Madeline Leopold
Madelyn Leopold, retired partner from Boardman & Clark LLP, was elected to serve as the Foundation’s Chair for 2014.


Darrell Bazzell from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been named a new Trustee for the United Way of Dane County Foundation. The Foundation Board is comprised of lead volunteers who guide the organization in advancing the mission of United Way of Dane County, investing in our community’s Agenda for Change and providing opportunities for individuals to extend their own legacy of effective, local philanthropy.

Madelyn Leopold, retired partner from Boardman & Clark LLP, was elected to serve as the Foundation’s Chair. Other individuals elected to positions include: Vice Chair- Jay Sekelsky, Madison Investment Advisors, and Secretary/Treasurer- Mark Koehl, Wipfli LLP.

Nick Meriggioli, Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods Group, will serve this year as Ex Officio Trustee as he chairs the United Way of Dane County Board of Directors

“Our 2014 Foundation Board of Trustees is committed to continuing the Foundation’s growth, sustainability and impact. The Trustees have approved an aspirational five-year plan to realize $10 million in Foundation net assets and $10 million in expectancies by year’s end in 2015,” said Madelyn Leopold, Chair, United Way of Dane County Foundation. “This type of growth could transform lives through our community’s Agenda for Change. We invite everyone in the community to be a part of this work.”

Retiring Foundation Trustees include Londa Dewey, The QTI Group and Michael Victorson, M3 Insurance, who served as Ex Officio.

How to Give to the Foundation

Support of the Foundation is an investment in our community’s future. There are many option to give whether you are a long-time supporter or a new contributor to help the Foundation affect positive change today and tomorrow. For more information, please contact Kristi Shepard, Senior Director of Major & Planned Giving, at (608) 246-4399 or or visit

2014 United Way of Dane County Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees

Madelyn Leopold Chair Retired, Boardman & Clark LLP
Jay Sekelsky Vice Chair Madison Investment Advisors
Mark Koehl Secretary/Treasurer Wipfli LLP
Darrell Bazzell Trustee University of Wisconsin-Madison
Darrell Behnke Trustee U.S. Bank
Holly Cremer Berkenstadt Trustee Community Leader
Jim Blanchard Trustee Community Leader
John Bolz Trustee Community Leader
Barbara Finley Trustee Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Clayton Frink Trustee The Capital Times
Leslie Ann Howard Ex Officio United Way of Dane County
Sherri Kliczak Trustee Retired, National Guardian Life
Norma Madsen Trustee Community Leader
Nick Meriggioli Ex Officio Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods Group
Jim Riordan Trustee Retired, WPS Health Insurance
Frederick Schwartz Trustee Sub-Zero Group, Inc.
*Noble Wray Trustee Retired, Madison Police Depart.
John Zimdars Trustee The Zimdars Company

Honorary Trustees

Don Anderson Marv Conney Jerry Hiegel
Jean Manchester Dale Mathwich Loren Mortenson
Thomas G. Ragatz

New Trustees bolded
On a temporary leave of absence

About our Community’s Agenda for Change


  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.


  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.


  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County.