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California Association of Independent Schools
100 N Brand Blvd #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
Deborah Dowling Photo Deborah Dowling, Ph.D.
Executive Director
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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.

Cathy Shelburne Photo Cathy Shelburne
Director of Professional Development
[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, teacher leaders, 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.

Jeanne Marcoux Photo Jeanne Marcoux
Executive Assistant
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818.845.0800 x 14

Jeanne performs various administrative tasks associated with the Executive Director’s job responsibilities, including calendar and travel schedule. She acts as Board liaison by facilitating communication between the Executive Director and the Board, organizing and distributing materials, scheduling meetings, among other tasks.

Lorena Macias Photo Lorena Macias
Administrative Assistant
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818.845.0800 x 10

Contact Lorena for general questions, billing related matters, and assistance with event registration. Lorena can also be reached for questions regarding the membership dues and the directory.

Mariana Robles Photo Mariana Robles
Director of Accreditation
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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.

Michael Dy Photo Michael Dy
Technology Systems Manager
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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.

Teal Gallagher Photo Teal Gallagher
Director of Services for Governance and Accreditation
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818.845.0800 x 15

Teal works closely with all CAIS staff on work associated with accreditation, technology, and professional development. As a designer of the CAIS Accreditation Portal, she works with the Technology Manager to support and manage the growth of the Portal and conducts trainings on the Portal’s use. She also collaborates with the Director of Accreditation on the construction of Visiting Committees; maintains accreditation records for team members and schools; manages the New School Services program; and acts as a point of contact for schools interested in membership. Teal negotiates hotel contracts for the Trustee/Head Conference and Annual Meeting, and works in concert with the Director of Professional Development and Executive Director to plan the Trustee/School Head Conference program.