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Learn about the people of WIDA

WIDA's diverse staff hail from around the world to around the corner. A number of our researchers and developers are nationally known experts in the fields of language development, education policy and psychometrics. Many of our professional staff are former teachers themselves, or have personal or career backgrounds in language arts or linguistics. What all WIDA staff have in common is a shared commitment to social justice for linguistically and culturally diverse children.

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Aaron Burreson

Digital Content Specialist
Phone:
(608) 262-9873
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As Digital Content Manager, Aaron maintains WIDA's web properties and pages including the WIDA website, intranet, and social media accounts. Aaron serves as a member of cross-funcitonal teams to develop and execute digital outreach strategies and to curate and create content for WIDA's digital audiences. Aaron also coordinates WIDA's Newsroom team in order to consolidate, edit, and disseminate important information and resources to WIDA's external audiences.
Aaron possesses a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Psychology and Secondary Education from Luther College.

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Andrea Kreuzer

Project Manager
Phone:
(608) 262-8346
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Andrea Kreuzer is a Project Manager at WIDA. She works primarily with the professional learning and standards departments. She also supports internal evaluation work through logic model development and evaluation planning. Prior to managing projects, Andrea worked as a strategic initiatives specialist and professional learning programs coordinator in the professional learning department. 
Andrea came to Madison from Washington, DC where she completed a Masters degree in Museum Studies and worked for an Arts Education Research and Policy organization. She recently completed a certificate in advanced study in program evalaution at Claremont Graduate Univeristy and earned a masters certificate in project management from the Wisconsin School of Business Center for Professional and Executive development. 

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Andrew Kahn

Finance Manager
Phone:
(608) 262-2534
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Andy Kahn is a Finance Manager for WIDA. He supports various departments with budget development, financial analysis, and fiscal growth planning.
Andy comes to WIDA with over 15 years of experience in finance in the private sector. Most recently, Andy managed a real estate sales company for a leading international franchise. He also taught high school for 5 years at an alternative school for at-risk youth.
Andy has a Bachelor’s in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in education from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Becky Holmes

Editor
Phone:
(608) 890-2038
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Becky Holmes works for WIDA as editor and publications coordinator. She helps WIDA content experts develop publications from initial ideas through final production and ensures high editorial standards for all WIDA publications.
Becky has over ten years of experience as a writer and editor for various research projects at the University of Wisconsin. She has also worked as a computer applications textbook editor and as a technical writer in the computer software industry. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Bryn Mawr College.

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Bob Rossa

Information Processing Consultant
Phone:
(608) 263-4764
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Bob Rossa is a Solutions Analyst/Developer at WIDA. He helps design and implement solutions to WIDA business problems.He has been with WIDA for 12 years.He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from UW Madison. 

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Christy Reveles

WIDA Project Manager
Phone:
(608) 261-1169
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Christy Reveles is a WIDA Project Manager with a specialized focus on facilitating the transition of WIDA products and services for dissemination to educators world-wide via non-profit organizations. Previously, Christy served as the Director of WIDA Professional Learning for over 4 years. Her experience also includes having served in roles as a school principal, instructional and leadership coach, staff developer, bilingual and ESL teacher, and program director. She also spent 10 years as a consultant, specializing in effective pedagogy for culturally and linguistically diverse students, instructional and leadership coaching, SMART Goals, professional learning communities, and continuous school improvement. Christy earned her B.A. in Spanish; MA in Education Administration and Supervision; and Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Management.

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Craig Neuroth

WIDA Financial Analyst
Phone:
(608) 263-4249
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Craig coordinates and provides financial support for WIDA activities. This includes budgeting, cash flow, rate cards, pricing, contract financials, licensing revenues, as well as travel policy and review.
Craig holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  Prior to joining WIDA, Craig worked for a large Wisconsin based financial institution.

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Dan Machmeier

Director of Information Technology
Phone:
(608) 890-3387
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Daniel Machmeier is the Director of Information Technology for WIDA. Dan and his team are responsible for improving, expanding and supporting operational systems, Assessment development and delivery platforms, Professional Learning portals and information management and security. Dan brings 30 years of Information Technology experience in the areas of Data Administration, Packaged Applications Solutions delivery, Custom software development, Technology Infrastructure and Information security. Through his career, Dan has leveraged his technology experience in various industries including Educational Publishing, Genomic Research, Telecommunications Manufacturing, Direct to Consumer Sales, Food Service distribution, and Software as a Service Solutions. He has a B.S in MIS from DeVry Institute of Technology.        

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Drake Accardi

WIDA Project Manager
Phone:
(608) 262-1613
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Drake works as a project manager for WIDA. Previously he worked at the University of Georgia as the NASPAA Reaccreditation Coordinator and more recently at Epic Systems as an Application Manager. Drake holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia and a BA in Political Science from Furman University.

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Erika Rosales

Outreach Coordinator
Phone:
(608) 262-7504
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Erika Rosales is an Outreach Coordinator at WIDA. In her role, Erika assists the Early Years program grow relationships with states, districts, organizations, and families. Along with her external outreach efforts, she also assists with needs assessments, compiling information on research and policy, and helps with the development of Early Years documents as resources. Previously Erika was part of the WIDA Client Services Center where she assisted administrators and educators in the U.S. and internationally by providing information regarding WIDA's assessment process and resources. Prior to that Erika worked at Head-Start as a bilingual family outreach worker. 
Erika holds a bachelors degree in International Studies and a minor in Psychology. She is currently part of the Cultural Foundations of Education graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Also, she serves on the Board of Directors at Literacy Network of Dane County, where she also tutors four adults learning English as a second language.