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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.

Tatiana Dennis

Community Engagement Coordinator

From pre-K to university, Tatiana has gone to school in Madison. She had her first nonprofit experience with Amigos de las Americas when she was 16. Today, she works directly with fellow alumni, creating engaging programs with the schools that shaped her. When not in the office, she teaches yoga, hikes and volunteers with the humane society.

Joey Grindrod

Advocacy Coordinator

A lifelong Madisonian and proud East High alumnus, Joey works with students and other community members to help create positive change for public education. He holds a degree in political science and certificate in public policy from UW Madison.

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.

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.

Laurie Stensland

Community Partnerships Director

The mother of two MMSD students, Laurie is dedicated to supporting students, teachers, families and schools through community partnerships, such as our Teacher Support Network. You’ll often find her biking in the Dane County countryside or walking her dog. 

Kristin Wensing

Development Director

As our first development director, Kristin is a relationship builder with a background in managing stakeholder programs for a variety of nonprofit organizations. She’s excited to generate revenue that accelerates student opportunity throughout the district, and believes every child should have access to a free, high-quality education. Kristin is a proud public school graduate of Rufus King International High School in Milwaukee.

“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

Mary Romolino

Past Chair

ACME Nerd Games

Marty Malloy

Chair

M3 Insurance

Dan Nerad

Chair Elect

Retired MMSD Administrator

Alyssa Hartung

Treasurer

Wipfli

Melissa Scholz

Secretary

Scholz Nonprofit Law

Samantha Baruah

Veritas Technologies

Kathy Costello

Retired MMSD Principal

Benjamin Dickey

Resonant Capital Advisors

Suzanne Dove

Bentley University

Beth Goeddel

Clasen Quality Chocolate

Mike Hertting

Retired MMSD Administrator

Dr. Carlton Jenkins

MMSD Superintendent (non-voting)

Gary Jordan

American Family Insurance

Ted Jun

Upshot

Dan Kennelly

Quad Capital Partners

Andy Lyons

Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA)

Ann Marie Malecha

Dezenhall Resources

Mandy Marcum

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Kerry Motoviloff

Retired Madison Teachers, Inc.

Ali Muldrow

Board of Education (non-voting)

Deb Neff

West High Parent-Teacher-Student Organization

Allison Reimann

Godfrey & Kahn

Gloria Reyes

Daniel Sims

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Gisèle Sutherland

BMO Harris Bank, 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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