CAIS PARTNERS

Thank you to our sustaining 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. To learn more about our partnership program, contact Christina Dixcy.


 Key Partners

Cross InsuranceCross Insurance is one of the largest family held insurance brokerages in the country, supporting businesses of all sizes with property & casualty insurance, risk management programs, as well as employee benefit plans. Cross is headquartered in Bangor Maine and has over 50 offices across the East Coast, including 10 in Connecticut. Our education practice is focused on helping independent schools with the design, implementation, as well as administration of individualized property & casualty programs. We strive to act as an extension of the business office and serve as the outsourced risk advisor to trustees and school leadership teams.
Contact: John Gover, [email protected], 717-979-9838
Sage DiningFor more than three decades, SAGE Dining Services® has been defining the standard in food service for independent schools and colleges throughout North America. SAGE's unparalleled expertise in nutrition, culinary trends, and community involvement produces exceptional dining experiences that delight the senses, inspire minds, and foster community. Learn more at sagedining.com.
Contact: Carl Sharrio, [email protected], 410-339-3950
Updike Kelly SpellacyUpdike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C., with three offices throughout the state of Connecticut, represents a wide range of educational law clients in a variety of practice areas including Commercial Lending and Banking, Employment, Healthcare, Real Estate, Governance, Taxation, Environmental, and Trusts & Estates.  We believe in a commonsense 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 experience 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.
Contact: Christopher Brigham, [email protected], 203-786-8310

Select Partners

A.W.G. Dewar LogoA.W.G. Dewar, Inc. is the originator of tuition reimbursement insurance. Dewar’s expert service has been trusted by over 1,200 premier independent schools across North America for nearly a century. The Tuition Refund Plan offers substantial protection to schools and their families from the financial consequences associated with student withdrawals and dismissals. 
Contact: Jack Strain, [email protected], 617-774-1555
Armanino LogoArmanino LLP is one of the 20 largest independent accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. A certified B Corporation®, Armanino provides an integrated set of audit, tax, business management, consulting and technology solutions to companies in the U.S. and globally. Audit and attest services performed in New York are provided by Armanino CPA LLP. The firm helps clients adapt and change in every stage of business, from startup through rapid growth to the sale of a company. Armanino emphasizes smart technology, leading a cloud revolution of financial, operational, sales and compliance tools that are transforming the way companies do business.
Contact: Josh Nevarez, [email protected], 925-790-2710
Cater to You LogoAt Cater To You Dining Services, we excel at all we do. Our food is wholesome and delicious, our attention to detail and service is impeccable, and our catering is inspiring. But perhaps most important, our desire to build meaningful, lasting relationships is unparalleled. Since 1988, our school dining programs have been centered around simply prepared delicious meals created with better-for-you ingredients: hormone- and antibiotic-free proteins, whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, and an abundance of colorful, fresh seasonal produce. And, when we say from scratch cooking, we really mean it. We do not view ourselves as simply your food service provider, but more as a dynamic partner to help make your school days healthier, brighter, and well-nourished. 
Contact: William Velez, [email protected], 212-535-2640
CISHP Logo Connecticut Independent Schools Health Plan (CISHP) was established in 1993 to offer a health insurance program available to independent schools who are members of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). Eligibility was updated due to ACA requirements that participating schools must have 51 or more eligible employees. CISHP offers medical (choice of 5 plans), dental (choice of 3 plans), vision, life and disability plans. Participating schools also have access to a Benefit Solutions Portal. The CISHP program is overseen by an Executive Committee comprised of finance leaders from CAIS member schools and the CAIS Executive Director.
Contact: John Duggan of Willis Towers Watson, [email protected], 860-756-7419
EarlyBird Power LogoIndependent 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.
Contact: Sean Kenney, [email protected], 617-548-3205
FORVIS Mazars LogoThe Private Schools Team at Forvis Mazars is driven by our commitment to forward vision. As a top 10 public accounting firm and a thought leader in the industry, we provide innovative services and valuable insights to help our clients thrive and attain their goals. We are committed to providing an Unmatched Client Experience® that supports your school with its many fiscal needs. Forvis Mazars provides a variety of services to its school clientele, including audit and tax services, as well as advisory services and thought leadership focused on specific issues for the private school sector.
Contact: Joseph Blatt, [email protected], 646-253-5253
Schoolhouse PicturesLogoSchoolhouse Pictures - Discover the SMART SOLUTION for independent school pictures. PAPERLESS process. Save time for school administrators and parents by eliminating paper forms. ONLINE ordering. Say goodbye to stuffing print packages into backpacks. Parents receive print orders at their homes. AUTHENTIC photos. Gone are the days of fake picture backdrops. Students will have their pictures taken outside, so that your school will be in the background.
Contact: Mary Beth Cully, [email protected], 609-466-5344
Shipman Logo Shipman's 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.
Contact: Jessica Mantzaris, [email protected], 860-251-5000
Universal Connectivity LogoUniversal Connectivity is a local, premier Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) provider, offering enterprise-class business VoIP phone systems, secure internet services, managed network solutions, managed cybersecurity, emergency notification systems and E911 solutions, and collaboration tools. Our full range of technology solutions and unmatched customer service help independent schools achieve their goals to deliver enhanced support and opportunities. We provide strategic and sustainable ways to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, improve user experience, enhance mobility, and support unlimited growth.
Contact: James Smith, [email protected], 860-808-1412

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Last Updated on Wednesday, July 24, 2024 12:59 PM