Julia Dunst, PhD

Dr. Julia K Dunst graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia with a B.A. in communications. While living abroad in Switzerland, she became fascinated with how communities organize and engage. This passion followed her throughout her career in human resources, management, communication, compliance, and leadership roles. She returned to school earning a master’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University in conflict transformation, peace and organizational leadership. Using the skills earned from experience and classwork, Mrs. Dunst joined the executive leadership of her denomination’s mid-judiciary board. Her experiences included facilitating large and small groups, and assisting communities in dealing with conflicts, especially in areas of inclusion and diversity. Her travels took her into marginalized communities, including the west bank, fueling her penchant for understanding complex issues. Her time at
Alvernia University include serving as the coordinator for Alvernia’s Institutional Review Board and in teaching for health care science students in areas of governance and advocacy. A frequent presenter at Alvernia’s senior college and national and international conferences, her areas of inquiry run from the impact of leadership on community voice, facilitation and governance on leadership practices and organizational policies. A core research goal is to give tools to communities and leaders to make the world a better, more just place. She shares that concern for all, especially for her five children and their future.