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Claudia Daggett
Executive Director

The place, health, and best practices of independent schools and development of independent school leadership are all keen interests of mine. As a result, I’m very pleased to serve the Independent Schools Association of the Central States in the role of Executive Director.

My thinking and work are informed by my experiences in a variety of roles in independent schools over the years: in professional roles as teacher, admission and development officer, division head, head of school, consultant, association board member, and association director; and on the personal side as independent school parent and head's spouse. My personal interests include family, reading, photography, and travel -- along with a regular game of Words with Friends.

One of my favorite aspects of my work is visiting member schools. You'll find my ISACS travels chronicled on Instagram at www.instagram/Claudia_ISACS.

Robin Breslin
Director of Finance

I joined ISACS in February 2008 in a temporary position which developed into a part-time job by July 2009. I currently serve as director of finance, and additional responsibilities include human resources and program support.

I received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to joining ISACS, I worked as a public and private accountant, and was director of communications and manager of public affairs at non-profit organizations. 

My two children attended an ISACS school from preschool through 8th grade, and I am very familiar with the philosophy and structure of independent schools. Outside of work, I attend a lot of concerts and plays. I’m very happy to be at ISACS and enjoy working with the wonderful staff.

Andy Gilla
Director of Communication, Outreach, and Research

I joined ISACS in September 2013 following five years as the Director of Admission and Marketing at The Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, IL. As Coordinator of Accreditation Services, I support the Director of Accreditation Services to insure that the evaluation of member schools is a comprehensive, smooth, and rewarding process.

My career in education started as a teacher, coach, and dorm prefect at Marmion Academy in Aurora, IL. After a two-year adventure in Montana where I pursued a graduate degree, I returned to the Midwest as an Admission Counselor at Aurora University and eventually joined The Latin School of Chicago as Assistant Director of Admissions and coach. Relocation to the Chicago suburbs brought a few experiments in careers outside of education, but I was drawn back to independent schools in 2008 and look forward to continuing to support the work of educators at ISACS schools.

I spend much of my “free” time trying to keep up with the lives of my three daughters and occasionally sneaking away to watch my favorite sports teams.

Iram Ibrahim
Accreditation Associate

I joined ISACS in July 2017 after practicing law for a few years.  I earned my B.A. from DePaul Univesity in 2009 and J.D. from Western State College of Law in 2013. I have dedicated my life to helping others and have now brought the same dedication to ISACS to help the Association achieve its goals. I have excellent writing and organizational skills from my career as an attorney that I use to assist ISACS in promoting the development of strong learning communities.

Prior to joining the ISACS team, I proudly interned for the Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office where I fought to keep children out of dangerous home environments. After moving to Chicago, I focused my practice of law on child custody and family reunification. I also continue to provide pro bono services to some nonprofit organizations that assist underrepresented groups in the Chicagoland area.

In my spare time, I love watching Cubs games, spoiling my bearded dragon and traveling. I recently visited Saudi Arabia and Turkey and cannot wait to return!   

Jacob Isaac
Coordinator of Programs &Technology

Many years ago, ironically while visiting Chicago, I was offered a position at St. Francis High School, an ISACS school in Louisville, Kentucky. Raised in the Catholic school system in Louisville, working at St. Francis was my introduction to independent schools. I decided after three years at St. Francis that it was time for me to make a move to Chicago and, in a twist of fate, a position at ISACS became available. So, I joined the ISACS team in the summer of 2013 and have truly enjoyed my experiences and growth as I take an oppurtunity and turn it into a career. 

My previous jobs have taken me many places since graduating with a B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Point Park University's Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. (Try saying that 3 times fast!) I have worked as a Program Director in charge of Scholarships and Internships for the non-profit, "Women Chefs and Restaurateurs," I have produced national conferences and major events from coast to coast for F.S.A. Management, and even worked as a Production Coordinator for AXXIS Inc. producing concerts for legendary headliners like Loretta Lynn and KC and The Sunshine Band. 

What I am most proud of is my personal accomplishments in the way of volunteering and fundraising for the LGBTQ community both here in Chicago and my hometown of Louisville, KY. 

Dawn Klus
Director of Accreditation

I have been involved in independent school education for many years and in many roles, as teacher, academic dean, technology director, associate head of school, and most importantly, parent. I have a deep appreciation for every single community member who contributes to a school's success. I value the accreditation process as a means for continual growth that helps each school realize its full potential. 

In my spare time, walking, reading and gardening top my list of favorite activities. And if you're ever in the mood to talk college basketball or American League baseball (sorry, Cubs fans!), don't hesitate to get in touch!

Jill Webb
Director of Professional Development

After teaching in public school, I began my career as a teacher in Independent schools at Canton Country Day School. I then joined the faculty of the Wellington School where I taught and assumed a variety of administrative responsibilities including serving as the Director of Professional Development and Head of the Lower School. A frequent trainer and presenter in the area of faculty development and mentoring, I became the Director of Professional Development for ISACS in 2001 while also remaining at the Wellington School.

Karen D. Zeitlin
Director of Programs

I come to ISACS from a fifteen-year career in philanthropy. Most recently, I was the Interim Program Officer in the Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) area at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. Previous to working at MacArthur I served as Executive Director of the Girl’s Best Friend Foundation (GBF) in Chicago, which provided support to programs for girls and young women throughout the state of Illinois.

Previously I was at The Moriah Fund, a private foundation in Washington, DC. I worked at the Moriah Fund in various capacities for more than 9 years in both administrative and programmatic capacities. I have a B.A. in international affairs from Tufts University and a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington University. In addition, I attended an independent school - Dwight-Englewood High School in New Jersey. I was proud to serve for more than four years as an advisory board member to the Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project now known as Answer at Rutgers University. I spend my free time with my daughter Maya, traveling to see family and friends, and enjoying everything Chicago has to offer.

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