MG21 Governance Board

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MG21 Governance Board Agenda & Minutes

  • President: Denise Peterson
    Denise is a native of California who left a career in the criminal justice system for a career in education. Denise worked in a Montessori program in Appleton before relocating with her husband and two daughters to the Madison area where she began teaching at Monona Grove High School. After a year teaching English and social studies, Denise approached other staff about the possibility of establishing a charter school, and the Monona Grove Alternative High School opened a few years later. Denise served as a member of the board for the Alternative School for 13 years and is now pleased to sit on the MG21 Governance Board. Denise has recently retired from teaching at Monona Grove High School.
  • Vice-President: Phil McDade
    Phil McDade is a longtime resident of Monona, and served from 2003-2009 on the Monona Grove School Board. He and his wife, Sue, have three sons, all currently enrolled in or graduated from the Monona Grove school district. He has served on statewide task forces for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on assessments and Response-to-Intervention (RTI), and serves as a grant evaluator for charter school grant applications for DPI. He is a free-lance writer and editor.
  • Secretary/Parent Representative: Shelley Bouffiou
    Shelley Bouffiou originally joined the MG21 board as the parent representative and is currently the secretary of the board. She lives in Monona and has two children, Elizabeth and Karl. Elizabeth is a 2011 graduate of MG21. Shelley has been teaching in the Madison Metropolitan School District since 1994 and currently teaches first grade at Elvehjem Elementary.
  • MG21 Alumni Representative: Nicholas Dushack
    Nick is a graduate of the original Monona Grove Alternative School. A graduate of Madison Media Institute, he holds a Masters degree in Music Recording and Production. Currently Nick teaches Music Production classes at MG21, owns and operates his own recording studio-Drip Note Productions and works for Apple.
  • Tom Stolper
    Businessman and active community member, Tom is a certified public accountant and was a partner/owner at the accounting firm of Clifton Larson Allen for 31 years. Currently he is (1) an owner in ProActive Solutions USA, LLC, a manufacturer of cleaning and sanitizing solutions for the food industry (2) Vice President of Administration of Deibel Laboratories, Inc. a food quality testing organization with labs in 8 states as well as one in Canada (3) a consultant with Purple Cow Organics LLC, a manufacturer of premium organic compost and related products, and (4) a member of the board of directors of MGE Energy. He is very active in civic affairs and currently is the Chairman of the Monona Community Development Authority, the Secretary of the Monona Police and Fire Commission, the Chairman of the Monona Fund, and serves on the Monona Public works committee and the Board of MG-21. Additionally, he served on the Monona City Council from 1997 to 2003. Tom was raised on Madison’s North side and is a graduate of Madison East High School and the University of Wisconsin. He has been a Monona resident since 1981 and is the founder and President of the Andrew & Michael Stolper Foundation, Inc. which honors his two deceased sons.
  • Kris Halverson
    Kris graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Administration, and worked in the construction industry for many years. After marrying and having children, Kris hired on to the Monona Grove School District staff in 2000 when she worked as pre-K educational assistant at Maywood School. Kris went on to work at Winnequah School, and is now at Monona Grove High School as the Attendance Secretary. Kristen is in her 12th year as volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Monona Fire Department and is the proud Mom of three great kids.
  • Steve Halverson
    Is a native of north central Iowa and received is Bachelor of Arts Degree from Iowa State University. His M.B.A. from Western Illinois University. He is a Charter member and past President of the Monona    Chamber of Commerce. Past President of the Monona Grove Businessmen’s Association, Memorial Day Parade Chairman, Fundraising Chairman of the Dane County Veterans Monument. Financial Advisor with Edward Jones for the past 28 years.
  • Non Voting Members:
    MG21 Administrator: Kristen Langer
    MG21 Executive Director: Rebecca Fox-Blair

MG21 is chartered by the Monona Grove School Board, and is run in accordance with state laws and regulations established for operating charter schools by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


Board meets 2nd Wed. of every month @ MG21