CICS Network Office Staff

Elizabeth Shaw - Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth can be reached here.

Strategy and Data

Mike Bower - Chief of Strategy

Mike joined CICS through the Broad Residency Program and manages advocacy, internal strategy, cultural initiatives, and data as the Chief of Strategy for CICS. He was previously the Director of Strategic Projects at Sears in the fitness and sporting goods business. Before this position, he was a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Mike received his Masters in Business Administration degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Mike can be reached here.

Marisol Duerr - Office Manager

Marisol can be reached here.

Facilities and Finance

Kathleen Clarke - Chief of Network Operations

Kathleen joined the CICS team in October 2013 and brings over ten years of experience in the education sector to CICS, most recently from Namaste Charter School and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). As Director of Operations at Namaste, she oversaw financial, human resources, legal, information technology, office management, and facility operations. She was instrumental in the school’s expansion from serving 90 children to over 465 students in grades K – 8 by continuously developing and implementing strategic plans for growth in collaboration with its Board of Directors. During her eight years there, Kathleen directed a $7.5M facility improvement project, managed the annual budget process, and monitored Namaste’s financial status.

Kathleen’s work at CPS as Charter Schools Office Accountability Coordinator provides another perspective to inform her work with CICS. In that role, she supported the programs and operations of charter schools and managed all aspects of the charter school application and renewal process for the district. Most notably, she analyzed each charter school’s quarterly cash flow and financials to assess each school’s financial position.

Kathleen graduated from Grinnell College and earned her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where she was a Levin Fellowship recipient.  She also served as a director and member of the finance committee of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS).

Kathleen is responsible for finance and facilities management across the CICS network. She leads the accounting and facilities teams, contract negotiations, budget planning, and financial oversight that support the smooth operations of CICS and its network of 16 campuses across Chicago and in Rockford, Illinois.

Kathleen can be reached here.

Tim Heneghan, Director of Facilities

As Director of Facilities, Tim has oversight of the Facilities Department inclusive of budget management, building operations, and maintenance activities within the CICS network, encompassing over 1.2M gross square feet, at both owned and leased sites.  This includes contract awards and work performed by external service providers and ensuring facility code compliance with both national and local City of Chicago guidelines as well as other regulatory agencies.  Tim is also responsible for partnering with multiple school management organizations in ensuring that routine building inspections are performed and facility standards are being met.  Furthermore, Tim prioritizes of all preventative maintenance tasks consisting of life safety equipment, mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems and building envelope within the network. 

Tim manages and develops the long-range capital improvement plan in regards to large-scale projects and building system replacement activities.  This includes the identification, selection, and work-flow management of all work, partnering with consultants, school officials and local and civic stakeholders impacted or involved with the CICS capital work efforts.    

Prior to his post at CICS, Tim served as  the Associate Director of Facilities and Construction at Northwestern University in the Residential Services Office.  While at Northwestern, Tim was responsible for building operations and maintenance throughout the 1.9M gross square foot residence hall portfolio, supervision of all externally contracted vendors and University service trades staff, acting as a liaison to City of Evanston and University Risk Management personnel and oversight of the work order program.  Tim also served on multiple capital project teams managing construction projects totaling over $45 million in six years. 

Tim is a 1999 cum laude graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he received his B.A.  His M.S. was conferred in 2001 from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Tim can be reached here.

External Relations

Meghan Schmidt - Director of Community & Family Engagement

Meghan Schmidt joined CICS in 2004. Ms. Schmidt has more than 10 years of experience as an educator in both public and private school settings. Most recently, her responsibilities were focused on middle-school curriculum and assessment. Ms. Schmidt works with the Education Management Organizations (EMO) and CICS campus personnel to coordinate special school programs and monitor needs as they relate to student performance. Currently, she facilitates community and family engagement at all 16 of Chicago International's campuses, coordinates more than 150 after-school and community-based programs across the network and facilitates the CICS Advisory Board. Ms. Schmidt is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Meghan can be reached here.


Natalie Neris - Chief of Academic Accountability

Natalie joined CICS after working within CPS for over ten years. Most recently, she served in the role of Instructional Support Leader in the Fulton Network and then as the Assistant Principal in the Burnham Park Network. Natalie is responsible for monitoring the organization and delivery of all curricular and instructional programs and services in order to ensure that they are based on best practices and aligned with district and state standards and assessments.

Natalie can be reached here.

Opportunities at CICS

If you are interested in roles at the campuses (teaching/leadership/staff) or at the School Management level, please visit our careers page for more information.