Getting to Know Your Board:
The WADA Board is made up of 7 District Representatives and an At-Large position, elected by their respective Districts every 2 years at the Fall Caucus held in conjunction with the WADA Conference. The odd numbered Districts hold their elections in odd numbered years while the even numbered Districts hold their elections in even numbered years. This process ensures a continuity of the Board. While each Board member has a say in all voting procedures, each District has specific responsibilities as well outlined below.
In addition, Officers are part of the Board. Officers commit to a four year progression of Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Past President. The Executive Director is a hired position with no term limits. The Vendor Coordinator and Information Coordinator are also hired positions with no term limits. Finally the Board has 4 Liaisons: Retired AD, WIAA, LTI Coordinator, and Vendor Coordinator.
District 1: Mary Schradle-Mau, CAA of Turtle Lake, was recently re-elected and represents the northwestern part of the Badger state. In addition to sitting on the Board, District 1 main responsibility is the organization of Door Prizes at the Conference. Always a favorite in November, Mary secures, organizes and delivers the many Door Prizes has to offer.
District 2: The District 2, representative, Heidi Gerndt of Suring, covers the north central and northeastern part of Wisconsin. The prime responsibility on the Board for Heidi is with the organization of WADA Scholarships and Elections of the WADA board.
District 3: Jim Langkamp, CAA of Baraboo, was elected to his first term on the Board and serves District 3. Jim is in charge of updating By-Laws and the WADA Handbook. This important task helps the membership stay within our framework.
District 4: Tim Flood, Green Bay Area Public Schools, represents District 4 which encompasses the Fox Valley and surrounding area. Tim is involved with the free attendee benefit gift at the annual WADA Conference and Tim is in charge of soliciting ideas, contacting vendors, and getting samples to the Board. Once the gift is selected, Tim takes care of the ordering and distribution of the gift.
District 5: The large and difficult tasks of District 5 are now in the hands of Brittany Spencer Grant, CMAA from Oregon. The southwest part of the state rep from Oregon is responsible for securing all the awards for the WADA Conference. The number of awards is typically in the 100's and her meticulous inspection will make this a smooth process for all.
District 6: Melissa Gehring, CMAA from Beaver Dam, represents District 6. This district is the "no man's land" between Madison and Milwaukee and south of the Fox Valley. Melissa has responsibility with the registration at the beginning of the conference and also serves the membership as LTI Coordinator in the Wisconsin. Wisconsin has one of the best LTI programs in the nation due in part to the efforts of Melissa.
District 7: Michelle Guyant-Holloway, CMAA of Wauwatosa East, was elected at the most recent WADA convention and represents District 7, the Milwaukee Metro area. Her main responsibility is the development of the agendas for the Spring and Fall Caucuses and runs the conference survey. This job ensures that all Districts are discussing the same issues while still allowing for unique situations in each individual district.
At-Large: Jamie Sims is the Athletic Director at Middleton High School in Madison, Wisconsin. Jamie joined Middleton High School and the Middleton Cross-Plains Area School District in July of 2020 after spending the previous 5 years as Principal at Black Hawk Middle School in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Prior to his last 5 years in Madison Jamie has also spent the past 3 years as an instructor at Edgewood College in Madison WI wherein he currently teaches in their Masters of Education Program by way of his course ED:620 Introduction to Educational Leadership. Jamie attended the University of West Georgia and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Health & Physical Education. Jamie received his Masters in Educational Leadership and Director of Instruction from Edgewood College in Madison Wisconsin and currently is working towards his Doctorate at Edgewood College. He truly believes that working with the “Whole Child” provides an opportunity for endless rewards in and out of the traditional school setting.
During the 17 years of serving in the education field Jamie has transformed into an race and equity warrior and administrator grounded in bringing transformational change with regards to issues connected to race,equity, leadership, and education based athletics.
Vice President-Elect- Eric Plitzuweit, CAA from Burlington, is the Vice President-Elect. Previously Eric has served the membership as District 6 Gender Representative and most recently as the District 6 Representative. In addition to these roles, Eric is the WADA Information Coordinator. Overseeing and updating our website, Eric's continued dedication to WADA makes our website second to none in the country. WADA Reps are trying to drive more members to the site as it has frequent updates and information due to Eric's diligence.
Vice President - Jeremy Schlitz, CAA of Madison Memorial is currently serving as the Vice President He presided over the 2019 Conference at which the following new initiatives were brought to the conference; including the administrative assistant portion, round table discussions, strategic plan workgroups, and vendor mini-sessions.
President-Elect- Shawn Groshek of Amherst, is responsible for securing all Presenters for the upcoming annual WADA Conference. He works in conjunction with the President’s main theme and fills the mini-session time slots. The "nuts and bolts" of the Conference relies heavily on his outstanding judgment of presenters. He will also serve as the WADA Liaison to the WIAA Board of Control through his term as president-elect.
President - Nathan DeLany, CMAA of Marshfield has assumed the role as President as of July 2021. While a vacancy on the board exists, Nathan will continue his current responsibility for securing all Presenters for the 2021 Annual Conference. He works in conjunction with the President’s main theme and fill the mini-session time slots accordingly. Conference flow relies heavily on the connection between key note speakers, mini-session presenters, and topics.
Past President - Todd Sobrilsky, CMAA and retired from Waukesha South, is your Past President. His main purpose as Past President is to offer advice, experience and insight for the Board. In addition he will host the annual Past President's dinner.
WIAA: Tom Shafranski has assumed this role and been very inviting and accommodating to WADA as he takes on liaison duties. Tom will provide an excellent bridge between the WIAA and WADA.
Retired AD: Former two time WADA President Mark Kryka, formerly of Verona Area High School, acts as a liaison for the retired AD's. He organizes the 50/50 raffle as well and helps organize workers for registration at the Conference. His behind the scenes work helps everything go smoothly.
LTI: Melissa Gehring, CMAA from Beaver Dam, has assumed the role of LTI Coordinator in the Wisconsin. Her leadership in this area is greatly appreciated as she has been heavily involved in the LTI program in Wisconsin for the last few years. Wisconsin has one of the best LTI programs in the nation due in part to the efforts of Melissa.
Former West De Pere AD, Greg Smith, assumed the role of Executive Director in 2010 as a new position for WADA. His work since taking over has been nothing short of astounding. He has secured funds through corporate sponsorship never before seen in WADA. Furthermore, he deals with behind the scenes activities that are far too numerous to mention. WADA is in the position it is in largely due to Greg's work and passion.
Current D.C. Everest Athletic Director James Sekel takes on the task that is one of our life-lines for WADA. James contracts all Vendors who attend WADA and is an integral part of the Conference. Although this is a thankless job, WADA would not survive and thrive without his dedicated work.
This position is currently being filled by Eric Plitzuweit, CAA from Burlington. His main role focuses on the maintaining and updating of the WADA website.