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California Association of Independent Schools

100 N. Brand Blvd. Suite #632
Glendale, CA 91203
818.845.0800 (phone)
818.845.0888 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)

Questions or requests may be submitted to our general email account at [email protected]. Please direct all registration questions to [email protected].

CAIS Staff
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Deborah Dowling, Ph.D.
Executive Director
[email protected]
818.845.0800

Deborah works with the CAIS team and the Board of Directors to develop and follow through on CAIS strategic goals. She is actively involved in CAIS' accreditation and professional development programs, talking directly with heads and trustees to support member schools.

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Cathy Shelburne
Director of Professional Learning
[email protected]
818.845.0800 x 17

Cathy is responsible for promoting timely and relevant professional learning for governance and leadership for member schools' administrators, trustees, and occasionally other staff positions. In addition to developing and executing professional learning events, Cathy builds the association's capacity and networks, interacting with industry leaders in the broader independent school community, including CAIS partners (e.g., LCW Consortium), member schools, and peer associations.

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Jeanne Marcoux
Executive and Board Coordinator
[email protected]
818.845.0800 x 14

Jeanne performs a wide variety of administrative tasks associated with the Executive Director's job responsibilities. She acts as Board coordinator by facilitating communication between the Executive Director and the Board, organizing and distributing Board materials, scheduling meetings, and logistics. She also assists with meetings and correspondence for the Boards of Standards.

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Kimberly Klosterman
Business Manager
[email protected]
818.845.0800 x 12

Kim is responsible for all aspects of financial operations and human resources for CAIS. Contact Kim regarding billing matters or dues.

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Lorena Macias
Events Manager
[email protected]
818.845.0800 x 10

As the Events Manager, Lorena is responsible for the logistics, organization, and production of CAIS events. Contact Lorena with any questions about event registration.

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Mariana Robles
Director of Accreditation
[email protected]
818.845.0800 x 13

As Director of Accreditation, Mariana recruits, trains, supports, and guides team members and chairs conducting accreditation visits to member schools. She reviews and analyzes accreditation reports, as well as applications for CAIS provisional membership, and responds to all formal complaints.

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Michael Dy
Technology Systems Manager
[email protected]
818.845.0800 x 18

Michael manages and provides technical support of CAIS technology systems and applications, including the accreditation portal, website and databases. He also coordinates technical production services for CAIS events.

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Teal Gallagher
Director of Member Engagement
[email protected]
818.845.0800 x 15

Teal shepherds all schools interested in membership from their initial contact with CAIS through the application process. She also works with schools in need of additional support. As a designer of the CAIS Accreditation Portal, she collaborates with the Technology Manager to support and manage the growth of the Portal and conducts trainings on the Portal's use. She manages community groups and assists with the website user experience. Contact Teal with questions about joining CAIS' community.

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100 N Brand Blvd #632
Glendale, CA 91203
tel : 818.845.0800
fax : 818.845.0888
CAIS is an organization of approximately 200 elementary, middle and secondary schools in California. The Association serves and strengthens its schools by:
  • setting standards of academic quality and ethical conduct
  • facilitating the professional growth of faculty, administrators, and trustees
  • promoting ethnic and socio-economic diversity