Diana Dunkley has a BA in Musical Theater from Brigham Young University. Before graduating Mrs. Dunkley opened Dunkley School of Dance in North Ogden. During that time, she was involved with the Weber County and Cherry Days Miss America pageants raising scholarship funds, serving as choreographer, Mistress of Ceremony and director. Mrs. Dunkley also continued to work in theater with her most noted role in the film Charley and most recently appearing in Mosaic. She has also appeared on stage in numerous theaters throughout Utah including Sundance, Park City Egyptian Theater and Utah Musical Theater. Mrs. Dunkley appeared in the League of Women Voters commercial on aging which won the Utah Broadcasting Award for a Public Service Commercial. Mrs. Dunkley is a vocalist. She is currently a part of Swing Sisters who have performed for numerous venues including opening for Tommy and Dick Smothers at the Kenley Amphitheatre.
Mrs. Dunkley opened Rustic Diamond in Ogden, Utah in 1999, importing and consigning everything from furniture to clothing to glass ware. During this time Mrs. Dunkley designed and wrote the books Two Hour No Sew Decorating and A Merry Little Christmas. Her designs have been published in numerous publications including Chappelle books, Utah Style & Design, and McCall’s Magazines.
Mrs. Dunkley served two missions with her husband Ralph Dunkley for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They first served at Ensign Ranch in Ellensburg, Washington and secondly, in Virginia where they helped with the challenges facing individuals living in inner city Richmond. Upon returning Mr. and Mrs. Dunkley spent six months successfully creating, managing and opening Fly High Trampoline Park in Fort Collins, Colorado which they continue to oversee.
Mr. and Mrs. Dunkley are parents to eight children and grandparents to twelve grandchildren. Volunteering and service are a part of her family’s life with humanitarian work that extends from her home, church, community and throughout the world.
Mrs. Dunkley developed a love and personal commitment to the homeless and their challenges as a child growing up in Seattle where her father, a contractor, often employed day-laborers. Sometimes, at the end of the day, he invited them to dinner. Her Father’s kindness gave Diana a very personal look into the lives and stories of individuals affected by homelessness. Today, Mrs. Dunkley is excited to share in the beautiful vision of Family Promise and committed to help it become a part of Ogden’s community.