Meet our Advancement Team

Advancement Office

Director of Advancement

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BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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.

Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving

P ’13 & ’15

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BA, Denison University
MEd, Rosemont College
Appointed: 2012

Chris is a graduate of Denison University. For 16 years Chris taught, coached, and administrated 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.

Chris and his wife, Amy, live in Carpinteria.

Director of Alumni Relations

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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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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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University of California, Santa Barbara

BA, Sociology
Appointed: 2008

Laura Jespersen first came to Santa Barbara as a student at UCSB, and after 43 years, now calls Santa Barbara home! Previous to Cate, Laura served as a vice president and escrow manager for a local title company. After 30 in years in real estate, Laura decided to make a career change to the non-profit sector, and is now manager of our team in the Advancement Office.

She enjoys spending time with her sons and two adopted dogs. In her spare time, Laura is passionate about gardening, traveling, perfecting her golf swing, and discovering new heights in her love of hiking.

Advancement Database Manager

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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 partner, Amy.

Cate Fund Director

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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. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Katie graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and women’s studies. Prior to her work in fundraising Katie worked with LMU’s sports information and media relations department, where she continues to serve as a statistician for NCAA basketball, baseball, and softball.

An avid runner, Katie and her boyfriend Brandon live in Ventura where they enjoy beaches, breweries, and baseball.


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BA, Colby College
MEd, Boston University
Appointed: 1977

Terry and his family arrived on the Mesa in 1977 after eleven years of teaching at three schools in Massachusetts. He had served as director of admission at Concord Academy for six years and was a member of the faculty at both Groton and Berkshire. After beginning his career on Wall Street, Terry resumed his academic studies at the graduate level and earned an MEd in mathematics education at Boston University.

At Cate he arrived as assistant to headmaster Scott McLeod in addition to teaching mathematics, running Long House, and coaching soccer and tennis. He became dean of faculty in 1979 and, with his wife Sally, co-authored first the case for coeducation and then the implementation plan for the arrival of girls at Cate in the fall of 1981. In 1984 he received a Joseph Klingenstein Fellowship to study at the Teachers’ College of Columbia University in New York City. His thesis focused on computers in secondary schools, and he returned to Cate as head of technology, introducing required courses in computing skills. In 1987, after his daughter Eliza graduated (his son Will graduated in 1985), he joined the alumni and development office, where he has held every position and helped the School through two capital campaigns.

Terry was previously coach of the varsity squash team. He plays squash himself, both nationally and internationally, and has been selected to play on several traveling teams representing his age group.

He and his wife, Sally, live off the Mesa and often visit their grown children in the Bay area and New York City. With the children gone, Terry and Sally love to travel and also spend time in Maine.