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.

Tatiana Dennis

Alumni Engagement Coordinator

From Pre-K to University, Tatiana has been lucky to have had all of her schooling here in Madison. She had her first nonprofit experience with Amigos de las Americas when she was 16 years old, which took her around the world. From Latin America to Africa, she has served as a volunteer and employee for various nonprofits. She has now returned home and is excited to serve the schools that shaped her.

When she’s not in the office, you can find her teaching yoga, hiking mountains, and hanging out around the humane society.

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.

Kari Mueller

Director, Strategy & Innovation

Kari, a proud JMM alumna, joined the Foundation in 2019 to help launch the Madison Public Schools Friends & Alumni Network. Currently she serves as the Strategy & Innovation Director, working alongside others to launch Act Now 2 Invest, a statewide campaign for public education. She brings over a decade of experience in marketing and community engagement. You can often find her teaching yoga at her studio in Mount Horeb or enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, three children and puppy.

Kari holds an MBA from San Diego State University, and a BS in Kinesiology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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.