Dawn Neufeld is a multi-faceted woman with a heart for her family. A native Californian, Dawn was bitten by the acting bug at a young age. Her early training with the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble and Kevin McDermott’s Center Stage L.A. helped her land roles in several television shows and plays. Although Dawn took a break from the industry during junior high and high school to focus on academics and sports, her love for acting never went away.
During college, Dawn balanced her academic pursuits with modeling and acting. She developed an interest in media and journalism and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a Women’s Studies minor from UCLA. She went on to earn a law degree from the UC Davis School of Law and is licensed to practice in both California (2002) and Texas (2009). Dawn practiced law at the Los Angeles firm Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt before moving to Buffalo, New York where her former husband played for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. While in Buffalo, Dawn became a mom to two incredible children, William and Bryn. She immersed herself in the community and was named the Buffalo Bills Women’s Association Woman of the Year in 2007 for her charitable work. Dawn also reconnected with her love for all things acting when she joined the Frank Rossi Studio. When Dawn moved home to Frisco, Texas in 2008, she dove head first into the local television scene while re-establishing her legal career. She most recently practiced business litigation at Graham, Bright & Smith and is currently working on establishing a solo practice and developing her writing and public speaking career.
Dawn’s “happy place” is in front of the camera. A cast member on VH1’s Football Wives (2010), Dawn hosted The Broadcast – a morning entertainment and talk show airing in several markets in Texas, and Take Charge Parenting – a weekly half-hour parenting show featuring the “Kid’s Doctor” Sue Hubbard. She previously hosted D210 TV, a show featuring the latest in Dallas entertainment and sports, and also co-hosted The Bite, a weekly cutting-edge entertainment show televised in high-volume restaurant chains nation-wide. Dawn was also featured in a series of Smart Tips on The Food Network. In her most recent project she hosted “2nd Chance Saves Lives,” a groundbreaking show that connects individuals, charities and small businesses with community resources to help make their dreams come true. Dawn has also graced the covers of several publications including Thrive magazine and Blitz Weekly. In 2013, she was featured on the cover of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s DFW.com “Hot Issue.” She also frequently emcees charity and community events.
Because of her diverse background, Dawn has contributed to several national and local broadcasts and television shows including the Today Show, CNN Headline News, Inside Edition and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell. She has discussed everything from hot legal topics to sharing her own personal health issues and experiences as a football wife, autism mom, and domestic abuse survivor.
Dawn has competed in the Mrs. Texas America pageant numerous times and now provides interview coaching and preparation for pageant participants. She enjoyed competing because it gave her a platform to promote autism awareness and share a message of hope. Her son Will was diagnosed with the spectrum disorder at the age of three and he continues to thrive thanks to early intervention and special education services.
Dawn’s greatest accomplishment is being a mom to her two children. She’s passionate about giving back to her community by contributing her time and resources to various charities including the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, KultureCity, the Junior League of Dallas and Attorneys Serving the Community to name a few. Dawn served on the boards of the Dallas Theater Center and Helping Restore Ability. She is an active participant and former board member of Off the Field, the national football wives association, and advocates on behalf of professional athletes and their families.