Board Members

Board Leadership

Kim Brown - 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.

Kurt Krizan - President Elect

Direc­tor of STEM
Apple­ton Area School District

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Kurt Krizan is cur­rently the Direc­tor of STEM (EC-​6) for the Apple­ton Area School Dis­trict. He pre­vi­ously served as the Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion, and Assess­ment for the Lit­tle Chute Area School Dis­trict for five years and 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.

Rob Meyer - Vice President

Direc­tor of Teach­ing and Learn­ing
Waupun Area School District

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Rob Meyer serves the Waupun Area School Dis­trict as the Direc­tor of Teach­ing & Learn­ing. He has pre­vi­ously served in edu­ca­tion as a Social Stud­ies Edu­ca­tor, Assis­tant Prin­ci­pal, and Principal.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

Rob is proud to serve WASCD as he believes in the power of shar­ing learn­ing, sup­port­ing col­leagues, and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in kids lives through collaboration.

Gayle Daniel - Treasurer

Prin­ci­pal — Cre­cent Ele­men­tary
School Dis­trict of Rhinelander

Daniel

Gayle Daniel is cur­rently an Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal with the School Dis­trict of Rhinelander. For the last 20+ years she also has served the chil­dren of WI as an ele­men­tary teacher, worked with Deaf & Hard of Hear­ing stu­dents, Cur­ricu­lum Direc­tor and sup­porter of all children.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

Becom­ing a mem­ber of this sup­port­ive orga­ni­za­tion was an easy deci­sion. 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

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.

Ann Franke - Immediate Past President

Direc­tor of Instruc­tion
Verona Area School District

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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.

Committee Leadership

Ann Franke - Communication 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- Communication 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 Co-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!

Amy Vesperman - New Directors Program Co-Chair

Super­in­ten­dent
Albany School District

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 the reten­tion of teach­ers. Amy is the co-​chair of the New Direc­tors Program.


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.

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.

Torrie Rochon Luft - Program Planning Committee

Prin­ci­pal
Hor­tonville Mid­dle School and Fox West Academy

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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 for six years of learn­ing, grow­ing and lov­ing a staff com­pletely! I just fin­ished my first year in the Hor­tonville Area School Dis­trict and couldn’t be hap­pier and prouder to be a part of this won­der­ful com­mu­nity com­mit­ted to nur­tur­ing all. I feel very blessed to be on this WASCD Board and being a part of the pro­gram com­mit­tee bring­ing excep­tional tal­ent and wis­dom to Wis­con­sin. I enjoy my fam­ily very, very much and am embark­ing on my final year of watch­ing my daugh­ter enter­ing her senior year play­ing sports. As a three-​sport ath­lete, it has been a joy to watch her play and it is my most favorite thing to do!


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

WASCD has pro­vided me excite­ment in learn­ing over my edu­ca­tional career as a teacher, assis­tant prin­ci­pal and prin­ci­pal for the last seven years. 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!

Board Members

John Johnson

Direc­tor of Lit­er­acy and Math­e­mat­ics
Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Pub­lic Instruction

Kristi Klein

Prin­ci­pal
St. John XXIII Catholic School

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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. Kristi cur­rently serves as prin­ci­pal of a pri­vate, Catholic school in Port Washington.


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.

Kristi Levy

Prin­ci­pal
Oshkosh Area School District
Levy

Kristi Levy is cur­rently the prin­ci­pal at Wash­ing­ton Ele­men­tary School in the Oshkosh Area School Dis­trict. Prior to her cur­rent posi­tion, Kristi served as a mid­dle and high school Eng­lish teacher and as an instruc­tional coach for Tech­nol­ogy Inte­gra­tion. Kristi has been a board mem­ber since 2019.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?


As the edu­ca­tional land­scape con­tin­ues to change, the impor­tance of con­nect­ing edu­ca­tors is increas­ing and WASCD has a long his­tory of con­nect­ing edu­ca­tors around issues that mat­ter and work that is mean­ing­ful and I am excited to be part of this work.

Lori Mueller

Dis­trict Admin­is­tra­tor
School Dis­trict of Baraboo

Lori Mueller

Dr. Lori M. Mueller serves as the Dis­trict Admin­is­tra­tor for the School Dis­trict of Bara­boo. Mueller, com­pleted the doc­toral pro­gram at Edge­wood Col­lege, received her M.S. in Edu­ca­tional Admin­is­tra­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-​Madison and a B.S. in French and Health edu­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-​Whitewater. In her 22 years in edu­ca­tion as a teacher, Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum and Instruc­tion, and now super­in­ten­dent, Mueller has pre­sented at regional, state, and national con­fer­ences on top­ics related to grad­ing for com­mu­ni­cat­ing stu­dent learn­ing, devel­op­ing assess­ment lit­er­acy, gifted and tal­ented ser­vices, imple­ment­ing a Response to Inter­ven­tion frame­work, con­tin­u­ous school improve­ment, and strate­gic planning.


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

My first engage­ment with WASCD was as a teacher aspir­ing to improve teach­ing prac­tice. My expe­ri­ence with WASCD over the years pro­vided me knowl­edge and skills invalu­able in devel­op­ing lead­er­ship capacity.

Torrie Rochon-Luft

Prin­ci­pal
Hor­tonville Mid­dle School and Fox West Academy

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 for six years of learn­ing, grow­ing and lov­ing a staff com­pletely! I just fin­ished my first year in the Hor­tonville Area School Dis­trict and couldn’t be hap­pier and prouder to be a part of this won­der­ful com­mu­nity com­mit­ted to nur­tur­ing all. I feel very blessed to be on this WASCD Board and being a part of the pro­gram com­mit­tee bring­ing excep­tional tal­ent and wis­dom to Wis­con­sin. I enjoy my fam­ily very, very much and am embark­ing on my final year of watch­ing my daugh­ter enter­ing her senior year play­ing sports. As a three-​sport ath­lete, it has been a joy to watch her play and it is my most favorite thing to do!


Why did you become involved in WASCD?

WASCD has pro­vided me excite­ment in learn­ing over my edu­ca­tional career as a teacher, assis­tant prin­ci­pal and prin­ci­pal for the last seven years. 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!

Ryan Ruggles

Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum and Instruc­tion
School Dis­trict of Milton

Kelly Seichter

Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum & Instruc­tion
White­wa­ter School District
Sieichter

Kelly Seichter is the Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum & Instruc­tion for the White­wa­ter School Dis­trict. She is cur­rently serv­ing on the WASCD Pro­gram Com­mit­tee. She’s pre­vi­ously been an ele­men­tary prin­ci­pal in the Min­eral Point School Dis­trict, the Read­ing Spe­cial­ist and Gifted/​Talented Coor­di­na­tor for the Mon­roe School Dis­trict and has had the plea­sure of being a class­room teacher in all grades K-​6 across sev­eral school dis­tricts.

Why did you become involved in WASCD?


WASCD is an impor­tant orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion goes to the heart of the impor­tant work edu­ca­tors do. Being a part of this wor­thy net­work has ben­e­fited me greatly. Not only have I gained col­leagues to net­work with across the state, but I also have the oppor­tu­nity to con­tribute to the greater edu­ca­tional community>.”

Kathi Stebbins-Hintz

Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum & Instruc­tion
Wis­con­sin Rapids Pub­lic Schools
Stebbins Hinz

I have been an edu­ca­tor in Wis­con­sin Rapids Pub­lic Schools since 1985, serv­ing as a Social Stud­ies Teacher, Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment Facil­i­ta­tor, Prin­ci­pal of the Junior High and the Alter­na­tive High School, Assis­tant Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum & Instruc­tion, and cur­rently, Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum & Instruc­tion. I have a BS and JD degree from the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-​Madison, and am cur­rently com­plet­ing my PhD in Edu­ca­tional Lead­er­ship at UW-​Madison. I serve as an adjunct fac­ulty mem­ber, teach­ing mas­ters classes for Saint Mary’s Uni­ver­sity in Min­nesota. I have three chil­dren, two of whom are teach­ers and coaches, and one who is com­plet­ing her under­grad­u­ate degree in dance. My hus­band is a retired teacher. I enjoy hang­ing out with fam­ily and friends, spend­ing time at the lake, read­ing, and shop­ping. Finally, noth­ing is more impor­tant than pub­lic edu­ca­tion, and we need to do all we can to sup­port this great insti­tu­tion!
Why did you become involved in WASCD?

Strong and ded­i­cated class­room teach­ers are the key to stu­dent learn­ing and achieve­ment. There­fore, the impor­tance of pro­fes­sional growth oppor­tu­ni­ties and teacher reflec­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and coach­ing, can­not be over­stated. Build­ing and sup­port­ing effec­tive edu­ca­tors is what WASCD is all about. I became involved in WASCD to grow as an edu­ca­tor and leader, and then help my dis­trict grow as a dynamic, learning-​centered orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes edu­ca­tor excel­lence and stu­dent success.

Peter Wilson

Direc­tor of Admin­is­tra­tive Ser­vices
DeFor­est Area School District

Wilson

Tony Frontier-Special Advisor to the Board

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.

Chris Van Hoof - Historian

Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion, & Assess­ment
CESA 8

Van Hoof

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 on the board as the his­to­rian. Chris works for CESA 8 as the Direc­tor of Cur­ricu­lum, Instruc­tion, and Assess­ment (CIA). Prior to her cur­rent posi­tion, she was a direc­tor of CIA and a high school Eng­lish teacher for 28 years. Chris has served on a vari­ety of Wis­con­sin State Tasks 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!

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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