​Administrative Cabinet

Saia, A

Dr. Andria Saia joined the CAIU as Executive Director in January, 2018. Previously, she was the Assistant Superintendent of the Chester Upland School District from 2013 to 2017. As Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Saia managed student services and transportation; coordinated with the Board on development and revision of board policy and the establishment of administrative regulations; supervised secondary principals; and served on the Superintendent’s leadership team and as the union liaison. Prior to Chester Upland, Dr. Saia was employed by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, first as the Assistant Director of Special Programs from 2009 to 2011, and then as the Director of Alternative Education Services from 2011 to 2013.

Dr. Saia received her Pennsylvania teaching certification in Special Education in 2009. She now holds a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility, as well as Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and Supervisor of Special Education certifications.

Before becoming an educator, Dr. Saia earned her JD from Widener University School of Law, Delaware, and was a practicing attorney and shareholder for 10 years in a law firm specializing in school law, providing legal services to public school agencies across the Commonwealth.

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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.

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.


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 an M.B.A. from Shippensburg University and a B.S. in Business Administration with an option in Accounting from Bloomsburg University.  In 2017, he earned Pennsylvania Registered School Business Administrator (PRSBA) designation through the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO).