2021 SAIS Supporters

3R Sports Graphics provides graphic design services and social media account services to scholastic athletic programs.

Contact: Tyler Sanders, Owner, tsanders2405@gmail.com
Supporting: Athletic Directors Conference

Let us remove the administrative burdens that prevent your organization from being the best version of itself, so that you and your employees can focus on the real drivers of success. Our services include payroll/HRIS, benefits administration, access to benefits and 401K, local HR support, and regulatory compliance.

Website: www.adamskeegan.com
Contact: Gene Fidell, Regional President, gene.fidell@adamskeegan.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Big Back Pack offers specialized leadership searches in the following departments: finance & operations, communications & marketing, development & advancement, admissions & enrollment, deans & division heads. They also offer management consulting and staff development for: business & operations study, human resources, child sexual abuse prevention, school safety & security.

Contact: Steve Mandell, Founder & Principal Consultant, steve@bigbackpack.org
Supporting: Institute for Heads

The BIG Questions Institute offers original, visionary professional learning opportunities for individuals, schools, districts, boards and education-related organizations. Offerings include Futures Thinking & Scenario Planning, JEDI Skills & Global Mindsets, New Leadership Lenses & Literacies, Board-Trustee Leadership Retreats, Leadership Masterminds, and customized webinars and workshops.

Contact: Homa Tavenger, Co-Founder,  / Will Richardson, Co-Founder
Supporting: Annual Conference

With four decades of experience, Carney Sandoe brings great leaders and educators together with great independent schools. They are an educational recruitment and executive search firm that places teachers and senior administrators in independent schools and educational organizations worldwide. They also offer a full suite of consulting services, including executive coaching; diversity, equity, and inclusion; strategic planning; and board governance.

Contact: Jonathan Ball, Managing Associate, Director of External Relations, jball@carneysandoe.com
Supporting: Diversity Practitioners Institute, Annual Conference

Founded in 2011, The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning creates evidence-based professional development resources informed by the Science of Learning.

Contact: Chavonne Primus, Director, Client Services & Operations, cprimus@thecttl.org
Supporting: Annual Conference

Checkwriters is a payroll and HR services company focused on elevating every step of the customer experience. From your interactions with our team to our genuinely useful software that’s designed to fit your needs — we don’t just provide an excellent product. We have a team of experts who care about the details, and work continuously to ensure your experience with us is the best your school has had with a payroll and HR provider.

Contact: Chris Landry, Sales Account Executive, clandry@checkwriters.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

For over 70 years, CCS has empowered many of the world’s greatest nonprofits to advance some of the most important causes in history including supporting the growth and advancement of leading primary and secondary education institutions. Members of the CCS team are highly experienced and knowledgeable across sectors, disciplines, and regions.

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.

Our unique, customized approach provides each organization with an embedded 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 are enduring.

Contact: Kurt McKinley, Corporate Vice President, kmckinley@ccsfundraising.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Collins Cooper Carusi, a full service architecture firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, has been shaping communities for 30 years, creating places for people to connect, learn, worship, live, work and play.

Website: www.collinscoopercarusi.com
Contact: Charlene Gates, Director of Business Development, cgates@collinscoopercarusi.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

As the largest school uniform provider in the nation, over 2,000 top schools rely on DENNIS Uniform to design top-quality school uniforms and deliver best-in-class uniform programs. Every DENNIS product is backed by our 100% guarantee for life against manufacturing defects and guaranteed to withstand an entire year’s worth of wear and tear. Our uniforms are the best in the industry – designed in-house and manufactured with over 100 years’ experience.

Contact: Trish Hardy, VP Ecommerce & Marketing, tsh@dennisuniform.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Digistorm is a software, app, and website development company, specializing in the education industry. We develop cutting-edge technologies that streamline school admissions and communication processes. Our products help schools of all shapes and sizes showcase their brand, grow and nurture leads, and connect with their community.

Website: www.digistorm.com
Contact: Jamie Giblett, Sales Manager, jamie.giblett@digistorm.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Since 1975, we have instilled the need for quality products and exceptional service. Today, from project initiation to the final walk-through we are your strategic partner. With our ingenuity, quality craftsmanship, and skilled workers we continue to grow and establish ourselves as an industry leader. Our current state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is now over 100,000 square feet. We stay a step ahead…and pride our self with producing quality science, research, and lab products on-time.

Contact: John Walden, Region Manager, jwalden@diversifiedcasework.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

At the Enrollment Management Association, we help great schools enroll great students. Our goal is to help enrollment leaders like you increase your success through the best science, research, and training — because the admissions practices of the past will not sustain the independent schools of the future.

Contact: Jim Daughdrill, Director of Business Development, jdaughdrill@enrollment.org
Supporting: Annual Conference

ERB (Educational Records Bureau) is an industry-leading independent educational advisory. We thoughtfully track the entire student journey for grades 1-12 with our integrated suite of products and services to assess and enhance academic ability, social maturity, and emotional awareness. In doing so, we help enable schools, educators, and families to unlock their students’ full potential.

Contact: Jason Lasnetski, Member Services Director, jlasnetski@erblearn.org
Supporting: Annual Conference

Facility Armor is a manufacturer and wholesale distributor of high-end specialty floor protection products with the main focus being on custom entrance matting and gym floor protection.

Contact: Robbie Plett, Founder & CEO, rplett@facilityarmor.com
Supporting: Athletic Directors Conference

FACTS and FACTS Ed are committed to making educational dreams possible through service and technology. Combined, they serve more than three million students and families at over 11,500 schools. FACTS offers a comprehensive suite of services including tuition management, a student information system, payment administration and processing, financial needs assessment, admissions/enrollment solutions, and a fundraising and development platform. FACTS Ed’s services include professional learning and development, instructional services, title funding consultation, and a coaching program that uses video technology to help teachers develop their skills.

Contact: Jana Kane, Regional Vice President, jkane@factsmgt.com
Supporting: Summer Conference, Annual Conference

The Fisher Phillips Education Practice Group handles a full panoply of employment and student matters for educational institutions, including providing cost-effective and pragmatic solutions. We understand the unique dynamics of academic decision-making and assist our clients in charting a course that advances their institutional goals.

Contact: Elizabeth Hickman, Client Development Manager, ehickman@fisherphillips.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Flik Independent School Dining is a family-style company that strives to provide healthy, nutritious menus to school children and their communities. We are here to fuel students’ minds; both in and out of the dining hall. It is our mission to provide good, healthy, diverse menus that you will look forward to eating every day. Most importantly, we take great pride in knowing the significant role we play in students’ development from kindergarten through high school graduation. We treat every meal as a moment to eat, share, and connect.

Contact: Christine McGoldrick, Business Development, christine.mcgoldrick@compass-usa.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

FlynnO’Hara Uniforms is a Philadelphia-based supplier and retailer of high-quality school uniforms, medical attire, and gym wear. We are family owned-and-operated, serving over 1500 schools across 38 states.

Contact: Barbara Cohen, Territory Manager GA, bcohen@flynnohara.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Our educational resources motivate students to explore their global connections and create a better world. We provide FREE lesson plans, activities and resources for read-a-thons and fundraisers to help struggling families improve their nutrition and income.

Contact: Jen Girten, Mgr Education Program Development, jen.girten@heifer.org
Supporting: Annual Conference

Hellas Construction is the complete, one-stop solution for sports construction, offering long-term durability and unparalleled customer commitment. Since the company’s inception, Hellas has managed to impact millions of students across the nation. With clients ranging from elementary schools and local parks, to the Home of the Dallas Cowboys, Hellas Construction delivers on time, every time, for every client.

Contact: Corey Downing, Marketing, cdowning@hellasconstruction.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

ISM is dedicated to advancing school leadership to enrich the student experience. Rely on 45+ years of research, knowledge, and experience to strengthen your private school’s strategies and deliver your mission with excellence. Choose from 40+ virtual and in-person workshops and 50+ webinars each year to ensure you’re doing what’s best for your faculty, staff, students, and community. Develop new skills, explore research-based approaches, and feel confident in your role as a private school leader.

Contact: Aimee Gibison, Associations & Partnerships Manager, aimee@isminc.com
Supporting: Summer Conference, Annual Conference

Lands’ End School supplies high-quality uniform apparel and logo embroidery to over 5,000 schools across the US and worldwide. Supported by award-winning customer service and online ordering solutions, we are your source for uniforms parents trust and students love.

Contact: Kelly Powlas, Regional Account Manager, kelly.powlas@landsend.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

It all starts with the student. We provide campus dining programs to fuel students as they pursue the experiences that will help shape their future and nourish the faculty and staff who guide them. At Lexington Independents, we accomplish it all in the way we know best – by following an authentic recipe. For us, it’s culinary innovation, exemplary service and strong local teams supported by global resources.

Contact: Donald Cherry, Business Development Director, donald.cherry@elior-na.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Adapt. Ability — nobody offers the combination better than Metz Culinary Management. Our dining management and environmental services put customers and their guests first. Unlike other food service management companies, we are a step ahead of dining and nutrition trends. We constantly adapt our operations, menus, environments and marketing strategies to meet the needs of your guests as well as your organization.

Contact: Jack Brill, President, jbrill@metzcorp.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Mills Uniform Company provides high quality uniforms that reflect a school’s community and culture. They offer one-stop shopping in-stores, online, and by phone with a customer focus and attention to detail that delivers satisfied parents and administrators. Founded in San Francisco in 1947 and with 72 years of ownership, leadership and financial consistency, they serve leading private schools from Honolulu to New York City.

Contact: Tracey Humphreys, Sales Director, thumphreys@millswear.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

MISBO connects independent school professionals and delivers exceptional value to enrich learning. They offer a purchasing consortium, developed specifically for schools, to help them save money.

Contact: Michelle Shea, Vice President, michelleshea@misbo.com
Supporting: Athletic Directors Conference

My Hot Lunchbox is a well-loved and complete lunch solution that is quick to implement for schools and simple to use for families. We facilitate the delivery of fresh lunches to your school from restaurants kids know and love! My Hot Lunchbox strives to create well-balanced hot lunch options for every day of the week, taking into consideration food allergies and preferences! Families order through our online ordering system to ensure their student gets a meal they will love. Every time an order is placed, you can earn fundraising money that goes right back to your school.

Contact: Jen Serino, Managing Director, jserino@myhotlunchbox.com
Supporting: Summer Conference

National has provided facilities management services for over 40 years. We focus exclusively on the private educational sector, which includes K-12 facilities, colleges and universities all over the country. Our team of professionals are dedicated to your facilities and your existing staff. We know what your school demands and we’re here to help increase enrollment.

Contact: Scott Hacker, Business Development Manager, shacker@teamnational.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Since 1972, Nantahala Outdoor Center has played a leading role in the outdoor recreation industry with a rich history and legacy in paddle sports and outdoor adventure. NOC is proud to be one of the nation’s largest outdoor recreation companies, with over 120 land and river-based itineraries spanning ten distinct locations in four southeastern states. The outfitter offers a wide range of outdoor adventures for any ability level, is home to the renowned Paddling and SOLO Southeast training schools, provides the best in adventure gear at three retail stores, and has a world-famous main campus at the Nantahala — offering adventure, retail, riverside dining, events, and lodging options for guests to enjoy the outdoors.

Contact: Liz Hoekwater, Sales Director, liz.hoekwater@noc.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Pollyanna’s mission is to advance systemic change by developing stronger communities. They offer a free K-8 racial literacy curriculum, supporting PD for this curriculum, DEI assessments for schools, and workshops for parents.

Contact: Casper Caldarola, Founder, casper.pollyanna@gmail.com
Supporting: Diversity Practitioners Institute

At Revolution Prep, our interactive online tutoring means you get the most experienced tutors anywhere, expertly matched to your needs and learning style. Since 2002, Revolution Prep has helped over 1 million families to reach their goals for test prep and academic success. With a pedagogy based on years of Stanford University research, and the only roster of full-time, professional tutors, our sole focus is on providing families with the perfect tutor to boost scores and build confidence.

Contact: Matt Hale, Regional Director, matt.hale@revolutionprep.com
Supporting: Annual Conference, 2022 Academic Support Conference

RG175 is dedicated to understanding the unique mission of each of our independent and international school clients and to leveraging our many years of meaningful leadership experience to deliver excellence in school leadership, governance for schools, and other non-profit organizations.

Contact: John Farber, Managing Director, jfarber@rg175.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Keeping your eyes set on tomorrow. When we partner together, we’re going to help you strategically position your school for tomorrow and the years to come. We approach our partnership methodically in order to understand what will move the needle with your community and help you deploy best practices that prepare you for long-term success.

Strategy: strategic planning, competitive analysis, market research, brand positioning, surveying, & brand workshops

Creative: visual identity, graphic design, video production, web development, animation & motion, publication design, copywriting

Marketing & PR: thought leadership, HR recruitment marketing, strategic communications, community and business relations, paid search, content marketing, social media marketing, media relations & media buying.

Contact: Dan Wyar, VP/GM, dan@rhodesbranding.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Risse Brothers School Uniforms has 14 locations serving nearly 400 schools. Every Risse Brothers store is fully stocked year-round with merchandise for our schools, making it easy to provide the parents with a one-stop shopping experience for all their uniform needs. Additionally, Risse Brothers will partner with schools to provide convenient, in-school shopping days. The best way to make and keep a great relationship with a school is through great service—and that is exactly what you will get with Risse Brothers.

Contact: Rob Risse, Owner, rob@rissebrothers.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

For 30 years, SAGE Dining Services has been defining the standard in food service for independent schools and private colleges throughout North America. By cooking meals from scratch, sourcing local ingredients, providing attentive service, introducing communities to new cuisines, accommodating food allergies, and being financially transparent, SAGE creates exceptional dining experiences that delight the senses, inspire minds, and foster community. More info at www.sagedining.com.

Contact: James Leachman, Sales Account Executive, jleachman@sagedining.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers. SCAD supports educators by providing opportunities for professional development in an inspiring community of artists, designers, and talented faculty members.

Contact: Lara Langston, Director of Educator Outreach, llangsto@scad.edu
Supporting: Annual Conference

Selected’s education career platform provides support to educators, schools of education, and ed organizations across the country while providing PK-12 schools with access to their job-seeking candidates. Hiring schools can post jobs and/or message pre-screened, diverse, actively job-seeking candidates directly. Selected saves your school time and resources (no hiring fees!) so you can do what you do best – educating!

Contact: Loren Heinbach, COO, loren@getselected.com
Supporting: Diversity Practitioners Institute

Shocco Springs is located on over 800 beautifully wooded acres in Talladega, Alabama. We host retreats and conferences for schools, churches, and non-profit organizations. An all-inclusive venue, we offer modern hotel accommodations, meeting rooms, dining and exciting recreation options all on our campus.

Contact: Laurie Mullinax, Public Relations Coordinator, lmullinax@shocco.org
Supporting: Annual Conference

Soundcheck provides alcohol and other drug prevention education and consulting for K-12 schools. Our approach elevates the student voice to drive programming and community engagement, and ensures that substance misuse is understood in relation to mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Contact: Will Straughan, Founder & CEO, will@soundcheckprevention.org
Supporting: Summer Conference

Southern Teachers is the premier recruiter for independent schools in the South. We help schools hire talented teachers and leaders so that our member schools may offer the best possible education to their students. In addition, we’ve launched a line of consulting services to help your schools excel.

Contact: Carey Goodman, President, Goodman@SouthernTeachers.com
Supporting: Summer Conference, Annual Conference

Text Request is a texting platform that will help you connect with teachers, parents, and students to streamline communications and save you time.

Contact: Dean Elrod, Brand Ambassador, dean@textrequest.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

The Education Group serves independent schools nationwide through customized executive coaching, consulting, and search services. Founded in 1988 by veteran teachers and administrators, our exceptional team of educational thought-leaders guides schools and individuals to strengthen the values of independent education while innovating in an evolving industry.

Contact: Katherine Stuart, President, katherine@educationgroup.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Social-emotional learning and social media online learning program that empowers students to navigate their social world — including social media and tech — to fuel their health, happiness, and future success.

Contact: Brianna Ingram, Account Executive, brianna.ingram@thesocialinst.com
Supporting: Annual Conference, 2022 Academic Support Conference

Focused on best practices for educational facilities worldwide, VS develops adaptable, ergonomic, and sustainable furniture solutions which allow for the creation of flexible learning environments. At VS, we believe successful learning should balance the needs of the body, mind, and soul. We always encourage mobility and natural curiosity. From our fully-adjustable chairs to modular tables that encourage collaboration, we believe that learning is an active process. When students engage their senses while learning, the long-term benefits include a heightened focus, stronger motivation, and a sense of well-being.

Contact: Karina Kentsis, Territory Manager, k.kentsis@vsamerica.com
Supporting: Summer Conference, Annual Conference

The What Will They Learn?® project encourages colleges and universities to strengthen their general education programs and prepare students for rewarding careers, engaged citizenship, and meaningful community participation. What Will They Learn?® evaluates over 1,100 general education programs annually so that high school counselors, students, and parents know, in advance, which institutions offer rigorous liberal arts-oriented general education programs.

Contact: Zachary Rogers, Program Officer, zrogers@goacta.org
Supporting: Annual Conference