Kelly Gampel

Communications Associate
kellygampel@berriencommunity.org
269-983-3304
Two people fencing in an alley.
Kelly Gampel (in pink) fences in the streets of Montreal.

 

Tell me an interesting/fun/cool fact about yourself.
I have two toes that are longer than my “big” toe. They’ve been referred to as pterodactyl toes before …

Give me a snapshot of your work history.
Well, the first half of my career was spent as a photojournalist and reporter at a weekly near Jackson, Michigan and then a daily in the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes Region of New York. I then was hired on as the staff photographer at Washtenaw Community College before coming here to BCF.

Give me another snapshot of what it is you do here at BCF.
A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Mostly behind-the-scenes stuff like writing press releases, updating and creating new content on the website, posting on our social media pages, and other communication pieces like the newsletters. I also do some photos for the Foundation.

How do you get involved in the community?
I’m excited to say I just started volunteering with the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan! I also tend to volunteer at my church.

How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
I enjoy hunting for beach glass along Lake Michigan, hitting up Weko Beach, thrifting and going to the gym (that is, when I actually go).

A woman playing the accordion.What kinds of activities energize you?
Finding random farmers markets in Canada where I can learn to fence with friends (and win). That, or finding accordions in thrift stores and attempting the play them. 

What’s something you’ve done, but you’ll never do again?
I once walked (legally) on a train bridge that stretched over a gorge in New York for work. I nearly became paralyzed with fear and could no longer move forward. 0 out of 10 would recommend.

What’s your favorite place to eat around here?
I honestly don’t eat out at restaurants much, so I don’t have a favorite.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?
If there’s a cat, I WILL pet it.  

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
For 6 summers, I was a camp counselor. That in and of itself is not weird, but more so the stories that came out of it. Like, one year as I was canoeing down a river with two campers, I had to bat a gigantic spider that’d fallen into our canoe toward myself and away from the campers who sat blissfully unaware. I did not want to tip over.  

What’s one of your favorite parts of your job?
I really enjoy taking photos to document what we and our volunteers do here at BCF!

What makes you excited to work at BCF?
We make a difference, we make people happy and, when we leave an area or community, we leave it better.

 

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