Meet the AHNA Board Members
Meet the members of the Arbor Hills Neighborhood Association Board! We meet on the second Tuesday of most months at 6:30. Interested in joining a meeting or joining the Board? Just let us know!
Ashley Gibson - President
I moved to the neighborhood in 2018, and a newsletter was sitting on the table when we toured the house. I knew then that if we picked this house, we’d not only become first-time homeowners – we’d also get to be a part of an amazing community. I joined the neighborhood association as newsletter editor before we even moved in, and I loved getting to know our neighbors in that capacity. Now, as President, I aim to continue serving our neighborhood by building a sense of inclusion and community for all residents of Arbor Hills.
My husband Ean and I hope to see you around while we’re out walking with our son Arthur and our cocker spaniel Charlie.
To contact me or other board members, please email email@example.com.
Josh Grotheer – Vice President
Josh has served on the AHNA Board since 2018 and moved from the Member at Large role to Vice President in 2023. He partners with local small businesses who provide advertisements and sponsorship opportunities that fund the expenses the neighborhood incurs – such as philanthropy, the quarterly newsletter, and social events.
Josh and his wife, Megan, have lived on Leyton Lane since 2016 and have a daughter (Elliott, 4) a son (Brady, 2), and a loyal rescue dog (Kaison). Josh is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and Megan is a nurse at American Family Children’s Hospital.
Mary Sara - Treasurer
Mary has lived in Arbor Hills for 32 years and has served on the AHNA board in the past as Vice President and as treasurer of several other organizations in Madison. She loves gardening, music, and walking her rescue terrier/pit mix, Leona.
Co-Events Coordinator: Aaron Eicher
Aaron works as an engineer. He and his wife Chloe live with their dog Shadow and two cats.
Co-Events Coordinator: Nanci Horn
Nanci moved into the neighborhood in 2018 with her husband Charlie and their daughter Jordan. She works as the events director for Hilldale Mall.
Jackie Bastyr-Cooper – Membership Coordinator
My husband and I bought our house on Heatherdell Lane back in 1998 a few months before our wedding. Our son was born in 2000 and our daughter in 2002. When the kids were little we attended the 4th of July parade and celebrations in the park.
Both kids attended Leopold, Cherokee, and West. I was Leopold’s Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) president for 3 years and helped a lot with their annual events (especially the Timberwolf Trample – started by the parents of one of my son’s classmates).
When my son was a freshman at West I became involved with the Madison West Athletic Booster Association (MWABA) as a liaison for the wrestling team. The following year I became part of the executive committee as the website editor. I am still involved with that group: updating the website (mwaba.org), managing their social media (Twitter: @west_athletic, Facebook: @MWABAWestBoosters), and communicating with parents/students via a dedicated Gmail account (also helping at events).
With my kids gone at college, I have more free time and figured it would be fun to get more involved with this group.
Erica Fletcher – Newsletter Editor
My husband and I moved into the neighborhood during the summer of 2022 with our two young boys. Our family tries to spend a significant portion of our time outdoors so the easy access to Knollwood Conservation Park and the UW Arboretum from Arbor Hills was a huge draw for us.
I have one child currently attending Leopold Elementary in the Dual Language Immersion Program and another who will begin soon. I’m a member of Leopold’s Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) and have been very happy with our local elementary school! Feel free to reach out with any questions.
I joined the board in the fall of 2022 and hope to play a small part in strengthening the already strong sense of community in Arbor Hills by serving as the Newsletter Editor.
Lisa Fernandez – Block Captain Coordinator
Lisa and her partner Mark moved to Arbor Hills in 2013. They love the neighborhood, all the trees and the closeness to the bike paths and park. She is a retired nurse, having worked inpatient med- surg at UW Hospital and Clinics for 24 years. She has two children and two grandchildren. She wants to give back to her community in her retirement, and she has a particular interest in equity, diversity and anti-racism initiatives. She fills her time with volunteer work and sees serving on the AHNA Board as an opportunity to further her desire to work towards a more cohesive sense of community and justice. She is most happy and energized in service to others.
Communication Coordinators - Chuck Friedrichs & Cathy Means
Chuck & Cathy moved into Arbor Hills in 2006. Relocating from Stoughton, we were looking for a house as close to work as possible, Chuck being at Edgewood College and Cathy at UW HSLC. What a joy it was to find this incredible neighborhood - so country but so city - basically 10 minutes from everything by car, 15-20 by bike. Soon after, the Cannonball Path was paved and the walk/bike bridge over the beltline was completed and our new e-bikes became very active! With 2 kids out of the house, we enjoy Chester the cat, landscaping and gardening in a surprisingly large back yard, home maintenance and many day trips and car shows on our other summer rides, '85 VW Cabriolet and Honda VTX cycle. We have great neighbors and have been the Derby Down block captains for almost as long. It has been fun to see the neighborhood slowly transform from original builders to younger family folks. Stop by, say hi, take a garden stroll, anytime!
Grant Roeming – Member at Large
Grant and his family have been happily living in Arbor Hills since 2016 with Grant proudly serving on the AHNA Board since 2018 as a Member at Large. Now living in their 2nd Arbor Hills home located on Sandwood Way with their two children, Piper (5) and Oliver (4 months), two dogs (Dexter & Sammi) and a menagerie of other animals.
Grant has a background in real estate and has a passion in home remodeling and updating. Grant is currently a Facilities Manager for Executive Management Inc. and Courtney is a Nurse and Administrator/Owner of Oak Ridge Assisted Living.
Linda Szabo – Member At Large
Linda was born in Cleveland, OH and attended OSU, Akron University, Kent State, and UW Madison where she studied education, lifetime developmental psychology, English, and literature. She worked as a childcare director in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. She is married (now widowed) and has 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She is retired, enjoys assorted hobbies, and lives with family in Arbor Hills.