The Northside Planning Council is fortunate to have a Board composed of dedicated and passionate residents and community leaders.  These Northside volunteers bring a wide range of diverse talents, and each possesses a unique professional background and skill set, and they graciously apply these capabilities to improving their neighborhood.

In 2014, Walt Stewart joined the NPC Board.

The NPC Board of Directors meet at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 PM. To reach any Board member, please contact the NPC Executive Director.


Boles_cropJohn Boles, Treasurer
John Boles has lived in Madison since 1970 and has resided at Cherokee for over 20 years.  He currently is self-employed as a Financial Planner and Registered Tax Return Preparer.  John is a confirmed golf addict and a long-time member of Cherokee Country Club.  His interest in the NPC is primarily economic development – to support the businesses we already have and promote the Northside as a place for new businesses to become established and grow.  John has a BA and MBA from UW Madison.

Travis Currier
Travis grew up in this community and has many experiences of the diversity and culture changes of the community. He has three girls that attend Mendota Elementary School and is interested in helping to support Northside neighborhoods and other Northside issues. Travis is an Information Technology Professional and have skills regarding computers and technical knowledge.


Sue Gleason, Chair
Sue has lived on the Northside for 25 years and is active in the Lake View Hill area. Sue lives on Esch Lane “under the shadow of the water tower” and she and her husband can often be seen walking their 3rd springer spaniel! Sue currently works as a Project Director for the Workforce Development Board of SC WI.  Her professional life fits well with her hopes for the Northside to have healthy and prosperous community, people, and businesses. “I love the Northside with all it has to offer and don’t plan on ever leaving. As my husband often says, ‘they will carry us out of here someday!’ But before that day I look forward to helping the Northside realize a few more dreams.”

jim-for-webJim Krueger
Jim Krueger is a native of Madison. He has worked for the North/Eastside Senior Coalition  since 2008, currently serving as Executive Director, and previously worked at PICADA when it was located on Fordem Avenue. He and his wife Lisa live in Sun Prairie but Jim enjoys spending the majority of his waking hours on the northside. Jim especially admires the passion and pride displayed by Northsiders. His interest in the NPC is to build upon collaborative efforts among local businesses to provide high quality services and opportunities for all northside residents. Jim has a BA in Social Welfare from UW Madison.


Steve Reese
Originally from Pennsylvania, Steve has lived in Madison since 1992 and the Northside since 1996. He and his partner Melinda live in the Cherokee condos along with their two cocker spaniels, Fancy & Coco. He has been a gardener in the Troy Community Gardens since 2004 and enjoys playing golf. While his background is in Marketing and Product Development, he is currently a Realtor. He hopes to combine his old and new career to help NPC showcase the Northside as a great place to live and do business.

Marti Ryan
Marti works with Next Generation Consulting researching and strategizing for several North American cities. She joins the NPC Board with an interest in devoting her time and energy towards creating a neighborhood that meets the needs of its residents. She has special interest in food initiatives like farmers markets and the FEED Kitchens, and recreation opportunities like swimming, walking, and biking. Marti jumped right in by joining the city’s Art/Design committee to help complete Northside design plans. Marti also brings a wealth of practical skills to the Board with a background in financial analysis, data analysis, and small business management. She is currently serving as the President of the Willy St Coop Board.

Nikki SandersNikki Sanders, Vice Chair
Nikki Sanders is proud to have grown up on the Northside. She is a member of the East Bluff Homeowners’ Association and serves on the Warner Park Community Recreation Center Advisory Committee.  She enjoys being on the NPC Board and being involved with people who really desire to see the Northside improved. What Nikki loves about the Northside: “If the Northside doesn’t have it, I don’t need it!” She loves the diversity of the community and the neighborhood pride. The hopes Nikki has for the Northside’s future and her involvement at NPC: “I’d love to think of various ways the youth of the community can get their voices heard, and hear their ideas for improving the Northside.”


Nancy Stillwell, Secretary  
Originally from Minnesota, with stops in Eau Claire and Green Bay, Nancy has been delighted to call the Northside home since 1999. She and her husband have two sons attending Blackhawk Middle School, where they are active in sports. Most weekends you’ll find Nancy cheering from the bleachers or working the concession stand of (depending on the season) a football, basketball or baseball game. She served as PTO president for Mendota Elementary and was on the Lakeview Lutheran Church Council for many years. Nancy’s career includes working in broadcast journalism for 17 years. She currently is an instructor at Madison Media Institute, where she teaches a variety of courses related to Mass Communication and TV production. Nancy earned her Bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire and recently completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Communication from UW-Whitewater.

Tiffany Werner