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.