Dana is the director of The Leading Edge and Thesis/Portfolio Capstone Programs for the Master of Arts in Management (MAM) program at Doane University in Lincoln, Neb. Dana began at Doane as dean of students on the Crete campus (1987-1990), but is especially passionate about teaching and working with non-traditional students. She was instrumental in developing the MAM program's research/thesis courses and creating the portfolio and Leading Edge alternative capstone options. Prior to coming to Doane, she was director of student activities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash, and spent five years running residence halls for Chapman College in Orange, Calf. and Biola University in La Mirada, Calf. She also spent some time in the corporate world, working her way up from the mailroom to advertising to assistant buyer for a major chain of grocery stores.
Dana has conducted research textbook reviews for Merrill/Prentice Hall Publishing company and has co-authored articles in a number of journals including Qualitative Inquiry, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Qualitative Health Research, Federal Probation, the Ohio State's Theory into Practice journal and most recently (April 2007) in the Applied Environmental Education and Communication international journal. Dana also co-authored a chapter in the book: Innovations in Feminist Psychological Research by Cambridge University Press.
Her degrees include a bachelor's degree, from Vancouver Bible College in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, masters' degrees in Christian Education and College Student Development from Talbot Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has mentored and coached many students and employees over her years as a professional.