AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Press Release

New Hire Announcement—Vice President of Cultural and Organizational Development

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin hires Freda Russel, Ph.D., to lead organizational culture

By - Nov 19th, 2018 11:18 am
Freda Russell. Photo courtesy of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

Freda Russell. Photo courtesy of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee—November 26, 2018—The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) is pleased to announce and welcome Freda Russell, Ph.D., as Vice President of Cultural and Organizational Development. Dr. Russell will be responsible for supporting and sustaining a healthy, high-performing culture enterprise-wide and overseeing the professional development and engagement of staff.

“Freda has had a phenomenal career first in healthcare and most recently in higher education,” said Michael Gifford, President and CEO of ARCW. “Her work throughout her career is impressive and she is a great addition to our leadership team. She will bring important new perspectives to ARCW’s as we continue to prosper and grow.”

Dr. Russell brings to ARCW broad experience in cultural and organizational development, as well as strategic community partnerships. Prior to joining ARCW, Dr. Russell served Cardinal Stritch University for 15 years, the last 8 of which were as the Dean of the College of Education and Leadership. In the role she led the development of curriculum and programming for face-to-face, online and hybrid teaching and learning models.

Dr. Russell serves in various capacities statewide, including with the Professional Standard Council for the State of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Policy Forum, and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. She is also active in the community serving several advisory boards and has co-chair of the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee. She is an author with extensive research on women in leadership roles.

“My life mission is to advocate for equity in human life and personal development,” said Dr. Freda Russell. “I am energized by the humanitarian services of ARCW and look forward to contributing to a vibrant organizational culture that supports the needs of the staff as they develop capacities to produce direction, alignment and commitment as a collective team.”

Dr. Russell graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a Ph.D. in leadership for the advancement of learning and service, and holds a master’s degree from Concordia University in curriculum, instruction and assessment.

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is home to the ARCW Medical Center–Wisconsin’s largest and fastest growing HIV healthcare system. Through its integrated medical, dental and mental health clinics, along with pharmacy and dedicated social services, over 5,000 HIV patients are able to gain the healthcare and social services they need for long-term survival with HIV disease. ARCW is also a leading provider of innovative and aggressive prevention services that help at-risk individuals stay free of HIV. To learn more about ARCW, please visit, and the organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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