Melinda V. Heinritz

Executive Director

Melinda joined the Foundation staff as Executive Director in July 2016. Melinda believes that our public school system is one of the fundamental pillars for community vitality, and she feels honored to work with the Madison Metropolitan School District to ensure it has the resources it needs for its 50 schools and 27,000 students.

Melinda has a BA in history from the University of Dayton and an MA in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She and her husband, Mark, have a son at Cherokee Middle School.

Mary Bartzen

Community Partnerships Director

Mary came to the Foundation in 2003 to establish the Principal for a Day program, now known as A Principal Experience. Subsequently, over 800 community members have had the opportunity to serve as Principal Partners. Mary also manages the Adopt-a-School program, which forges structured partnerships between organizations, businesses, State agencies, and Madison’s public schools.

Donna Faulkner

Operations & Finance Director

Donna joined the Foundation for Madison’s Public schools in May 2011. Donna strongly supports initiatives that provide youth opportunities to experience new challenges and reach for new horizons.

Her responsibilities include administering donor and financial management, managing new and existing funds, and office and IT management.

Martha Laugen

Marketing Director

Martha joined the Foundation in April 2018. Her responsibilities include promotion of the Foundation as the District’s key philanthropic partner, and illuminating the impact of the Foundation and its work on the community. 

Sam Schneider

Development Assistant

Sam joined the Foundation for Madison’s Public schools in June 2019. Sam is a graduate of the UW-Madison and the newest addition to the Foundation staff.

Sidney Schrage

Development Office

Sidney joined the Foundation during the 2018-19 school year as an intern and is now part of our Development staff.

She is a recent graduate of La Follette High School and will begin studies at UW-Madison in the fall of 2019.

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