Dawn Heinbach graduated magna cum laude from Reading Area Community College in 2014 with Associate in Arts degrees in Communications and Anthropology. During her tenure at RACC, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, the Front Street Journal. In addition, her creative work was published in the school’s annual scholarly journal, Legacy XIII: Becoming Us.
Heinbach’s academic achievements at RACC include induction into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, and successfully completing Honors Program curriculum. She was the recipient of the 2014 All-PA Academic Team scholarship, which provided full tuition for her junior and senior years at any school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
An active participant in RACC’s Student Professional Development and Leadership Program, Heinbach earned the Certified Student Leader designation. She served as the Chair for the 2014 RACCy Olympics, a year-long student and staff community service and fundraising endeavor that raised nearly $19,000 to benefit the local Olivet Boys and Girls Club.
Heinbach was selected as the speaker for RACC’s 2014 commencement ceremony.
Majoring in English/Professional Writing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Heinbach graduated summa cum laude in 2016 with a bachelor of arts degree. She completed two minor concentrations: Digital Communication & New Media and Public Relations. Heinbach again completed sufficient course work to graduate from KU’s Honors program, and was also inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She earned a Master’s degree in Publishing from Rosemont College in January 2020. Dawn is currently a master’s degree candidate in New York University’s American Journalism online program.
Heinbach is the founder and President/CEO of the nonprofit Writing Wrongs, an annual literary journalism event at which college students immerse themselves in a specific societal issue and create a digital and print publication about the topic. By telling the stories of those directly involved, Writing Wrongs offers a different and often-ignored perspective that challenges stereotypes and prejudices. The students have confronted homelessness, addiction, immigration, domestic violence & sexual assault, and challenges of the LGBT community.
New Dawn Enterprises, LLC was first formed when Heinbach purchased a local coffee shop in 2008. The company now specializes in assisting small- to medium-sized business owners with brand development, communications, and public relations. The publishing branch of the company focuses on the work of new and emerging authors.