Introducing WIPPS Program Manager, Gail Kell

Gail Kell joined WIPPS as a program manager in December 2015, bringing with her more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit public health sector.

As program manager, she will oversee WIPPS’ diverse mix of programs, providing strategic direction and leadership. Her initial projects involve the Voices of Democracy and guiding the WIPPS’ Program Planning Committee.

Before joining WIPPS, Gail consulted for a nonprofit that delivered preventative health care, referral and education to area farmers and their families in Marathon County. She helped build the program’s infrastructure and provided project support. Prior to this role, she was a research coordinator and outreach specialist for nearly eight years at the UWMadison School of Medicine and Public Health/UW Community Health Connections program, based in Wausau. She handled community engagement services in the northern part of the state, as well as fostered connections to statewide research resources.

“I’m excited to work on events and projects that bring the Wisconsin idea to life – that is – bringing the resources and knowledge from the University beyond campus walls out to the communities and citizens of our state,” she said. “I’m also looking forward to learning from community members about their priorities and grassroots efforts. Ultimately, it’s all about bringing people and resources together to enhance the vibrancy of our communities.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social work and a master’s degree in human and community resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Raised in Wausau, Gail and her husband, Matthew, currently live in Wausau with their three children ages 17, 9, and 4. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing projects (especially custom horse show clothes), horseback riding, hiking and family time.