Board of Directors

Tim Mueller, Chair – Mr. Mueller is the President of Office Furniture Used and New, LLC.  He joined the WILDD Board to share his success with management and operation of a small business.  He became involved with WILDD because he believes in the organization’s ability to help younger and older individuals improve their quality of life and because he lives by the guiding principal that “you get out of life what you put into it.” Steve Porter, Vice-Chair – A. Steven Porter is a lawyer in private practice who advocates for civil rights and against discrimination on behalf of all people,  including those with learning disabilities.  Mr. Porter’s involvement with WILDD began as a result of seeking help for his two dyslexic sons (both of whom are now adults).  Mr. Porter is acutely interested in seeking and promoting solutions to the challenges facing those with learning disabilities. Joseph R. Zaffino, Treasurer – Mr. Zaffino brings to the board twenty-three years of experience in the Madison area banking industry, where he held the positions of director and executive vice president.  Joe chaired the committee to build the new St. John the Baptist church in Waunakee, is a charter member of the Madison Breakfast Rotary and chaired the Wisconsin Bankers Association political action committee. Shelley Beere, Secretary – Shelley serves as a Senior Brand Analyst at Pop-Dot Marketing, LLC. She has also struggled with dyslexia, nearly failing out of high school and college several times for poor grades in math. Shelley hopes her involvement with WILDD will help increase awareness for the organization so that more individuals with learning disabilities can get help. Pete Cymbalak – Mr. Cymbalak is the president of Empowered Financial Group. David Mahoney – David Mahoney is currently serving his second term as Dane County Sheriff.  First elected as Sheriff in November 2006, David has been a professional law enforcement officer for 33 years.  Thirty-two years of his law enforcement career have been with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office where he worked in Security Services, Support Services, and Field Services Divisions.  Sheriff Mahoney joined the WILDD board because of his knowledge of and commitment to address the connection between criminal behavior and illiteracy and because his own dyslexic son is now an honors-level college student after having his reading deficits remediated by WILDD’s CLASS™ method.