Meet our admissions team.

Director of Admission and Enrollment

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charlotte_brownlee@cate.org

BA, Harvard University
MBA, University of California, Los Angeles
Appointed: 2004

A Cate alumna, Charlotte Brownlee has been the Director of Admission and Enrollment at Cate since 2007. She returned to her alma mater in 2004 to lead the School’s annual giving and alumni relations programs. She made the transition to boarding school after serving as the Executive Director for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her previous experience includes serving as a manager with Deloitte Consulting, where she focused on change management and reengineering projects for high-tech and consumer-products companies. Charlotte holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Charlotte particularly enjoys heading up the Cate Student Historical Society and the Research and Development Committee for the Board of Trustees. She serves on the boards of the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) and of the Gateway to Prep Schools. She lives on the Mesa with her husband, Alex, and their two sons.

Admission Office Associate

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maureen_cahill@cate.org

Dorm parent: Parsonage/Bothin
BA, Gonzaga University
Appointed: 2014

Maureen was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She attended Gonzaga University and focused her studies in public relations and sociology. Soon after graduating in 2012, Maureen found her passion for education. She spent a couple years at Seattle Preparatory School working with both the admission and development departments before coming to Cate. Maureen enjoys traveling, cooking and volunteering at local animal shelters.

Admission Office Manager

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lynn_dinning@cate.org

Appointed: 2001

Lynn came to Cate in 2001 as the Admissions Office Manager. Oftentimes, Lynn is the first person from Cate to speak with a prospective student and their family as she sets up campus visits or clarifies the application process. While many prospective families see Lynn as their Cate liaison, she also does a lot of work behind the scenes organizing financial aid applications and managing the admission database.

Lynn lives in Carpinteria with her husband Jim and their two sons Ryder ’17 and Gage.

Director of Financial Aid, English

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emilie_griffin@cate.org

BA, Goucher College
Appointed: 1985

Emilie grew up in a Navy family and spent her early years moving around the United States. Although changing schools every two years was difficult, she learned a lot about being adaptable and loved every place she lived. After graduating from Goucher College with a BA in English and Secondary Education, she began her career in the Baltimore, Maryland public school system teaching 8th grade English. She then taught reading and English for six years at an independent school in Massachusetts.

In 1985 she made the move across the country to teach English and serve as the assistant dean of students at Cate. Emilie began working in the college counseling office in 1986 and became the director of college counseling in 1990. After a year-long sabbatical during the 2012-2013 academic year, she returned to Cate in 2013 as an assistant director of admission, a faculty member in the English department, and a writer and editor in the communications department. This year she continues her work in the admissions office as the director of financial aid, and she will again be teaching two sections of 10th grade English.

In her free time Emilie enjoys gardening, reading, walking on the Cate trails or nearby beaches, and spending time with her family.

Director of Outreach & Recruitment

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kyle_mason@cate.org

Track & Field
BA, Boston College
Appointed: 2008

Kyle comes to Cate with a host of global experiences and passions for music, travel and working with young adults. After graduating from an east coast boarding school, Kyle continued onto Boston College where he majored in Communications and Education Policy. His passions, purpose and commitment to service through education has lead him to teach and serve in a variety of settings from Newark, NJ to Africa and Thailand. His experiences, positive attitude and boundless energy lend a global perspective that is shared and celebrated at Cate.

In addition to serving on Cate’s Admission team, Kyle’s presence is felt throughout campus as an Advisor, and Head Track & Field Coach.

Senior Associate Director of Admission

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gwendolyn_pierce@cate.org

Day Student Advisor
AA, Pasadena City College
Appointed: 2001

As Senior Associate Director of Admission, Gwendolyn oversees the personal side of the admission and enrollment process: the daily interview schedule, Tour Guides, and Spend A Day At Cate revisit programs. A veteran of many years in boarding schools (following her tour of duty as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay), she also serves as an academic advisor to six students and as the Day Student Advisor.

Among her many interests are interior design, horticulture, yoga, fitness, reading, and her two wonderful grandchildren.

Director of Multiculturalism/Associate Director of Admission

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jose_powell@cate.org

BS, Northeastern University
Appointed: 2012

A graduate of Northeastern University, Jose joined Cate School in 2012 after serving 6 years in the Phillips Academy (Andover) Office of Admission. Before returning to Andover, his alma mater, he designed and implemented a service-learning program at Mission Hill School, a Boston Charter middle school. In addition, he has worked in college admissions and as an MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) facilitator, conducting workshops on college campuses throughout the United States.

Jose lives on the Mesa with his wife, Mari, and their children.

Admission Associate

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alexx_temena@cate.org

BA, Brown University
BS, Brown University

Dorm Parent: Bothin/Parsonage
Appointed: 2016

Originally from Vallejo, CA, Alexx has returned to her alma mater to serve on Cate’s Admission team. As a student at Cate, she was a Cook House East prefect, a Round Square International exchange student, and lacrosse captain. She recently graduated from Brown University where she studied Cognitive Neuroscience and Contemplative Psychology. Her interest in education has led her to teach and design curricula centered around developing mindfulness, purpose, and well-being for various schools and programs. When on the road at fairs and school visits, she shares her story with prospective families.

Alexx lives in the Parsonage dormitory and enjoys West African dance, swimming in cold lakes, rivers, and oceans, and putting on spontaneous musical performances.