Thank You for Joining Us on Wednesday, October 11!

Stepping into our Madison public schools, one thing is clear: these very much alive communities would not thrive without our principals who have a particular set of skills, including enormous compassion. Part CEO, part educator, and part friend, our Madison public school principals carry significant responsibilities in guiding our staff and students to achieve their potential.

Through A Principal Experience, business leaders and others experience firsthand a standard morning in the life of a Madison public school principal — complete with strategizing, educating, laughing, singing, celebrating, and, of course, a lot of learning.

Join us for an enriching experience you’ll never forget.

Applications for A Principal Experience 2017 are now closed.

The A Principal Experience program was one that I was grateful to undertake, as it allows me as an outsider to experience a typical day in K12 education. For us at Filament Games, it helps us understand how we can create the most effective game-based learning experiences and connect with students and teachers.

Elle Jacobson

Account Executive, Filament Games

2017 Principal Partners

  • Marcus Allen, Mt. Zion Baptist Church
  • Scott Anderson, Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Vernon Andren, Retired: WI DOT, US Military
  • Samantha Annen, Summit Credit Union
  • Chris Armstrong, Avante Properties
  • Takeyla Benton, Park Bank
  • April Bevars, Urban Land Interests
  • Randall Blumenstein, Paragon Properties
  • Stephanie Bradley Wilson, Common Wealth Development
  • Carrie Braxton, Dane County Office For Equity and Inclusion
  • Craig Campbell, WPS Health Solutions
  • Nathan Collins, American Family Insurance
  • Jackie Davenport, Wisconsin Athletics
  • Doug Dittmann, Neckerman Insurance
  • Justin Doherty, Wisconsin Athletics
  • Cheri Dubiel, Community Shares of Wisconsin
  • Chris Eckstrom, Rock River Capital Partners, LLC
  • Read Eldred, Downtown Optimists
  • Chris Enstad, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
  • Dave Evert, Veridian Homes
  • Tannah Flora, First Choice Dental
  • Jeff Fox-Kline, Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • Cathy Gillman, North Central Group
  • Marci Gittleman, Psychologist
  • Rosita González, Apple
  • Elsa Gumm, The Church at Christ Memorial
  • Abby Hallow, Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
  • Joe Hankey, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Melinda Heinritz, Foundation for Madison’s Public School
  • Roxie Hentz, CEOs of Tomorrow, Inc.
  • Karen Hettenbach, The Church at Christ Memorial
  • Nathan Hobert, Redeemer City Church
  • Andrea Hughes, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
  • Frances Huntley-Cooper, NAACP ACT-SO
  • Beverly Hutcherson, UW Health/ UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Mark Huth, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • Casey Johnson, Redeemer City Church
  • Gary Jordan, American Family Insurance
  • Aaron Jozwiak, Red Village Church
  • Mike Julka, Boardman & Clark LLP
  • Shree Kalluri, Forte Research Systems, Inc.
  • Alison Kavanaugh, American Family Insurance
  • Tammy Kielhofer, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. (GLELSI)
  • Jon Klett , WEA Trust
  • Sharon Klietsch, Fields Jaguar Land Rover Volvo
  • Erica Koepsel, PATCH (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health) – a program of Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
  • Jennifer Krug, State of WI Department of Administration
  • Nicole Kuehl, Department of Revenue
  • John Lin, Associated Bank
  • Israel Lopez, Akuraa Technologies, Inc.
  • Joe Maldonado, United Way of Dane County
  • Marty Malloy, M3 Insurance
  • Staci Marrese-Wheeler, Lakeview Moravian Community Church
  • Leslie McAllister, Northside Early Childhood Zone
  • Jennifer McDonald, Regent Neighborhood Association
  • Michael McKittrick, The Vine Church
  • Chris McLean, Demco, Inc.
  • Diep Nguyen, WIDA
  • Steve O’Brien, American Girl Brands, LLC
  • Michele Ouellette, State of WI Department of Employee Trust Funds
  • Shaina Peshkov, Filament Games
  • Nan Peterson, UW Health/American Family Children’s Hospital
  • Sue Pulvermacher-Alt, Junior Achievement
  • Corinda Rainey-Moore, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
  • Kirsten Reader, Junior League of Madison
  • Elaine Rich, EnRich Financial Partners
  • Karen Rivedal, Wisconsin State Journal
  • Rachel Robinson, DotCom Therapy
  • Mary Romolino, Acme Nerd Games
  • Alexia Sabor, Earthling Interactive
  • Peter Saindon, J.H. Findorff & Son
  • Judd Schemmel, American Family Insurance
  • Renee Schlick, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Claire Shurtz, Catholic Charities
  • David Smith , Door Creek Church
  • Neal Stake, SPi CRM
  • Leotha Stanley, Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Peggy Steele, DuPont
  • Joellyn Stewart, Fairfield Inn & Suites Madison East
  • Susan Stoehr, The Alvarado Group
  • Suzanne Swift, UW Madison – Women in Science and Engineering
  • Representative Chris Taylor, Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Julie Underwood, UW Madison
  • Mary Van Hout, Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary
  • Jeff Vanden Heuvel, Messiah Lutheran Church
  • Marcia Vandercook, Wisconsin State Court System
  • Annie Weatherby-Flowers, Madison Public Library
  • Stephanie Well, Great Lakes Higher Education
  • Lorri Wendorf, Kennedy Heights Community Center
  • Pam Wetzel, UnityPoint Health Meriter
  • Joel Wish, Food For Thought Initiative
  • DeShawn Witter, Zendesk
  • Kyle Wojta, Associated Bank

Past Principal Partners

2016
  • Sarah Allen, The Vine Church
  • RoJeane Anderson, Vogel Bros. Building Co. / The Vogel Foundation
  • Dr. Richard Appen, Retired from U.W. Ophthalmology Dept.
  • James Arnett, UnityPoint Health-Meriter
  • Lea Aschkenase, Food for Thought Initiative
  • Michael Barbouche, Forward Health Group, Inc.
  • Kate Bast, BRAVA Magazine
  • Donna Beestman, Career Success Strategies, LLC
  • Erica Berman, Children’s Theater of Madison (CTM)
  • Charlie Berthoud, Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • Joe Brosius, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
  • Kristine Larson Brown, Retired from MMSD
  • Bonnie Bruce, Retired from UW Foundation
  • Justin Burge, Damascus Road Church
  • Sarah Campagna, Summit Credit Union
  • Molly Carroll, UW-Madison School of Education
  • Jessica Cavazos, Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • John Cerniglia, Downtown Madison, Inc.
  • Shannon Colwin, Damascus Road Church
  • Kevin Davidson, SPi Global
  • Alyssa Dunsirn, Great Lakes Higher Education
  • Karen Falkner, Retired MMSD elementary teacher
  • Angela Fitzgerald, Summit Credit Union
  • Ginger Francis, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • Judy Frankel, Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Laurie Frost, Isthmus Psychotherapy, LLC
  • Haben Goitom, Alliant Energy
  • Nancy Hagan, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • Ann Halbach, UW-Madison School of Education
  • Joe Hankey, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Jodi Hansen, Catholic Charities
  • JoAnn Hart, Boardman & Clark LLP
  • Miranda Hassett, St. Dunstan’s Church
  • Melinda Heinritz, Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools
  • Jodie Henning, WEA Trust
  • Barbara Hummel, Madison/Dane County Courage to Teach
  • Jacquelyn Hunt, Nehemiah
  • Eleanor Jacobson, Filament Games
  • Aaron Jozwiak, Red Village Church
  • Michael Julka, Boardman & Clark LLP
  • Lilian Kahite, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
  • Winnie Karanja, Maydm
  • Colleen Knudson, Attic Angel Community
  • Marianne Korol, Total Administrative Services Inc. (TASC)
  • Gillian Kunert, WI Dept. of Employee Trust Funds
  • Leigh Laws, Covance Clinical Development Services
  • Michael Lipp, Retired MMSD Teacher/Substitute Teacher
  • Matthew Loch, TDS Telecommunications Corporation
  • Sabrina Madison, Heymiss Progress, LLC
  • Marty Malloy, M3 Insurance
  • Gerardo Mancilla, Edgewood College
  • Mandy Marcum, Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Salli Martyniak, Forward Community Investments
  • Jennifer McDonald, Regent Neighborhood Association
  • James McDonnell, Optimists of Downtown Madison
  • Jerry McLain, Gordon Flesch Company
  • Renee Moe, United Way of Dane County
  • Katie Mueller, Hilton Madison Hotel
  • Matt Mulder, Demco
  • Casey Oelkers, Madison Symphony Orchestra
  • Eileen O’Neill, WI Department of Revenue
  • Leslie Orrantia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Rob Palmer, WPS Health Solutions
  • Tony Parisi, Dean Health Plan
  • Mike Quist, WEA Trust
  • Bob Ray, East Madison Baptist Church
  • Ed Reisch, Kiwanis Club of West Madison
  • Scott Resnick, StartingBlock Madison
  • Jodi Riley, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Colleen Rogers, Madison-Kipp Corporation
  • Missy Roth, Webcrafters, Inc.
  • Chris Rutter, SPi Global
  • Henry Sanders, Madison365
  • Becky Schigiel, First Unitarian Society of Madison
  • Michael A. Schuler, First Unitarian Society of Madison
  • Chrystal Seeley-Schreck, Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Aaron Seligman, Stay-at-Home Dad
  • Ken Sidikman, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Greg St. Fort, 100state
  • Jim St. Vincent, American Family Insurance
  • Scott Sterner, The Vine Church
  • Kristopher Stewart, WIDA
  • Lisa Subeck, Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Jodi Sweeney, The Sweeney Group
  • Thomas Ter Horst, SSM Health Care of Wisconsin
  • Bryce Tolefree, American Family Insurance
  • Angela Tortorice, Goodman Community Center
  • Brenda Van Rossum, Capitoland Christian Center
  • Stephanie Well, Great Lakes Higher Education
  • Telisa Yancy, American Family Insurance
  • Susie Younkle, Merlin Mentors
  • Ledell Zellers, City of Madison Alder
  • Aaron Zutz, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
2015
  • Tina Allen, Gordon Flesch Company
  • David Alsop, Oscar Mayer
  • Jon Anderson, Door Creek Church
  • Michael Barbouche, Forward Health Group, Inc.
  • Christina Beach-Baumgartner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County
  • Heather Becker, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Erica Berman, Children’s Theater of Madison (CTM)
  • Chip Brown, Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Rob Budd, Hy-Vee
  • Kevin Cencula, Du Pont
  • Dana Corbett, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
  • Laura Crow, Middleton Community Church
  • Justin Cruz, American Family Insurance
  • Katie Dean, The Capital Times
  • Dr. Suzanne Dove, Wisconsin School of Business
  • Erika Duelge, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
  • Ogechi Emechebe, The Capital Times
  • Tom Engels, State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Doug Erickson, Wisconsin State Journal
  • Zach Galin, Galin Education
  • Carla Garces, United Way of Dane County
  • Claude Gilmore, Kennedy Heights Community Center
  • Katie Ginder-Vogel, Ionic
  • Sarah Hackett, Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network
  • Richard Halverson, Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network
  • Skip Harless, Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
  • Stephanie Harrill, Morgridge Center for Public Service
  • Phil Haslanger, Memorial United Church of Christ
  • Richard Heinemann, Boardman & Clark LLP
  • Diana Hess, UW School of Education
  • Chuck Hulan, The Douglas Stewart Co.
  • Katherine Kamp, Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development
  • Jane Keller-Allen, WPS Health Solutions
  • Katy Krantz, Junior League of Madison
  • Andrew Kurth, Weed Man Lawn Care
  • Laura Larsen, City of Madison
  • Krista Laubmeier, The Madison Club
  • Garrett Lee, 100state
  • Jill Leitl, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.
  • Shana Lewis, Strang Patteson Renning Lewis & Lacy, s.c.
  • Jeffrey Lewis, University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • Joe Loehnis, The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin
  • Bridget Maniaci, Baker Tilly
  • Dr. Robert Matthew, Group Health Cooperative of South Central WI
  • Jerry McLain, Gordon Flesch Company
  • Mayra Medrano, Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County
  • Sandy Morales, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County
  • Carrie Morgan, Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Alton Multhauf, First Business
  • Anne Neujahr Morrison, Urban Land Interests
  • Art Nizza, Meriter-UnityPoint Health
  • Leslie Orrantia, Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network
  • Daniel Owen, Blackhawk Church
  • Reverend Kathleen Cook Owens, Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Jennifer Peters, Madison Metro Sewerage District
  • Lisa Peyton-Caire, Summit Credit Union
  • Matt Premo, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
  • Corinda Rainey-Moore, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
  • Tanushree Rawat, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Jon Reneau, State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Kris Roessler, American Family Insurance
  • Chris Rutter, SPi Global
  • Nedra Sadorf, Demco, Inc.
  • Ken Savile, Easter Seals Wisconsin
  • Gary Schaefer, Associated Bank
  • Adam Schmidt, 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now
  • Jeanne Schultz, Attic Angel Association
  • Aaron Seligman, Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Joe Shumow, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
  • Todd Smith, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
  • Derrick Smith, Derrick L. Smith and Associates
  • Scot Sorensen, Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Rob Steffen, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
  • Scott Sterner, The Vine Church EFCA
  • Mollie Stolbov, Herzing University
  • Tammy Thayer, Madison College Foundation
  • Merideth Trahan, WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research
  • Michelle Umberger, Perkins Coie LLC
  • Leslie Vitale, American Family Insurance
  • Pete Vogel, Vogel Bros. Building Co.
  • Karen Walz, American Girl
  • Cassidy Wartenweiler, Wisconsin Technology Center
  • Steve Whayland, Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises (OTIE)
  • Gary Wolter, MG&E
  • Michael Yang, Filament Games
  • Harold Zimmick, Asbury Church
2014
  • Molly Beck, Wisconsin State Journal
  • Marshall Behringer, Filament Games
  • Lisa Bell, SSM Healthcare WI Dean & St. Mary’s
  • Gladis Benavides, Benavides Enterprises Inc.
  • Christine Benedict, Edgewood College
  • Steve Benzschawel, The WMC Foundation
  • Tim Boals, WIDA
  • Matt Breunig, J.H. Findorff & Son
  • Jodi Burmester, Lions Club International
  • Craig Campbell, WPS Health Insurance
  • Dan Choi, McKinstry
  • Nella Citino, Madison Media Institute
  • Amy Crowe, Summit Credit Union
  • Jeffrey Dalsin, Echometrix, LLC
  • Traci Dalsin, Sara Investment Real Estate LLC
  • Kevin Davidson, SPi Global
  • Susan Demel, Blackhawk Church
  • Sarah Dunn-Carpenter, CG Schmidt Construction
  • Andrea Erickson, Hy-Vee
  • Darrel Feucht, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
  • Jackson Fonder, Catholic Charities Madison
  • Felix Giboney, UW Medical Foundation
  • Rick Giese, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
  • Susan Goodwin, Former Chief to Staff for Governor Doyle
  • Jenna Gordon, Summit Credit Union
  • Jennifer Gregor, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
  • Tamara Grisby, Dane County Executive’s Office
  • Bonnie Hansen, Madison West Kiwanis Club
  • Phil Haslanger, Memorial United Church of Christ
  • Kevin Hayden, Group Health Cooperative of South Central WI
  • Natalie Healy, American Family DreamBank
  • Donna Hurd, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Derek Johnson, Edgewood College
  • Anthony Kiefer, DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Amy Knock, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Darcy Kobinsky, Madison Community Foundation
  • John Koepke, Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
  • Michael Koval, Madison Police Department
  • Leigh Ann Larson, Group Health Cooperative of South Central WI
  • Jessica MacNaughton, Wipfli LLP
  • Gregory Markle, Operation Fresh Start
  • Robert Mathieu, UW Madison, Department of Astronomy
  • Nancy Mayek, JH Findorff & Son Inc.
  • Jason McColl, West YMCA
  • Chris McGill, YMCA of Dane County
  • Greg Mickells, Madison Public Library
  • Kevin Mirus, Madison Area Technical College
  • Wesley Morovic, Dupont Nutrition & Health
  • Mary Moua, SPi Global
  • Bryan Mowry, Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation
  • Ryan Mueller, Fidelity Investments
  • Deb Neff, PHD Inc.
  • Erica Nelson, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
  • Eldon Newcomb, Breakfast Optimist Club of Madison, Inc.
  • Carrie O’Dell, Group Health Cooperative of South Central WI
  • Karl Olm, Environmental Chemistry Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Lesa Payas-Arnold, Dean/SSM Health
  • Nichole Pellerin, Kepler & Peyton, Downtown Madison Optimist Club
  • Sara Pickard, Girls on the Run of Dane County, Inc.
  • Malina Piontek, Attorney at Law
  • Robert Plesha, Unity Health Insurance
  • Corinda Rainey-Moore, Journey Mental Health Center
  • Matt Reid, Clack Corporation
  • Tia Rice, Workforce Development Board of South Central WI
  • John Rosensteel, Blackhawk Church
  • Dara Schuller-Hanson, Good Shepard Lutheran Church
  • Shelly Schwane, Wipfli LLP
  • Matt Shefchik, The QTI Group
  • Kathryn Smith, Madison Opera
  • Rosey Snellman, Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Lorraine Snyder, Midvale Community Lutheran Church
  • Jim St. Vincent, American Family Insurance
  • Sue Stanton, Morgridge Center for Public Service
  • Mardi Stroud, First Weber Group
  • Joe Sweeney, 100state
  • Alex P. Thornburg, Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Leslie Vitale, American Family Insurance
  • John Voelker, State WI Department of Employee Trust Funds
  • Jarod Walker, DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Jennifer Western, State WI Department of Revenue
  • Krissy Wick, Madison Public Library
  • Excell Williams, Information Technology Academy, UW-Madison
  • Jeanan, Yasiri Moe, Group Health Cooperative of South Central WI
  • Linda Zimdars, Oak Bank
2013
  • Olga Arrufat-Tobon, UW Northeast Clinic, Department of Family Medicine
  • Rabbi Joshua Ben-Gideon, Beth Israel Center
  • Mark Berggren, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Amber Bersing, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Rabbi Jonathan Biatch, Temple Beth El
  • Jane Boutelle, Boutelle & Associates
  • Tom Brien, MassMutual
  • Francisca Brown, American Family Insurance
  • Craig Campbell, WPS Health Insurance
  • Patricia Carroll, Attic Angel Association
  • Kristen Cassarini, UW-Madison
  • Dick Cates, DATCP
  • Dan Choi, McKinstry
  • Mark Clear, City of Madison
  • Gene Dalhoff, Madison Region Economic Partnership
  • Denise DeMarb, City of Madison
  • Jacqueline DeWalt, UW-Madison Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement, PEOPLE Program
  • Mike Dillis, J.H. Findorff & Son
  • Amy Jo Fisher, American Family Insurance
  • Kimberly Frederickson, Summit Credit Union
  • Joyce Gilmer, Greek II Greek
  • Noel Goeddel, US Bank – Private Client Reserve
  • Mike Grasee, DEMCO
  • Kevin Hayden, Group Health Cooperative
  • Natalie Healy, American Family Insurance’s Dreambank
  • Katie Hensel, Tri 4 Schools
  • Eric Hohol, DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Jacquelyn Hunt, Journey Mental Health Center
  • Jill Jacklitz, Group Health Cooperative
  • Ellen Jameson, Filament Games
  • Tammy Jelinek, Wipfli LLP
  • Matt Juskiewicz, Wisconsin School of Business
  • Ryan Kershner, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Amy Kerwin, Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
  • Jenifer Kraemer, Melli Law SC
  • Tom Kuplic, ETO Consulting
  • Erin Ladwig, Klaas Financial
  • Jonathan Lipp, Full Compass Systems
  • Susan Lipp, Full Compass Systems
  • Charity McCarthy, Melli Law SC
  • Connor Meloy, M3 Insurance Solutions
  • Chris Meyer, Sector67
  • Gail Midlikowski, Unity Health Insurance
  • Deputy Secretary Kevin Moore, State of WI Department of Health Services
  • Eileen Ng, Dupont Nutrition & Health
  • Debby Ochoa, American Girl
  • Sam Owens, Owens & Freeman
  • Laurel Patrick, State of WI Department of Revenue
  • Robyn Perrin, Focal Flame Photography
  • Martin Preizler, Edgewood College
  • Jeff Ringhand, DEMCO
  • Zack Robbins, Morgridge Institute for Research
  • Wayne Rockwell, Door Creek Church
  • Pablo Sanchez, Park Bank
  • Mark Schellpfeffer, Monona State Bank
  • Cindy Schmelzer, The QTI Group
  • Lee Schwartz, SVA
  • Aaron Seligman, Godfrey & Kahn, SC
  • Joel Skornicka, Retired Mayor, City of Madison
  • Bob Sorge, Madison Community Foundation
  • Wesley Sparkman, Dane County Executive Office
  • Mary Jo Spiekerman, Hausmann-Johnson Insurance
  • Candace Stohs-Krause, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Jody Stolldorf, Summit Credit Union
  • Mai Seng Thao, UW-Madison
  • John Van Note, Mohs, MacDonald, Widder, Paradise & Van Note
  • Katie Vaughn, Madison Magazine
  • Jane Villa, Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools
  • Brian Wagner, Common Threads Family Resource Center
  • Sherry Wagner-Henry, UW-Madison School of Business
  • Jean-Rene Watchou, Christ Presbyterian Church
  • Nasra Wehelie, Dedicated Consultants LLC
  • Mike Wittenwyler, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
  • Bryan Zabel, DuPont Nutrition & Health
  • Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim
2012
  • Sara Alvarado, Alvarado Real Estate Group
  • Baltazar de Anda-Santana, Bridge/Lake Point/Waunona Neighborhood Center
  • Christi Andringa, Candringa!  Productions
  • David Armour, Shopbop
  • Kristi Austin, Park Bank
  • Cathy Baker, DEMCO
  • Dave Beck-Engel, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
  • Nancy Berry, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Tim Boals, WIDA Consortium at The Wisconsin Center for Education Research
  • Amy Blumenfeld Bogost, Blumenfeld & Associates
  • Kristin Braska, Wisconsin Bank & Trust
  • Cheri Buckner, YMCA of Dane County, Inc.
  • Maurice Cheeks,  Filament Games
  • Valerie Chesnik, Madison Magazine
  • Patricia Cox, WI Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Corrections
  • Nicholas A. Curran, CK Accounting & Tax LLC
  • Ian Davies, Edgewood College
  • Matthew DeFour, Wisconsin State Journal
  • John Duffy, Associated Trust Company, NA
  • Kristine Euclide, Madison Gas & Electric Co.
  • Enrique Figueroa, DATCP/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Scott Flanagan, Edgewood College
  • Dave Fowler, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Curtis J. Fuszard, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Kristin Gasser-Casucci, Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
  • Michael Gotzler,  The QTI Group
  • David Grunke, WPS Health Insurance
  • Carol Ann Hewitt, Downtown Madison, Inc.
  • Paul Houseman, Madison Community Foundation
  • Joseph L. Hudson IV, Hudson Consulting, LLC
  • Deputy Secretary Jack Jablonski, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Sarah Justus, American Transmission Company
  • Donna Katen-Bahensky,  University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
  • Steve King, St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Christine Lampe, American Girl
  • Lynea LaVoy, TDS Telecom
  • Dannika Lewis, WISC-TV
  • Cristin Livezey, Full Compass Systems, LTD
  • Betsy Lundgren,  Thrive (Madison Region Economic Development Partnership)
  • Don Madelung, Madison Media Institute
  • Tim McIlwain, Lincoln Financial Advisors
  • Matt Messinger, WYCEPS
  • Christin Mlsna, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
  • Michael Mohoney, Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
  • Ellen Molitor, BMO Harris Bank
  • Erika Monroe-Kane, Firecracker Consulting, LLC
  • Bob Morris, Morris & Associates
  • Brennan Nardi, Madison Magazine
  • Denise O’Hara, Summit Credit Union
  • Kathleen Owens, Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Ismael Ozanne, Dane County District Attorney
  • Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive
  • Jamie Patrick, Madison Area Sports Commission
  • Laura Peck, Axley Brynelson, LLP
  • Shameka Powell, UW – Madison School of Education
  • Bruce Quade, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • Beth Quinn, Filament Games
  • Renee Reback, Dean Foundation
  • Melissa Sargent, Opacolor, LLC
  • Dr. Sarina Schrager, UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center
  • Tyler Schueffner,  Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. (Briarpatch)
  • Dan Seeley, Steve Brown Apartments
  • Mario Garcia Sierra, Madison Gas & Electric Co.
  • Mayor Paul Soglin
  • Michael Stickney, Lincoln Financial Advisors
  • Eli Swanson, Boardman & Clark
  • Brian Thill, Murphy Desmond S.C.
  • Paul VanderVelde, YMCA of Dane County
  • Margaret Watson, Steve Brown Apartments
  • Anita Weier, Madison Common Council
  • Jeff Westra, Herzing University
  • Police Chief Noble Wray
  • Robert Wynn,  Asset Builders of America, Inc.
  • Larry Zanoni, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
2011
  • Adrian Adekola, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
  • Jennifer Alexander. Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Tammy Alger, U.S. Bank
  • Carla J. Alvarado, UW Madison Research Scientist Emerita
  • Jessica Arp, WISC-TV/Madison Magazine
  • Russ Austin, Sara Investment Real Estate, LLC
  • Diane Ballweg, Endres Manufacturing Company
  • Ted Ballweg, Alliant Energy Center of Dane County
  • Julie Bauer, Alliant Energy Foundation, Inc.
  • Tim Boals, WIDA Consortium
  • Reverend Winton Boyd, Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
  • Kaleem Caire, Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Pastor Brent Campbell, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
  • Dr. Daniel Carey, Edgewood College
  • Secretary Richard Chandler, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • Lauren Cnare, Madison Common Council
  • Sharon Covey, YMCA of Dane County
  • Tom DeCoster, CDW
  • Jeremiah DeGollon, Summit Credit Union
  • Andy Diercks, DATCP
  • Jason Engledow, U.S. Bank
  • Paul Fanlund, The Capital Times
  • Kip Frautschi, Webcrafters, Inc.
  • Mary Gaffney-Ward, The Madison Club
  • Timothy M. Gaillard, UW Hospital & Clinics
  • Molly A. Garner, UW School of Education
  • Mike Grasee, DEMCO, Inc.
  • Secretary Gary Hamblin, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, UW School of Education
  • Dr. Richard Harris, Genesis Development Corporation
  • Stephanie Hayden, Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools
  • Dennis Johnson, Forward Community Investments
  • Jaimes B. Johnson, UW Credit Union
  • Jill Johnson, Madison Common Council
  • Kristen Joiner, Sustain Dance, Inc.
  • Aleta Kaplan, M&I Bank
  • Jane Keller-Allen, WPS Health Insurance
  • Kristin Kirkconnell, American Family Insurance
  • Emily Kumlien, WISC-TV/Madison Magazine
  • Shana Lewis, Lathrop & Clark, LLP
  • Steve Lipton, Wipfli, LLP
  • Jessica MacNaughton, Wipfli, LLP
  • Cheryl McIlquham, WEA Trust Insurance Corporation
  • Jessica Meier, M&I Bank
  • Maitri Meyer, MassMutual
  • Shayna Miller, Madison Magazine
  • Renee Moe, United Way of Dane County
  • Chris Montagnino, Herzing University
  • Randy Olson, Door Creek Church
  • Janine O’Rourke, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Dr. Michael Ostrov, Group Health Cooperative
  • Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive
  • Ned Pautz, Group Health Cooperative
  • Errin Pfeifer D.M.D., Access Community Health Centers
  • Jeff Poltawsky FACHE, American Family Children’s Hospital
  • Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison Common Council
  • Michael Ross, Madison Youth Choir
  • Jon M. Rozenfeld, St. Mary’s Hospital
  • James K. Ruhly, Melli Law, S.C.
  • Jerry Smith, First Business Financial Services
  • Steve Sparks, St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Secretary Cathy Stepp, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Lara Sutherlin, Wisconsin Department of Justice
  • Deborah Garrett Thomas, Wisconsin Division of Energy Services
  • Merideth Trahan, WIDA Consortium
  • Dean Julie Underwood, UW School of Education
  • Ken Urso, The Urso Group
  • Paul VanderVelde, Lussier Family East YMCA
  • Brenda Wagner, American Family Insurance
  • Brian Wagner, Cascade Asset Management, LLC
  • Andy Wallman, Knupp & Watson & Wallman
  • Jenifer Warrell, American Girl Brands, LLC
  • Anita G. Weier, Madison Common Council
  • Police Chief Noble Wray, City of Madison Police Department
2010
  • Milele Chikasa Anana, UMOJA
  • Diane Ballweg, Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation
  • Ted Ballweg, Alliant Energy Center
  • Randy Banks, Strang, Inc.
  • Don Becker, Becker Law Office
  • Zach Brandon, State of WI Department of Commerce
  • Keetra Burnette, Madison Network of Black Professionals
  • Kaleem Caire, Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Daniel Carey, Edgewood College
  • Margaret Carpenter, State of WI – Department of Corrections
  • Bea Christensen, Community Volunteer
  • Jane Clark, QTI Human Resources, Inc.
  • Ruth Conniff, The Progressive Magazine
  • Anne Connor, Driftless Studio: Nature Gallery & Gifts
  • Dawn Crim, Office of the UW Chancellor
  • Mark Dalebroux, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • Heidi Deininger, Lussier Family YMCA
  • David Douglas, WISC-TV
  • Nancy Cross Dunham, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Richard Entenmann, Asset Builders of America, Inc.
  • David Ewanowski, Kee Architecture, Inc.
  • Kathleen Falk, Dane County
  • Ellen Foley, Madison Area Technical College Foundation
  • Matt Frank, State of WI Department of Natural Resources
  • Shari Galitzer, Care Wisconsin
  • Paul Ganshert, Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes
  • Molly Garner, UW School of Education Partner School Network
  • Amy Good, Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Mike Grasee, DEMCO, Inc.
  • Chuck Hulan, Douglas Stewart Company
  • Greg Hull, The Condo Shoppe & BBM Realty LLC
  • Donna Hurd, Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field LLP
  • Jaimes Johnson, UW Credit Union
  • Michael Johnson, Boys and Girls Club of Dane County
  • Charles Kalish, UW – Madison Department of Educational Psychology
  • Scott Kowalski, Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
  • Shana Lewis, Lathrop & Clark LLP
  • Steve Lipton, WIPFLI LLP
  • Marc Lovicott, WISC-TV
  • Dr. Ken Loving, Access Community Health Centers
  • Donald Madelung, Herzing University
  • Kathryne McGowan, WEA Insurance
  • Haddie McLean, WISC-TV
  • Maitri Meyer, MassMutual
  • Annette Miller, Madison Gas & Electric
  • Mike Mohoney, Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation
  • Allison Mooney, Dean Health Systems, Inc.
  • Will Nimmow, Andy Garcia Productions
  • Casey Oelkers, Madison Symphony Orchestra
  • Susan Peterson, M&I
  • Thuy Pham-Remmele, District 20/Madison Common Council
  • Rick Raemisch, State of WI Department of Corrections
  • Hannah Renfro, Godfrey & Kahn
  • Bryan Renk, BioForward
  • Satya Rhodes-Conway, City of Madison
  • John Ritchie, The Douglas Stewart Company, Inc.
  • Dean Robbins, Isthmus Newspaper
  • Anne Ross, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Tammy Rozek, East Towne Mall
  • Jon Rozenfeld, St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Charles Schepp, Webcrafters, Inc.
  • Susan Schmitz, Downtown Madison Inc.
  • Matthew Schneider, Herzing University
  • Ruth Ann Schoer, The Salvation Army
  • Jerry Smith, First Business Financial Services
  • Jon Sorenson, UW Foundation
  • Mary Lee Steinmuller, Northeast YMCA
  • Darrell Stroud, US Bank
  • Jeremi Suri, UW-Madison
  • Sly Sylvester, Midwest Family Broadcasting
  • Deborah Garrett Thomas, WI Division of Energy Services
  • Paul VanderVelde, YMCA of Dane County – East Branch
  • Erin Wenzel, Overture Center
  • Patricia Wheeler, Godfrey & Kahn
  • Connie Wiese, Heritage Credit Union
  • Kathleen Woit, Madison Community Foundation
  • Lai Wong, WI Office of State of Employment Relations
  • Noble Wray, City of Madison
  • Mark Xistris, The Alliance

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of A Principal Experience?
A Principal Experience is a proven way for leaders in education and the greater community to share ideas, resources and a sense of responsibility for public schools.  By providing a first-hand perspective on the decisions and responsibilities principals face daily, Principal Partners are inspired to take a greater interest in public education.  At the same time, A Principal Experience provides Madison Metropolitan School District principals and staff with an opportunity to create meaningful relationships with individuals in the private sector.
Why is the Foundation hosting this program?
The Foundation is dedicated to enriching the education of all children by raising private funds, awarding grants, and developing partnerships to strengthen Madison’s public schools.  We are very pleased that over the last thirteen years more than 750 community leaders have had the opportunity to spend time in our public schools, experiencing first-hand the challenges and joys that school principals face every day.  A Principal Experience fosters powerful partnerships with unlimited potential. 
What will I be doing as a Principal Partner?
You will be paired with one of the Madison Metropolitan School District principals and spend the morning “shadowing” that principal.  Prior to October 11, you will receive a list of suggested activities that may be appropriate for the morning depending on your interests, the school, and the principal.  You and your host principal will decide together how you will spend your morning so that it will be both an interesting and rewarding experience.  Preparation is the key to maximizing the time spent at your school. 
How does the Foundation decide with which school principal I'll be paired?
The participation application asks you to indicate any preferences you may have – a specific school or an elementary, middle or high school.  Although we can’t promise to accommodate your preferences, every effort will be made to do so.  Conversely, we will have discussions with school principals about their specific goals for their Principal Partner visit and we’ll use their input to try to make the best match possible.  We use a number of criteria when matching, including individual areas of expertise and the goals of both the Principal Partners and host principals.  Much of this information is gathered from the Principal Experience application, so please be as detailed as possible so that we can best match you to an appropriate school.
What do Principal Partners do during their visit?
In late September, both the school principals and the Principal Partners will receive their “Matchpacks.”  The Matchpacks let the school principals know who will be shadowing them on October 11 and will let the community leader know at which school they have been placed.  We strongly encourage the Principal Partner and the principal to correspond or speak on the phone at least once prior to October 11 so that they can plan their time together in advance.  This will help establish a relationship before the day of the visit and will make the day more productive, comfortable and beneficial for everyone.  Each visit will be unique and we encourage Principal Partners to share any particular interests or ideas they have for the day with their host principal. 
What other details do I need to know?
A Principal Experience will begin between 7:30 and 8:00 the morning of October 11, 2017.  The specific start time will be decided by you and your school principal.  We believe it is important for the Principal Partner to spend at least a portion of the lunch hour at the school, so we will not begin our debriefing session until 12:00 noon.  At 12:00, all the school principals and Principal Partners will meet at the Alliant Energy Center for lunch and a facilitated program.  A Principal Experience concludes by 1:30 p.m.
Is Madison a large enough community to hold A Principal Experience annually?
The Foundation has been encouraged by the tremendous interest in A Principal Experience and continues to reach out to bring new participants into the program each year.  Many community leaders have served as a Principal Partner more than once because they see the value in visiting a variety of schools and working with different principals.  Numerous organizations recognize that this is a worthwhile experience and we are grateful that they have decided to give a number of their employees the opportunity to serve as Principal Partners over the years.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Contributing Sponsors

Madison Investment Advisors

WPS Health Solutions

Partnering Sponsors

DEMCO

Exact Sciences

Veridian Homes