Diane L. Dunakiss

Elected for three terms, November 1994, November 2002, November 2010
Current term of office: January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2018
Republican

Diane Dunaskiss, wife of former State Senator Mat Dunaskiss, is serving her third term on Wayne State Board of Governors. Diane, who earned her Bachelor of Science Degree, Elementary Education at Wayne State, has three goals in mind as a Wayne State Governor. First, to maintain excellence in education at Wayne State. Second, to restore one of the nation's best urban campuses. Third, to create a values-based education system that will ensure that every student learns the skills that they will need to be successful in today's job market. Diane feels that as an educator, a woman, and a conservative, she provides a valuable and unique perspective as the Board attempts to find solutions to the complex problems facing higher education.

Diane was the principal of Pine Tree Elementary School in Lake Orion. At the school Diane helped children that have special needs that cannot be met in the traditional classroom. Diane served as the instructional leader to assist staff in curriculum design and implementation. She constantly sought ways to interact with the 400 children in her school in positive ways so students do not view the principal position as disciplinary only. Diane spent her days with these children helping them to adapt to the school environment, developing their unique and individual skills, and helping to develop their confidence and self-esteem.

She served as a member and Trustee of the Alpha Delta Kappa Education Sorority.  She serves and is currently Trustee and Vice Present for the Lake Orion Education Foundation.  Diane also volunteers her time for Rotary International and is currently President-elect for her local club.

Professional History

2000–2015
Principal, Pine Tree Elementary School

1983–2000
Special Education Teacher, Elementary L.D. Basic, Lake Orion Community Schools

1982 - 1984
Teacher for Employability Skills, Adults and Out-Of-School Youths, Lake Orion Community Schools

1979–1981
First Grade Teacher, Lake Orion Community Schools

1971–1981
Credit Supervisor, Sears, Roebuck and Company

Educational Background

Fraser High School, Graduate (1970)

Wayne State University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Elementary Education (1974)

Oakland University, Master's Degree, Learning Disabilities and Reading (1984)

Wayne State University, Education Specialist Degree, Educational Administration (Present)

Professional Organizations

  • Michigan Elementary and Middle School Public Administration, Member
  • Alpha Delta Kappa Educational Sorority
    • 1988–1990 Chapter President
    • 1990–1992 Chapter President
    • 1992–1994 Chairperson
  • Lake Orion Education Foundation
    • Trustee
    • 2010 -- 2011 Secretary
    • 2017 Vice President
  • Rotary International - Lake Orion
    • 2015 - present
    • 2016 - President Elect