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Meet the people behind the mission.

Melinda V. Heinritz

President

Melinda joined us in 2016 and believes our public school system is a fundamental pillar of community vitality. She works to ensure it has the resources needed to support its 52 schools and  more than 26,000 students. She and her husband, Mark, have a son at West High School.  

Mary Bartzen

Community Partnerships Director

Mary manages our Adopt-a-School program, which establishes and strengthens relationships between a wide variety of organizations and our public schools. Mary joined the Foundation in 2003 to launch A Principal Experience, an initiative that enabled over 1,000 community members to serve as Principal Partners in our schools.  She and her husband are proud parents of two Memorial High School graduates.

Kelly Keenan

Development Coordinator

The Foundation’s mission relies on the vital support of donors and sponsors. As the Development Coordinator, Kelly assists with supporting fundraising initiatives, nurturing donor relationships, and coordinating events. Most recently, Kelly served with Americorps organizing and operating an environmental day camp in Minnesota. This experience reinforced her belief in the importance of education in shaping the future of our society. As a UW-Madison alum, she is excited to be back in Madison.

Caleb Kulinski

Advocacy Coordinator

With advocacy being one of the Foundation’s highest priorities, Caleb provides support to its local referenda campaigns, statewide outreach, and national monitoring. He spent the last few years working on anti-hunger-related advocacy efforts in the Greater Indianapolis area but is excited to be back in his home state of Wisconsin.

Terri Kysely

Operations Manager

Terri joined our staff the summer of 2022. She and her three children are proud alumni of Memorial High School. As Operations Manager she provides an array of administrative, and systems support for Foundation programs, Board of Directors, and committees. In her spare time, you will find Terri with family and friends.

Kari Mueller

Director, Strategy & Innovation

A proud Memorial alumna, Kari helped launch our Madison Public Schools Friends & Alumni Network. She brings over a decade of experience in marketing and community engagement to our team. You can often find her teaching yoga in her Mount Horeb studio or enjoying the outdoors with her husband, three children and dog.

Thomas Qualls

Community Engagement Director

Tom serves as the Community Engagement Director. Drawing from his experience in Madison’s public schools and the nonprofit world, Tom oversees the Teacher Support Network, ensuring the delivery of essential resources to educators. He also manages new business development, cultivating partnerships to bolster the Foundation’s mission. Passionate about public education and with a knack for building high-impact relationships, Tom is committed to breaking down barriers for students and fortifying Madison’s public schools.

Angie Schoeneck

Vice President, Strategy & Innovation

Passionate about education, Angie spent the past five years working closely with K-12 librarians and educators across the country, helping them develop makerspace programs in their schools. An expert in customer insights, Angie leads our marketing and external communications.

“I am proud and honored to be part of a team that is both personally and professionally dedicated to having excellent, well-funded public schools in which learning is celebrated and all students graduate ready for college, career, and community involvement.”

Mary Bartzen, Community Partnerships Director

Our Board of Directors

Gary Jordan

Chair

American Family Insurance

Marty Malloy

Past Chair

M3 Insurance, Retired

Mary Romolino

Chair Elect

ACME Nerd Games

Alyssa Hartung

Treasurer

Wipfli

Gloria Reyes

Secretary

Dane County Human Services

Samantha Baruah

Veritas Technologies

Kathy Costello

Retired MMSD Principal

Benjamin Dickey

Resonant Capital Advisors

Beth Goeddel

Clasen Quality Chocolate

Brenda Gonzalez

DMI Appointee, UW-Madison UniverCity Alliance (non-voting)

Jill Jokela

WI Department of Workforce Development, Retired

Ted Jun

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin

Dan Kennelly

Quad Capital Partners

Jennifer Kraemer

Kraemer Brothers, LLC, Retired

Lisa Kvistad

Interim Superintendent (non-voting)

Badri Lankella

WI Department of Natural Resources

Joe Luedke

Baird Private Wealth Management

Andy Lyons

Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA)

Ann Marie Malecha

Dezenhall Resources

Mandy Marcum

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Richard McGregory

Madison College

Kerry Motoviloff

Retired Madison Teachers, Inc.

Nichelle Nichols

Board of Education (non-voting)

Matt Phair

City of Madison Appointee, Badger Ridge Middle School (non-voting)

Allison Reimann

Godfrey & Kahn

Christina Ripley

WEAC

Gisèle Sutherland

BMO Harris N.A.

Careers

Create a career that has impact.

Looking to drive progress in the community? That’s what we do. Join our team and go to work each day knowing you’re part of something selfless: Creating amazing opportunities for students throughout Madison.

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