The Center for Nonprofit Communication

Meet the Staff

Dan Prater, Director

Dan PraterOffice: Shewmaker 213
Phone: (417) 873-7443

Dan has a diverse background in communication, ranging from working as a member of the media, to corporate and nonprofit communication.

He taught communication and leadership courses as an adjunct instructor at Drury from 2007-2010. In June of 2011, he became a full-time faculty member of the communication department.

Dan is the founder and director of the Center for Nonprofit Communication at Drury University. In this role, he consults and trains local nonprofit organizations on communication-related issues. In addition, he oversees Drury students who assist nonprofit organizations.

He volunteers for several area nonprofit groups, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Carol Jones Recovery Center for Women, and The Pregnancy Care Center. His passion is to help these organizations be better at achieving their missions, and to engage students in this type of work.

His research is in the area of child abuse/neglect and domestic violence. He has led two studies:

  • “Child Rearing Attitudes of the Ozarks” (2007)
  • “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (current)

Currently, Dan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of communication.

Kunti Bentley, Graduate Assistant

Office: Shewmaker 211
Phone: (417) 873-4071

Kunti Bentley first arrived in Springfield Missouri twenty years ago when she began her undergraduate education at Missouri State University.

Kunti took a ten-year sabbatical to travel the world and pursue a multi-disciplined, independent education. Traveling independently throughout Mexico, Central America, Europe, South East Asia and Africa, she led a culturally rich and diverse life. From studying flamenco in Spain to Odissi in India, she immersed herself in each country’s culture to better understand the people she met.

Upon returning to Springfield, Kunti dove back into her formal education earning first an Associates degree from Ozarks Technical Community College followed by a BA from MSU in Global Studies and Anthropology. Kunti is currently at Drury University, working toward her Master of Arts in Communication with a nonprofit emphasis.

Kunti’s travels have helped to shape her worldview and made her a globally aware individual. By combining the life skills she has acquired while living abroad with her formal education, Kunti’s goal is to create a more culturally educated, aware, and diverse community which she hopes to achieve by working with area nonprofit organizations.

Julie Tumy, Special Advisor

Twitter: @julietumy

Julie joins the team with over 30 years of sales, marketing and management experience. She is well versed in all aspects of the sales and marketing process, both Business-2-Business and Business-2-Consumer.

Much of her work has been with leading branded and service companies such as: Procter and Gamble, Tyson Foods, Campbell Soup, Smuckers, Mars Foodservice, Manitowoc, Reckitt Benekiser, Aramark, Yum Brands, Smith and Wolensky, Eco lab and US Food Service. All of this has brought to bear an in-depth understanding of today’s business issues and key challenges.

Julie spent 24 years at NOBLE Communications as President and in numerous account and strategic roles. She leaves a proven track record of new business acquisition, consumer client growth and innovation for the agency and for many of her clients.

Most recently she has been working with the leading food industry social media company FohBoh Inc., where she has helped position the company, and develop the product and service set, along with defining customer marketing and focus.