Dr. Dunkley is originally from Jamaica, and has resided in New York since the early 90s. In the span of her 15-year nursing career, Dr. Dunkley has worked extensively in the arena of maternal-child health in both hospital and community healthcare, and in academia. She is currently the Director of Nursing for Women and Children's Services at an academic medical center in NY. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Hampton University, and earned her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Phoenix. Her dissertation was focused on the experience of being Black and female in executive nursing leadership, which created the inspiration for founding The League of Extraordinary Black Nurses; a nonprofit nursing organization aimed at supporting current and future Black nurses. She is passionate about advocating for systematic improvement in diversity and inclusion within the profession and for the eradication racial health disparities.