Meet Our Board of Governors

Madison Community Foundation’s Board of Governors is made up of area business and civic leaders dedicated to donor and community stewardship, thoughtful professional guidance and permanent, sustainable charitable giving for people who live in the greater Madison region.

Chair: Blaine R. Renfert

Blaine is General Council with Sub-Zero Group, Inc. A Madison native, he is active in civic and community affairs, having coached youth soccer, officiated at swim meets and served as a Boy Scout leader. He is on the board of directors of Sub-Zero, Inc., MIG, LLC. and the Center for Advanced Studies in Business. Blaine is a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison.

Vice Chair: Diane Ballweg

Diane is founder and president of Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation. A native of the Madison area, she is an active pilot. She initiated the Aviation Program at Edgewood High School in 2000 and continues to teach students about the diverse careers in aviation. She serves on the steering committees for Edgewood High School capital campaign and the Madison College Promise Campaign. A musician, Diane serves on the Madison Symphony Orchestra Board, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Advisory Board, WYSO Foundation Board, Overture Foundation Board, and UW-Madison School of Music Advisors Board. Other board service includes the Edgewood College Advisory Board, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and the National Committee on the Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She is also a member of Women Moving Millions and the International Women’s Forum.

Shiva Bidar

Shiva is the Chief Diversity Officer at UW Health and a member of the Madison Common Council. She serves as chair of the UW Health Council on Equity & Inclusion and is a founding member and vice-chair elect of the Madison Area Diversity Roundtable, a coalition of employers committed to diversity and inclusionary practices. Shiva also serves on the Madison Area Technical College Board of Trustees, and her work in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion has led to a number of honors, including the 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award, 2010 City-County MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award, and 2005 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

Jim Bradley

Jim is President and CEO of Home Savings Bank and a lifelong resident of Madison. A recognized leader in eco-initiatives, Jim has focused his community service in the areas of affordable housing, strengthening downtown Madison and the local economy, and environmental sustainability. He is a board member of Sustain Dane, Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, Center for Resilient Cities, and the Evjue Foundation.

Joan A. Burke

President of First Business Trust & Investments, Joan has over 30 years of experience in trust, investment management, mutual fund management and brokerage services. She serves on finance committees for the Attic Angel Association and the Benedictine Women of Madison. Joan is also a board member of the Meriter Foundation and Meriter Health Services, and is a board member and officer of Hospice Care, Inc. She has served on the MCF Investment Committee for over fifteen years.

Frank D. Byrne

Frank is former president of St. Mary’s Hospital, twice named among Thompson Rueters’ Top 100 Hospitals and twice awarded recognition for nursing excellence during his tenure. Prior to coming to Madison, Frank served Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in a variety of executive, governance and clinical leadership roles, including President. From 1982 to 1994, Byrne practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and holds fellowships in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American College of Physician Executives. Byrne also serves as a director of Steel Dynamics, Inc.

Jim Cavanaugh

Jim is former president of the South Central Federation of Labor, an umbrella organization for some 95 labor groups in the greater Madison area. He previously served two terms on MCF’s Board of Governors, 1987-1997. He was also on the United Way Board, 1987-1995, serving as chair, 1993-1994. He served 15 years on the board of Madison Area Technical College, including two years as Board Chair. In the past he also served on the boards of and as an officer of the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin. He is currently vice president of the Workers’ Rights Center. Jim and his wife, Vicki, live in Madison, as do their two daughters and six grandchildren.

Jack E. Daniels III

Jack has more than 30 years of higher education experience, ranging from community and technical colleges to graduate institutions. His expertise includes strategic and master planning, economic development and community engagement. He also provides leadership in visioning and guiding initiatives focused on student success. As president of Madison College, Daniels has led efforts creating and implementing a shared governance environment, reshaping how the college responds to the unique needs of the communities it serves, and guiding the transformation of an institutional culture that respects open dialogue and shared decision making.

Al Friedman

Al Friedman has over 40 years of experience in corporate communications, higher education and nonprofit leadership. Retiring in 2010 after 30 years at UW-Madison, he participated in strategic planning, internal communication structures, staff development, and roll-out of strategic initiatives. He is a past board member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE) and the CASE International Commission on Communications and Marketing. Al also served as a board member and president of the Madison Public Library Foundation and the University Club (UW-Madison). Al is a past member of the Madison Parks Foundation board and a current board member of the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries.

Jac B. Garner

President and CEO of Webcrafters since 1996, Jac has been with the company since 1986 serving in various management capacities. He is currently a member of the boards of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Bank, and Book Manufacturer’s Institute. Garner is a former board member of Sustain Dane, and former Board Chair and Campaign Chair for United Way of Dane County.

Roberta Gassman

As a Senior Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, Roberta teaches graduate students in social work, law and public policy. From 2011 to 2013 she served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the United States Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. She previously served in the Cabinet of Governor Jim Doyle as the longest serving Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. She also held senior leadership positions in state, city and county government and the private sector, having served as a senior vice president at Home Savings Bank and as a top aide to Wisconsin Governor Tony Earl, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Rick Phelps. Roberta also serves on the boards of Overture Center Foundation and Edgewood College, volunteers with United Way, and is Chair of MCF’s Grantmaking Committee. She is a past president of the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission.

Enid Veronica Glenn

Enid Veronica GlennEnid is Deputy Administrator for the Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, where she is responsible for providing overall management and administration of the state’s employment program for people with disabilities. Since 1984, she has been employed with the state of Wisconsin, working in the disability field during this entire time. Previous to that she worked in private industry in the group insurance business. In addition to her active involvement with MCF’s Board and Donor Engagement Committee, Enid is a past member of the Executive Committee of A Fund for Women, and is a current board member of United Way of Dane County, as well as a past president of the Board of Directors for Dane Dances, Inc. She is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., whose focus is community service and support for women and girls. She has served on various workforce boards in South Central Wisconsin and Milwaukee County. She is a past recipient of YWCA Madison’s Women of Distinction Leadership Award, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council 2015 Woman of the Year in Philanthropy awardee.

Ron Mensink

Ron MensinkRon is former managing director of analytics and fund management for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). Mensink retired in 2015 from SWIB, where he led asset allocation, risk management and external public market manager activities. A chartered financial analyst, he has served on Madison Community Foundation’s Investment Committee since late 2013. In addition, Mensink has served in various church-related and Boy Scout volunteer roles in the past, and is a tutor for the Literacy Network.

Ismael Ozanne

Ismael OzanneIsmael has served as the Dane County District Attorney since appointed by Governor Doyle in 2010. He is a lifelong resident of Dane County and the first African American District Attorney in Wisconsin’s history. Ismael was a prosecutor for 10 years prior to 2008, when he was appointed as Executive Assistant and then Deputy Secretary of the Department of Corrections (DOC). At the DOC he worked on the department’s $1.2 billion dollar budget, managed the daily operations and 10,000 employees. Ozanne also worked on the DOC’s response to racial disparities and legislation, which later became Act 28 sentencing reforms.

Jeff Pertl

Jeff PertlJeff is a Dane County Board Supervisor. He is employed as Senior Policy Advisor to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers. As a county supervisor, Jeff serves on the Personnel & Finance Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Board. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from UC-Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in ancient history from UW-Madison. His interests on the County Board focus on cleaning up the lakes and parks, working to close the opportunity gap, and improving neighborhoods through infrastructure and economic development.

Dave Stark

Dave StarkDave is the fourth-generation President of Stark Company Realtors. Highly active in leadership roles with Realtor associations on local, state, and national levels, he has also been a deeply involved community leader in the Madison area. Dave currently sits on the United Way of Dane County Board of Directors, for whom he has served as Board Chair, Fundraising Chair and many other roles. He is also a past president and current Board member of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. His other community service involved positions with Meriter Foundation’s board along with service on the boards of over a dozen area civic, arts and nonprofit organizations.

Martha A. Taylor

Martha A. TaylorMartha is Vice President at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, where she has served for more than 35 years. She co-founded the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, now a program of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, where she serves as adjunct faculty. She is a leading expert on the topic of women’s philanthropy and has co-authored three books on the subject. Martha has served as board member and officer of many nonprofit boards, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American’s Division of Higher Education and Schools, Wisconsin Lutheran Social Services, and a Fund for Women.

I appreciate all that MCF does in support of quality of life in our community. I am very proud to be a part of the effort."

– Enid Glen, donor, Board member