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.

Lee Hayes

Development Manager – Community Schools

Lee joined the Foundation for Madison’s Public schools in January 2018. She will be working in close partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District on one of their top priorities: the Community Schools Initiative. Lee brings nearly a decade of non-profit experience with her, having previously worked at Wisconsin Youth Company and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. Volunteerism brought her into the heart of the Community Schools Initiative at Aldo Leopold Elementary School as a classroom tutor, Community Schools Committee member, and PFO Co-President. 

Lee looks forward to developing a sustainable model for scaling up the district-wide expansion of community schools over the next five years.

Donna Faulkner

Operations & Finance Manager

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.

Lainie Goldsmith

Development Assistant

Lainie joined the Foundation in January 2017.