The Catholic University of America

Danielle Rose (Donovan) Dunn

Supervisor, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) for a large auto insurance carrier
Class of 1993


Education

Certificate in Graphic Design from The Advertising Arts College in La Jolla, CA; currently pursuing 'core' business classes required by my company through St. Leo University.

Current job 

Supervisor, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) for a large auto insurance carrier - investigating insurance fraud with an emphasis on medical billing

Other jobs, awards, honors since graduation

Worked for two attorneys as a secretary (Wyoming & Washington DC), sold advertisement space in four small newspapers (San Diego Community Newspaper Group), assistant to the Deans (Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea), ranch hand (Triangle X Ranch, Moose, Wyoming), social worker (Parent & Family Center, Juneau, AK). . . and more part time jobs than there's room or interest for. I'm a trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). I volunteer as an Election Official with the City of Virginia Beach. I am active in Girl Scouting. In March 2011 the National Insurance Crime Bureau presented me with a Commendation Award for "outstanding efforts combating medical fraud, and dedicated service in the field of investigative intelligence.


Why did you major in English?

Planned on teaching at the secondary school level. Attempted both degrees. Did not complete education certification.

Tell us about a skill you learned/developed as an English major that has helped you out in the “real world.”

Writing for comprehension. Working for a Fortune 500 company, I am amazed daily at the number of intelligent professionals who cannot write.

What was the best English class you took at CUA and why?

Myth to Novel: Universal Forms. I love storytelling.

If you could give one piece of advice to current students, what would it be?

Yikes! I am NOT a person to take advice from. Find something you love to do, I guess. It sure makes waking up and going to work every day that much easier.

Which text was your favorite to read while you were a student at CUA? In which class did you read it?

Looking at my bookshelves now to see which ones have stayed with me. It's a collection of fairy tales from my favorite class. They are wonderfully gruesome and scare the pants off my daughter.

What’s next for you?

Good for now. Wouldn't mind taking a job with my company at another location . . . somewhere in the Rockies maybe. My daughter is my priority. I'll do what's best for her.