Joan Gundersen grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at Monmouth College (Ill.), the College of William and Mary, and University of Notre Dame respectively.  She has been an active member of 10 Episcopal parishes in 9 dioceses. After more than 30 years as a professor and administrator in higher education, Joan Gundersen became Diocesan Treasurer in October 2008 and Director of Administration in January 2009. In spring 2011 she transitioned to serving as Diocesan Archivist and Administrator for Property.

Author of 7 books and more than 22 articles on women’s history, Episcopal Church history, and Early America, she is enjoying becoming versed in the history of this diocese and the continuing challenge of putting systems in place for the diocese. Joan has won numerous awards for teaching and writing, and spent 5 months in Oulu, Finland as a Fulbright Fellow.

She and her husband Bob, married for than 40 years have one daughter (also married) who lives in California. Joan serves as worship committee chair for the Church of the Redeemer, is part of an outreach ministry to Heritage Place Nursing Home, and has sung in choirs since she was 9.  In her spare time she enjoys long distance biking, swimming, and all of the arts.

Joan can be reached at 412-721-0853 or

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