Board Members

Board Leadership

Peter Wilson - President

Direc­tor of Admin­is­tra­tive Ser­vices
DeFor­est Area School District

Wilson

Peter Wil­son is cur­rently work­ing as the Direc­tor of Admin­is­tra­tive Ser­vices in the DeFor­est Area School Dis­trict. Prior to this posi­tion, he served as Direc­tor of Stu­dent Ser­vices, an ele­men­tary prin­ci­pal and asso­ciate mid­dle school prin­ci­pal, in the Stoughton School Dis­trict. Peter spent the major­ity of his teach­ing career in the Wau­na­kee Com­mu­nity School Dis­trict and also coached var­sity ten­nis. He has been a mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors of Wis­con­sin ASCD since 2013.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

My time with WASCD has pro­vided lead­er­ship and learn­ing expe­ri­ences that are hard to dupli­cate. The rigor and rel­e­vance of the pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties has truly made me a stronger leader.

Ann Franke - President Elect

Direc­tor of Instruc­tion
Verona Area School District

Franke Ann

Ann Franke is the Direc­tor of Instruc­tion for the Verona Area School Dis­trict. She has been a mem­ber of the WASCD board since 2009 and is cur­rently serv­ing as the Co-​Chair of the Mem­ber Ser­vices Com­mit­tee. Pre­vi­ously, Ann has been a high school Eng­lish teacher, Cur­ricu­lum Coor­di­na­tor, and the Direc­tor of Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion for the Eau Claire School District.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

Being a mem­ber of WASCD has been one of the most pro­fes­sion­ally reward­ing expe­ri­ences I’ve had. This is a pas­sion­ate group of edu­ca­tors who care deeply about the chil­dren of Wis­con­sin and the work of WASCD reflects this.

Kim Brown - Vice President

Direc­tor of Learn­ing & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion
Oshkosh Area School District

Brown

Kim Brown is cur­rently the Direc­tor of Learn­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the Oshkosh Area School Dis­trict. Her pri­mary respon­si­bil­i­ties include pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and instruc­tional lead­er­ship. Prior to her cur­rent posi­tion, Kim served as an Ele­men­tary Teacher, Cur­ricu­lum Sup­port Spe­cial­ist, Prin­ci­pal, Assis­tant Direc­tor of Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion and Direc­tor of Early Learn­ing. Kim has been a board mem­ber since 2014.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

From my very first WASCD con­fer­ence, I was impressed with the pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment, vision of the orga­ni­za­tion, and the engag­ing dis­cus­sions. I am thank­ful to serve with inspir­ing and pas­sion­ate indi­vid­u­als who are com­mit­ted to suc­cess for all students.

Gayle Daniel - Treasurer

Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion and Assess­ment
North­land Pines School District

Daniel

Gayle Daniel is cur­rently the Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion and Assess­ment for the North­land Pines School Dis­trict. For the last 16 years she also has served NPSD as either an ele­men­tary prin­ci­pal or ele­men­tary teacher. Prior to this, Gayle worked with Deaf & Hard of Hear­ing stu­dents for many years.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

Becom­ing a mem­ber of this sup­port­ive orga­ni­za­tion was an easy desci­sion. Sur­round­ing one­self with pos­i­tive peo­ple that are ded­i­cated to improv­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and expe­ri­ences for edu­ca­tors and stu­dents in WI will allow me to grow as an edu­ca­tional leader and deliver core val­ues that cre­ate pas­sion­ate life– long learn­ers of all ages.

Amy Vesperman - Secretary

Super­in­ten­dent
Albany School District

Vesperman

Amy is the Super­in­ten­dent of Albany Schools and prior to that was a Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum and Instruc­tion in the Wis­con­sin Heights School Dis­trict. Over the last twenty years in edu­ca­tion she has had a vari­ety of edu­ca­tional roles. She has taught at all three lev­els of edu­ca­tion and been an admin­is­tra­tor at all three lev­els as well. Prior to becom­ing a Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum and Instruc­tion she was an Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal in the Dela­van– Darien School Dis­trict. She has been a High School Assis­tant Prin­ci­pal, Mid­dle School Dean of Stu­dents, 5th Grade Teacher, Mid­dle School Math, Read­ing, Lan­guage Arts, Eng­lish, Social Stud­ies, Sci­ence, and At-​Risk Teacher, and a High School Eng­lish and His­tory Teacher. She is cur­rently work­ing on her Doc­toral Degree at Madi­son Edge­wood Col­lege. Her dis­ser­ta­tion is on reten­tion of teach­ers. Amy is a mem­ber of the Mem­ber Ser­vices Committee.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

After attend­ing my first WASCD con­fer­ence I wanted to become involved with an orga­ni­za­tion who really is very pos­i­tive towards edu­ca­tion, up on all cur­rent ini­tia­tives, gives you resources that you can take back and use in your dis­trict, and who really val­ues edu­ca­tion and the kids that we serve. Through WASCD I have had the oppor­tu­nity to work with DPI on com­mit­tees and grants. WASCD has helped me grow as a pro­fes­sional and broad­ened my knowl­edge of cur­rent ini­tia­tives, and things that we should be doing in our schools effectively.

Fran Finco- Immediate Past President

Super­in­ten­dent
School Dis­trict of OnAlaska

Finco

As a mem­ber of WASCD, Fran has an inter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the lead­er­ship team of the orga­ni­za­tion. His past roles and expe­ri­ences in and out­side of edu­ca­tion have rounded him into a well-​versed leader.

Cur­rently Fran serves as the Super­in­ten­dent of Schools for the School Dis­trict of Onalaska. He has lived in Wis­con­sin for the past 22 years, and dur­ing that time he has also served as the Prin­ci­pal at Onalaska Mid­dle School and as the Direc­tor of Instruc­tional Ser­vices for the School Dis­trict of Onalaska. He has been a mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors of Wis­con­sin ASCD since 2011.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

I have lived advo­cat­ing for excel­lence that leads to ensur­ing high lev­els of learn­ing for all. I love being a part of the lead­er­ship team of WASCD. I appre­ci­ate the oppor­tu­nity to work and learn with out­stand­ing edu­ca­tional lead­ers who want to make a difference.

Denise Pheifer - Executive Director

Exec­u­tive Direc­tor
Wis­con­sin ASCD

Pheifer

Denise Pheifer has served as the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Wis­con­sin ASCD since 1997. Dur­ing that time WASCD has twice been awarded the ASCD Over­all Affil­i­ate Excel­lence Award. She devel­oped and pre­sented WASCD’s award-​winning Read­ing Strate­gies for the Con­tent Areas pro­gram, train­ing thou­sands of teach­ers around the state in effec­tive learn­ing strate­gies. She is cur­rently a meme­ber of the ASCD Affil­i­ate Advi­sory Com­mit­tee.

Denise worked in two school dis­tricts as a mid­dle and high school Eng­lish teacher and read­ing spe­cial­ist. She served as an Adjunct Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion at Car­di­nal Stritch Uni­ver­sity. Denise is also a part­ner in Pre­mier Choice Asso­ci­a­tion Man­age­ment, for­merly known as Chase/​Pheifer & Asso­ciates.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

I am proud to be a part of this high qual­ity orga­ni­za­tion of edu­ca­tional lead­ers who rep­re­sent the best in the state when it comes to inno­va­tion and research-​based prac­tices in teach­ing and learn­ing. The lead­er­ship and pas­sion that these edu­ca­tors bring to their work is tremen­dous and I am hon­ored to be asso­ci­ated with them.

Committee Leadership

Ann Franke - Member Services Committee Co-Chair

Direc­tor of Instruc­tion
Verona Area School District

Franke Ann

Ann Franke is the Direc­tor of Instruc­tion for the Verona Area School Dis­trict. She has been a mem­ber of the WASCD board since 2009 and is cur­rently serv­ing as the Co-​Chair of the Mem­ber Ser­vices Com­mit­tee. Pre­vi­ously, Ann has been a high school Eng­lish teacher, Cur­ricu­lum Coor­di­na­tor, and the Direc­tor of Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion for the Eau Claire School District.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

Being a mem­ber of WASCD has been one of the most pro­fes­sion­ally reward­ing expe­ri­ences I’ve had. This is a pas­sion­ate group of edu­ca­tors who care deeply about the chil­dren of Wis­con­sin and the work of WASCD reflects this.

Dave Gundlach- Member Services Committee Co-Chair

Deputy Super­in­ten­dent
Oshkosh Area School District

Gundlach

Dr. David Gund­lach cur­rently serves as the Deputy Super­in­ten­dent for the Oshkosh Area School Dis­trict. In addi­tion to his Deputy Super­in­ten­dent duties, he is respon­si­ble for all dis­trict tech­nol­ogy sys­tems. His focus is in help­ing school dis­tricts align cur­ricu­lum, instruc­tion, assess­ment, and feed­back sys­tems to improve stu­dent learn­ing and orga­ni­za­tional effi­ciency. He has served on the WASCD board since 2006.

Prior to his cur­rent posi­tion he worked at the ele­men­tary and sec­ondary lev­els as a Teacher, Prin­ci­pal, Direc­tor of Tech­nol­ogy, and Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion, and Assess­ment.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

I believe we are at a turn­ing point in edu­ca­tion and our focus needs to be on improv­ing stu­dent learn­ing through greater effi­ciency and inno­va­tion. WASCD is on the fore­front of this endeavor.

Maria Kucharski - New Directors Program Chair

Direc­tor of Teach­ing & Learn­ing
White­fish Bay Schools

Kucharski

Maria has worked in edu­ca­tion the past 19 years within a vari­ety of capac­i­ties. She is cur­rently the “lead learner” as the Direc­tor of Teach­ing and Learn­ing in White­fish Bay. She has also servered as prin­ci­pal and cur­ricu­lum direc­tor in Ger­man­town, prin­ci­pal at Ket­tle Moraine, Dis­trict 4K coor­di­na­tor, K-​12 math and gifted and tal­ented admin­is­tra­tor, class­room teacher at MPS and Muk­won­ago, and finally an instruc­tional resource teacher (coach) for Elm­brook. All of these expe­ri­ences have lead to her dream of being a life long learner. Maria has been a mem­ber of the WASCD Board since 2010. She is cur­rently the chair of the WASCD New Direc­tors Program.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

Being a life long learner means becom­ing involved in orga­ni­za­tions who feel the same about edu­ca­tion and your pas­sion. Who wouldn’t love to be around peo­ple whose beliefs are “to achieve suc­cess for each learner”? WASCD is ded­i­cated to the whole child and every child!

Holly Prast - Influence Committee Chair

Assis­tant Super­in­ten­dent
Kim­berly Area School District

Prast

Holly has been an edu­ca­tor since 1995, serv­ing as teacher and admin­is­tra­tor at all lev­els. In 2013 she earned her PhD in Lead­er­ship from Car­di­nal Stritch Uni­ver­sity. Her dis­ser­ta­tion topic was the foun­da­tion of a recent Cor­win pub­li­ca­tion, Com­mu­niy Based Learn­ing: Awak­en­ing the Mis­sion of Pub­lic Schools. Holly and her hus­band Jim are active singers/​performers and have four children.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

The tal­ents of the peo­ple in WASCD are phe­no­mal. It is a great honor to be sur­rounded by edu­ca­tors who pro­mote crit­i­cal think­ing, pro­duc­tive dis­course, and pro­gres­sive edu­ca­tional objectives.

Chris Van Hoof - Program Planning Committee Co-Chair

Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion, and Assess­ment
CESA #8 Gillett

VanHoof

Chris Van Hoof has been a mem­ber of the WASCD Board since 2006, where she par­tic­i­pated on the Pro­gram Com­mit­tee before being elected as Pres­i­dent in 2011. She is cur­rently the Chair of Pro­gram Plan­ning which is respon­si­ble for the many fine pro­grams offered by WASCD.

Chris works for CESA 8 as the Direc­tor of CIA. Prior to her cur­rent posi­tion, she was a direc­tor of CIA and high school Eng­lish teacher for 19 years. Chris has served on a vari­ety of WI State Task Forces, par­tic­u­larly those involv­ing ELA.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

A friend tapped me on the shoul­der and encour­aged me to join. He believed WASCD had some great things to offer me, and I had a few skills to offer to WASCD in return. He was absolutely right. I’m really glad I lis­tened to him!

Board Members

Tony Frontier

Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Lead­er­ship Stud­ies
Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion & Lead­er­ship
Car­di­nal Stritch University

Frontier

Tony Fron­tier, PhD is co-​author of Five Leavers to Improve Learn­ing: Pri­or­itz­ing for Pow­er­ful Results in Your School (ASCD, 2014) and Effec­tive Super­vi­sion: Sup­port­ing the Art and Sci­ence of Teach­ing (ASCD, 2011). Tony has been a mem­ber of the WASCD board since 2009, and served as pres­i­dent in 2011. Tony is cur­rently the Direc­tor of Teacher Edu­ca­tion at Car­di­nal Stritch University.

Lynn Grimm

Prin­ci­pal
North Mid­dle School, Menomonee Falls

Grimm

Lynn Grimm is the prin­ci­pal of North Mid­dle School in the School Dis­trict of Menomonee Falls. NMS scores at the level of Aca­d­e­mic Excel­lence on the Wis­con­sin State Report Card where the staff embraces Class­room Con­tin­u­ous Improve­ment (CCI) to pos­i­tively impact stu­dent learn­ing.

Mrs. Grimm earned her Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Edu­ca­tion and Math­e­mat­ics from the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-​LaCrosse in 1991. She received a Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Edu­ca­tional Lead­er­ship from Car­di­nal Stritch Uni­ver­sity in 1996 with licenses in Admin­is­tra­tion, Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum and Instruc­tion, and Online Facil­i­ta­tion Edu­ca­tor. Dur­ing the course of her career, Mrs. Grimm has been a National Board Cer­ti­fied teacher as well as an Adjunct Pro­fes­sor at Mt. Mary Uni­ver­sity, Alverno Col­lege, and Car­di­nal Stritch Uni­ver­sity.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

WASCD pro­vides the high­est level of pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and we are truly lucky in Wis­con­sin to have such an active association!

Kristi Klein

Prin­ci­pal
Port Wash­ing­ton Catholic School

klein

Kristi served as a World Lan­guage (Span­ish) edu­ca­tor for more than 23 years in var­i­ous PK-​12 urban and sub­ur­ban set­tings. In addi­tion, she has acted as a leader in var­i­ous capac­i­ties such as Cur­ricu­lum Coor­di­na­tor and Depart­ment Head in mul­ti­ple schools where she taught.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

My men­tor inspired me to attend a board meet­ing as a guest. My expe­ri­ence con­vinced me that the mem­bers and the net­work of WASCD are com­prised of a col­lec­tive group of edu­ca­tors and crit­i­cal thinkers com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that all stu­dents receive a high-​quality edu­ca­tion and achieve at high levels.

Kurt Krizan

Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion, & Assess­ment
Lit­tle Chute Area School District

kurt krizan

Kurt Krizan is cur­rently the Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion, & Assess­ment for the Lit­tle Chute Area School Dis­trict and has served in this posi­tion since July of 2014. Prior to this posi­tion, he served as a mid­dle school edu­ca­tor in the Oshkosh Area School Dis­trict for ten years. Kurt is an avid sports fan and enjoys coach­ing and watch­ing his two chil­dren, Jason and Isabella, par­tic­i­pate in a vari­ety of activities.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

Join­ing WASCD has pro­vided me with an oppor­tu­nity to sur­round myself with other pro­fes­sion­als who are focused on improv­ing teach­ing and learn­ing for ALL stu­dents in the state of Wis­con­sin. I am thank­ful to be a part of an orga­ni­za­tion that helps make me a bet­ter educator.

Torrie Rochon-Luft

Prin­ci­pal
Sabish Mid­dle School, Fond du Lac

RochonLuft

I started my edu­ca­tional career as a 3rd grade teacher in Shawano then moved to De Pere and became a mem­ber of the Uni­fied School Dis­trict of De Pere for 7 years as a 34 mul­ti­age teacher and 4th grade teacher. I was a part of staff devel­op­ment, writ­ing cur­ricu­lum and served on many com­mit­tees that helped me to grow and flourish~always hav­ing a pas­sion for learn­ing, grow­ing and work­ing with kids. After 11 years as a teacher, I became an assis­tant prin­ci­pal in Menasha at Maple­wood Mid­dle School for four won­der­ful years and then moved into my role as prin­ci­pal at Sabish Mid­dle School. I am mov­ing into my fifth year work­ing with an amaz­ing staff, stu­dents and fam­i­lies. On the week­ends, I can often be found sit­ting in bleach­ers with my hus­band watch­ing my 14 year old play vol­ley­ball, bas­ket­ball or softball~truly lov­ing every sec­ond of it!


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

WASCD has pro­vided me excite­ment in learn­ing over my edu­ca­tional career as a teacher, assis­tant prin­ci­pal and now as a prin­ci­pal. It is a place where I can learn, take away ideas, be inspired, and develop last­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive rela­tion­ships. It embod­ies and fos­ters inspi­ra­tion, grit and tenac­ity in the ever chang­ing land­scape of edu­ca­tion. Don’t wait another minute, come and see for your­self what all the excite­ment is about!

Wendy Savaske

Direc­tor of Instruc­tional Ser­vices
School Dis­trict of Holmen

savaske

Wendy Savaske has been a WASCD board mem­ber since 2012. She also serves on Pro­gram Plan­ning Com­mit­tee because WASCD offers timely, high qual­ity pro­fes­sional learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to edu­ca­tors in our state.

Wendy works for the School Dis­trict of Hol­men as the Direc­tor of Instruc­tional Ser­vices. Prior to being a Direc­tor, Wendy served as an ele­men­tary prin­ci­pal in Hol­men. In addi­tion, her career as an edu­ca­tor includes first grade teacher, Read­ing Recov­ery and Title I teacher, Lit­er­acy Coor­di­na­tor, cur­ricu­lum chair and prin­ci­pal in the Mer­rill Area Pub­lic Schools.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?

Through­out my career, I have attended work­shops spon­sored by WASCD. A friend encour­aged me to become more active within the orga­ni­za­tion. I thought about it, and I quickly came to the con­clu­sion that work­ing with oth­ers who are pas­sion­ate about stu­dent learn­ing and devel­op­ment would be reward­ing. It is!

Annette Valeo

Senior Out­reach Pro­gram Spe­cial­ist
Office of Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion and Exten­sion, UW-​La Crosse

avaleo

Annette has been an out­reach pro­gram spe­cial­ist in the office of Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion at UW-​La Crosse since 2004. She col­lab­o­rates with school dis­tricts and pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tions through­out the state to pro­vide pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment to edu­ca­tors across grade lev­els and dis­ci­plines. In addi­tion, Annette coor­di­nates UWL’s dual credit pro­gram for WI high school stu­dents in the CESA 4 region.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

WASCD’s work directly relates to what I do every­day and has con­tributed to my under­stand­ing of pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment for WI edu­ca­tors. As a new board mem­ber for the 2016 term, I hope to sup­port the voice of higher edu­ca­tion in the out­stand­ing work WASCD does in our state.”

Rebecca Vail

Direc­tor, Con­tent & Learn­ing Team
Wis­con­sin Depart­ment Pub­lic Instruction

Vail

Rebecca Vail cur­rently serves as the Direc­tor of the Con­tent and Learn­ing Team at DPI. She has served as DPI liai­son to the WASCD board since 2011. Prior to her cur­rent posi­tion she was Dis­trict Admin­is­tra­tor for 22 years at Twin Lakes School Dis­trict #4. She was an audit coor­di­na­tor at School Eval­u­a­tion Ser­vices for 3 years, and taught first grade for 6 years in East Troy.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

I find WASCD to be THE pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tion for wisconsin’s pre­mier instruc­tional lead­ers. It’s a great group to learn from and with.

Mary Gavigan - Director Emeritus

Admin­is­tra­tor
CESA #1 Pewaukee

Gavigan

Mary Gav­i­gan the Agency Admin­is­tra­tor at CESA #1 Pewau­kee. She has been a mem­ber of the WASCD board since 2001, and served as Pres­i­dent in 20062007. Cur­rently she is a Direc­tor Emeritus.

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