The German School of Madison is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, led by a Board of Directors. All directors volunteer their time. Directors normally serve for two years and can be re-elected. If you are interested in supporting the school in this capacity, please let us know. Our Board is supported by a school administrator Nancy Muehllehner who started in 2019.

Board of Directors

Elisabeth Berkelman (Treasurer) works as a technical writer.  She lived in Munich for several years in the 1990s, and recently spent a semester in rural Bavaria with her husband, Jim, and two sons, who attend our school.

Krista Bultmann Spiro (President) is from Madison and works as a physical therapist. Her father is German and she lived in Germany for a year after high school and college. Her two children have participated in classes at the German School of Madison for the last four years and this has been a wonderful way for her family to maintain the connection to the German language and culture.

Iris Hengst was born in Frankfurt/M, Germany, and has lived far and wide around the world before moving in 1994 with her American husband to beautiful Madison. Iris and Robert have two German speaking daughters at East High School. Iris also served the school as a co-teacher of the Youth Group and as teacher of our preschool class in the past.

Axel Junker was born in Bonn, Germany, and has been living in Madison since 1988. He works as an outreach specialist for the UW Waisman Center and has two children, who have taken classes at the German School of Madison as long as they can remember.

Steve Herrick is the father one of our students who has been with the school since she was old enough to attend!  His wife is a fluent speaker and Steve is in the adult class, trying to keep up with the German speakers in his house!  Outside of school, Steve works for the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC), the City of Madison’s initiative to form worker cooperatives.  He is also the administrator of the Interpreters’ Co-op of Madison.

Alina Eva Freund is from Bonn, Germany and moved to Madison with her American husband in 2015. Her daughter is attending German class for the second year and the German School of Madison has been a great way to meet other families with an interest in German language and culture, and celebrate German holidays with the community. Alina lives on the East Side of Madison and works for a Software Company. 

If you would like to get in touch with the Board, please email

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