Dena Wortzel | Executive Director | 608.265.5593 |

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 KeanMichael Kean | Associate Director | 608.262.9979 |

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 ScheyShoshauna Schey | Administrative Specialist | 608.262.0706 |

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 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 Communications | 608.263.3155 |

Jessica has been with the Wisconsin Humanities Council since 2001, first as Program Officer, then as the Director of Digital Communications. She is content manager for the WHC’s website and editor of the WHC’s E-Newsletter and social media. 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.


Meg Turville-Heitz | Grant Program Director | 608.265.5595 |

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.

Maria Parrott-Ryan | Love Wisconsin Executive Producer | 608.890.3928 |

Maria joined the WHC in 2019 to produce Love Wisconsin, a digital storytelling project. She lives in Madison with her husband and daughter and enjoys writing (especially for children), reading (especially novels), and birds (especially of prey).

Cristopher Font-Santiago | Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border Project Manager |

Originally from Puerto Rico, Cristopher has been working toward his PhD in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison, where he joined the Wisconsin Languages Project to document the stories of Heritage Spanish speakers in Wisconsin. He joined the WHC in 2020 to manage the statewide tour for the Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border exhibit. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking (particularly baking and creole dishes from Puerto Rico), and gaming.