Berrien Community Foundation Hires Kelly Gampel For Communications Role

The Berrien Community Foundation announces the recent hire of Bridgman native Kelly Gampel for the role of Communications Associate.

“We are happy to have Kelly join our team in this new position,” said Berrien Community Foundation President Lisa Cripps-Downey. “Her experience will help us better serve the community by keeping people more informed.”

Gampel began her award-winning career at The Index in Homer, Michigan, working as the news editor after earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cornerstone University.

“I’ve always been drawn to people, organizations and their stories. I feel extremely fortunate to get to communicate important ideas and stories,” said Gampel. “Adding onto that, the idea that I get to work for a nonprofit that makes such a significant difference makes stepping into this role even sweeter.”

She would next assume the position of photographer/reporter at the Star-Gazette in Elmira, New York. Her work earned her several awards during her tenure including two New York State Associated Press Association awards for multimedia storytelling and video work. She was also recognized with a Gannett Central New York Media Essence Award for innovating how readers could better interact with a story.

Before joining the Berrien Community Foundation, she worked as the multimedia communicator at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, writing content for social media and marketing publications, and documenting life on campus.

Though she is freshly stepping into this role, she brings with her a valuable asset: community knowledge. As a Bridgman native, Gampel is very familiar with the beauty and fun of Berrien County.