Dave Anderson: Executive Director
Dave Anderson became the fifth executive director of the Association on Aug. 1, 2009, succeeding Doug Chickering.
Anderson came to the WIAA in 1998 as an Assistant to the Director. In July, 2001, he was promoted to Assistant Director. He was promoted to Deputy Director of the Association at Board of Control meeting on Jan. 18, 2002, and assumed those responsibilities in July, 2002.
Anderson served as athletic director at Sun Prairie High School from 1991 until joining the WIAA. He began his professional career as a faculty member at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield, Wis., from 1976-79. He also served as head track and field coach, assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach.
In 1979, he was a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin. Two years later he joined the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire football staff and was an instructor in physical education. After one season, he was named the defensive coordinator and part-time physical education instructor at Montana State University from 1982-83.
He returned to the University of Wisconsin as an assistant football coach from 1983-86 and served as the defensive coordinator in 1986. From 1987-1990, Anderson was the defensive coordinator at Miami of Ohio University.
Anderson was a three-sport athlete at Kaukauna High School, participating in football, basketball and track. He was named the state's football player-of-the-year in 1972. He played football at Wisconsin from 1972-76 and was awarded the Ivan B. Williamson Award for academic and athletic excellence his senior year.
Anderson graduated from UW in 1976 with a degree in physical education. He received a Master of Science degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic administration from UW in 1981.
In his former duties with the Association, Anderson was responsible for the interpretation of rules, administration, tournament planning and committee leadership in the sports of football, wrestling, and baseball, as well as sports medicine.
He acquired the responsibilities regarding eligibility issues and relinquished his responsibilities in licensing officials when promoted to deputy director. His other responsibilities included overseeing the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
In addition to his duties with the WIAA, Anderson was also involved at the national level. He has served on the NFHS Hockey Rules Committee, and he was a voting member of the NFHS's Football Rules Committee.
Wade Labecki: Deputy Director
Wade Labecki assumed his position as Deputy Director of the Association on July 1, 2009.
Labecki served as assistant administrator and transportation director at Baldwin-Woodville High School since 2006 and as athletic director since 2000. Responsibilities of these positions included budgeting, purchasing, scheduling, supervising coaches and staff, programming, coordinating school transportation and participating in discipline and truancy issues.
Prior to his most recent positions at Baldwin-Woodville, Labecki taught accounting, business law, general business and Internet classes from 1987-2006. In addition, he served as head football coach from 1988-2004 after one season as defensive coordinator of the 1987 State championship team. He led the Blackhawks to a State Championship in 1992, a State runner-up finish in 1994, five conference titles and a 108-63 record.
He coached the Blackhawk baseball team to a 122-55-1 record from 1990-97, which included two conference championships and a State Tournament appearance in 1991.
Labecki was elected to the WIAA Advisory Council in October, 2008. Other related experiences include memberships in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, where he served on the Board of Directors and as president, and served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin High School Forensics Coaches Association.
Labecki has received a number of professional honors and awards during his career. Among them was his induction into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and his selection to coach in the 2000 Shrine Football All-Star game. He was selected as the WFCA District Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1992. In 2009, Labecki was selected as the WADA District 1 Athletic Director of the Year.
He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Business Education. He received a Masters of Education in Administration degree from St. Mary's University (Minn.) in 2001 and received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree at Argosy University - Twin Cities in 2010. Labecki was also the recipient of the 2010 President’s Leadership Award for students in the doctoral program at Argosy University. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, Athletic Competitive Equity and Proportionality: Classification of High Schools in State Athletic Associations for Boys Basketball and Football Tournament Placement.
A 1982 graduate of Thomas More High School, he grew up in the City of Milwaukee and served as vice-president of the student body and starred on the football team that won the Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association State championship in 1981. He also lettered in wrestling and track and field during his high school career and was a member of the National Honor Society. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Labecki is responsible for eligibility issues, interpretation of rules, administration, tournament planning and committee leadership in the sports of football, wrestling, and baseball, as well as the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
Todd Clark: Director of Communications
Todd Clark began his role as the Association's director of communications on July 1, 2000.
His responsibilities include overseeing the print production aspect of the association, internal and external communications, media relations, corporate marketing/sponsorships, advertising, publications, tournament records, sportsmanship and assisting with website maintenance and the football playoffs.
At the national level, he served on the NFHS Records Committee from 2007-10 and on the NFHS Annual Summer Meeting Advisory Committee from 2009-10. In 2012, he received an NFHS citation for his outstanding contributions to high school sports. Clark also served on the NFHS Network Leadership Circle, and he served one year on the Heart of the Arts Selection Committee and is currently a member of the NFHS Spirit of Sport Committee. He has also presented on topics at the NFHS Summer Meetings.
He received the Association Friend Award presented by the Wisconsin Association of School Councils in 2007.
Clark joined the executive staff after serving nine years as the sports information director at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 1991-2000. Prior to the UW-La Crosse position, Clark was a sports information director assistant at Southern Illinois-Carbondale from 1990-91.
Additional sports information experience includes working as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State University and as a student assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Other related experience included serving as a venue media chief at the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival, and as the official scorer for the NCAA III Baseball Championships from 2000-01.
Clark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. He received a master of special studies degree in sports administration from St. Cloud State University in 1993.
Tom Shafranski: Assistant Director
Tom Shafranski joined the WIAA staff in 2002. His responsibilities are the administration for the sports of golf, hockey, swimming and diving and tennis. He also oversees the prestigious WIAA Scholar-Athlete program.
In addition to his contributions at the State association level, he has been active in the national landscape with service on the NFHS Ice Hockey Rules Committee in 2003-04 and 2008-2011. He served as the chair of that committee in 2011 He has also served as a member of the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules from 2005-2009.
During his tenure on the staff, he has been honored as the 2009 Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association Friend of Golf recipient.
He brought a significant level of high school administrative experience with him to the WIAA. He has served as athletic director at Stevens Point Area High School for one year. Prior to his appointment at SPASH, he held an associate principal position at Wausau East High School for one year.
From 1996-2000, Shafranski was the activities director for grades 6-12 in the Rhinelander School District after serving as the associate principal and activities director for just the senior high school from 1993-96. Other high school administrative experience included a one-year stint as principal at Hortonville High School from 1992-93.
He taught business education classes at West Bend East from 1982-87 when he was named the district's AODA coordinator in 1987. He was chosen assistant principal in 1989, a position he held from 1989-1992. During his tenure at West Bend East, he served as head track and field coach from 1987-89 after serving as an assistant from 1980-86. He was an assistant coach in football and basketball from 1977-88.
In addition to his school responsibilities, Shafranski has also been active in state and conference affiliated activities. He has been an American Sport Coaches Education Program and a Program for Athletic Coaches Education instructor. He served on the WIAA Scholar-Athlete Selection Committee from 1998-2000 and was a mentor for new athletic directors for the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. Since 1993, he has served as the chairman of the Wisconsin Valley Conference Sportsmanship Committee.
Shafranski received a bachelors degree in business education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1983. He earned a masters degree in education from National Louis University in Evanston, Ill., in 1986. In 1991, he received an Administrative Leadership Certificate in School Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Stephanie Hauser: Assistant Director
Stephanie Hauser began her role with the WIAA Executive Staff as assistant director on July 6, 2015.
Her responsibilities with the WIAA include the administration, coordination and tournament planning for the sports of gymnastics, softball and volleyball. She formerly held the administrative responsibilities for the sports of track & field and cross country from 2015-2017. She is also responsible for overseeing the coaches advisory committees, as well as being the primary contact for conference realignment.
Since joining the WIAA, Hauser has been involved at the national level as well, serving as chair of the National Federation of State High School Association Gymnastics Rules Committee from 2018-present. In addition, she serves on the NFHS Student Services Committee and has presented on the "Collaboration Between State Associations and State Athletic Administrator Associations" at the 2018 NFHS Summer Meeting.
Hauser came to the WIAA Executive Staff from Stevens Point Area Senior High School where she is serving in her eighth year as the athletic administrator and assistant principal. She also served as internship supervisor for university students seeking degrees in athletic or business administration.
Prior to her administrative role in Stevens Point, she was the assistant principal and activities director in the New London School District from 2003-07. She also possesses coaching experience at the high school level. Those included stints as varsity volleyball coach at Cumberland High School in 1991, Pulaski High School from 1993-97, Bay Port High School from 1998-99 and at Winneconne High School from 2000-03. Other coaching experience came at the junior varsity level as softball coach at Cumberland in 1991 and at Green Bay Southwest High School from 1992-94, where she also coached the junior varsity basketball team.
She was active in working with the WIAA as a member of the Sports Advisory Committee since 2009-15 and as a member of the Volleyball Coaches Advisory Committee. Hauser has also conducted presentations at the WIAA New Athletic Director Workshop and the WIAA Sportsmanship Summit.
In 2013, she was named the District 2 Athletic Director of the Year by the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. Other leadership experience includes serving as president of the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association and as chair of the WADA District 2 Representative and Scholarship Committee.
She is certified as an athletic administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, as well as, in Red Cross CPR/AED, Educator Effectiveness Calibration for Evaluation, and Drug Influence Training and Education.
She is a 1991 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a degree in secondary chemistry education. She received a Master’s Degree in education leadership from Marian College in 1997 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She was a member of the UW-Superior women’s basketball and softball teams, and was named team captain and most valuable player of the women’s volleyball team, receiving all-conference honorable mention.
Kate Peterson Abiad: Assistant Director
Kate Peterson Abiad joined the WIAA staff as assistant director on April 1, 2018.
Her responsibilities include the administration and coordination of duties for the sports of basketball, cross country, soccer, and track and field, as well as tournament planning and cooperative teams.
Peterson Abiad possesses a wealth of basketball experience with 27 years as a collegiate coach. She comes to the WIAA from Cleveland State University, where she served as the head women’s basketball coach for 15 seasons from 2003-04 through 2017-18. She gradually built the program, leading the Vikings to Horizon League Conference Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007-08 and 2009-10. She is the school’s all-time winningest coach with 206 victories.
She has significant ties with basketball in Wisconsin. Prior to being named the head coach at Cleveland State, she served six seasons as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin from 1997-2003. During that time, Peterson Abiad helped guide the Badgers to three NCAA Tournaments–including 1998, 2001 and 2002–as well as a WNIT championship in 2000 and a runner-up finish in 1999. She served as the Badgers’ chief recruiter. Her efforts helped the Badgers receive commitments resulting in two top-10 freshman classes. Other coaching experience includes assistant stints at Eastern Illinois University from 1993-97 and at Indiana University from 1991-93, where she earned her master’s degree in counseling and educational psychology in 1995.
Peterson Abiad had a stellar collegiate basketball career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point prior to graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1991. She received Kodak All-America honorable mention recognition her senior season with the Pointers in 1990-91. Peterson Abiad was a four-year starter and was named the team’s MVP in 1990-91. She earned All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors in 1991 and honorable mention in 1990. She set an NCAA Division III national record for three-point field goals made per game at 3.85 during the 1990-91 season and was inducted into the UW-Stevens Point Hall of Fame in 2000.
Other leadership-related experience include serving as chair of the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Coaches Committee and as the women’s basketball representative on the Horizon League Issues Committee. She also spoke at a Final Four round-table discussion and served as a top-25 poll voter.
Peterson Abiad is a native of River Falls, Wis., where she participated in basketball and softball throughout her high school career and ran cross country one season at River Falls High School.
Kassie Mortimer: Assistant Director
Kassie Mortimer (formerly McGettigan) was promoted to assistant director in December of 2020 after joining the WIAA staff in August of 2013 to fill the position of ticket coordinator/business operations assistant in the executive office.
Her responsibilities in business operations include compiling information and adjusting final yearly audits, assembling and reporting fund statements and financial statements for staff and the Board of Control, calculating and reconciling bank statements, investments and reimbursements to member schools, completing association tax reports and returns, and processing payroll and bills.
As ticketing coordinator, she prepares State Tournament tickets and executes delivery of tickets and online fulfillment to venues, State-qualifying schools, and patrons. Mortimer is also responsible for maintaining and updating ticketing software and hardware, as well as supervising and assisting ticket sales at State Tournament venues.
With the promotion to assistant director, Mortimer continues to manage her current responsibilities as ticket coordinator/business operation and assumed a number of responsibilities vacated by staff retirements, including overseeing the licensing of sports officials and serving as officials, middle/junior level and conference commissioner staff liaison, well as supervising coaches education efforts.
She is a 2013 graduate of Viterbo University with a degree in business administration and sport management & leadership. She received a Master’s Degree in sport administration/managemt from Concordia University in 2016. She was a member of the Viterbo University women’s volleyball team was named NAIA Scholar Athlete and received MCC Academic All-Conference recognition. Mortimer is a native of La Crosse, Wis., where she participated in volleyball, basketball and softball throughout her high school career at Aquinas High School.
Bobby Blom: Information Technology Assistant (Eric Dziak)
Eric Dziak: Technology Coordinator
Lisa Gagas: Print Production Coordinator
Julie Kage: Administration Coordinator (Dave Anderson)
Hydie Laidlaw: Administrative Assistant (Wade Labecki)
Deb Lepak: Administrative Assistant (Tom Shafranski)
Megan Loken: Graphic Designer & Social Media Specialist
Candace Ostertag: Administrative Assistant (Kate Peterson Abiad)
Dorothy Sankey: Systems Coordinator
Sheila Schulfer: Administrative Assistant (Stephanie Hauser)
Sandy Zastrow: Printer