President: Maureen Lokrantz
Maureen Lokrantz is a wealth management advisor for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank. Prior to joining US Bank, Maureen was in private practice and a frequent presenter on issues of trust and estate planning, special needs and long term care planning. Maureen has her B.A. in business and law degree from Marquette University. She is a member of the Wisconsin State and Dane County Bar Associations, Forum for Women Estate Counselors, and Madison TEMPO. When I step into a park the little kid comes out in me and I know no matter why I’m there it’s going to be fun! Parks are the few places where everyone in the community can come together to relax, exercise, spend time with family, neighbors, or pets, show support for a cause, or just play. Parks become a reflection of their surrounding neighborhoods but like everything, they need care and support. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving, supporting and raising awareness of our beautiful parks and wetlands and I appreciate being a part of that.
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 an associate with the law firm Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, and his practice mirrors his firm’s specialty of representing businesses and municipalities in tackling many community based issues. 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 (Magic) 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 the Madison Common Council’s District 17 Alder for the far east side. A native of Richland Center, he earned a degree in political science from UW-Platteville and spent 33 years as a health lobbyist at American Family Insurance. Along the way, Joe 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 currently an officer in the Clarendon Hills Homeowners Association and a member of the Friends of Starkweather Creek. He has assisted with the summer Concerts On The Square series since its inception and presently is the concert volunteer co-coordinator.
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 brings a vast knowledge and experience with events to the board. He is the director of Yum Yum Fest and board member of the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center which produces Fete de Marquette, Atwoodfest, Orton Park Festival, Marquette Waterfront Fest & Willy Street Fair.
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.
Melanie is a local Madisonian, having grown up in Verona, near a park. After graduating from both University of Wisconsin–Madison and Madison College, she specializes in helping organizations to visually tell their brand story and to enhance their current branding and facility experience. Melanie brings over two-and-half decades of marketing, branding, donor recognition and built environment experience to the Parks Foundation. We are excited to have her help us visually show, share and tell our wonderful, historic and legacy story to Madisonians, visitors and guests. Melanie is excited to bring her nieces and nephews to the new Splash Parks in Madison and to try yoga and outdoor workouts outside in our beautiful treasure, Madison Parks.
Executive Director: Stephanie Franklin
Stephanie grew up in the Madison area and had the pleasure of using Madison Parks all her life, so she is honored to have the opportunity to play a role as the first executive director.
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