Who Is My Neighbor – Interviews with 4 Southwest Neighbors

As part of our Southwest Partnership, we’ve been getting to know other leaders and activists in our wider Southwest Madison neighborhoods.  On Sunday, March 9, we had a chance to hear stories from four Southwest Madison neighbors. Here are links to their videos.  Short biographies of each of them are below.

Tamar Pardee and Charly Jordan

Sheray Wallace and Tutanhkomen Assad

Tamar Pardee lives in the Hammersley neighborhood, where she has raised her family.  She is an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Gammon Road.  Along with one of our Southwest Partners, Kim Neuschel of Dane County/Madison Public Health, and many others, she has been an active supporter of events and issues in the Hammersley neighborhood.  This includes the development of a neighborhood house on Teresa Terrace.  She has been instrumental in two vigils/marches in the Falk School area in recent years.

Charly Jordan currently lives in the Meadowood neighborhood.  She is on the board of directors at the Lussier Community Center near Memorial High School.  Jim Frymark and Winton Boyd serve on a Economic Development Workgroup for Southwest Madison that Charly chairs.  She has been an active member of the Southwest Madison Community Organizers, supporting and promoting events in both the Meadowood and Hammersley neighborhoods.  She also works at HyVee at Odana and Whitney Way. 

Sheray Wallace lives in the Meadowood Neighborhood.  She has been active with the Southwest Community Organizers, has helped organize community suppers for all residents in the Meadowood Neighborhood, organized a peace march that included many ORUCC members in the Hammersley neighborhood in 2013, and has hosted a ‘summit’ on violence for teenagers.   She currently works at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) and is a personal care attendant for a number of people.

Tutankhamun Assad (Assa) lives in the Meadowood Neighborhood.  He describes himself as a ‘concerned father.”  Assa started the Mellowood Foundation, which sponsors athletic opportunities and mentoring for young children in Southwest Madison.  He and John Wroten organized a citywide summer flag football program last year based out of several community centers.  Barb Hummel helped Assa write a grant for additional funds for this coming summer.  He works at GE Medical and at West High School as a basketball coach.