Meet Our Team

Tom Russell

Tom got his start as an editor at Campaigns and Elections Magazine in Washington, DC. Splitting time between the Midwest and Washington, he’s spent more than 20 years in government, public relations and political consulting.

Director of Communications
Contact at:
(608) 828-6868

Gian Galassi

Gian has worked in media relations for more than 20 years and has been with UW Health since 2011. Prior to joining UW Health, Gian worked for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Nevada Cancer Institute; and The Nature Conservancy.  

Transplant, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Surgery, and Heart, Vascular and Thoracic are some of Gian’s main accounts.

Media Specialist
Contact at:
(608 235-2926

Andrew Hellpap

Andrew worked as a reporter with Gannett in northeast and central Wisconsin, the Chicago Sun-Times Newsgroup in the northwest Chicago suburbs, and as interim editor of The Monroe Times. He joined UW Health in 2016, after serving as communications coordinator with Innovenn Inc., a biotechnology company in Madison.

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Neurosciences, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Anesthesiology are some of Andrew’s main accounts.

Media Specialist
Contact at:
(608) 316-9786

Emily Kumlien

Emily has been with the UW Health Media Relations team since 2014. Prior to coming to UW Health, she spent 6 years as a local TV news and sports reporter in Madison. She is a graduate of the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Email or text is the best way to reach her in a timely manner.

The American Family Children’s Hospital, Alzheimer’s, Women’s Health, Nutrition, Nursing, Infectious Disease and Ophthalmology are some of Emily’s main accounts

Media Specialist
Contact at:
(608) 516-9154

Sara Vinson

Sara joined UW Health at the beginning of 2020. Previously, she worked in national media relations for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, and before that she worked at a public relations agency supporting clients in Silicon Valley. She is a native Wisconsinite and a graduate of the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Sara covers the Carbone Cancer Center and cancer care.

Media Specialist
Contact at:
(608) 852-2605