Jamie Dunnum graduated from Viterbo University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Since graduation, she has worked in a variety of rural health care settings with a strong focus in maternity care and women’s health. In 2011, she began at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse in the Family Birthplace unit, where she earned her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant status and promoted childbirth education working as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She also assisted in providing group prenatal care through Centering Pregnancy. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing Education at Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2014, and accepted a position as an assistant professor in 2015. During her time as an assistant professor, she teamed in creating and implementing a combined curriculum of pediatrics and maternity into the Family Care course. Research has been a continued commitment to this course as she integrated education created through the Course Embedded Undergraduate Research Grant that she was awarded in 2017. She has also cultivated an ongoing interest with independent study students in women’s health issues. Dunnum serves on numerous committees and organizations such as Viterbo University’s Chapter of Pi Phi, where she is in a student counselor role and has commitments to the Travel Abroad Committee, where she hopes to bring her knowledge of family and women’s medicine to the impoverished population in Haiti. In addition to her work at Viterbo, she is a dedicated wife and mother to her husband Ryan and their six children. The Dunnum family lives on a dairy farm in Southwest Wisconsin and own and operate a Christmas tree farm in Gays Mills.
Dunnum’s fellowship research examines ancestral DNA and how that relates to familial genetics within the family. Her research draws on the sociological, anthropological, and geographical research on one’s identity, genetic ancestry testing, and family history research. She lays out some of the theoretical and ethical issues that research in this area should address and outlines possible methodologies and methods that will serve to bridge this gap in the current literature on race, ethnicity, identity, and genetics. She enjoys the engagement and commitment in research of genetics, the basis of who we are and where our stories begin. The research will engage her students in the study to reflect on their family and the ethical implications that may come if they were to consent for genetic testing.