2023 SAIS Supporters

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: Academic Support Conference, DEI Institute, Institute for Athletic Directors, Fundamentals Conference, Summer Conference, Annual Conference

Authentic Connections improves well-being in schools using a holistic approach, and cutting-edge scientific surveys. Their surveys assess mental health and modifiable aspects of personal and community life that can be targeted to improve well-being. Survey and analysis benefits include a customized list of top priorities, demographic breakdowns, benchmark capabilities, actionable findings, scientifically validated survey instruments, and expert services.

Contact: Harrison Tool, VP of Engagement, htool@authconn.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Monthly, school-term, and 2-year lease rentals of 15-passenger (non-CDL) MFSAB buses, and 25, 33, or 44 passenger buses.

Website: www.busmaxrental.com
Contact: Meryl Healy, Director of Sales, meryl@busmaxrental.com
Supporting: Institute for Athletic Directors

Hand Crafted pewter item for awards, recognition, and service awards.

Website: www.camelotpewter.com
Contact: Anthony Berry, President, anthony@camelotpewter.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

With more than four decades of experience, Carney Sandoe’s mission is to connect great educators and leaders with great schools. We are a faculty and staff recruitment, leadership search, strategic consulting, and coaching and mentoring firm that works with independent schools and job seekers worldwide.

Website: www.carneysandoe.com
Contact: Jonathan Ball, Director of External Relations & Strategic Partnerships, jball@carneysandoe.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Carr, Riggs & Ingram is a full service CPA firm offering audit, tax and consulting services to independent schools across our footprint from New Mexico to North Carolina, and Kentucky to Florida. Additionally, we offer services in investment advisory, Third-party benefit plan administration, payroll, data analytics, and other professional services through our CRI portfolio companies.

Website: www.cricpa.com
Contact: Aileen Bolger, Partner, abolger@cricpa.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

CCS Fundraising understands the unique value proposition of an independent school education and the vital role that philanthropy plays in helping schools achieve their mission.

At CCS, we partner with schools as their trusted advisors and thought partners, working shoulder-to-shoulder with them to design and implement successfully the endowment, capital, and annual fundraising initiatives that help schools change lives.

Website: www.ccsfundraising.com
Contact: Kurt McKinley, Senior Vice President,  kmckinley@ccsfundraising.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Clarifi provides evidence-based executive function coaching software that helps teens complete homework more independently, efficiently, and confidently.

Website: www.tryclarifi.com
Contact: Bryan Dinner, CEO + Founder, bryan@tryclarifi.com
Supporting: Academic Support 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. Architecture, Interior Design, Programming, Space Planning & Master Planning.

Website: www.collinscoopercarusi.com
Contact: Fiona Grandowski, Principal, fgrandowski@collinscoopercarusi.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

We are a national sign and LED company. We design, manufacture, install, and service signs of all types across the U.S., and we are a nationwide leader in LED displays.

Website: www.completesigns.net
Contact: Brian Austin, Sales, brianaustin@completesigns.net
Supporting: Institute for Athletic Directors

TerraNova® family of assessments promotes student achievement and learning with a full range of research-based standardized achievement tests, reports, and services. DRC BEACON is an interim assessment for grades 3–8 that illuminates student learning needs and measures progress throughout the year, allowing educators to target instruction and make informed decisions.

Website: www.datarecognitioncorp.net
Contact: Christine Kirk, Assessment Consultant, ckirk@datarecognitioncorp.com
Supporting: Summer Conference

Established in 1920 in Portland, Oregon, 2020 marked a century of expertise for DENNIS Uniform. After more than 100 years in business in ever-changing times, we’ve earned our title as uniform experts! Over 2,000 top schools rely on DENNIS to design best-in-class programs delivering comfortable and durable uniforms for students across the nation.

Website: www.dennisuniform.com
Contact: Juvina Ortega-Fehr, Marketing Coordinator, jso@dennisuniform.com
Supporting: Summer Conference, Annual Conference

Diversified Casework creates high-quality laboratory grade furniture for the lab and science markets, offering SEFA-tested and MAS certified casework. We’ve been trusted for over 40 years to design and manufacture safe and engaging labs for all education levels.

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

Search services, leadership consulting, and placement customized to your school. Great independent schools need great leaders. With decades of experience leading schools, we recruit and mentor the leaders your school deserves.

Katherine Stuart, President, katherine@educationgroup.com
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.

Lisa Stern, Member Services Director, lstern@erblearn.org
Supporting: Academic Support Conference, Annual Conference

We remain committed to providing education and raising awareness for independent schools specific to the ERTC program.

Dezaree Porter, Director of Association Partners, office@erczone.com
Supporting: Summer Conference

Our core product is the Seeing My Time® curriculum which takes an innovative, scaffolded approach to teaching the executive function skills of time management, planning and organization. We offer this curriculum through private sessions, and group classes. These sessions are available in both distance and in-person formats.

Website: www.executivefunctioningsuccess.com
Kathleen Rutter, Administrator, admin@efsuccess.info
Supporting: Academic Support 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.

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

Finalsite is the premier provider of website, marketing, enrollment and communications software for 700+ NAIS member schools. With a 96% retention rate and 98% client satisfaction score, Finalsite makes it easier to market your school, manage enrollment and strengthen your online presence.

Website: www.finalsite.com
Lorrie Jackson, Educational Sales Consultant, lorrie.jackson@finalsite.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

For over 25 years, the attorneys on the Fisher Phillips Education Industry Team have been servicing independent schools and educational institutions of all types in student, workplace, and governance-related matters. Whether providing training and advice, handling administrative charges, or defending litigation or appeals, our lawyers provide practical solutions to achieve the best possible results.

Contact: Jennifer Carroll, Partner, jcarroll@fisherphillips.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Started by Rudi and Julie Flik over 50 years ago, Flik Independent School Dining serves over 285 private and independent schools across the country. Not a cookie cutter approach we specialize in providing design services, DEI solutions, diverse catering services and technology to maximize the student and community experience.

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

Flynn O’Hara Uniforms is the largest privately-owned supplier and retailer of high-quality school uniforms, gym wear, and medical attire in the United States. Since 1972 we have remained family-owned-and-operated, providing industry-leading quality and customer support to over half a million students each year.

Website: www.flynnohara.com
Barbara Cohen, Territory Manager, bcohen@flynnohara.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Friendzy teaches the five-core competencies of emotional intelligence to students PreK through 12th grade. Teaching friendship skills helps students manage their emotions, improve their ability to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Friendzy has nine distinct volumes of grade-banded digital activities, student workbooks, and teacher curriculum. It is sold one volume per school year. Each year, schools renew at an annual cost that covers the consumable and digital materials as well as the online portal, professional development components, and community support materials.

Website: www.friendzy.co
Melissa Morgenlaender, Executive Assistant, melissa@friendzy.co
Supporting: Summer Conference

Fully online master’s program with a concentration in independent school leadership. This program caters to working professionals focusing on the leadership of directors, heads of schools, and other professionals responsible for the growth and management of private and independent schools.

Website: https://education.gmu.edu/education-leadership/
Regina Biggs, Associate Professor, rbiggs@gmu.edu
Supporting: Academic Support 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. Find out how to access FREE lesson plans, activities and resources for read-a-thons and fundraisers that help struggling families improve nutrition and income.

Website: www.heifer.org/schools
Jen Girten, Manager of 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 more than 5 million 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.

Website: www.hellasconstruction.com
Knute O’Donnell, Tradeshow Manager, kodonnell@hellasconstruction.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University provides master’s degree programs, fellowships, professional learning, and research to support emerging and established leaders in independent and international schools.

Website: www.klingensteincenter.org
Latoya Allen, Associate Director, Admission & Enrollment, latoya.allen@tc.columbia.edu
Supporting: Annual Conference

We specialize in executive function skill building. We partner with schools by providing professional development to better recognize, accommodate and empower students struggling with EF, and support learners through virtual or in-person instruction, both in one-on-one and group settings. We also provide high-dosage tutoring in literacy and math, as well as learning assessments to help students and their families understand their strengths and challenges, so they can find the right path to learning for them.

Website: www.learnfully.com
Lee Tousignant, Head of Sales & Business Development, lee@learnfully.com
Supporting: Academic Support Conference

We specialize in executive function skill building. We partner with schools Magnus Health is the leading web-based provider of Student Health Records software that allows private K-12 schools up to small universities the ability to digitally collect all health related medical information such as immunization, allergy/emergency action plans, physical forms, and more. Magnus significantly reduces liability by ensuring compliance, being prepared for emergencies with our mobile app – all while following HIPAA and FERPA regulations with white-glove support for staff and families.

Website: www.magnushealth.com
Kristen Power, Head of Sales, kristen.power@magnushealth.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Drop in solution for advanced business, economics, and entrepreneurship. We’ll put you at the front to today’s entrepreneurship wave; fast and easy. Login today, teach tomorrow!

Website: www.middleschoolmba.com
John Foster, President, john@middleschoolmba.com
Supporting: Summer Conference

MindPrint is the only K12 solution that uses objective cognitive data to teach students how they learn best and provide strategies personalized to students’ learning strengths and needs. MindPrint provides instructional strategies for teachers and a self-efficacy course for students all based on objective data in the MindPrint Profile.

Website: www.mindprintlearning.com
Joel Mayes, Sales Consultant, joel@mayeseducational.com
Supporting: Academic Support Conference

As the largest association of independent schools, NAIS offers an unparalleled breadth of resources that can help everyone at independent schools see the bigger picture – providing invaluable context for making big decisions.

Being a part of the NAIS community helps schools connect nationally and internationally to find ideas and solutions to pressing problems. Schools are also able to stay on the cutting edge of what the most innovative schools across the country are doing, and keep a pulse on emerging trends in our industry.

Website: www.nais.org
Scott Donaldson, Member Engagement Manager, donaldson@nais.org
Supporting: Annual Conference

Nantahala Outdoor Center has over 40 years of experience in facilitating group adventures. Whether your focus is leadership, environmental education, or just fun, NOC has a variety of trip options available to fit the needs and goals of your school group. Choose from a day trip to one of our six southeastern rivers or an overnight trip to our Nantahala River Campus. Our dedicated group staff will customize the perfect trip for your group- from whitewater rafting, zip lining, team building activities, wilderness education, and so much more.

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

We provide custom backcountry trips for school groups. From backpacking to paddling lakes and whitewater, we offer students the chance to experience personal growth in the outdoors. We balance the experience of learning technical outdoor skills for living safely and comfortably in the backcountry with the delivery of our trademark Leadership Curriculum that involves lessons that allow students to reflect on their emotional intelligence, active listening skills, teamwork, and clear communication. Through these trips, students grow in their confidence and resilience, all while building strong bonds with their classmates.

Contact: Cameron Francisco, Associate Director of Outdoor Education, cam@ncoae.org
Supporting: Annual Conference

We are dedicated to forging partnerships with independent schools nationwide to catalyze student learning and teacher development. Anchored in research that affirms learning as a social, communal activity – and our easy-to-use platform empowers teachers to embark on enriching journeys WITH their students, yet unconstrained by time and distance. Optima has developed the most extensive immersive Web 3.0 educational content library in existence, and our platform provides teachers with a full range of classroom management tools to guide productive and efficient student learning experiences. Our goal is simple – we want to bring web 3.0 to your fingertips and equip educators with the resources to excel in their craft and do what they do best – inspire the next generation.

Contact: Alyssa Finneyfrock, Head of Optima Independent, afinneyfrock@optimaed.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

We specialize in the design of people-oriented architecture, planning and interior design services.

Website: www.owp.com
Contact: Sarah Dexheimer, Principal, dexheimer.s@owp.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Psychemedics partners with Independent schools across the nation to implement meaningful health & wellness programs, utilizing drug testing. As the pioneer and world leader in hair drug testing, we are committed to helping schools save lives and ensure futures.

Website: www.psychemedics.com
Contact: Wil Elder, Director of Education, wile@psychemedics.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

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: Academic Support Conference

For 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.

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

Southern Teachers is the premier agency for private and independent schools in the South. We offer Teacher Recruitment, Head & Leadership Search, and Consulting Services. Our mission is to support our member schools so that they may offer the best possible education to their students.

Contact: Carey Goodman, President, goodman@southernteachers.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Venable’s Independent School Law Practice represents schools nationwide. Aware of the impact culture has on the health and sustainability of the industry, this focused practice group provides advice consistent with a school’s mission and principles. We represent schools of all sizes, denominations, philosophies, and locations, helping them meet their ever-increasing challenges.

Website: www.venable.com
Janice Gregerson, Counsel, jpgregerson@venable.com
Supporting: Annual Conference

Veracross is a leading provider of School Information Systems (SIS), designed specifically to meet the unique needs of private and independent schools. Using the power of our unique single-record database, Veracross helps hundreds of schools in 60+ countries unify school communities, improve communication for parents, and streamline workflows for faculty and staff.

Website: www.veracross.com
Jason Mitan, Enterprise Account Executive, jason.mitan@veracross.com
Supporting: Summer Conference

Bring your school’s legacy to life with the Wall of Fame. Our interactive display, web access, and extensive content development and assistance programs will make it easy to enhance your message to engage your community and encourage extracurricular participation.

Website: www.vitalsignswalloffame.com
Contact: John Townsend, CEO, john@vitalsignswalloffame.com
Supporting: Institute for Athletic Directors

VS America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of educational furniture. 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.

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

The Winkler Group is a full-service fundraising consulting firm specializing in capital campaigns, campaign studies, and strategic planning for nonprofits, independent schools, colleges, churches, hospitals, and ministries. With offices in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and and New York, we serve clients nationwide

Contact: Jessica Browning, Principal, Executive Vice President, jbrowning@winklergroup.com
Supporting: Capital Campaigns Workshop, Annual Conference

Yay Lunch provides an end-to-end dining service that is free for schools, easy for parents and deliciously nutritious for students and faculty. We develop custom programs with a focus on providing real food, made fresh daily from local food partners.

Contact: Daniel Klein, Senior Manager of Growth Enablement, daniel@yaylunch.com
Supporting: Summer Conference, Annual Conference