Our Team

CathyAragon

Northern California Associate Director of Programs

Cathy Aragon

Cathy Aragon

Northern California Associate Director of Programs

aragon@catdc.org

Cathy Aragon has a passion for creating engaging and equitable learning opportunities for students and adults. She has worked in education for fifteen years in both private and public schools in San Francisco. For the past nine years at she was at San Francisco Day School where she began as a second-grade teacher and most recently moved into the role of Lower School Instructional Coach. During her time at San Francisco Day School she collaborated on many projects designed to promote more equitable learning environments for all types of learners. She is trained in Universal Design for Learning and is looking forward to applying those principles to adult learning. She received her multiple subject credential from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute and holds a BA in History from Harvard University.

Josie-Bahedry

Central California Program Coordinator

Josie Bahedry

Josie Bahedry

Central California Program Coordinator

bahedry@catdc.org

Josie Bahedry has worked in education for over 30 years. Her most recent role was as Director of the Village, leading the elementary division at Chadwick School. Prior to that Josie worked at The John Thomas Dye School in Bel Air for eighteen years as a classroom teacher, Dean of Faculty and Assistant Head of School. She has worked in the elementary divisions in independent schools in Virginia Beach and internationally in Abu Dhabi, UAE. For three years she was faculty on the CAIS Retreat for Experienced Teachers when she was introduced to the far-reaching impact of professional development for educators. She has presented at NAIS and CAIS on Faculty evaluations and at CAIS on developing a culture of mentoring new teachers in independent schools and on mindfulness.  She is a co-presenter at ISM’s Summer Institute, Leading the Effective Elementary Division. Josie hails from England and trained to be a teacher at St. Andrews College of Education in Scotland. Both her daughters attended independent schools in Southern California and her eldest, Lauren now teaches at Archer School for Girls. Her passions are mentoring faculty, parent education, mindfulness, SEL and creating environments that promote well-being, learning and joy. Currently living in Santa Barbara, Josie is excited about growing CATDC in Central California.

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Director of Finance

Ellen Beller

Ellen Beller

Director of Finance

beller@catdc.org

Ellen Beller is a consummate Business & Finance professional. Having worked in various businesses for over 30 years, she has spent the last 10 years making a positive impact in the success of non-profit and educational organizations. She loves working with others to refine processes and figuring out ways technology can assist us in building and maintaining thriving organizations.

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Director of Communications and Marketing

Tracy Gallagher

Tracy Gallagher

Director of Communications and Marketing

gallagher@catdc.org

Tracy Gallagher is passionate about K-12 education and helping teachers become better at their craft. She began her education career at Anova working in special education classrooms and for the last six years in publishing, partnering with thought leaders like Doug Lemov, Michael Fullan, and Daniel Willingham to create useful and inspiring professional development books for teachers and administrators. While at Wiley Publishing she helped manage and grow the Teach Like a Champion brand, solidifying her interest in teacher retention and effectiveness.

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Southern California Associate Director of Programs

Lisa Gumina

Lisa Gumina

Southern California Associate Director of Programs

gumina@catdc.org

Working alongside a wide range of students elementary through high school has reinforced Lisa's strong belief that trusting relationships are at the heart of all learning experiences. After earning her B.A. in Business and Psychology from Moravian College and some time spent in the New York finance world, Lisa shifted directions to pursue her now twenty year career in both the public and independent school setting.  With a M.Ed. from Widener University, Lisa joined Rosa International Baccalaureate Middle School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, focusing her own learning journey on student profile differences, adolescent resilience, and interdisciplinary team-teaching. While at Vistamar School, she moved into her role as both a Humanities teacher and the Director of Teaching and Learning, creating programs around teacher evaluation, support, and growth. Working with faculty reinforced her belief around strong collaborative relationships. Lisa learned early on in her career to take advantage of professional development opportunities for the sake of improving her craft as teacher and coach, while building community with fellow educators. 

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Executive Director

Lisa Haney

Lisa Haney

Executive Director

haney@catdc.org

Lisa Haney is a lifelong educator of youth and adults. In her 25-year career at the Athenian School in Danville, California, she served in many roles, including English teacher, international program director, and humanities department chair. In her most recent capacity as dean of faculty development, Lisa spearheaded a process to develop Athenian’s Standards of Excellent Teaching and design a comprehensive new professional development and evaluation program. Beyond Athenian, Lisa has engaged in teacher education through UC Berkeley Extension, as well as the Berkeley and San Francisco Unified School Districts. An expert in cross cultural communication, Lisa was selected to be an English Language Fellow with the US State Department in 2006 to help improve English language education in Tanzania. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A.T. from the School for International Training, Vermont.

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Director of Programs, Southern California

Eryn Hoffman

Eryn Hoffman

Director of Programs, Southern California

hoffman@catdc.org

Eryn Hoffman has worked in education for more than 15 years. She has been a teacher, curriculum leader, and administrator at several Los Angeles-area independent schools, and has served as a mentor-teacher and professional development coordinator for K-12 teachers in both public and private schools. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and her Doctorate in Education from USC, with a focus on successful models of global education and external partnerships in K-12 schools. In her most recent role before joining the CATDC, Eryn developed and ran Windward School’s Global Education Program, serving as the Director of Global Programs, and also furthered the school’s collaborative efforts and innovative pedagogies through research and outreach as the first-ever Director of the Windward Institute.