After graduating from Penn State, Gail earned a master’s degree in consumer economics as Cornell University. A devoted volunteer for the University, Gail serves on the boards of the Rock Ethics Institute and the School of Public Policy in addition to her role on the Liberal Arts Development Council. She has also served as a Liberal Arts alumni mentor. For the past fifteen years, Gail has been the president and owner of Reach Research, a marketing and business development firm. Before Reach Research, Gail was a consumer educator with the Allegheny County Department of Consumer Affairs and a market research consultant with other companies, including Synovate, Marriott Corporation, and Shugoll Research. She is especially proud of having worked with non-profit arts organizations. Gail and her husband, Dennis, made philanthropic gifts to establish the Jackman-McCourtney Career Development Professorship in the College of the Liberal Arts as well as a dean’s fund and endowments supporting undergraduate and graduate students. In 2020, the Jackmans were named Penn State’s Fundraising Volunteers of the Year.