Dean of Academic Programs, Executive Director
Hellene Gronda, Ph.D, PW. Dipl, MA, BSc/BA(Hons)
Dr. Gronda is an experienced leader, manager and administrator with over 10 years experience in academic and nonprofit administration and public sector management. She led PWI’s successful application for national accreditation with ACICS (awarded August 2016) and has served as Dean of PWI’s academic programs since 2015, providing oversight and management of the academic program including faculty assignments, accountability and performance evaluation; program logistics and administrative control and standards compliance.
Previously Dr. Gronda served on the executive leadership team of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). She established and led the AHURI Research Synthesis Service, their national research consultancy business unit (2008-2012). Publications include: What makes Case Management Work and What makes a difference? Building a foundation for nationally consistent outcome measures. Other roles include policy development leader for the Victorian State Government, and research coordinator for a large nonprofit.
Dr. Gronda uses her mastery of innovative change facilitation methodologies for individuals and groups. She brings her proven ability in leadership, teaching, research, policy, partnerships and business development, along with a strong project delivery and publication record, to deliver sound management and leadership of the Institute.
Hellene is a Processwork Diplomate and member of PWI Faculty since 2015, with a PhD in Cultural Studies from Monash University (Aust.) and a BSc/BA(Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from the Process Work Institute’s Masters in Process Work (MAPW) program in February 2013. Her doctoral research, Dance with the body you have (2006), focused on the meaning and implications of body awareness practices, while her first degree was in Physics.