Getting to Know Your Board:
The WADA Board is made up of 7 District Reps, 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, and LTI Coordinator, and Vendor Coordinator.
District 1: Mary Schradle-Mau 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 covers the north central and northeastern part of Wisconsin. The prime responsibility on the Board for this representative is with the organization of WADA Scholarships and Elections of the WADA board.
District 3: Jim Langkamp 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: Xavier Athletic Director, Kathy Bates, represents District 4 which encompasses the Fox Valley and surrounding area. Everyone loves the free attendee benefit gift at WADA and Kathy is in charge of soliciting ideas, contacting vendors, and getting samples to the Board. Once the gift is selected, Kathy 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. The southwest part of the state rep from New Glarus 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: Burlington’s Eric Plitzuweit represents District 6. This district is the "no man's land" between Madison and Milwaukee and south of the Fox Valley. Eric has responsibility with the registration at the beginning of the conference and also serves the membership as the webmaster for the WADA site. 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.
District 7: Michelle Guyant-Holloway 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.
Vice President- Shawn Groshek of Amherst, for two years served as District 3 Rep. Shawn's peers wished to continue his service to District 3, but with election to the Executive Board, a replacement was needed. Shawn's dedication to the service of his student-athletes is always present, through his servant leadership. The Vice-President secures all Presiders at the Conference and makes certain the Presenters gifts are available and helps with the overall presentations as needed. In addition, Shawn will focus on the aspect of communication between the board, WIAA and it members.
President-Elect- Nathan DeLany of Marshfield: is responsible for securing all Presenters for the 2020 Annual Conference. He works in conjunction with the President’s main theme and fills the mini-session timeslots. 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 the fall of 2020.
President- Todd Sobrilsky of Waukesha South is your current President. In addition to presiding over all meetings, he also recruits and secures the keynote speakers for the Conference. He also will be the presider over the 2020 WADA Conference November 7-10.
Past President - Jeremy Schlitz of Madison Memorial is your immediate Past 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. 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 could not be in more capable hands than that of Linzi Gronning, a two-time WADA President. In addition, Linzi and her husband, DeWayne, are responsible for the outstanding video presentations at the annual Conference.