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Jeanne Bissell

Jeanne Bissell


Jeanne spent most of her childhood in Pennsylvania and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan. Her graduate work is in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland. She taught physical education and health for years in the Washington DC area, she also ran a successful Certified Personal Training business there.

Since moving to Madison, her focus has been on non-profit development, advocacy and activism. Jeanne has dedicated her life’s work to women’s rights, particularly sexual and reproductive health care, rights and bodily autonomy. She sits on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She is the last chair of Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI. She is also involved with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, department of OB/Gyn. She endowed a Professorship of Reproductive Justice in that department. She is also involved with the University of Wisconsin School of Gender and Women’s Studies, having funded a Graduate Scholarship of Reproductive Health and Justice.

She is also passionate about voting rights in Wisconsin, volunteering and advocating with the League of Women Voters, Fair Maps Wisconsin, and Law Forward. 

Jeanne is dedicated to being of service in the recovery community here. She is inspired every day by the transformation of human lives and families through freedom from addiction. Her goal is to be of service with the Recovery Foundation to help as many people as possible achieve long-term recovery and live happy and healthy lives.