Currently the chief executive officer of the San Antonio-based executive-level business strategy firm DMJ Consulting, Dawn Johnson was previously with USAA Marketing. Involved in a number of charitable activities in and around the city, Dawn Johnson is a board member of the San Antonio Clubhouse and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Accredited by Clubhouse International, the San Antonio Clubhouse was founded in 2003 to serve as a supportive community for men and women diagnosed with mental illnesses. Through the community environment and the organization’s programs, members safely find independence, health, and wellness.
A key component of the San Antonio Clubhouse, the Center for Housing, Employment, and Education (CHEE) is both a resource for members seeking its services and a place of employment. Not only do members manage the inventory and the reception area, but they also clean the building, water plants, and collect clubhouse statistics. For job seekers, CHEE provides help in achieving employment goals.
Most members go through a three-step process to obtain independent employment. Beginning with highly structured transitional employment, members graduate to supported employment, which involves a more traditional interview and hiring process and less input from clubhouse staff. Independent employment may still involve clubhouse input, but members at that stage largely go through the process on their own.