Meet the AHNA Board Members
Jim Cortada, president of the Arbor Hills Neighborhood Association, has lived in the neighborhood since 1988. He is an historian and also spent nearly 40 years working at IBM in various management and executive sales positions. He has also been active in Madison mentoring start up enterprises through Merlin Mentors and in other local non-profits. He and his wife, Dora, have two daughters and three grandchildren. Jim has been on the AHNA board for five years.
Neil is in his 4th year as Treasurer of the Association. He lives on Westview Lane with his wife, Lisa, and two children, Grace (6) and Luke (3). They have lived in the neighborhood since 2013. Neil is a Certified Financial Planner, Lisa is a Culinary teacher at Memorial High School.
As the Events Coordinator for the Arbor Hills Neighborhood Association, Samantha plans events and gatherings throughout the year. Her goal is to bring together as many neighbors as possible through fun, family-friendly celebrations. Samantha and her husband, Matt, live on Pelham road with their two boys, Jack (4) and Max (2), and their dogs, Wiggles and Ranger. She has more than 15 years of event planning experience and in her daily life is the Manager of Buyer Missions and Trade Shows for the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (formally Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board).
Hi! I started on the Board as Corresponding Secretary (sending out emails) in 2015, and am currently the Recording Secretary taking the minutes at Board meetings. With a degree in biomedical engineering, I have worked in Corporate Training for GE Healthcare since 2000. My husband (Dan) and daughter (Emma) have lived in the neighborhood since 2004. We absolutely love it and have no plans on leaving anytime soon! In our spare time, we both love cycling, spending time up north at the lake and time with family.
Block Captain Coordinator
Hello! An American poet, Wendell Berry, is quoted as saying "A viable neighborhood is a community: and a viable community is made up of neighbors who cherish and protect what they have in common." I believe this sentiment epitomizes the wonderful people of Arbor Hills and especially the people on the board. My name is Sue Talarczyk and I am happy to serve on the board as Block Captain Coordinator. My husband, Al, and I moved to Arbor Hills in 1994. I became a block captain shortly after that and have been doing so ever since. I love getting to know my neighbors! We live on Irvington Way and even though our house is now bigger than we need, since our three children have grown up and moved away, we can't think of an area we would rather be. I walk the "hood" often and am always admiring the beautiful, interesting houses we have. I love going into the Knollwood Conservatory and the UW Arboretum and communing with nature. If you see me out and about please stop and chat - I would love to get to know you neighbor!
I joined the board when I moved to the neighborhood with my husband and our puppy, Charlie, in the summer of 2018. I studied journalism and have a background working at newspapers, and now work in public relations. As the newsletter editor, I have the opportunity to pull together perspectives from the neighborhood and create something that reflects our community.
My husband, Erin, and I moved to Arbor Hills the summer of 2018, shortly before we were married in the fall of the same year.
As a boy, my husband grew up nearby in Eagle Heights located on the UW Campus. His mother was finishing her PhD, and he remembers fondly the sense of community he felt there. I moved to Madison as a young mother in 1991; raising my two (now grown) sons on the Isthmus in the Willy Street area.
As we searched for a home to begin our new life, Erin and I wanted to find a place that would compliment our love of family, friends and community. We certainly have found that in Arbor Hills!
As Corresponding Secretary, I will strive to share information that uplifts and inspires the Arbor Hills community in a meaningful way.
Member at Large
George has served on the AHNA Board since 2016. He and his wife Jenny moved to the Arbor Hills Neighborhood in 2013. George is an avid outdoorsman. When he’s not taking care of the lawn or walking their German Shepherd Greta, you can usually find him spending time on the lakes and in the woods of the Upper Midwest.
Member at Large
Member at Large
I have lived in Arbor Hills for 24 years. I love this neighborhood. Our children attended the West Area Schools. Our daughter is currently a senior at West High School. I am a policy maker for the State Department of Children and Families. At the annual board meeting I was elected corresponding Secretary for the AHNA. I look forward to serving on the board.