The N4N Advisory Board has been established to provide sound advice to help guide the growth of N4N and achieve current business goals. As leaders in their fields of expertise, they offer invaluable outside perspective and enthusiasm for N4N’s mission, vision, and values. Let us know if you are interested in learning more about a position on our board.
Antonia has spent her career working with clients to help them maximize their greatest investment – their people. As a human resources professional, she has helped organizations from small businesses to Fortune 200 companies connect talent strategies to business objectives through a focus on total rewards, talent management, and the employee experience.
Since 2017, Antonia has led several transformational talent efforts at American Family Insurance. In her current role as Talent Programs Manager, Antonia and her team design and implement talent management strategies that support the evolution of the employee experience while also balancing the needs of the business as American Family’s enterprise continues to expand through organic growth, mergers and acquisitions. With an intentional focus on diversity and inclusion, Antonia prides herself on building high performing teams where everyone can bring their authentic self to work each day.
Antonia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Edgewood College. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time biking, doing yoga, and relaxing with her family.
Ami Myrland serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Capitol Bank in Madison, Wisconsin. Ami is responsible for the IT, Human Resources, Marketing, Retail and Finance areas of the Bank. Prior to joining Capitol Bank, Ami held a variety of roles from Auditor to Controller to CFO and had experience in a variety of projects and initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Edgewood College in Madison. She is a member of the Council for CATCH (Community Around the Children’s Hospital), the Vice Chair for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Board, a member of the Executive Committee for Madison’s Light the Night Walk for LLS, and serves on the Board for the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation. In 2022, Ami received the ICBA (Independent Community Bankers of America) 40 Under 40 award. She was also recognized as one of InBusiness Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in Dane County in 2019 and was an Athena Young Professional Award Nominee in 2020.
Ami enjoys running, mountain biking and spending time outdoors with her sons in her spare time.
Eric is an experienced marketer with over 15 years of planning and executing worldwide advertising and marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most renowned companies and products. From launching AAA video game titles with Electronic Arts, to modernizing iconic food brands at General Mills, to introducing world-altering tech products with Apple, his marketing career has taken him all across the US to work with some of the brightest and most influential minds in business.
His most current role is as Chief Marketing Officer for Flamingo Theory Marketing which is a local full-service digital marketing agency that specializes in helping businesses throughout Dane County nail every aspect of their online marketing presence. As a Waunakee native, he takes great pride in bringing Fortune 500 marketing experience and techniques and distilling them into a company offering that elevates the digital acumen of the Madison-area business community.
Jennifer Uphoff Gray
Jennifer Uphoff Gray is the artistic director of Forward Theater Company, which she co-founded in 2009. Regionally, Jen has directed shows at theaters in Madison and Milwaukee. On Broadway, Jen was the Associate Director for productions of Copenhagen, Cabaret, The Blue Room (starring Nicole Kidman) and The Life. Jen serves as chair of Overture Center’s Resident Company Advisory Council, and is actively involved in many progressive causes. She grew up in the Madison area, holds a degree in Dramatic Literature & Stage History from Harvard College, and with her husband Peter is raising her family on Madison’s west side.
John has 20 years of commercial banking experience and has worked in both small business and traditional middle market roles throughout his career. His primary areas of focus have been in manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, insurance and non-profit industries. John has been a strategic partner in achieving growth and strategic initiatives for his clients of all sizes.
In addition, John has over 15 years of non-profit board experience and has held roles as treasurer and president while serving for various organizations. Currently John maintains board of director duties for the following organizations in addition to his role with Numbers for Nonprofits, Evergreen Retirement Community, Inc., The Madison Children’s Museum, My Choice Wisconsin and he will be joining the advisory board for The American Heart Association in June of 2020. John has also received recognition as a 40 under 40 recipient from the Oshkosh Northwestern in 2013 and again in 2019 by InBusiness Magazine in Madison. In his spare time John is an avid runner, mountain biker and musky fisherman.
Neil Fauerbach, MBA
I have served in marketing and business development leadership roles in professional services since 1986. In those roles, I have directed marketing, branding, sales, public relations, communications, event management, market research, client satisfaction management, and new product development. As a member of the leadership team, I have directed or assisted in strategic planning, change management, quality improvement, and process improvement efforts. I have also been involved in many start-up product and service launches.
As a Forward Award Examiner, I have assessed organizations against the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria. This experience allows examiners to peek inside other organizations and evaluate their processes against best practices. I have served on many non-profit boards in officer positions and committee leadership. These experiences have exposed me to situations I would never have seen in my daily employment. I love learning new things. In particular, things involving technology. Videography and digital photography are a passion of mine that I apply in my business and personal life. I retired in 2018, but continue a relationship with my former firm in a consulting capacity. I am devoting my “free” time to my board positions, project work, writing, travel, and Grandparenthood.
Since 2016, Sandy Morales has led the largest youth mentoring organization in Dane County. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) creates and supports over 600 one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth by developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. She clearly understands the power of mentoring and how it can impact your life as a daughter of Mexican immigrants and first-generation college graduate.
She grew up in Batavia, Illinois, and then attended Marquette University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing and International Business. Her career in nonprofits includes past marketing and fund development roles at United Way of Dane County as well as volunteer leadership roles with the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County and is a founder and past president of the Latino Professional Association of Greater Madison.
Under her leadership as CEO, BBBS has grown their mentoring programs to serve more children each year and reduce the wait time for kids to be matched with a mentor which on average is about 2 years, but hopes to reduce the wait time even more as there are 200 children waiting to be matched with a mentor.
As Executive Director of Capitol Lakes, Tim leads the downtown Madison retirement community into the future. Working closely with the 300 impressive residents and equal number of compassionate staff members is his passion. Tim enjoys working with groups to achieve continued success. He serves on boards with missions of caring for older adults. Tim holds degrees from Syracuse University and Southern Oregon University.
When not at work Tim spends time with his wife and their four kids in Madison. He volunteers with their schools, teams and other activities.
Former Board Members
Jay Sekelsky, CFA, CPA – Madison Investment Advisors, Inc.
Kristin Rucinski – The Road Home
Melanie Schmidt – Timpano Group
Karen Menendéz Coller – Centro Hispano
Kim Herlitzka – Baker Tilly
Theresa Balsiger, PHR, SHRM-CP – Carex Consulting Group