Madeleine moved to Santa Barbara with her husband Peter 15 years ago from the Boston area. In Boston, while raising their two sons, she was a member of the Children’s Hospital League, which was a fundraising organization for Boston Children’s Hospital. She had many roles on the League’s Board of Directors including president and chairperson for the annual fundraiser.
After settling in and familiarizing herself with Santa Barbara’s many non-profits, she decided to become a CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate) with the CASA organization. It was a difficult but quite rewarding volunteer effort, and her first case lasted five years.
Madeleine’s husband, who was teaching Modern Middle East History, initially introduced her to SBCC. She was invited to join the Foundation’s board of directors toward the end of her CASA tenure and that became her focus for the next 10 years. As a passionate advocate, she participated in many fundraising and community awareness efforts during her tenure on the board, and served as board president, chair of the Governance committee, and development chair.
Madeleine grew up in a suburb of New York City. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications.