April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This article is part of a series on local efforts to combat child abuse, provided through cooperation between the Daily News and One Place. This article appeared in The Daily News on April 12, 2021.
BY: Elliott Potter
While the Onslow County Partnership for Children became Dawn Rochelle’s calling when she joined the agency in 1999, she pursued other ways to give back to the community while sharpening her professional skills.
She founded her own leadership, wellness and consulting practice; and she became a force in Rotary International. “If you are not growing in a personal way, nothing else around you will grow either,” said Rochelle, now 55.
In addition to her work with the Onslow County Partnership for Children, a nonprofit agency recently re-branded as One Place, she started a consulting business called Dawn Rochelle Leadership when she reached her 40s. “It started with my need to be well, honestly,” she said.
At the time, she was tipping the scales at close to 260 pounds. Rochelle had been using her clinical licensing to continue work as a therapist, but Rochelle said the work made her feel inauthentic, “telling other people in their lives to do well and I was not.”