2021-2022 CAIS Sustaining Partners

Thanks to all our partners for their generous support.

At its core, we believe the CAIS Partnership Program is about a partnership between organizations that serve CAIS schools and the schools themselves. There are three levels of partnership and, in each, we want to customize the program to fit your needs so you can best serve our schools. To learn more about our partnership program, contact Diane Brewer.

Principal Conference Partners

Sarah Levin


As leading consulting experts in campaign and development strategy, we plan and implement fundraising initiatives to help nonprofit organizations make a bigger impact—locally, nationally, and globally.For over 70 years, CCS has empowered many of the world’s greatest organizations to advance some of the most important causes in history. Members of the CCS team are highly experienced and knowledgeable across sectors, disciplines, and regions.Our unique, customized approach provides each organization with a dedicated professional to provide real-time solutions. While the results of our work are immediate, the impact of the strategies, tools, and tactics we develop with our clients is enduring.

John Toscano


CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services. With 7,400 people, more than 120 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation, we promise to know you and help you. For more information visit CLAconnect.com. Investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor.

Jeff Clark


Flagship Networks is an Information Technology leader focused on providing custom technology solutions to clients of all sizes. We have nearly two decades of experience working with customers in all industries from schools and municipalities to healthcare institutions and professional practices Our comprehensive consulting, implementation, monitoring and support capabilities, combined with profound industry knowledge and IT expertise, help our clients achieve their technology goals and run their business more productively.

Sara Schwartz


Schwartz Hannum PC, a law firm founded in 1995, is a strategic partner for forward-thinking educational institutions striving to promote a positive learning environment and prevent workplace issues. Nationally-renowned independent schools throughout the United States, including Connecticut day and boarding schools, rely on Schwartz Hannum PC to provide the clarity, foresight, and legal guidance necessary to make smart choices. SHPC attorneys understand the unique dynamics of the school environment, how each decision – from hiring and admissions to governance and discipline – affects relationships with communities, students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and governing boards. They translate that understanding into solutions that enable independent schools to focus on offering and expanding superior educational programs. Should disputes arise, SHPC attorneys have extensive experience in litigating school-based cases before state and federal government agencies, courts, and arbitration panels.

Chris Brigham


Updike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C., with four offices throughout the state of Connecticut, represents a wide range of education law clients in a variety of practice areas including Commercial Lending and Banking, Employment, Healthcare, Real Estate, Governance, Taxation, Environmental, and Trust & Estates. We believe in a common sense approach to legal issues and challenges facing our education and business clients. Our firm provides legal and counseling services to independent schools on a variety of matters. Our attorneys have the expertise to help schools navigate internal and external investigations, student discipline issues, employment issues, municipal tax exemption matters, school/parent relationships, board relationships and governance issues, by-law reviews, student, parent and faculty handbook reviews, and vendor, staff and faculty contract preparation and review.

John Duggan


Tracy Mungeam


Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance.Together, we unlock potential.

Select Conference Partners

Jack Strain 617 774-1555 AWG Dewar is the leading provider of Tuition Refund Plans for Independent Schools and colleges.
Gerry Holland 860-242-5565 For 100 years, Bartlett Brainard Eacott (BBE) has delivered general contracting and construction management expertise with an award-winning team led by four generations of family.BBE has constructed numerous projects for independent schools throughout the region, including academic, athletic, residential and administrative facilities. These projects stand as a testament to our ability to listen to our clients' needs and produce buildings of extraordinary quality.Our family-owned values are the foundation to everything we do and we continue to carry with us the integrity, reliability, service and professionalism that have become the hallmarks of our business. We are incredibly proud of our 100 years of continuous operation! The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for our clients, employees and community. Let's start a conversation about your next project.
Michael LeBlanc 203-938-8400 CCiVoice is a full service local telecommunications company with a history 42 years in the phone business! We are a soup to nuts telecom provider, offering our own hosted phone service (we are your phone carrier, your phone system and your support), premise phone systems, networking, cameras, access control and cabling. Over the years we have become especially attuned to the unique needs of independent schools and we're grateful to count 9 (and growing) Connecticut Independent schools among our hosted phone service clients, as well as schools in Massachusetts and New York. We know schools often have to stay up to date with technology while also grappling with older infrastructure and we love that challenge! We also know many schools have top notch IT people but other, smaller schools, may not have a dedicated IT resource, so our technicians and engineers can either collaborate with your IT staff on project planning and implementation or we can assume the role of your IT staff ourselves. Give us a call or shoot us an email because we'd love to hear from you - [email protected] or 203-664-1777
Todd Andrews 860-767-0175

Centerbrook designs diverse and sustainable buildings for independent schools, research institutes, civic and cultural organizations, colleges and universities, businesses, and religious congregations. Since its founding in 1975, Centerbrook has grown from seven architects who primarily designed passive solar houses into a practice of 57 from seven countries focusing on design innovation and environmental responsibility. Centerbrook’s work has been recognized with 416 awards for design excellence, including the National AIA Firm Award, the highest honor the American Institute of Architects confers.Centerbrook has been commissioned by 52 private independent schools to design master plans, athletics facilities, classroom buildings, residence halls, power plants, student centers, science buildings, music and studio arts centers, dining halls, and headmaster’s houses.

Mark Cardone 908-206-2860 Recognized for outstanding client service and accessibility to decision makers, ConnectOne Bank offers creative solutions to independent schools for tax-exempt bond financing and taxable financing of capital improvements, including loan terms up to 30 years and fixed rate offers up to 20 years. Our cash management suite of products and services enables schools to leverage technology and create a virtual bank branch in their business office.
Cara Hart   CREC's Cooperative Purchasing MarketPlace brings schools and other organizations significant savings on many things schools need throughout the year. The MarketPlace is an easy online site to compare pricing and place orders through many of our 70+ vendor partners to save your staff time. Ever dollar saved is a dollar more to support your students, staff and operations. Shop at www.crec.org/marketplace.
Sean Kenney 617-548-3205 Independent schools engage EarlyBird Power to save money on their energy costs. CAIS selected EarlyBird Power to manage the CAIS Energy Coop, an energy buying group that leverages the volume of 46 participating schools. By aggregating the total load of the group, each school is able to secure the lowest available rates for their electricity and natural gas supply. CAIS member schools also seek EarlyBird's expertise in leveraging rebates for energy efficiency upgrades, sourcing green power, and exploring solar installations on their campuses. Contact EarlyBird Power if you would like a no-cost utility bill audit or to learn more about the CAIS Energy Coop for your school.
Kate Henderson 781-635-0579 FACTS Management partners with K-12 schools across the country to help manage their end-to-end needs for everything academic and financial related. In CT, FACTS is partnered with over 100 schools to help with their tuition and fee receivables through flexible payment plan and student billing options.
Chris Duble 978-322-7225 Fred C. Church Insurance is an independent insurance broker founded in 1865. One of the nation's leading providers of innovative risk management and insurance solutions for educational institutions, their Education Team works with over 200 independent schools as well as many experiential education providers, charter schools, colleges and universities. Here in Connecticut, Fred C. Church has been the sole broker and risk management adviser since 2006 for the Nutmeg Group – the highly successful risk management consortium currently serving 58 Connecticut independent schools. Led by Julie Price, Jeff Olsen, Bobby Riley, Mike Lucas and Chris Duble, the Fred C. Church team has also been a long-time and loyal supporter of CAIS.
Matt Libby 203-315-0505

Originally founded in 1973, MDG is a nationally respected employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm licensed in over 30 states. We assist clients with the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit programs. Our staff members are seasoned insurance industry professionals with a wealth of subject matter expertise.MDG services a variety of clients in the education space. We recognize each school has its own unique circumstances and challenges relating to employee benefits. Our staff takes a consultative approach to evaluating each school’s needs and goals. Employee benefit strategies and plans are customized to each school’s needs. MDG continually monitors and assists with plan administration throughout the year.

Rich Bartlett 860-507-8877

NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant providing specialized property and casualty, corporate benefits, retirement and individual solutions. We enable client success through the expertise of our professionals across the globe, investments in innovative technologies, and enduring relationships with highly rated insurers, vendors and financial institutions. Learn more about who we are and key elements of our organization.

John Visgilio 860-662-4393

The world is changing at an increasingly quick pace. New technologies are adopted as quickly as newer ones are introduced. While all of this can be overwhelming, the opportunity for marketing and communications is tremendous. We have the ability to know our customers better than ever before. And, we can find them before they find us, allowing us to serve up the most relevant content to meet their needs and desires. To drive enrollment and development, schools need to differentiate themselves from the competition. From private secondary to public post-secondary schools, Overabove does just that. Academia, however, is not all we do. Overabove clients live in diverse worlds, including travel & leisure, financial services and healthcare. We use the discipline we have gained from working in these competitive categories to help Overabove education clients outsmart and outperform their peer schools.

Jason Markhoff  

Paymerang provides streamlined invoice and payment automation solutions that bring Accounts Payable (AP) departments into the modern age. Paymerang's solutions save AP departments hundreds of hours annually, enhance visibility, increase accuracy, improve efficiency, and earn rebates while reducing paper, fraud risks, and operating costs.

Elyse Stahl 914-478-3677

Peter Gisolfi Associates, founded in 1976, is an award-winning firm of architects, landscape architects, and interior designers, with a different point of view. Our mission is to design "places" -- buildings or groups of buildings which connect emphatically to outdoor spaces. These places relate strongly to their setting, and respect local and regional history, context, and traditions.

The firm, modeled after design studios in schools of architecture, is a place of learning. We think beyond the boundaries of conventional solutions to be effective stewards of the environment. We listen and learn from each other, from the world at large, and from our clients.

Our projects include academic buildings, campus master plans, academic and public libraries, municipal buildings, hotels and restaurants, commercial and corporate spaces, housing, private residences and gardens, urban space plans, parks, athletic fields, and recreation facilities.

Amy Holland 240-893-5992

SchoolPass is a K-12 platform that helps schools manage campus movement, attendance, and campus wellness, in the cloud. Schools can consolidate and modernize the arrival, screening, and departure of students, visitors, and staff in one place, while enabling staff to more quickly and accurately account for everyone on campus throughout the school day, especially during an emergency.

Julie Fay 860-251-5000

Shipman's Independent School lawyers understand firsthand the complex issues and distinctive nature of the independent school environment. As experienced advisors in the education and school law field, we are counsel to over 150 educational institutions, including a diverse group of independent day and boarding schools, including Montessori, K-12, junior boarding, and religiously affiliated schools. Working across internal school departments, from the head of school to human resources, we provide integrated counsel tailored to meet the needs of the school community. We understand the complexity of the school environment and our clients’ need to have practical, real-time solutions to even the most complicated legal issues in a timely and cost-effective manner. Whether our clients are navigating a student discipline matter or employment claim, engaging in new campus construction, or responding to regional, national or global disruptions, we have them covered.

Tanya Cutolo 860-368-2376

The S/L/A/M Collaborative is distinguished by design excellence and integrated services. A national leader in planning and design for independent schools, SLAM brings a high level of expertise as a multi-discipline design firm with project experience at over 60 independent school campuses.SLAM’s integrated project management approach ensures seamless and experienced oversight to improve cost efficiencies, maximize team effectiveness and ensure successful outcomes.With a depth of experience and in-house resources, SLAM has the ability to exceed your project expectations. Our extensive industry knowledge as planners, designers and builders, bolsters our reputation as trusted leaders and advisors and adds value at a level that is unique among architectural and construction management firms.

Stephanie Beals 860-547-1970 TSKP STUDIO is a diverse architectural practice that continues the legacy of our founder, Tai Soo Kim, who grew the firm to international recognition through a dedication to hard-work, exploration and commitment to logical and elegant design. Our work follows no set style but rather it responds to the unique context of each site and client to arrive at a design solution so simple and elegant as to seem obvious. By embracing the diversity and talents of our staff we leverage a broad range of skills and experiences to provide fresh solutions to complex challenges. Regardless of project scope, size or budget, our definition of success is creating spaces that positively impact the life, productivity and wellbeing of our clients and end-users.