Hello! My name is Dawn Bohlmann and I am happy to be serving as your 2014/2015 Co-President. I feel very fortunate to lead our fabulous club again this year in the role as Co-President with Anne. In 2012/2013 I was the club’s Northern CA Rep with NCAMOTC, the 2013 Northern California Chapter Convention Committee member, and am currently the club’s NCAMOTC (now Multiples of America) Liaison while also serving as a National Worker in the role of Publicity Coordinator with Multiples of America.
I took the plunge and joined CCPOM in 2011 right before our twins were born, seeking support and the wealth of knowledge from other parents who had multiples. My son, Sonny and daughter, Campbell, arrived at 35 weeks exactly, weighing in at 6lbs 1oz (Sonny) and 5lbs 1oz (Campbell) on May 17th, 2011. Our little family went home in 4 days post-delivery. They are continually growing into two very energetic, witty, fun-loving and completely entertaining twins whom I wouldn’t exchange for anything else in the world!
A little bit about me. I am the youngest of 3 children, born into an extensive farming community in Central IL, avid animal lover, outdoor enthusiast and active athlete as soon as I could pick up a ball :) After a pretty magical childhood and formative years, I ventured onto college, initially majoring in Zoology with a focus in Marine Biology. However, I ended up graduating with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, loving every minute of my education at Western IL University.
After graduation, I landed an Internship with Arthur Andersen, which I had hoped would springboard myself into my first real career! In the end, it was a dead end due to the events of 9/11 and the Enron scandal that ultimately took down Andersen as the top accounting firm interviewing as an entry level employee in a very poor job market, the options were limited. Luckily, I was able to find a role as a nanny for three lovely ladies under the age of 11 for over a year and a half, spending 4 of those months traveling to their other homes in Maui and Colorado Springs. I really enjoyed my time with these girls and their family. However, I knew that I should dive back into my field of interest and education, so I managed to find a Conference and Events Services Manager position with a conference facility (former railroad magnate's mansion) near my nanny family's house in North Shore, Chicago. In 2005 I was promoted and transferred to the Bay Area as an opening team member for the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco as the Director of Operations. Within two years, my client (UCSF) valued my expertise and success with the center that I was offered a role directly with the School of Medicine, managing Continuing Medical Education conferences for all walks of health care professionals from around the world.
When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, testing out new restaurants and wines with friends and fellow MOMs, shopping (ha!), serving as the Community Service Relations chair for the Northern California Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association, and socializing my kiddos with their fellow twin friends.