MHNA President’s Message

By Tory Kress

Welcome New and Returning Board Members! Elections were held at the Murray Hill General Meeting on October 24, 2017 with returning board members Gary Halvorsen (Treasurer), Cate Deicher (Director), and Mary Johnson Grundle (Director) being re-elected for two year terms. Former Director and Membership Chair Greg James stepped into the Vice-President Role vacated by long-time MHNA board member Gerard Capell. I want to thank all of these neighbors for their many years of service, their commitment to the neighborhood and their willingness to continue on the Board.

Gerard Capell will be greatly missed as he has been a pillar of the association since 2001, holding positions of Director, Secretary, Vice President and President between 2002 and 2017. During this time, he notes “I’ve seen many changes in the neighborhood through the efforts of the Murray Hill Members making themselves heard to the city and university on such topics of parking, safety, building inspection and student behavior.” Gerard and his wife are taking a year sabbatical to Valparaiso, Chile, and look forward to their eventual return (though maybe not in winter) and seeing their friends around the neighborhood.

We also are excited to welcome a new board member—Justin Ugent—who is stepping in to fill Greg James’ vacated director and membership chair position. Justin has lived in the neighborhood for five years. His favorite things about the neighborhood are the old homes and buildings, the proximity to the lake front and Lake Park, and the Gold line bus route. Justin graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Finance and Accounting and later returned to Madison to earn his MBA. He works at Northwestern Mutual in the corporate strategy department providing competitive research and analysis. We are glad to welcome Justin to the MHNA Board and thank him for his commitment to the neighborhood!

I hope you enjoy this issue of Murray Hill News, which is a reminder of all that our community has to offer—from all types of spiritual centers, to new stores and restaurants, to activities for young and old. Stay warm and active this winter!.

—  December 2017  —