Your WIVA Administrative Team

Fadia Afaneh, Head of School

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Fadia Afenah joined WIVA as the Head of School in October of 2019.  Fadia Afaneh has been the Manager of School Programs and Operations at Maine Virtual Academy for the last 3 years. Before joining the K12 team, Fadia worked in Chicago Public Schools for several years in many different capacities: HS English teacher where she earned the Gold EPAS Teacher Award for having the highest English test gains, English Department Chair, Freshman On-Track Coordinator, and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction. In 2014, Fadia joined the K12 Team and Chicago Virtual Charter School community as the High School Principal, where she helped the school reach their highest HS student passing rates, graduation rates, and test gains at the school to date. She made her move to Maine in July of 2016 to be part of the amazing and growing MEVA community as the Manager of School Programs and Operations. In partnership with the Head of School at MEVA, Fadia’s dedication to student achievement drove a 20 point improvement in Chronic Absenteeism and NWEA growth in addition to some of the best CWM metrics in the company.
Fadia is an Illinois Golden Apple Teaching Scholar and truly believes in the Golden Apple motto that ALL students deserve excellent teachers. She is also an active member of the Human Rights Campaign.

Becky Eberhardt, Manager of Special Programs

Becky Eberhardt

Becky Eberhardt is happy to be a part of the WIVA team! She obtained her master's degree from Cardinal Stritch University in May of 2003. Becky has been a Special Education Director for approximately eleven years, spending four of those years in a dual role as both Director and PreK-12 Principal in a small, rural district. She is married and has four sons ranging in age from seven to 19 and also has three dogs and two cats that complete her family. Becky in her spare time enjoys camping with her family and spending time with friends.

Desiree Rahmlow, Academic Administrator K–8

Desiree Rahmlow

Desiree Rahmlow is thrilled to join WIVA as the new K8 Academic Administrator/Principal starting with the 2019-2020 school year. She believes that all learning is personal, honors that no learning is ever one-size-fits-all, and knows that WIVA shares this vision since students' and families' unique needs are the driving force of the school. Desiree earned her MSE in Educational Administration from Concordia University - Mequon with dual certification as a Principal and Direction of Instruction. Her 17 years of professional experience in education have included numerous strong roles including RtI Team Leader, PBIS Coach, Professional Development Facilitator, Math and Reading Interventionist, Behavior Interventionist, Department Chair, Alternative Education Teacher, and English and Speech Communications Teacher. An advocate of children beyond her career, Desiree is the founder and president of the Kiwanis Club of Slinger (WI) where she lives. In her spare time, she enjoys live music, board games, unique cuisine, and outdoor adventures with her husband, two daughters, and family and friends.

Cindy Worden, Academic Administrator 9–12

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Cindy Worden is a graduate from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in behavioral science and law and sociology. She earned her MSE in school counseling PK–12 from UW-Oshkosh. In December 2013, Cindy completed her MAE from Marian University with an emphasis in educational leadership. Cindy's professional experiences include high school counseling, dean of students, juvenile criminal justice, social work, and technology training. She has worked in virtual education since 2007.

Carrie Cherney, Assistant Academic Administrator 9–12

Carrie Cherney

Carrie Cherney earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at UW-Green Bay and her masters in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University. She has been a part of WIVA High School since 2009, teaching various math courses. Since 2017 she has been the Assistant Academic Administrator at WIVA, DCA, and ISWI.


Erin Haugom, Operations Manager

Erin Haugom

Erin Haugom joined the WIVA team as the operations manager in 2012. She has a bachelor's degree in human services and more than ten years office experience in program coordination, data tracking and reporting, IT support services, and customer service. Erin looks forward to being part of Wisconsin Virtual Academy and using her expertise to support the virtual learning community.