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President: Grant Frautschi

Grant is a fifth generation Madisonian, and comes from a family that knows that you have to give back to the place that you call home. The Parks Foundation’s idea of “Renewing the Legacy” is one that struck a cord with Grant when he joined the board in 2005. Grant believes that the Madison Parks system, originally the Park and Pleasure Drive Association, along with the lakes, are the jewels that make Madison a special for all who live and visit here. “It is important that we protect, invest, and nurture our parks out of respect for past generations and an obligation the future ones.”

Vice President: Brennan Nardi

Brennan is a native of Virginia but a Madisonian at heart. She moved to Madison in 1994, received a master's in journalism and mass communication at UW­Madison and joined Madison Magazine in 2000. She joined the board of the Madison Parks Foundation to help steward the city's vast and beautiful park system for present and future generations. She is an avid user of Warner Park on the north side, where she walks her pups to the dog park, bikes with her family and snowshoes in winter. Her other favorite Madison park is Burrows on Lake Mendota, where most of her daughter's twelve birthdays have been celebrated with family and friends.

The magazine’s mission is to inform and entertain, and to affect positive change in the community. Her board service on the Madison Parks Foundation aligns well with her professional work, which includes a strong commitment to leaving Madison a better place for our children and grandchildren.

The parks are a place where every Madisonian can enjoy the beauty of our natural surroundings, and where every child and family can relax, recreate and have fun. Brennan is dedicated to preserving that tradition and legacy by strengthening and growing the Parks Foundation, the parks system, and by extension, the community.

Treasurer: Julie Bogle

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.

Secretary: Chad Bartell

Chad is a life-long resident of Madison whose enjoyment of its parks spans his entire life. As a child he watched fireworks and played hockey at Westmorland Park, picked mulberries at Reservoir Park, and enjoyed many a grill-out at Hoyt Park. He attended Madison’s West High School, then Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He received a law degree and masters in business at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After beginning his career at the Michael Best & Friedrich law firm, Chad is presently Associate General Counsel with Springs Window Fashions in Middleton.

Board Members:

Joe Clausius

Joe Clausius was first elected to the Madison City Council in 2007.  He has been reelected continuously since then.

Joe grew up in Frank Lloyd Wright’s hometown of Richland Center.  After high school he attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville earning a bachelors degree in political science.  His career as a health lobbyist at American Family Insurance spanned 33 years. 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.

After retirement, Joe became involved in Madison’s political scene and is now serving his fourth term as the District 17 Alder for the far east side.  Among his committee assignments, Joe proudly serves as a member of the Madison Parks Commission.  He embraces that role as a steward of Madison’s parks for both present and future generations of Madison residents.

In the Madison community, Joe is an officer in the Clarendon Hills Homeowners Association and a member of the Friends of Starkweather Creek.  He has been affiliated with the summer Concerts On The Square series since it’s inception and presently is the concert volunteer co-coordinator.

Joel DeSpain

Joel grew up in Capitol City, and spent countless hours of his youth in Madison’s wonderful parks: playing ball, hiking, fishing, skating, catching toads, turtles, and snakes. A West High School grad, Joel graduated in 1982 from the UW-Madison with a degree in broadcast journalism. A college internship at WISC-TV evolved into a 25-year news reporting career with Madison’s CBS affiliate. Joel left television in 2007 to become the Madison Police Department’s first civilian Public Information Officer.

Joel handles internal and external communications for the MPD: crisis management, media relations, and public speaking are among the many facets of his job. Joel also manages the department’s ride-along, and intern programs, and organizes its’ annual awards’ ceremony.

Joel is the proud father of two children, Meghan and Connor, and he also volunteers his time coaching soccer, basketball, and helping with school and scouting events. He is honored to serve on the Madison Parks Foundation board.

Molly Lahr

Molly Lahr is an entrepreneurship supporter, connector, and civic enthusiast. She is a multidisciplinary leader with strongly-rooted background in development, event planning and membership management. Natural self-starter recognized for getting things done with an established record of improving overall operations in the non-profit and sports management sectors. Repeated success bringing diverse donors and contributing to the success in fund-raising campaigns and events benefiting charitable organizations. Her specialities include event planning and operations, volunteer coordination, fundraising, board management, and delivering results.

Madelyn Leopold

Madelyn D. Leopold has been a partner with the Boardman Law Firm in Madison, Wisconsin, since 1995. She practices in the areas of estate planning, trusts, and probate, with special interest in charitable and planned giving. In addition to her one-on-one work with clients and their families, Madelyn is a frequent speaker to professional and community groups on the subjects of estate planning and planned giving.

Madelyn earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University and her law degree at Boston College Law School, both with high honors. Madelyn has worked with various nonprofit groups in Madison and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Dane County Foundation. She is a member of the Madison Parks Commission. A resident of Madison since 1990, Madelyn is married and has two children. In her free time she keeps busy tending a prairie restoration on the family's property in Grant County.

Maureen Lokrantz

Maureen Lokrantz is a Wealth Management Advisor for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank.  She has served on the Board of the Madison Parks Foundation since 2012 and is a member of the Foundation’s Finance Committee.

Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Maureen was in private practice and a frequent presenter on issues of trust and estate planning, special needs, and long term care planning.  She also worked at a local insurance company for over 16 years. 

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.  Maureen is a former President of both Madison Estate Council and Madison Area Down Syndrome Society.

Dick Zillman*

Dick founded Zillman Advertising, a full-service Madison firm in 1977 and served as its creative director. The agency’s clients came from online education, food service, health care, insurance and financial fields as well as public service, nonprofits and the arts. His work won numerous peer review awards. He is a founding member of the Madison Parks Foundation and vice president of Kanopy Dance. He has served as marketing chair and chairman of Downtown Madison Inc, and on the board of the Madison Art Center, Children's Theater of Madison and Dane County Natural Heritage Foundation. Dick earned his BBA and MBA in marketing from UW Madison. A lifelong townie and University brat, he has helped Madison prosper in small ways, following his father’s example of giving back. His wife Mary is a 5th grade teacher at Marquette Elementary School. Their son, Chandler, is a First Officer with American Airlines, and daughter, Hallie, is Design Director of Williamson Street Coops.


Executive Director: Stephanie Franklin
Madison Parks Superitendant: Kevin Briski


Lynn Adams
Trudy Barash
Dorothy Borchardt*
Bill Barker
Toni Drake
Kristine Euclide
Candy Gialamas*
Randy Glysch*
Gigi Holland*
Chuck Koval*
Don Last*
Betty MacDonald
Malea Martin
Nancy Mead
Sally Miley
Dan Petersen*
Santiago Rosas*
Emanuel Scarbrough
Susan Schmitz
Gail Selk*
Jean Stewart*
David Wallner
Bill White

* Founding Member


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