Judging Panel for the Forward Together Grant

Judging Panel

Mike Thompson

Deputy State Superintendent

State Superintendent Tony Evers took office in July 2009 and appointed Mike Thompson as the Deputy State Superintendent. Prior to his current position, Mike served as the Executive Assistant to then State Superintendent Libby Burmaster. Previous to these positions, he served as the Department’s Federal Policy Advisor.

Mike has a doctorate in Education Administration and has taught for ten years in Wisconsin public schools. Mike's previous positions at DPI include education consultant, director of student services, and assistant state superintendent.

Erica Turner

Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies

Erica O. Turner is assistant professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erica conducts research on education policy making and implementation in the contemporary social, economic, and political contexts of public school systems. She is particularly interested in the factors shaping school district leaders', educators', and community members' meaning making and on-the-ground policy work as they attempt to address issues of equity and inclusion in schooling. Her research and teaching have been inspired, in part, by her experiences as a student in the San Francisco public schools and as a middle school teacher in public and private schools in Philadelphia and Ningbo, China. 

Erica has been honored with an Anna Julia Cooper fellowship and Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence fellowship since arriving at UW-Madison. She has published in numerous academic journals and her work has been supported by the University of Wisconsin, the Spencer Foundation, the State Farm Companies Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Turner earned her PhD in Education at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Woody Wiedenhoeft

Executive Director, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials

The WASBO Board hired Woody Wiedenhoeft as the WASBO Executive Director in September 2006. He has been active in WASBO since 1974 and served a term as the President of WASBO.

Prior to joining WASBO, Woody completed a 35-year career in public education as a teacher, school business official, and school consultant.