Founders

  

Ervin Carpenter
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Ervin Carpenter has a B.S. in Special Education and 30 years of teaching experience in Special Education. With K-12 certifications in Learning, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, and Cognitive Disabilities, Erv taught Special Education students at the high school level for sixteen years until he retired from public school teaching in 2004. He served for five years as the Co-Founder and Director of the Academic Achievement Center, Inc., and served for ten years as the Founding Director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison (then 32° Madison Masonic Learning Center for Children). Carpenter has presented at multiple national and state Orton Dyslexia Conferences, in addition to numerous Wisconsin Special Education conferences on learning disabilities, Assistive Technology, and the social and emotional aspects of the disabilities. He has also conducted workshops and in-services for language deficient students, their teachers, and parents at public school districts throughout Wisconsin. Carpenter is certified by the International Multisensory Structured Language Educational Council (IMSLEC) and has served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin branch of the International Dyslexia Association and the Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. He was recently appointed to Congressman Mark Pocan’s Early Childhood and K-12 Education Advisory Committee. He was a 2009 recipient of the Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Erv is the creator of the Carpenter Language Achievement and Strategies System™ (CLASS™), an academic therapy curriculum, which WILDD uses to achieve remarkable results in reading and spelling remediation and create academic independence for dyslexic learners.
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Kim Campbell-Carpenter
Co-founder, Director of Diagnostics, Operations, and Clinical Director
Kim Carpenter has an M.S.E. in Adult Education with an emphasis on adults with learning disabilities/dyslexia, and a B.S. in Regular and Special Education with K-12 certifications in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavioral Disorders. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UW-Oshkosh and completed post graduate work in remedial reading, Autism, and Sensory Integration Therapy. Carpenter has 30 years of experience teaching students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and emotional behavioral disabilities. She is trained, and proficient, in numerous remedial reading strategies, including the Orton-Gillingham methodology. Kim was previously Co-Founder of and Diagnostician for the Academic Achievement Center, Inc.; Testing Clinician for the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison (then 32° Madison Masonic Learning Center); and tutor for a program specifically designed to help college students with dyslexia overcome their disability, enabling them to earn their college degrees. Kim has presented at several national and state Orton Dyslexia Conferences, in addition to numerous Wisconsin Special Education conferences on learning disabilities, and the social and emotional aspects of the disabilities. She has also conducted workshops for language deficient students, their teachers, and parents on the social and emotional aspects of learning disabilities.

 

Board of Directors

 

Tim Mueller
Chairmen of the Board
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.”
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Steve Porter
Vice-Chairman of the Board
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 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 is a Senior Brand Strategist 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 of the organization so that more individuals with learning disabilities can get help.
Sheriff David Mahoney
Board Member
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. "By the time our son reached middle school, he absolutely refused to do any reading--he was great with his hands and loved science, but hated reading. We tried every way we could think of to get him to read, because we knew how important that was going to be for his future. Nothing worked.Then, we met Erv who was Founding Executive Director at the Children's Dyslexia Center and now our son is ready to graduate from UW Platteville with a goal of a career as a forensic pathologist, all thanks to Erv's approach and method. That's why I want to be on the Board of WILDD”