​Administrative Cabinet

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Cindy Mortzfeldt serves as the Executive Director for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit and as the Superintendent of Record for the Dauphin County Technical School and the Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School. She has over 30 years in the education system and earned her B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Liberty University. She received her Master’s Degree in Reading and administrative certificates from Shippensburg University. She holds a Letter of Eligibility, Principal K-12 Certification, Supervisor of Reading Certification, Reading Specialist Certification, ESL Certification, Middle Level Mathematics Certification, and Instructional II Teaching Certification for Elementary Education.

She began her career as a teacher and reading specialist in the Southern Fulton School District and then as a reading specialist in Philadelphia before relocating to the Central Pennsylvania region. She began working at the CAIU in 1986 as a reading specialist in the Nonpublic School Services program. In 2004, she served as the Supervisor for that program where she facilitated educational services for students enrolled in nonpublic schools. In 2009, she became the Assistant Executive Director of the CAIU and provided executive oversight of the Nonpublic School Services program, federal programs, board policies, and emergency planning. In 2010-11, she served as the Acting Executive Director for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.


Rhonda Brunner became the Assistant Executive Director of the CAIU in July, 2014. In this role, she oversees all federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) programs, as well as operations and buildings and grounds. She also assists the Executive Director in providing daily leadership to the CAIU’s numerous educational programs.

Dr. Brunner earned her B.S. degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education and her Master’s degree in Reading from Shippensburg University. She then received her Principal’s certification from Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus, and most recently, earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus. She also holds her Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.

Dr. Brunner brings a great familiarity of the CAIU districts to her position. She served as the Superintendent of West Perry School District for seven years before joining the CAIU. Dr. Brunner first began her career at West Perry, spending seven years working her way through the professional ranks, from a classroom teacher to a literacy specialist. Dr. Brunner also worked in administration in the West Shore School District, as well as the Harrisburg School District, first as the Coordinator of Reading and Federal Programs, then as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to her extensive work in K-12 education, Dr. Brunner previously was an Assistant Professor for Teacher Education at Shippensburg University and is currently serving as an adjunct instructor in the Educational Leadership program at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus.

McDonald, Alicia

Alicia McDonald serves as the Director of Student Services and has been employed by the CAIU since 1987.  As Director of Student Services, Alicia leads the teams responsible for coordinating and providing services related to Early Intervention, School-Age Special Education, Diakon, Loysville YDC, and the Partial and Hospital Programs.  Alicia provides leadership and support to our member districts by facilitating the monthly Special Education Advisory Council and facilitating the CAIU Regional Special Education Planning Committee.  

Alicia began her career as a teacher of the deaf or hard of hearing at the CAIU.  In 1998 she moved into a Curriculum Specialist position for Student Services and then into a Program Supervisor role with Multiple Disabilities, Life Skills Support and Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Alicia has also served as an adjunct instructor for Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg.  

Alicia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and a Master of Education degree in Deaf Education from Bloomsburg University.  She holds certifications as a Teacher in special education as well as deaf/hard of hearing, Supervisor of Special Education, and Principal K-12.  Alicia was awarded the “Outstanding Student” award from Penn State for her work in the Principal Certification program.  Alicia is also active in educational organizations and the community; she is a board and committee member of Champions for Children Educational Foundation.

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Theresa Kinsinger received her B.S. in Communication from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg. She is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, Theresa holds Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) Certification and Senior Certified Professional (SCP) from SHRM. Theresa provides ongoing counsel and support to supervisors in dealing with personnel issues and is the Right-to-Know Officer, EEOC Compliance and Complaint Officer, and Media Contact for the CAIU. She sits as a member of Administrative Cabinet and Leadership Team, the Professional Development Committee, coordinates and presides over the quarterly HR Advisory Council meetings for member districts, and leads the internal Social Committee. In addition, Theresa handles all labor issues including grievance procedures and processes; investigations; insurance and benefits administration; and regulation and law compliance such as FMLA, FLSA, ADA, EEOC, etc. Theresa also oversees the payroll function, provides counsel and guidance when districts have questions and need assistance.

Prior to coming to CAIU, Theresa was the Contracts and HR Manager for an international industrial manufacturer located in York, PA, where she was also heavily involved in developing the safety initiative. Previously, Theresa was the Corporate Services and Contracts Counsel for G.R. Sponaugle & Sons, Inc., an electrical and mechanical contractor in Harrisburg, PA, where she first became involved with HR. In both of these positions, Theresa was instrumental in counseling management on personnel matters and policy interpretation. Directly following law school, Theresa was with the PA Department of Transportation as a Certified Legal Intern and as an Assistant Counsel. Prior to law school, Theresa utilized her communications degree working in marketing and business development for two local engineering firms. These experiences provided her with a strong background in public relations; technical writing and editing; and layout and design including company newsletters, corporate brochures, and presentations.

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Brian Griffith has been employed by CAIU since 2004 and serves as the Director of Curriculum Services. In this capacity he leads the team responsible for coordinating services related to School Improvement, Strategic Planning, Act 48 Tracking/Reporting, Curriculum, Professional Development, Capital Area Online Learning Association, and Program Evaluation. Brian provides leadership to our member districts by facilitating the Curriculum Advisory Council and Secondary Principals Network.

Brian began his career in education as a mathematics teacher at West Perry Middle School, where he taught for five years. After leaving West Perry, he spent 12 years working for the Mechanicsburg Area School District in a variety of roles including middle school mathematics teacher, Supervisor of Mathematics K-12, and finally as the Supervisor of Secondary Curriculum and Technology. He has also served as an adjunct instructor for Wilson College and Wilkes University.

Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Messiah College and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Shippensburg University. He holds certification as a Mathematics Teacher, Supervisor of Mathematics and Principal, K-12. He has received several honors and awards including national recognition as recipient of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics “Future Leader Award” and locally when he was named “Outstanding Middle School Teacher” by the Council for Public Education.


David Martin is an established educational technology leader who began as the Director of Technology Services for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in July of 2008. He is passionate about integrating curriculum and technology to engage children and improve student learning. David’s aspiration is to help school districts successfully integrate and utilize technology so that students may benefit from 21st Century learning and become more competitive in today’s marketplace.

David began his educational career as a mathematics teacher in the Carlisle Area School District where he served as a pilot for many technology initiatives. Before coming to the CAIU, he served as the Technology Coordinator with the Big Spring School District for ten years, where he focused on classroom technology, online resources, network administration, integration of technology into the curriculum and using data to drive instruction. Along with teaching workshops on integrating technology into the classroom, David taught sessions on value-added assessment and data-driven decision making. David was a key player in building momentum for establishing data teams and having teachers take ownership of student data to make instructional decisions. In addition to his local workshops, David was a lead presenter at the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary & Secondary School Principals (PAESSP) and the 2008 PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference.

David has a diversified educational background which will assist him in leading the technology initiatives at the CAIU to support the educational goals of member school districts. After acquiring his bachelor’s degree at Shippensburg University in mathematics, he continued his education, earning his instructional technology certificate at Penn State University, and obtaining his master’s degree in educational administration as well as his K-12 principal’s certificate at Duquesne University.

Moran, Daren
Daren Moran serves as the Business Manager for the CAIU as well as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors. He has been working at the CAIU since June of 2003. He is primarily responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the daily business operations and activities of the CAIU. He also is responsible for the planning and implementation of business related policies, programs and proecedures to ensure the safeguarding of the CAIU's assets. Daren also serves as the Treasurer for the IU's educational foundation, Champions for Children.

Prior to coming to the CAIU, Daren worked in public accounting. He performed audits of non-profit and governmental entities.

Daren holds a M.B.A. from Shippensburg University and a B.S. in Business Administration with an option in Accounting from Bloomsburg University.