Madison College District Board Members

The Madison College District Board consists of nine members: two employers, two employees, three members-at-large, an elected official and a school district administrator.

The members of the board are appointed by a board appointment committee comprised of the county board chairpersons of the counties included, all or in part, in the Madison College District. The chairperson of the most populous county serves as chairperson of the appointment committee. Representation on the board is apportioned throughout the district as set forth in section 38.08 of Wisconsin statutes.

  • Frances M. Huntley-Cooper
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    Term: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
    Board Chair

    Frances Huntley-Cooper was reappointed to the Madison College District Board in July 2017. Prior to that, she served on the District Board from July 2007 through June 2017, holding the position of board vice chair (2009-2011) and board chair (2011-2013, 2015-2017). Huntley-Cooper was an administrator in the Worker’s Compensation Division of the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development prior to retiring in 2011. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Huntley-Cooper earned her master’s degrees in social work, public policy and administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the mayor of Fitchburg from 1991 to 1993, making history for being the first and only African American mayor elected in Wisconsin. She was recognized as a 2002 Woman of Distinction by the YWCA. Huntley-Cooper is a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Kappa Psi Omega Chapter) and the NAACP (Dane County Chapter).

  • Joseph J. Hasler
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    Term: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022
    Board Vice-Chair
    Employer Member

    Joseph Hasler joined the Madison College District Board on July 2013. He resides in Reedsburg and is an attorney with LaRowe Gerlach Taggart LLP. Hasler earned his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association and is heavily involved in the community, including the Wisconsin Elections Board, the City of Reedsburg Planning Commission and the Reedsburg Area Medical Center Board of Directors.

  • Dr. Elton J. Crim Jr.
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    Term: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
    Board Secretary

    Dr. Elton J. Crim, Jr. was appointed to the Madison College District Board as a member-at-large in July 2017. Crim resides in Fitchburg and is a clinical professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served on many university committees and is currently an advisor for the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, the Returning Adult Student Award Committee, and the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Program Review Committee. Crim earned a doctorate in higher education and policy from Pennsylvania State University, a master of science in public service management from DePaul University, and a bachelor of science in biology from DePaul.

  • Shiva Bidar-Sielaff
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    Term: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021
    Board Treasurer
    Employer Member

    Shiva Bidar-Sielaff has been a member of the Madison College District Board since July 2015, when she was appointed as an employer member. She was elected as board secretary in 2016, and Board Treasurer in 2017. Bidar-Sielaff resides in Madison and is chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics. She is an alder on the Madison Common Council, as well as an executive committee member on the Dane County Latino Support Network and co-chair of the Latino Health Council of Dane County. Bidar-Sielaff earned a Master of Arts in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. She was awarded a City of Madison/Dane County Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award in January 2010 and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2005.

  • Randy S. Guttenberg
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    Term: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021
    School District Administrator Member

    Randy Guttenberg has been a member of the Madison College District Board since July 2014. He has been the superintendent of Waunakee Community School District since 2008 and prior to that was superintendent of Montello School District and assistant superintendent at Baraboo School District. Guttenberg earned his Master of Science degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 and is currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership and policy analysis. Guttenberg is a member of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. Locally, he is a member of the Waunakee Chapter of Rotary International and the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Arlyn R. Halvorson
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    Term: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2021
    Employee Member

    Arlyn Halvorson joined the Madison College District Board in July 2012. He was elected Board Treasurer in July 2014, and is the current vice-chair having previously served as board secretary. He works for the Dane County Highway Department and is president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union Local #65. Halvorson has been a member of the McFarland K-12 School Board since 1995, currently serving as board president. During his spare time, he tends to the family farm in the Town of Dunn.

  • Melanie Lichtfeld
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    Term: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022
    Employee Member

    Melanie Lichtfeld is a resident of Columbus. She is the owner of Lichtfeld Plumbing, where she is a fourth-generation plumber operating the business that was started by her great-great grandfather in 1895. She is the recipient of the Trailblazer award, which recognizes women in business in Wisconsin. She also received the Torchbearer award, which recognizes business in Wisconsin that have been family-owned for three or more generations. Brava Magazine also designated her as a “Woman to Watch.”

  • Ananda Mirilli


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    Term: August 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022
    Employee Member

    Ananda Mirilli was selected to serve as a Madison College District Board Trustee in August of 2017, as an additional member. Her term will continue through June 30, 2022.

    Mirilli resides in Madison and is currently an education equity consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Prior to that, she was the family, youth and community coordinator for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Other previous positions include work for the YWCA and Centro Hispano.

    Mirilli received an associate degree in human services from Madison College, and she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in human services from Upper Iowa University and a master’s degree in education leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  • Christopher J. Polzer
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    Term: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023
    Elected Official Member

    Chris Polzer was selected to serve as a Madison College District Board Trustee in June of 2020, as an elected official member. His term will continue through June 30, 2023. 


    Polzer resides in Poynette and is currently a criminal justice instructor at UW-Platteville. Previous positions include diversity management instructor and drug treatment specialist.  He also serves as an elected member of the Poynette Village Board and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. 


    Polzer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice from UW-Platteville and a Master of Science Degree in guidance and counseling, also from UW-Platteville.