Where Are They Now?

They first appeared on Madison Magazine's March 2001 cover--what five local notables are up to now

Feb 20, 2009

2001Mary Fish (Feb 2001) Mary Fish appeared on the cover in 2001 as part of a special report called “What Madison Women Want.” We’re happy to report that Fish seems to have gotten exactly what she wanted—more time with her family and less time on the job. In 2001, Fish worked sixty hours or more each week at ReMax Real Estate. Although she was proud to be named to the ReMax Hall of Fame, Fish walked away from the hectic career, a big house and an even bigger mortgage. She now runs an Internet-based real estate company out of her home with her husband and two other agents and says that she enjoys the slower pace of her life.

Joan LeMahieu (Feb. 2001) Joan LeMahieu, former director of Monona Terrace, appeared on our cover in 2001 with four other women, all pillars of the community. LeMahieu left Madison in 2002 for Detroit and is now the general manager of a winery in Saratoga, Calif. Although she lives in sunny California, LeMahieu says she misses her friends, the community and the “incredible spirit” of Madison. LeMahieu, who has some spirit herself, says her ongoing career goal is “to leave each place in which I have been privileged to serve a little better than when I first arrived.” Job well done, we say.

Mona Adams Winston (Feb 2001) Mona Adams Winston first appeared in Madison Magazine in February 2001, but that wasn’t the last time. In 2005, we called her “one of Madison’s most powerful and influential” because of her community involvement. Now, Adams Winston is bringing the community together more than ever. She retired from AT&T in 2001 and works part time at the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Adams Winston spends the rest of her time coordinating the Juneteenth Celebration, the King Coalition and taking care of her three children and twenty-two foster children.

Sherri Prentiss (nee Trent, Feb 2001) Sherri Prentiss was Sherri Trent, marketing director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, when she appeared on our cover in 2001. She’s moved on, both in her career and in her life, but Prentiss credits Madison with giving her a great place to start and “a beautiful place in which to work.” After eight years with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Prentiss signed on as marketing director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, one of the top ten orchestras in the United States. Prentiss is now married and looking forward to the birth of her first child in April.

Mary Rouse (Feb 2001) In 2001, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Mary Rouse appeared on the cover to tell us “What Madison Women Want.” Women want balance, she said, and eight years later, she’s gotten just that. Rouse retired from the university in 2005 and has become a grandmother three times over since 1998. She currently participates in community service projects with the Morgridge Center for Public Service and is proud that she has always worked toward the “greater good” in the Madison community.

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