Madison City Council
Second and fourth Monday of each month
100 Hughes Rd.
Madison, AL 35758
Citizens have 3 minutes to speak during the public comment portion of meetings. Comments are given in person (currently no remote/digital option to provide comments during the meeting).
If Members of the Public Would Like to Weigh in on a Council Matter, But Do Not Want to Attend Due to Concerns About the Pandemic, Then They May Contact the City Clerk’s Office or Mayor’s Office
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Maura Wroblewski (District 1)
Councilwoman Wroblewski was elected to the Madison City Council in 2016.
Maura was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and travelled around the world with her parents as the daughter of a Naval Officer. Her parents retired to the Gulf Breeze area near Pensacola, Florida and she completed high school there. Maura then graduated from Pensacola Junior College (now Pensacola State College) and she received her B.S. Degree in Marketing from The University of West Florida. Upon graduation Maura worked as a Sales Representative for several companies including Kraft Foods, Pappalo’s Pizza, Kimberly Clark and Nabisco. She met her husband, Ron playing church volleyball and they were married in 1990. Their son, Zach was born in 1994 and daughter, Sarah arrived in 1997. In 1998, Ron’s position as a Human Resources Specialist was transferred from Pensacola Naval Air Station to Redstone Arsenal.
Zach and Sarah both attended West Madison Elementary, Liberty Middle and graduated from Bob Jones High School. Both children played soccer for Bob Jones and Zach went on to play for four years at Berry College. He graduated from Berry College in 2016 with a double major degree in Secondary Education and Political Science. He received a Fulbright Scholarship and was an ESOL teacher in Slovakia for the school year 2016-2017. Zach currently teaches Social Studies and is the JV boys’ soccer and the assistant girls/boys swim coach at Centennial High School in the Fulton County, Georgia School system. Sarah graduated from Marion Military Institute in May, 2017 and is a Senior Airman working as an Aircraft Maintenance Management Analyst in the U.S. Air Force. She is stationed at Joint Air Base, Charleston, South Carolina and recently passed qualifications for promotion to Staff Sergeant.
Maura has been a community volunteer in many areas. She was the first female baseball coach at Palmer Park. She has also coached AYSO Soccer, Upward Basketball and WESTCO Softball . Maura has also been a PTA Officer at her children’s three schools, substitute school teacher and most excitingly, served as crossing guard at Bob Jones High School for several years. She was also the Chair of the Asbury Community Thrift Store, which since its inception, has given over $1,000,000 back into the Madison Missions Community.
In her spare time, Maura hosts a Madison Library Book Club called Mirth and Mystery. She enjoys playing golf with Ron, walking, participating yearly in the 100 Mile Swim Challenge. Maura and Ron also enjoy fostering cats for several local rescue groups.
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Connie Spears (District 2)
Councilwoman Spears was elected to the Madison City Council in 2020.
Connie recently retired from the City of Madison Board of Education after being appointed in 2009 and serving 10 years. She served on the district's Capital Planning, Safety and Security, Policy, Community Relations and Advocacy, Curriculum and Instruction and Finance Committees. She also served as the board’s Legislative Liaison, advocating for children in both Montgomery and Washington, DC. She co-chaired the successful Madison Forward campaign for the added ad valorem taxes for the Madison City school system.
Connie has a degree in Business Administration: Business Management from Auburn University and is a full time community volunteer. She has been a part of the Madison Community since 1984 and is a charter member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Connie and her husband, Richard, have two sons and a daughter-in-law. Their older son, Ross, graduated of Bob Jones High School and Auburn University. He is working as a Software Engineer at SAIC. Their younger son, Riley, graduated from James Clemens High School and attends Calhoun Community College. Daughter-in-law, Harley, graduated from Hartselle High School, Auburn University and Athens State University with degrees in Chemistry and Education.
Teddy Powell (District 3)
Councilman Powell was elected to the Madison City Council in 2016. He currently serves as a liaison to the Madison Station Historical Society, Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals, and Madison Visionary Partners. He is also a member of the Finance Committee where he serves as Chair.
Teddy Powell is a native of Birmingham, AL and attended Minor High School in Adamsville. First in his family to attend college, he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and Finance degree from Birmingham Southern College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville while balancing both career and family. In addition to his current experience as a Budget Analyst with the Department of Defense, he has worked for the banking industry in bond services. He has also served as a city employee for the Hueytown Revenue Department.
Teddy’s first job, at age 12, was carrying shingles onto roofs for his grandfather and he would later work under his father’s direction in the construction industry. Teddy also worked two jobs, at a warehouse and at a convenience store, in order to attend college and raise a new family. He has acquired, developed and sold several businesses prior to his current position with the DoD.
Teddy has been a resident of Madison for 12 years has been married to Rikki Powell for 11 years. Rikki, a graduate of Auburn University, has been a resident of Madison/Huntsville for 20 years and currently works for the Department of Defense. They have three children, Jackson, Morgan and Riley, who have attended Madison City Schools and are proud residents of Madison. The Powells attend Madison United Methodist Church located in Downtown Madison.
Teddy has always been involved in construction and enjoyed serving on the Madison Station Historic Preservation Commission from 2012 to 2016. Along with his Commission involvement, Teddy has made capital investments in helping to restore Madison’s historic district through restoring an old home and helping others in the district make improvements.
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Human Resources Committee
Greg Shaw (District 4) - President
Councilman Shaw was elected to the Madison City Council in 2016.
Having lived in Madison since 1984, Greg and his wife (Kimberly Romans Shaw) are products of Madison City Schools. In 2010, Greg was named into the Bob Jones High School’s Hall of Fame for his community contributions to Madison as a BJHS graduate. The Shaws have been married for over 16 years and have two children, Maddie (15) and Reed (7).
The Shaw family resides in Cedar Springs Station on Mill Rd. Greg became active in the architectural control committee (ACC) at its inception. Greg served on the initial ACC board that established the neighborhood’s governance as it transitioned control from the developer to the homeowners. Once properly transferred to the homeowners, he served as President of Cedar Springs HOA for two additional years. Greg has an acute understanding of the value of communicating with stakeholders on issues. The Shaws continue to support Cedar Springs ACC regularly when there is a community project.
Greg holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Auburn University in Horticulture (’96). He established Southern Scape LLC almost 23 years ago and located it in Madison (Sullivan Square on Sullivan St.). Today, he employs 35 full time employees and another 10-15 seasonal personnel. Greg’s company has worked in over 6 states across the southeast doing commercial and estate landscaping on major projects. He has opened a second location in Nashville, Tennessee to better serve customers. His leadership as owner of Southern Scape LLC earned him recognition by the professional organization LandOpt as their 2012 Rookie of the Year.
Greg’s professional career has exposed him to working with federal, state and local governments across the state of Alabama. He served on a State of Alabama commission to improve the bidding process to create a more fair and balanced system for the State as well as contractors.
Greg’s insight into Madison City Schools (MCS) is more than as a former student and current parent. In addition to being involved with his daughter in the system, Greg has continued to support the Board of Education (BOE) serving on committees. He served in 2014 on the salary supplement committee for coaches at the invitation of MCS Superintendent, Dr. Dee Fowler. In 2015, the BOE president, Dr. Terri Johnson, enlisted his service on a similar committee for principals. He now continues to serve Dr. Fowler on a MCS committee focused on generating revenue. Greg is very aware of the growth issues facing MCS and the issues associated with Limestone County. He is committed to supporting their resolution in an equitable manner.
Greg believes his professional knowledge will allow him to be an effective Council advocate in continuing to improve our infrastructure by working with Engineering, Public Works (PW) and Madison Utilities (MU). His experience as an employer will be valuable to his service on Council. Greg appreciates the growth challenges facing Madison and possesses the common sense management skills of a successful businessman to help Council and Mayor navigate the City in the years ahead. Greg believes that with effective teamwork in controlling growth, Madison can grow the supportive retail, produce the infrastructure to service existing and future residents, and cooperate with MCS in a mutually beneficial manner.
Greg is enthusiastic about serving on the Madison City Council representing District 4. He believes he has the background, experience and communicative skills to be an effective Councilman.
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Ranae Bartlett (District 5)
Councilwoman Bartlett was elected to the Madison City Council in 2020.
Ranae was born in Chuncheon, South Korea to parents Mi Ja Kim and Chester Bartlett. Her father served in the US Air Force as a communications operator during World War II and retired serving as a fire chief at Camp Page in South Korea. Ranae’s family moved to Arkansas when she was four.
Ranae earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law where she was a member of the Arkansas Law Review and a member of the National Moot Court team. Upon graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Henry A. Politz, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ranae graduated with high honors from the University of Central Arkansas, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in mathematics and political science.
Ranae and her family moved to Madison from Northwest Arkansas in 2003 where she worked for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as Assistant General Counsel and Director of Risk Analysis and Security Resources. Upon moving to Alabama, she worked as a career law clerk to the Honorable C. Lynwood Smith, Jr., US District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. She and her husband Todd have one son who graduated from Bob Jones High School and is currently attending the University of Alabama.
Ranae was appointed to the Madison Board of Education in June 2011 and was reappointed in 2016. She served as Vice-President from 2015-2017 and President from 2017-2020. In summer of 2020 she announced her candidacy for Madison City Council District 5.
Ranae is a graduate of Class 26 of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Huntsville. Ranae also serves as Executive Director of the Madison City Chess League, a non-profit organization that promotes chess education in North Alabama. She also has served as coach for the six-time state champion Rainbow Elementary Chess Team and organizes chess programs for all Madison schools. During the pandemic, she accepted a position as Education Director for ChessKid.com to assist the surge of students going online to play chess. In that role Ranae trains educators and coaches around the world on how to utilize the ChessKid program to teach kids how to play chess.
Karen Denzine (District 6)
Councilwoman Denzine was elected to the Madison City Council in 2020.
Community service is an integral part of Karen’s life. For several years she has served on the Madison Street Festival Committee. Like everyone else, she is quite disappointed that the Festival was canceled this year. Karen also volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Kids to Love and ReadyFest, various JustServe.org events, as well as provides childcare at the Downtown Rescue Mission. Time spent serving at Good Samaritan Hospice has a special place in her heart. Karen honors the Veterans by servicing within the VA Hospital system.
Karen graduated with two business degrees, a Bachelors and a Masters Degree, from the University of Georgia. Her major was in Commercial and Industrial Real Estate. Her graduate studies focused on the factors which industries consider when choosing between different locations. Following her studies at UGA, Karen studied British real estate principles at the University of Reading in Reading, England.
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John Seifert (District 7)
Councilman Seifert was elected to the Madison City Council in 2016. He currently serves as a liaison to the Recreation Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Planning Commission, HEMSI Board, and Finance Committee.
John Seifert was born and raised in Ozark located in the southeast corner of Alabama. John is a 1996 honor graduate of Carroll High School and received a full academic scholarship to attend Enterprise State Junior College (ESJC). After earning two (2) Associate degrees, John transferred to Auburn University to pursue his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and eventually Master of Science, graduating in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Upon graduation from Auburn, John moved to North Alabama to begin his professional career as a defense contractor. John began work as a thermal analyst at Miltec Corporation in August of 2002 and continued work there for 12.5 years until moving over to Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Senior Program Manager for Army programs.
Upon moving to the north Alabama in 2002, John enjoyed volunteer coaching Pop Warner flag football in Madison. John continued volunteering through additional football coaching and stints as a travel baseball coach. John continues to coach youth sports and is a current Madison Baseball Association coach. John also volunteers within the Asbury United Methodist Church’s childrens’ ministry, Columbia Elementary School’s Watch Dads of Great Students (D.O.G.S) program and Asbury United Methodist Church’s sponsored Cub Scout Pack 351, Den 8 assistant den leader. John has also lead his Walden Preserve neighborhood’s Homeowners’ Association’s Covenant Review Committee for several years previously.
John enjoys the city of Madison and wants to see it thrive and focus on the following priorities.
Improve Funding for our Schools
Improved Quality of Life for our Parks and Recreational Facilities
Economic Development for Smart City Growth
Improvement in Roads, Infrastructure and Traffic Flow
Ensure Public Safety has Leadership and Tools Required
John has been married to Heather Hulsey Seifert, originally of Enterprise, AL, since 2003. In January of 2009, they were blessed with the birth of their only child, John Drew Seifert III. He goes by Drew to avoid the “Big” and “Little” name scenario. Heather is an elementary teacher within Madison City Schools and Drew currently attends Columbia Elementary School.