Meet our Advancement Team

Advancement Office

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Director of Advancement

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lindsay_newlove@cate.org

BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst
MA, UCLA
Appointed: 2016

Lindsay joined the community in 2016 as director of advancement. She oversees development, alumni relations, and fundraising for the School, including capital and endowment campaigns, major giving, annual giving, planned giving, stewardship, events and special gifts. Lindsay’s non-profit advancement experience includes positions at The Buckley School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA Alumni Association, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance. A native of Los Angeles, Lindsay received her BA in Cultural Anthropology at UMass Amherst and MA in Social Science and Comparative Education at UCLA.

She, her husband Eric, and their two children live on the Shelf on the Mesa where they enjoy waking up to the sounds of birds chirping in the morning.

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Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving

P ’13 & ’15

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chris_giles@cate.org

BA, Denison University
MEd, Rosemont College
Appointed: 2012

Chris is a graduate of Denison University. For 16 years Chris was a teacher, coach, and administrator at his alma mater, The Episcopal Academy, near Philadelphia. During his tenure there, he earned his MEd from Rosemont College. In 2005 Chris and his family moved to Santa Barbara, where Chris was appointed English department head at Marymount of Santa Barbara. Three years later, Chris joined a team of entrepreneurs to launch an internet startup that helps nonprofits raise money online. In 2012 Chris joined Cate’s Advancement team.

Chris and his wife, Amy, who works in the College Guidance Office, live down the road on Shepard Mesa and are parents to Eliza ’13, Warren ’15, and Daniel Boateng ’22.

Director of Alumni Relations

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andrew_macdonnell@cate.org

BA, University of Denver
Appointed: 2011

Andrew holds a BA in Communications from the University of Denver. He first joined the Cate community in the Spring of 2011 when he came to the Mesa to serve as the Boys’ varsity lacrosse coach, and in August 2011, Andrew moved into Long House and joined the Office of Advancement as the Alumni Director.

Special Gifts and Events

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sarah_preston@cate.org

BA, Colorado College
Appointed: 2012

A native Californian, Sarah returned to the West Coast and joined Cate’s advancement team as Special Gifts and Events director in 2012 after 17 years of living in New England. Sarah’s background in art history served her well in a decade-long stint as docent for high school students at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a graduate of Santa Catalina School and Colorado College. Through her long association with independent schools, she has spent countless hours volunteering. She enjoys books, movies, yoga, and taking long walks at low tide in Santa Barbara.

Advancement Office Manager

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laura_jespersen@cate.org

University of California, Santa Barbara

BA, Sociology
Appointed: 2008

Laura first came to Santa Barbara as a student at UCSB, and now calls Santa Barbara home! Before coming  to Cate, Laura served as a vice president and escrow manager for a local title company. After 30 years in the title industry, Laura decided to make a career change to the non-profit sector, and is now manager of our team in the Advancement Office.

Laura enjoys spending time with her two sons and in her spare time, enjoys golfing, hiking, gardening, and traveling.

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Advancement Database Manager

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elana_stone@cate.org

BA, Whitman College
MPA, University of Washington
Appointed: 2018

Elana Stone arrived at Cate with more than ten years of experience in program management and youth organizing, with an emphasis on education as well as LGBT, racial, and economic equity. Elana is a recent transplant to Ventura after completing their master’s in public administration at the University of Washington in Seattle. Having had the experience working for their alma mater, Whitman College, Elana was eager to join a place like Cate, where students, staff, and faculty create an exceptional student-centered community. When not on the Mesa, Elana can be found renovating their warehouse in Ventura, experimenting with gardening, and exploring the outdoors with their family.

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Cate Fund Director

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katie_convoy@cate.org

BA, Loyola Marymount University
Appointed: 2018

Katie joined the Cate community in 2018, after six years of working in annual giving at The Buckley School in Los Angeles. As the Cate Fund Director, she manages Cate’s annual giving program, working with current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and foundations to fundraise for the school. In addition to the Cate Fund, Katie oversees logistical operations of the For Cate and Forever Campaign. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Katie has a master’s degree in non-profit and corporate communications from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola Marymount University. Katie currently serves as a Trustee for Girls Inc. of Carpinteria where she serves as chair of the fund development committee and a member of the executive committee. In her free time, Katie is a statistician for UCSB men’s and women’s basketball and enjoys spending time at home in Ventura.

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Director of Stewardship

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tiarzha_taylor@cate.org

BA, University of California Los Angeles
MBA, UCLA
Appointed: 2019

As the Director of Stewardship, Tiarzha is responsible for managing gift impact and donor appreciation programs that foster positive engagement and long-term investment in Cate School. Tiarzha’s professional experience includes leading Corporate Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility programs at Nissan North America and Bank of America.  Her nonprofit experience includes serving as President of the Ojai Education Foundation, Committee Co-Chair for the Ojai Women’s Fund, Vice President of the Ojai Roadrunners, and Board Member of the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation. Tiarzha was born and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She received her BA in communications and business administration and her master’s in business administration from UCLA.  Tiarzha, her husband Danny, and their 3 children live in Upper Ojai.

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Advancement Database Coordinator
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evan_akers@cate.org

BA, The Evergreen State College
Appointed: 2019

Evan joined the Cate Advancement team as the Database Coordinator in 2019, with a background supporting education, advocacy, and leadership development for youth. He recently moved back to Ventura County after several years in Washington state, where he earned his bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College and served a year with AmeriCorps teaching robotics to elementary and middle students in Tacoma, Wash. Prior to working at Cate, he was the executive assistant to the CEO at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, a non-profit organization that specializes in leadership programs for high school youth. Evan and his partner currently live in Ventura with their two cats.

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Advancement & Communications Manager
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guille_reynoso@cate.org

BS, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Appointed: 2019

As Advancement & Communications Manager, Guille is responsible for prospect and foundation research, communications, and program management of Cate’s key stewardship programs. Guille previously worked for Santa Barbara Foundation where she managed various grant programs including: Health Care, Behavioral Health, Youth Leadership Development, and grants to empower disadvantaged populations. Guille graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture and is an alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) Executive Leadership Program, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program, and the Center for Creative Leadership. Guille is an advocate of women’s issues and co-founded the Santa Barbara Latina Leaders Network (SBLLN), Santa Barbara Latino Giving Circle, and is currently a board member for Crane Country Day School. 

Guille was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and daughter.