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: Bob Hemauer
Bob moved to Madison on his 18th birthday to attend the University of Wisconsin and like many before and since, has called it home even after earning his Bachelor degree in History. Bob is passionate about the role that public spaces play in advancing progress on equity issues, and he believes that parks are a vital part of the social infrastructure that makes us all healthier, happier and better-connected to our neighbors. He was heavily involved in the effort to rename Central Park for beloved Madison East Principal, Milton McPike, serves on MPF’s development committee and founded Makeshift Festival – a free event that celebrates art in public spaces and funded an original piece of public art in Elver Park — Momental. In addition to his leadership role at the Madison Parks Foundation, Bob is President of the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center Board of Directors and he currently serves as Director of the First Weber Foundation.
Treasurer: Ty Beck
Ty is a Vice President of Business Banking at Park Bank. He was born and raised in Oshkosh and has lived in the Madison area for over 20 years. Ty is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology. He worked six years as a research archaeologist in back country Alaska prior to starting his financial career in 2002. Ty and his family are very active and they enjoy most outdoor activities in particular running, triathlons and cycling. Ty is very dedicated to the mission of MPF and is truly passionate about doing his part to pass on the gift of parks for generations to come!
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 tax partner at BDO USA, LLC.
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.
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.
As Owner and President of Acuity Consulting Services LLC since 2001, Jason Iverson lives his passion every day 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.
Kristin is a Senior Account Supervisor at Kennedy Communications, a Madison-based advertising agency. In 2017, she served as the youngest president in the history of the American Advertising Federation – Madison Chapter and was also named one of InBusiness Magazine’s 40 under 40. Although Kristin did not grow up in the Madison-area, she fell in love with the city, culture and green spaces while attending UW-Madison where she graduated with a Communication Arts degree. While many enjoy the parks in the warmer months, Kristin prefers to use area parks during the winter season for cross country skiing and ice skating…and thawing out by the fire afterward. Her love of the outdoors and preserving natural spaces led her to the Madison Parks Foundation. Kristin formed the Foundation’s Marketing Committee to build awareness of Madison Parks and raise funds for their enhancement and preservation.
Madelyn serves on the Foundation Board as liaison to Madison’s Board of Park Commissioners. In that capacity, she supports collaborations between the Foundation and the City’s Parks Division to further their complementary missions. Prior to her retirement, Madelyn was a partner in the law firm of Boardman and Clark LLP, specializing in estate planning with a particular interest in charitable giving.
Betsy is the broker and owner 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 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. Betsy also serves Madison as the president of the Regent Neighborhood Association.
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
Stephanie grew up in the Madison area and had the pleasure of using Madison Parks all of her life. She is proud to be the first employee of the Madison Parks Foundation and feels that it is an honor and privilege to support one of our greatest resources – our 276 Madison Parks. Stephanie also serves on the board of Opportunity 34.
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