DSF Parent Ambassador

Colleen Murphy Penwell – WI (Midwest)

Colleen Penwell DSF Parent Ambassador

Colleen and her husband, David, live in Madison, Wisconsin and are proud parents to three adult children, one of whom lives with Dravet syndrome. Colleen’s education is in journalism and marketing. In her early career, she worked at public relations agencies in Minneapolis and Madison and had a small consulting firm. A consummate Jane-of-all-trades, her background includes development for various nonprofit organizations and real estate management. Colleen has served on several Boards and has been active with Lily’s Fund for Epilepsy Research through the University of Wisconsin- Madison for many years. She also helped create Girls on the Move Housing Group, which furthers independent living opportunities for adults with disabilities. Her hobbies include gardening, tennis and anything to do with repurposing.

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