2019 - 2020 Sponsors

Thanks to all our sponsors for their generous support. If you'd like information about our sponsorship program, please email [email protected].

Strategic Resource Partner:

Sean Kenney

CAIS selected EarlyBird Power to manage the CAIS Coop, an energy buying group that leverages the volume of 45 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.  Independent schools also seek EarlyBird's expertise in leveraging available rebates and incentives for energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations for their campuses. Contact EarlyBird Power if you would like to learn more about the CAIS Energy Coop for your school.

Bronze Level Sponsors:
John Eusanio 646-979-6091 With so many diverse and important missions, not-for-profit organizations are constantly seeking to balance the high demands for valuable services with the challenges of increased and complex regulatory compliance requirements, along with reduced government and/or public funding. This balancing act requires innovative, and often creative, solutions that will allow you to remain responsive to the needs of the community. Citrin Cooperman’s dedicated Not-For-Profit Practice forms collaborative partnerships with nonprofit organizations that go beyond the compliance needs of the organization. The practice team is comprised of professionals who possess the specialized technical skill-sets to successfully address new and emerging accounting and regulatory requirements, and who are also extremely proactive, creative, and strategic thinkers. We immerse ourselves into the programs of the organization to gain a unique perspective in order to help you focus on what counts: your mission.
Corporate Sponsors:
Joseph Cichowski 203-572-0200 X303 Ash Creek Enterprises specializes in a wide range of services, including tailored IT services and solutions for small and medium sized businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in Stratford, Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut. We are committed to providing each and every one of our clients with high quality service and support. Our unparalleled IT team is incredibly friendly and will help you every step of the way in supporting your organization.
Sarah Loper Kusinski


One stop shop for education technology. Featuring Ricoh/Savin print technology; Interactive Whiteboards/projectors, state of the art multi-function print devices and custom software solutions. HP Premier Partner, first in class MPS programs to fit your needs. Modern digital Imaging facility, to digitize your past while gaining compliance towards the future. SOC II  certified data center, ready to house your virtual/cloud servers.
  Jim Guiliano  860-306-7134 Project/Program Management, Owner's Representative Services.
Russell Learned 860-767-0175 Centerbrook Architects has designed learning and social environments tailored for 49 independent schools. Our goal is to discover each school's distinctions and make comfortable places for all kinds of individuals. Schools tell us our collaborative methods help them define goals, set priorities, and articulate visions that reflect their characters and support their missions.
Paul Ballasy 959-200-7000 CohnReznick LLP is a leading accounting, tax and advisory firm serving the specific needs of independent schools throughout the Northeast. Because of our year-round focus, our professionals advise our clients with the insight gained from maintaining an in-depth understanding of the independent school environment. In addition to high quality assurance and tax services, we regularly advise on such matters as risk management, best practices, benchmarking and process improvement.  

Jeff Gustfeld 860-395-0055 X187 Owner's Project Management and Commissioning Services to help guide and assist schools through the planning, design, and construction aspects of capital building projects.
Bryan Dodge 860-741-9850

Construction Management Services.

Cara Hart 860-524-4021 The CREC Cooperative Purchasing MarketPlace offers over 65 competitively bid contracts in one easy-to-use online shopping program. Our goal is to help schools save money and time. Compare products and pricing, and place single orders from multiple vendors. Save on everything from school supplies to copiers, athletics to furniture, custodial to lighting, and much more. Learn how easy it is to access the MarketPlace and start saving today!


Sandy Rice 203-316-5433 ELM provides award winning, comprehensive landscape maintenance, landscape installation and water management services to several of Connecticut's independent schools, colleges and universities.  Celebrating our 40th year, the expertise and accountability of our seasoned staff improves a campus landscape presentation, while reducing strain on your fiscal and human resources.
Elsie LaCourt 508-208-1594 Flik Independent Schools is a dedicated dining service specialist committed to providing freshly prepared nutritious foods. We customize dining service solutions for the academic communities that embrace a lifestyle that includes sustainability and social responsibility.
Chris Duble 978-322-7225 Insurance broker and risk management adviser specializing in educational institutions - property/casualty insurance broker for the Nutmeg Group.
Robert Labanara 860-368-5100 Gilbane Building Company is a leading construction management firm in Connecticut since 1944.  Gilbane oversees renovation, system upgrade, and new construction projects for private, independent K-12 schools across the State - on projects of all size and scope.  Gilbane leads the industry in collaborative work during preconstruction with design teams to ensure the construction phase exceeds budget, schedule and quality goals.

Susan Rappaport 347-724-3682

IBS Direct serves primary and secondary educational institutions along the northeast corridor. We understand the unique concerns administrators face when choosing a cleaning service and we work closely with our clients to create responsive service plans and protocols.

IBS Direct’s comprehensive commercial cleaning and facility maintenance services give our clients the benefit of being able to address all of their needs in a single call. Our cleaning crews receive specialized training for their areas of responsibility and any equipment they use, so clients can rest assured that every task is completed by professionals with appropriate expertise as well as all required certifications. In addition, we know that emergencies can happen at any time, so IBS Direct’s Emergency Services Team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to any crisis.

If there’s something you need that you don’t see here, just ask us!

We provide:

  • Ceiling to floor electrostatic spray disinfection which helps to eliminate error during the manual disinfection process.
    • General Janitorial • Exterior Services • Specialized Cleaning • Sustainability Services • Office Products • Staffing Services • Emergency Services


Miguel Adorno   A longtime leader in the industry, Juniper has earned the trust of schools and institutions to deliver networks with ample performance, reliability, resiliency, and security to meet digital learning and business goals.

Jeff Prior
Courtney Barlette

We design feedback programs focused on elevating day-to-day operations, philosophy and the overarching experience at independent schools.  We mine actionable data, intelligence and insights from the people who matter most to you - students, parents, prospects, alumni, faculty and staff.  Our programs are tailored to fit the unique needs of your school cost-effectively, while requiring as little effort as possible from our independent school partners.

Michael LeBlanc 203-852-8800 Founded in 1993, LeBlanc Communications Group provides telecommunications infrastructure, including both hosted phone service and closet based systems, for independent schools, non-profits and corporations in Connecticut. We also partner with over 250 carriers (including Zoom video conferencing) and have access to the most competitive fiber internet in the area.  We also work closely with school IT staff to fully manage these systems and the carriers. We often provide switching and wireless infrastructure, fiber between buildings or wireless on rooftops as needed to connect remote locations. Our focus is on simplicity, redundancy and cost savings, which is often significant! We offer at least a 15% discount for CAIS member schools.
Geoffrey James 203-693-1150 x301 CT based IT service provider specializing in the needs of businesses, schools and NGOs located in the Northeast US. We focus on providing value added services, hardware/software procurement and licensing. We also partner with tier-one vendors to offer solutions in general IT, Network Security and Video Surveillance.

Chris Cappello, AIF 617-535-6946 X333

We provide fiduciary oversight and investment consulting to school retirement plans & endowments. We are a Federally Registered Investment Advisory firm with no broker-dealer affiliations which means we are obligated by law to work in our client’s best interest.

We have tailored education for 403(b) & 457(b) plans to make sure your employees are on-track to retire successfully. Our investment advisory services are client specific and provides fiduciary protection for school management and trustees.  We help schools create effective fiduciary oversight by becoming your investment fiduciary partner.

Put New England Retirement Consultants to work for your school; Improving plans for tomorrow is what we do best – we take good plans and transform them into better plans! www.ne-rc.com


Jerry Joseph 412-901-9271

P&D is not your typical school software and website design company.  Our “High Tech, High Touch Services” means that we maintain almost daily contact with the schools we work with so that managing data from birth to bequest is an ongoing collaboration. This solution–a combination of our software and our services–has been in development since 2008 and is now comprised of over 15 totally integrated apps with customizable components, mobile flexibility and seamless integration with a school’s website, as well as the likes of SchoolMessenger, DiamondMind, Google and more.

Denise Suggs 203-330-2106

Pullman & Comley has earned a reputation as one of the preeminent providers of legal services, serving clients throughout Connecticut, the Northeast, and internationally.

We are close and trusted partners to our clients, committed to providing the highest levels of service and value through hard work, innovative thinking and delivering real results.  We believe that when our clients are successful, we are successful. 

Since 1919, our firm has continued to grow and adapt to meet our clients’ changing needs, helping them to address the challenges and opportunities of every economy.  We serve major financial institutions, public and private companies of all sizes, health care providers, service businesses, trade associations, manufacturers and emerging growth businesses in the alternative energy and information technology industries, as well as government entities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals.

With offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury, Connecticut and White Plains, New York, our firm is organized into practice sections that offer clients both depth of experience and the flexibility to team across disciplines for customized, solution-oriented service.  In addition, because of our strong roots in Connecticut, we often collaborate with out-of-state law firms, serving as local counsel in corporate transactions and litigation matters.  Our membership in the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms, gives our local clients the benefit of global reach.

Our reputation has been built by every member of our firm.  We take great pride in working together to produce excellent results for our clients, and in contributing to the communities in which we live and work.  Our culture of pulling together with our clients, through good times and bad, sets us apart from others in the profession.

Rich Bartlett  860-409-7520 X107 The Schuster Group, headquartered in Connecticut and with offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, strives to forge long term relationships with its independent school clients, by upholding industry standards of excellence in the areas of Employee Benefits, Risk Management, HR & Compliance support and consulting and Retirement Plan fiduciary and educational services.  This is done by implementing innovative strategies and developing proprietary, school-specific programs that represent both financial savvy and innovative plan offerings that support our school clients and their faculty and staff
William Hannum  978-623-0900  Since 1995, Schwartz Hannum has served as an invaluable ally to organizations looking to promote positive employee relations and resolve disputes. We guide employers on matters of labor and employment law, representing local and national businesses in industries including financial services, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and technology.  We also guide educators on matters of education law, representing independent schools, colleges and universities.  Our practice is characterized by responsiveness, confidence, creativity, and candor. Our team of seasoned professionals have established the firm as a leading provider of thoughtful, results-oriented legal counsel.
Julie Fay 860-251-5000 Shipman & Goodwin is a full-service law firm with over 165 attorneys in offices throughout Connecticut, and in New York and Washington D.C.  Our attorneys use a proactive approach to counsel independent schools in a wide range of legal issues, including faculty and student matters, investigations, general governance, labor and employment matters, fund development and charitable giving, tax-exempt financing, real estate and construction, environmental and renewable energy and intellectual property. Our attorneys understand the complex issues and the unique nature of the independent school environment, and provide integrated counsel on matters of importance in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Jeff Grande 203-876-9607 Connecticut Based professional information technology consulting firm specializing in custom network design, security implementation, managed support, and project deployment solutions for organizations looking for best of breed hardware and the highest quality of service.
Kathleen Backenson 518-817-9892 Trane offers energy-efficient, comprehensive facility solutions, and is a single-source provider of equipment, controls, service, parts, energy procurement, energy management systems and performance contracting for high-performance buildings.
Kara Gruss 860-547-1970

Founded in 1970 by Tai Soo Kim, TSKP STUDIO has collectively evolved into a collaborative partnership of architects mutually committed to excellence in educational design and the services of architecture, interiors and planning. Our portfolio continues to build upon the exceptional body of work completed throughout the past five decades. Clients respect our work for its elegance and thoughtfulness.TSKP STUDIO – Drawing inspiration from nature and expression from the arts to create contextual balance within the built environment.
Christopher Brigham 203-786-8310 Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. combines its Connecticut roots and entrepreneurial spirit to provide legal representation across diverse practice areas and industries. This diversity empowers us to provide to our clients proactive and innovative representation and solutions to the complex issues and needs. Individually qualified, our attorneys work as a team in order to offer our clients guidance over multiple practice areas. With offices statewide UKS prides itself on being at the center of law, business and community. Our Employment Practices Group focuses its practice on representing and counseling schools and businesses with respect to workplace and employment law issues as well as conducting internal investigations involving all forms of workplace disputes and claims of discrimination and/or sexual harassment and conducts Title IX investigations for universities and colleges. Members of our Employment Practices Group are frequent speakers at CAIS, TABS and NAIS.
John Duggan 860-756-7419 Willis Towers Watson 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.