Gail joined the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation in June 2014 in a newly created position of Talent Director. In this role, she concentrates on efforts to attract, retain and expand the talent pool in the greater St. Cloud region. This entails collaborating closely with all workforce stakeholders, including education institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations and workforce partners, to identify and address regional talent challenges.
Gail brings to GSDC 28 years of experience in retail management and corporate human resource roles at Bon Ton Department Stores. Her expertise in recruitment, talent acquisition, candidate networking/relationship building, training and development, and college relations matches the Talent Director role extraordinarily well.
Having grown up on a southwestern MN farm in St. James, Gail graduated from St. Cloud State University with a BS degree in management and an emphasis in human resources. Her family includes her husband, Tom, and two children, Tyler and Katie. Tyler is in college and Katie attends Sauk Rapids High School. Gail loves spending time with family and friends, flowers and cheering for Katie at her activities.
Giving back to the community is very important to Gail. She is a strong advocate for Tanner’s Team Foundation, which provides support to Central MN families with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. She holds the role of Board Member and Secretary.
When asked about her interest in the Talent Director position, Gail replied, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with businesses in the greater St. Cloud community on critical talent issues. The GSDC is leading some of the most important regional development initiatives and I am excited to be part of the team.”