Meet Kathy

Kathy Blaisdell

Kathy has been with the International Boys' Schools Coalition since 2006. As the Assistant Executive Director, she wears many hats for the IBSC, including ones for technology, membership, website operations, and comic relief. She especially loves the tech and research parts of her work, as well as getting to communicate daily with IBSC members and constituents. One of her favorite parts of the year is attending the IBSC Annual Conference, a time when she has the opportunity to match names with faces. Please reach out to Kathy at with any questions or comments, or just to say hello.

A beneficiary of single-gender education (Kathy received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, the first of the Seven Sisters Colleges), she believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of single-gender classrooms. Prior to joining the IBSC she worked as an application programmer, where she mingled quite happily with her mostly male co-workers and learned to play a mean game of foosball while not debugging programs.

In addition to her work with the IBSC, Kathy has a Master's Degree in Addiction Psychology. She is an EAGALA-certified mental health counselor and has worked with children and adults facing a wide range of challenges including mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, and spectrum disorders—particularly children and families adjusting to Asperger’s and/or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

With success in education, technology, business, and relationship-building, Kathy has been able to incorporate her professional wisdom with holistic approaches. Whether with others or solo, she works to tackle challenges in thoughtful and practical ways. Her goal is always to do the next right thing as she aims for connection, solutions, growth, and learning—in the IBSC community, out in the horse pasture, and in everyday life. For her, connection is the root of all things that matter.

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