Administration & Operations
Tim Boals, Ph.D.
LADDER Principal Investigator
oversees operations at WIDA and long range planning, research, and consortium outreach efforts. Tim frequently presents at conferences in the U.S. and internationally on the challenges facing linguistically and culturally diverse learners and how schools and educators can better meet their needs. Read more
Elizabeth Cranley has been with the WIDA Consortium since its beginning in 2003. She coordinates with subcontractors, committees, and SEAs; plans and implements professional development; and writes and edits WIDA publications. She has experience as an ESL teacher both in the U.S. and abroad and was senior lecturer in ESL at SUNY Buffalo before joining WIDA.
Bonnie Griffin oversees the implementation of strategic planning, facilitates organizational change, and leads the collaborative effort to establish a complementary nonprofit arm for WIDA. Her background includes twenty years of human resources and management experience.
Adrian Herrera coordinates and provides financial and administrative support for WIDA activities. This includes assisting with administrative projects, preparing contracts, and maintaining financial records. Adrian holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration from UW - Green Bay.
Director of Administrative Services
's work includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of operational and financial systems to serve WIDA. Becki's financial and project management responsibilities include project planning, organization of people and resources, managing project security, monitoring contracts and budgets, and acting as the primary liaison with the WCER business office. Read more
coordinates recruitment efforts and staff orientations as well as managing administrative projects and preparing budgets and financial reports. Kelly formerly worked in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research Business Office as the Payroll and Benefits Coordinator. Read more
James W. Lyne
Jim Lyne is the contract and intellectual property specialist for WIDA. Prior to joining WIDA, Jim assisted University counsel in matters relating to University trademarks. Jim received his M.S. in soil science and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Director, Business Development & Strategy
communicates with State Education Agencies as they seek information about Consortium membership and acts as project manager for SEAs once they have joined. He also works with agencies and vendors who are interested in WIDA products and services and represents WIDA at conferences and meetings. Read more
Merideth R. Trahan
Human Resource Director
leads the strategic human resource efforts for the WIDA project. She oversees recruitment and staffing, organizational development, performance management, internal communication, and strategic planning for the leadership team. With over 25 years of organizational and program development experience, Merideth is committed to fostering a culture of engaged talent. Read more