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

Major Gifts Director

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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 Santa Barbara with their children, Eliza ’13 and Warren ’15.

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. After graduation, Andrew spent three years with a private commercial real estate brokerage and development firm in Denver, CO. In 2009, Andrew joined 3d Lacrosse, Inc., the nation’s premier sports organizations specializing in lacrosse training and events, where he worked in Business Development, helping grow and develop programming across the country.

Andrew 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 Director of Alumni Relations.

Cate Fund Director
Dorm Head, High House/Lido

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BBA, University of Notre Dame
Appointed: 2012

Colin oversees the Cate Fund, the School’s annual giving program. Originally from New Jersey, he traveled cross-country to work on the Mesa. His most recent post before coming to Cate was Director of the Alumni Fund and Reunion Programs at Millbrook School, where he also supported the soccer, squash, and tennis programs as an assistant coach. Prior to Millbrook, he worked at his high school alma mater, Delbarton School, developing a social media platform, supporting alumni career networking initiatives, and helping strengthen the Young Alumni program at the school. He got his start in education as a TEFL teacher in Quito, Ecuador during a year-long volunteer program called WorldTeach. He earned a BBA in Marketing and International Business from Notre Dame.

Colin lives on the Mesa and is a dorm parent and proud resident of High House/Lido. He enjoys listening to records, the Travel section of the Sunday New York Times, and anything that keeps him outdoors and active.

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 Database Coordinator

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AA, Santa Barbara City College
Appointed: 1984

Carolyn is a third generation Carpinterian, who worked in the Savings and Loan Industry before coming to Cate in 1984. Carolyn began her Cate career in the Business Office where she was responsible for accounts receivable and the student store. She worked part time for a number of years while raising her two children with her husband Dale. As the technology world evolved, Carolyn transitioned to the Alumni and Development Office where she maintains the database.

In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys daily walks around Carpinteria, playing on the Cate School Adult Softball team, snowboarding, and waterskiing.

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 Associate

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University of North Carolina, Wilmington

BA, International Studies
BA, Political Science
Appointed: 2014

Kara Ööpik ’10 first arrived on the Mesa 9 years ago as a new sophomore. While attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Kara held various jobs, but found her most fulfilling work was through internships she held with local non-profits. A proud Cate graduate, she left her North Carolinian roots for Californian vibes and now works as an Advancement Associate back on the Mesa.

In her spare time, Kara loves to take walks on Rincon beach, hunt for seashells, and play her open-back banjo.

Advancement and Communications Assistant

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BA, CSU Channel Islands
Appointed: 2015

Self-proclaimed wordsmith, Selena received her BA in English from California State University Channel Islands, where she also tutored fellow students in the University Writing Center. Before graduating, she was nominated to present her Capstone project – exploring the interdisciplinary relationship between music and poetry – at the CSU Student Research Competition. In addition to working for a private financial adviser, Selena has served as Assistant to the Dean at Southwestern Law School. She is overjoyed to once again find herself in an academic environment and on this side of the 101.

Selena loves to stay active, and played competitive fast pitch softball for 11 years. She enjoys spending as much time as possible on/in the water, challenging others to a game of pool, and is a devoted concert junkie.


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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.