Meet Our Team
Claire Leheny joined AISNE in 2015 as the organization's Executive Director. Prior to joining AISNE, Claire was the founding Executive Director of the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP), which brings together public and independent schools to build partnerships that expand opportunities for students. Claire began her career as an independent school teacher, coach and administrator and then spent over a decade as a senior executive for two media companies based in London and Washington, DC. Claire holds degrees from Oberlin College and Georgetown University.
Director, Finance & Operations
Barbara Manning joined AISNE in 1999 and today serves as the organization's Director of Finance and Operations. Prior to joining AISNE, Barbara managed the office operations for an architectural and building firm and worked in the accounting department for a utility company.
Director, Events & Programs
Carol-Ann McIntosh joined AISNE 12 years ago and has served our member schools in myriad ways during her tenure. Today, she oversees our events programming and admissions support initiatives. Prior to joining AISNE, Carol-Ann worked as a volunteer at Brimmer and May School and then moved into the role of Administrative Assistant to the Head of School. She is the mother of two daughters, both of whom recently graduated from independent schools. Carol-Ann graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a degree in business administration.
Director, Communications & Member Engagement
Kristin Bedard brings a valuable combination of marketing, communications, and independent school experience to AISNE. She began her career at The Boston Globe and Boston.com, developing and marketing new products. Kristin's passion for the convergence of marketing and technology, along with the rise of social media and marketing automation, took her to Forrester in 2012, where she helped lead Forrester's CMO Group, a membership-based peer network for chief marketing officers.
A 1997 graduate of Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, Kristin served as president of the school's alumnae association, 2011-2017, and she currently serves on the school's Board of Trustees. These experiences give Kristin first-hand perspective and appreciation for the emerging needs and interests of local independent schools. Kristin lives in Newton, MA with her husband Rob and their two young sons, Lucas and Ethan. She is a graduate of Boston University.
Sara Wilson began her work in education as a kindergarten teacher in public and independent schools before training to become a Montessori Early Childhood teacher and teaching in charter and independent Montessori schools. Sara has served on the Executive Committee of the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) and on the boards of state private school accrediting agencies including the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE). Prior to joining AISNE in the spring of 2018, Sara was Senior Director of School Accreditation & School Improvement at the American Montessori Society.
Sara is a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School and the University of Virginia. She earned her Masters of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Sara lives in Beverly, MA with her daughter, Stella.
Director, Professional Development
Becky Biggs began her career as a teacher, working at both independent and public schools in Maine. Becky's passion for professional development traces back to these early assignments, demonstrated by her active participation in programs aimed at supporting the advancement of the teaching profession. In 2012, Becky turned from teaching to admissions, where she was able to apply her development and enrichment experiences towards designing programs for parents and students. Prior to joining AISNE in the summer of 2018, Becky was Dean of Lower School Admissions at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island.
Becky is a graduate of Colby College. She earned her Masters of Education from Lesley University. She lives in Providence, RI with her husband and three children.
Program and Sponsorship Manager
Shauna Betof joined AISNE in 2016. In addition to her work at AISNE, Shauna is Co-Coordinator of the NAIS Families First Program supporting heads and spouses across the country. Shauna has worked and lived at several independent schools, most recently as Assistant Athletic Director at George School. She has also served as an ODP soccer coach and a soccer club director. Shauna has B.S. in Human Development at Cornell University and studied Sport and Exercise Psychology at Springfield College while serving as an assistant coach for their women’s soccer team. She is a member of the Brookline Education Foundation board. Shauna lives in Brookline with her husband and their two daughters.
Karen Neary joined AISNE in 2004 and has served the organization in various administrative capacities. Prior to AISNE, Karen worked in the Superintendent's Office of Milton Public Schools and as a mortgage analyst at Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. Karen is the mother of two sons, both of whom graduated from independent schools. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in business communications.