David Clark-Sally (he/him/his)
Interim Lead Instigator
After spending years working with nonprofits and agencies, David is thrilled to bring his experience and enthusiasm to the GatherX team! He has a keen eye for detail and all things logistics — as well as a love for marketing, especially social media. Outside of GatherX, David enjoys spending time with his husband and their daughters. He is an avid runner and a self-proclaimed TV junkie. David is an introvert at heart, so his idea of a perfect evening is Netflixing on the couch with a gin + tonic by the fire.
Natalie Felder (she/her/hers)
Natalie is a recent transplant from Florida to Madison. She works as a mechanical engineer in the bio manufacturing industry. Natalie is very outdoorsy and loves road tripping to National and State Parks. When not spent camping or hiking, her weekends are all about playing board games and video games with friends.
Chris Gilbert (he/him/his)
Steering Team Secretary
Christopher moved to Madison two years ago from a small town in Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh which led him to a career in dentistry. Outside of work, he loves traveling the States and the world, is passionate about nature and the outdoors, and dabbles with music. He’s a dog dad to a Labrador retriever named Barney and can often be found exploring the local community.
Sarah Glomski (she/her/hers)
Steering Team Co-Chair
Rona Neri (she/her/hers)
Steering Team Co-Chair / Pres House Liaison
Becca Ridge (she/her/hers)
Steering Team Treasurer
Becca has been in Madison for 3 years after a short time in Orlando. Originally from East Tennessee, she is still constantly in awe of Wisconsin winters. She studied accounting at the University of Tennessee and now works in healthcare technology as a systems engineer. Becca has worked in entertainment before and loves seeing the magic of people really connecting with each other. Around Madison, you can find her bouldering, disc golfing, ice skating, or playing board games. Her dog Rory is a ball of energy and loves going to the dog park. Ask her for the best local food and coffee. She WILL find the best cheese curds in Madison!
Jayson Shaffer (he/him/his)
Jayson hails from the great land of Iowa, but grew up in southern Minnesota. (Go Vikings!) He obtained a BA in Language, Literature, and Writing from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015. Since then he has thru-hiked across two countries via the Pacific Crest Trail and el Camino de Santiago, summited Mt. Whitney, and recently — moved to Madison. Jayson currently works as an early childhood educator, which he enjoys deeply. In his free time, Jayson likes to backpack, bike, disc golf, write poetry, garden, play guitar, sleep, eat Pancheros, and hang out with his dog Max. Jayson loves people and the earth, and is fueled by the desire to live fully and leave things better than you found them — be it place or people.
Sam Syta (she/her/hers)
Steering Team Communications Officer
Sam is a Wisconsin native, originally from Milwaukee. She moved to Madison in 2015 to complete her undergraduate degrees in psychology and neurobiology through UW-Madison. Sam recently completed a Master of Arts in Counseling through Northwestern University and currently works in the human service field, assisting the elderly and individuals with disabilities navigate the healthcare system. In her free time, Sam enjoys frequenting local coffee shops or going on outdoor adventures, such as kayaking on Lake Monona or exploring many of the Dane County dog parks, with her pup Finley.
Kay Weeden (she/her/hers)
Steering Team Communications Officer
A proud west coast California-born transplant, Kay is also a very proud San Francisco Giants fan that has been in the Midwest for a couple of years now. She works in the healthcare field, and in her free time likes to hang out at the dog park, fish, explore local coffee shops, and best of all: cuddle on the couch, catching up on tv shows with her partner Nika and pups Ty and Vesper. Kay is an extreme extrovert, so if you see her out and about, don’t be afraid to say hey!