevelopment of downtown Mundelein. She is fiscally conservative and has voted against property tax increases and has voted for term limits.