Melinda V. Heinritz

President

Melinda joined the Foundation staff in July 2016. She believes our public school system is one of the fundamental pillars for community vitality, and is honored to work with the Madison Metropolitan School District to ensure it has the resources it needs for its 52 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

Finance & Operations Director

Donna has recently celebrated her ten year anniversary, joining the Foundation 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.

Joey Grindrod

Advocacy Coordinator

Joining the Foundation in 2020, Joey holds a BA in Political Science and Certificate in Public Policy from UW Madison. He is a lifelong Madisonian and proud East High alumnus. In the role of Advocacy Coordinator, Joey aims to work with students and other community members to help create positive change for public education. In his free time, Joey enjoys road trips, baking, and spending time with his cats.

Sam Schneider

Development Coordinator

Sam joined the Madison Public Schools Foundation 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

Vice President, Strategy & Innovation

Angie 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 across the country on the development of makerspace solutions. She joined the Foundation staff in January 2021

Laurie Stensland

Associate Director, Community Partnerships 

Laurie Stensland is delighted to be a part of the Madison’s Public Schools Foundation team.  She is motivated to support students, teachers, families, and schools through community partnerships, such as the Teacher Support Network.  She is also the grateful mother of two MMSD students.  You can often find Laurie riding her bike in the beautiful countryside of Dane County or walking her dog, Molly, the true boss of the family.

Laurie holds a Master of Art in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Business Administration degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Kristin Wensing

Development Director

Kristin joined the Foundation in October 2021 as its first Development Director. She is a relationship builder whose background includes the management of stakeholder programs in a variety of non-profit settings. She is excited to generate revenue to accelerate student opportunity and achievement in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Kristin believes that every child should have access to a free and quality public education and that a strong public school system serves the best interests of the community.

Kristin graduated from Lawrence University with a BA in Government. She is also a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.