Board of Directors


Meeting Notices, Board Agendas & Minutes





Board Directors

The Board of Directors is the school’s governing body and consists of parents elected by the school community, a teacher representative, and appointed members from outside  the school community. The Board is legally required by our school’s non-profit status and is responsible for setting policy for the school, overseeing school governance, and ensuring the financial stability of the school.

In the past two years, we have focused on creating a strategic plan, exploring building expansion possibilities, negotiating labor contracts and changing our enrollment policy to support diversity.

2020-21 Regular Board Meeting Dates

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 6:30pm 
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 6:30pm

2020-21 Special Meeting Dates

  • Board Retreat – TBD




Meet our board members

Kate Maselli Zimman, President | [email protected]

Kate has spent over 15 years working in public education. She began her career as a physics and biology teacher with an emphasis on curriculum development, project-based learning, and alternative assessment strategies. She currently coaches math and science teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District around curriculum development and classroom management and works with schools to implement practices toward closing their achievement gap. Kate holds a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University with a focus in Teaching & Learning, and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Bowdoin College. Kate was born and raised in San Francisco and has a daughter in 7th grade, and a son in 4th grade at CACS.

Judy Lewenthal Daniel, Secretary [email protected]

Judy is a content strategist, digital content marketer, and brand storyteller. She has deep experience defining and implementing strategic plans and creating engaging communication programs. She runs content programs at UCSF, Web Services where she supports groundbreaking, live-saving research and care — one website at a time. A Bay Area native, Judy loves her Bernal Heights neighborhood, where she lives with her husband and boy/girl twins, now 7th graders who have attended CACS since kindergarten. She is happiest after a Saturday Alemany Farmers Market haul, playing outside, and enjoying a meal with friends.

Justin Amirault, Treasurer [email protected]

Justin has over 15 year of corporate finance and capital-raising experience. Currently, Justin finances renewable energy projects throughout the United States and is passionate about securing our nation’s renewable energy future. Justin, his wife Becca, 4th-grade daughter, and 1st-grade daughter treasure the love, values, and community of CACS. He has a BA in Economics from Colby College, and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Joe B Adams [email protected]

Joe is a litigation attorney at a law firm in downtown San Francisco. He has a daughter in 5th grade, and a son in 4th grade at CACS. Joe and his wife, Sarah, love the outdoors, good food, and traveling. Joe is an avid cyclist and advocate for the bicycling community.

Deniz Bahar |

Deniz has 20+ years of supply chain experience in apparel fashion industry, where she specialized in apparel product development and sourcing around the world. Currently, Deniz works with the Executive MBA program at the University of San Francisco (USF). Deniz is passionate about continuous learning and supporting teachers & staff at CACS. Deniz holds an MBA from University of San Francisco, and a mechanical engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University. She has two daughters: a 7th grader at CACS, and a recent CACS graduate now in 10th grade.

Melanie Brooks, Development Chair | [email protected]

As Development Chair, Melanie manages all things fundraising at CACS, including the Annual Fund and Annual Gala Auction. Now in her 3rd term as a CACS board member, she previously served for four years as the Fundraising and Auction chair on the board of directors for Laurel Hill Nursery School. Before parenthood brought her to school fundraising, Melanie studied Merchandising at the Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion, and worked in event management and graphic design. In her spare time, Melanie can be found hanging out with her two favorite CACS students (8th and 6th grade), and their dad, and enjoying her favorite things: exploring San Francisco, fantastic food, great music, and cheering on the Giants!

Janice Cavaliere |

A design director and partner at a global, award-winning design firm, Janice has passion for problem solving, storytelling and creative strategy. With 20 years of career experience in design (and 6 years of experience as a mom), she believes strongly in the power of creative thinking and the value of the arts in education. Janice has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years and spends as much time as possible outdoors exploring its amazing neighborhoods, running in Golden Gate Park, spending time with friends, enjoying delicious food and dabbling in gardening. Her son is currently a first grader at CACS.

Juan Antonio Cuellar |

Juan Antonio Cuellar is long time San Franciso resident who has spent the last 17 years working as Head Digitizing Engineer at The Arhoolie Foundation, a non profit who’s main focus is digitizing and archiving the largest collection of Mexican American recordings in the world for research and preservation. He is father to a 3rd grader named Vita Lucia. Juan Antonio enjoys cooking, collecting records and spending with family and friends.

Laura Farley, Staff Representative | [email protected]

Laura holds a BS in Environmental Science from Santa Clara University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction through the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI). Before joining CACS, she worked as an Associate Teacher at Katherine Delmar Burke School. Other past work experiences include directing the after school program at Presidio Hill School and teaching as a naturalist for San Joaquin Outdoor School in the Santa Cruz mountains. Laura enjoys designing and implementing creative curriculum that engages multiple learning styles. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, camping and traveling, as well as spending time with friends and family.

Scot Gensler | [email protected]

Scot is a highly strategic, technology-driven executive with over 15 years’ experience helping organizations drive the strategy, strategic partnership and M&A investments that unlock value and command industry dominance. He’s been an early employee at numerous high growth ventures, including Current TV, Livefyre, Crackle and StyleSeat and is currently helping Groupon accelerate its long-term ambition to be the comprehensive marketplace for everything local. Scot received an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BA in Economics & History from Rutgers. He’s an avid cyclist, soccer player and aficionado and most importantly, the proud Dad of 3 CACS students.

Kristine Waggener [email protected]

Kristine is an estate planner who runs her own law firm.  She started her career as a corporate lawyer but found her purpose working with families on creating their legacies.  Originally from southern California, Kristine enjoys hiking, true crime podcasts, and the San Francisco weather.  She has a BA in Sociology from Grinnell College and a JD from Berkeley Law, and her two children attend CACS.

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