Board of Directors

Piper Phillips Caswell
PHILLIPS Programs for Children & Families
Vice President
Karen Duncan
The Lab School
Andrea Adler
Former CEO of Foundations Schools
Andrew Ross
The Children’s Guild
Immediate Past President
Jan Wintrol
The Ivymount School
Frank Mills
The Chelsea School
Ellen Iscoe
The Kingsbury Center
Tania DuBeau
Pathways School

DCASE Executive Director

Lisa M. Ott, MSW


Bylaws in Brief


  • Both nonpublic and public charter schools eligible for voting membership
  • Members must sign Statement of Ethical Practices
  • Board of Directors will approve applications for membership
  • Annual dues are based on number of DC students and are paid in two installments.
    $45 per student; minimum: $250; maximum: $3500
  • Affiliate (non-voting) members may be approved by Board. For further information about Affiliate Membership, please email DCASE

Meetings of Members

  • Schedule set at end of one school year for next year school year                       DCASE Meeting Calendar 2013-14
  • Minimum of three membership meetings per year
  • Members elect 12-member Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Comprised of representatives from member organizations and at-large directors
  • At-large Directors to come from broader special community
  • Purpose of At-large Directors’ participation is to bring diverse perspectives and provide validation of association goals
  • Officers: President, Vice President Secretary and Treasurer
  • Officers elected by Board from among members of the Board
  • Standing Committee chairs are part of Executive Committee


  • Standing Committees are Finance, Nominations, Best Practices and Technical Assistance, Membership
  • Committees may have other representatives who are not on the Board, and even individuals not affiliated with members if the President chooses
  • President establishes Special Committees as needed