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 3 Liaisons: Retired AD, WIAA, and LTI Coordinator.
District 1: Mary Schradle–Mau of Turtle Lake represents the northwestern part of the Badger state. Mary is a new-comer to the Board as this is her first term taking over for James Sekel who moved out of District 1 last summer. 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: Veteran Board member Nathan DeLany of Marshfield continues his excellent representation of the northeast part of the state. Nathan’s peers have selected him as Chairperson of the Sports Advisory Council as well. Nathan’s prime responsibility on the Board is the organization of Scholarships and Elections. Over the past few years, he has updated and streamlined the process to make it more efficient and easier to access.
District 3: Bob Sanders of Sparta represents the Midwest part of Wisconsin. Bob has brought technology to a new level at WADA meetings. His main responsibility for the Board is to update the By Laws and Handbook. During his short tenure, Bob has found and fixed some inconsistencies as well as some redundancies. We now have the most up to date Handbook and By Laws at our disposal.
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 is in the great hands of Mike McHugh of DeForest. The southwest part of the state rep is responsible for securing all the awards for the WADA Conference. The number of awards is typically in the 100’s and his meticulous inspection makes this a smooth process for all.
District 6: Waterford’s Jill Stobber represents District 6. This district is the “no man’s land” between Madison and Milwaukee and south of the Fox Valley. Jill’s main responsibility is the registration at the beginning of the conference. What used to be a chaotic procedure is now much more organized with Jill and the assistance of the retired ADs.
District 7: Sara Unertl of Franklin represents District 7, the Milwaukee Metro area. Her main responsibility ( along with being a new mom!) is the development of the agendas for the Spring and Fall Caucuses. This job ensures that all Districts are discussing the same issues while still allowing for unique situations in each individual district.
Vice-President – Jeremy Schlitz of Madison Memorial was elected to this position at the November Conference. 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, Jeremy has taken an active role in Legislative bills that have affected High School athletics. His interests in this area as well as his proximity to Madison make him a great fit for this position.
President-Elect – In six short months, Peggy Seegers-Braun of Divine Savior of Holy Angels will assume the role of President. In the meantime, her main responsibility as President-Elect is to secure all Presenters at the Annual Conference. She works in conjunction with the main theme and fills up to 21 time slots. The “nuts and bolts” of the Conference relies heavily on her outstanding judgment of Presenters.
President – Tim Collins of Big Foot High School in Walworth 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 2017 WADA Conference.
Past President – Anyone who was at the 50th Conference is well aware of the outstanding job done by Jim McClowry of Appleton West. Jim has a passion for WADA that shown through brightly last November. 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: Long-time WIAA Associate Director Deb Hauser has serves as the WIAA Liaison for many years. She provides insight into the WIAA’s thoughts and goals and listens to WADA’s thoughts and goals as well. Without her phenomenal work, these two organizations would not co-exist as well as they do.
Retired AD: Former WADA President Bard Deichl, formerly of Waterford High School, acts as a liaison for the retired ADs. She organizes the 50/50 raffle as well and helps organize workers for registration at the Conference. Her behind the scenes work helps everything go smoothly.
LTI: Not only a leader of LTI in Wisconsin but also nationally is Todd Sobrilsky of Waukesha South. His leadership in this area is unsurpassed as he was recognized at the National Conference in 2015 for his work. John Frizzell of Wisconsin Rapids is the Assistant LTI Coordinator giving Wisconsin the best LTI program in the nation.
Former West DePere 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. Overseeing and updating our website through three changes in website providers, Linzi’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 Linzi’s diligence. In addition, Linzi and her husband, DeWayne, are responsible for the outstanding video presentations at the annual
More information on the WADA Board and the full scope of Board responsibilities can be found in the Mission, Vision, Purpose and the WADA Bylaws and Constitution. These documents are located in the top tool bar “About Us” on the WADA homepage.