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 West High School.

Mary Bartzen

Community Partnerships Director

Mary joined the Foundation in 2003 to establish the Principal for a Day program, now known as A Principal Experience. Subsequently, over 1,000 community members have had the opportunity to serve as Principal Partners. Mary also manages the Adopt-a-School program, which forges mutually beneficial partnerships between organizations, businesses, State agencies, Faith-based communities, and Madison’s public schools.

Mary and her husband are the proud parents of two Memorial High School graduates.

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.

Jamie Quam

Future Ready Campaign Director

Jamie joined the Foundation for Madison Public Schools in April 2021.  She is passionate about public-private partnerships and is excited to be working with the Madison schools on their capital campaigns.  Jamie’s background is in both development and advocacy and spent the last five years working in Washington, D.C. as the Policy Analyst for a global public health research institute.  She has her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison and Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Sam Schneider

Development Coordinator

Sam joined the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools in June 2019 and is a graduate of UW-Madison where he studied Community & Nonprofit Leadership. Sam is passionate about connecting our philanthropic community to programs and services that align with their passions and values. His main responsibility is overseeing the Foundation’s annual giving programs. In his free time, Sam enjoys hiking and is an avid reader of fiction novels.

Angie Schoeneck

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Angie joined the Foundation for Madison’s Public schools in January 2021. She has spent her career gathering customer insights to inform product solutions and marketing strategies. She is passionate about education, and spent the past 5 years working closely with k-12 librarians and educators on the development of makerspace solutions.