Staff

 

Dena Wortzel | Executive Director | 608.265.5593 | dena.wortzel@wisconsinhumanities.org

Dena has been Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council since 2008. She started her work at the WHC in 1994 as Program Officer and then Associate Director. Dena lives on a former dairy farm outside Hollandale, in Iowa county, with her husband, dog, horses, cats, parakeet, exotic chickens, and all manner of wildlife, among which spring peepers are possibly her favorite.

Mike Kean Michael Kean | Associate Director | 608.262.9979 | michael.kean@wisconsinhumanities.org

Michael joined the WHC staff in April 2000. As Associate Director, Michael is responsible for accounting, administration, and human resources at the WHC and is also the administrator for the WHC’’s grant program.

 Shoshauna Schey Shoshauna Schey | Administrative Specialist | 608.262.0706 | shoshauna.schey@wisconsinhumanities.org

Shoshauna started working at the Wisconsin Humanities Council in 1993. She assists the entire staff in their fiscal, fundraising, programmatic and outreach efforts. She also attends many of the programs that the WHC helps to fund. Shoshauna lives with her husband on Madison’s near west side, is an award-winning poet, and founded the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf program, and the Woodrow Hall Jumpstart Awards.

  Gail Kohl | Development Director | 608.265.5594 | gail.kohl@wisconsinhumanities.org

Gail joined the WHC in March 2014 as the Development Director. Her responsibilities include building relationships with current WHC donors, and cultivating new donors, corporations, foundation and public funders. Gail lives in Madison with her husband and grandson, a high school actor. She loves theater and concerts, to read, travel, cook, and be out in nature.

Jessica Becker Jessica Becker | Director of Digital Content | 608.263.3155 | jessica.becker@wisconsinhumanities.org

Jessica has been with the Wisconsin Humanities Council since 2001, first as Program Officer, then as the Director of Digital Content. She is responsible for the website and editor of the WHC’s online magazine, ‘Humanities Booyah.’  Jessica lives in Madison with her husband and two daughters, loves to explore, practice yoga, ride her bike, read, write and take pictures of people and places.

  Carmelo Dávila | Working Lives Project Director| 608.890.3928 | carmelo.davila@wisconsinhumanities.org


Carmelo joined the WHC in April 2016. He is responsible for ideas and outreach in guiding the statewide Working Lives Project.  This includes managing the speaker/discussion program, ShopTalk. He grew up in Puerto Rico and lives in the Madison area with his wife, daughter, and son, enjoys reading, visiting museums, riding his bike, and jamming on his Les Paul guitar.

  Meg Turville-Heitz | Grant Program Director | 608.265.5595 | meg.turvilleheitz@wisconsinhumanities.org

Meg joined the WHC in June 2016 and is responsible for implementing the grant program. A life-long Wisconsinite, she operates a sort of organic, sort of defunct farm in Jefferson County where she lives with her son. She takes all opportunities to indulge in passions for writing, cooking, cultural and natural history and the outdoors.