President: Maureen Lokrantz
Maureen is a wealth advisor for Private Wealth Management at U.S. Bank. While not born in Madison, she has lived in the Madison area for over 30 years and loves Madison’s parks. Maureen says, “our parks are the few places where everyone in the community comes together, whether it be to relax, play, exercise, spend time with family, neighbors or pets, show support for a cause or just connect with nature. I believe parks are a reflection of their surrounding neighborhoods and like everything, need care and support. The Foundation is dedicated to keeping parks accessible to all and to the preservation and development of our parks and green spaces.”
Vice President: Ty Beck
Ty is the Assistant Vice President at Park Bank. Born and raised in Oshkosh, Ty attended the University of Wisconsin Madison and graduated with a degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology. He worked as a research archaeologist for six years in remote areas of Alaska and shifted gears to the financial services side of things in 2002, getting his start on the residential mortgage side. Ty and his family are very active and he enjoys most outdoor activities: running, triathlons and cycling.
Treasurer: Alex Evans
Alex is Co-Founder of Karben4 Brewing, a craft brewery located on the east side of Madison, Wisconsin. He is responsible for the business-end of the company’s operations and places a strong emphasis on local job creation and positioning his company as a community centric organization – working in concert with a breadth of non profits and other local businesses to create unique awareness and fundraising opportunities. Alex grew up in Appleton and attended Marquette University, graduating with degrees in Finance and Marketing. After college he lived in various areas of the US but ultimately settled on Madison to start his company in 2012. He has since discovered the city’s rich with parks and outdoor activity options to take advantage of and enjoys utilizing all the city has to offer with friends and family. As such Alex is very enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve on the Parks Board and contribute in any way possible to maintain, enrich and enhance our city’s great parks.
Secretary: Kyle Engelke
Kyle grew up in nearby New Glarus and fondly recalls the many childhood trips to Vilas Park for a picnic and visit to the zoo. Kyle has called Madison home since he began his undergraduate studies for a journalism degree and finished with a law degree from the University of Wisconsin, proudly calling himself a “Double Badger.” Today, Kyle is a senior associate with the law firm Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, and as a trial attorney he advocates for his clients by telling their stories – a role he tries to fill for the Foundation as well. Kyle discovered the Madison Parks Foundation when he learned that his firm traces its origins to John Olin, the same man who helped found the Park and Pleasure Drive Association. Now that he and wife (and their Australian Shepherds) have put down their roots in Madison, Kyle is honored to serve on the board and play a small part in helping preserve and cultivate the legacy built by others in the city he now calls home.
Julie was born in Monona, Wisconsin, across the street from Winnequah (Dream) Park. As a child she watched Eric and Beth Heiden, before they became famous, skate on Madison’s ice rinks. After living in other, less beautiful places, she returned to Madison to attend UW-Madison, where she received a B.A. and a law degree. She is a partner in the tax department of Smith & Gesteland, LLP in Middleton.
Joe served four terms as Madison City Council’s District 17 Alder for the far east side. During that time, his prized assignment was alder representative to the Madison Parks Commission. A native of Richland Center, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UW-Platteville and spent 33 years as a health lobbyist at American Family Insurance. Along the way, Joe also served as an alder on the Sun Prairie City Council and spearheaded the construction of the first community aquatic center in Dane County. Joe is an officer in the Clarendon Hills Homeowners Association and supporter of Friends of Starkweather Creek. He has been affiliated with the summer “Concerts On The Square” series since its inception and presently is the concert volunteer coordinator. Joe and his wife, Marti consider our parks system one of Madison’s greatest assets and serve and support the Madison Parks Foundation with a passion.
Emily is a member of the Madison Parks Commission and serves in that capacity on the Madison Parks Foundation Board. She works at CUNA Mutual Group as Associate General Counsel, having previously practiced law at the Madison office of Foley & Lardner. Emily and her family are frequent users of Rennebohm and Garner Parks, especially in the winter when there are opportunities for skating, snowshoeing and sledding on the big hill. Emily grew up in Birmingham, AL and attended Vanderbilt University and University of Alabama School of Law. She loves living in Madison in part because there is always something interesting to do, whether it involves being outside in the parks or on the lakes, or enjoying the abundant civic and cultural opportunities that are available.
Bob is a wine professional, entrepreneur and UW-Madison graduate who has lived in Madison for over two decades. As a former restaurateur, Bob brings vast knowledge and experience with events to the board. Bob was the director of Yum Yum Fest and helped to found Makeshift Festival– marrying our beautiful parks with local art and award winning food. He’s passionate about Madison’s public spaces, and he believes that a strong parks system improves the quality of life for all Madisonians, regardless of background and about the opportunities for access and inclusivity that our parks system provides. In addition to his volunteer work with Madison Parks Foundation, he serves as Business Chair of the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association and on the board of the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.
As Owner and President of Acuity Consulting Services LLC since 2001, Jason Iverson lives his passion everyday by focusing on his clients and their technology needs. Since its inception, Acuity has been an out-of-the-box IT firm focused on partnering with local businesses and non-profits. Jason’s vision of a company that doesn’t just make money but also betters the community we live in has led to the success and growth of Acuity.
He is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board for the Madison Parks Foundation so he can share his love of cycling and the outdoors with those that have helped create and maintain Madison’s bountiful parks system. In addition to the Parks Foundation, Jason is involved with Madison South Rotary, Literacy Network, and Madison East Side Business Alliance.
Betsy, along with her husband, are the owners of DwellHop Real Estate and DwellHop Construction. As a Realtor, Betsy recognizes both the financial and emotional value that parks bring to our city’s neighborhoods. She has lived in Madison since 2010 and, although she didn’t grow up here, is the third generation of her family to call our beautiful city home. Her first memory of Madison is learning to skate in Vilas Park during a family trip here in third grade. Betsy holds a B.S. in design from the University of Cincinnati. She moved here after college, fell in love with the city and has made it her home. Some of her favorite parks in Madison are the small ones hidden within neighborhoods such as Hillington Triangle Park where her husband’s extended family plays a hockey game each Thanksgiving. Betsy’s is thrilled to help Madison Parks Foundation help Madison’s citizens continue the legacy of caring for and building the parks that make our city unique.
Anna is a Realtor/Broker with Stark Company Realtors and has lived in Madison since 1991. Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, she attended UW-Madison and graduated with a degree in Violin Performance…and decided to stay in Madison as she fell in love with this beautiful city! Her passion for urban natural spaces started at a young age with influences of her architect/urban planning father and avid gardening and florist mother. Today she lives across Olbrich Park and enjoys snowshoeing & kayaking on Lake Monona and all that Madison Parks offer…including a quiet & beautiful spot to enjoy a coffee or lunch break when she is criss-crossing Madison showing houses.
Executive Director: Stephanie Franklin
I grew up in the Madison area and had the pleasure of using Madison Parks all of my life. This amazing park system contains more than 270 parks on more than 6,000 acres and is open for everyone to use. It is a honor and privilege to fundraise for one of Madison’s greatest assets – it’s parks.
* Founding Member