Renowned Leadership

Shrub Oak International School is directed by a team of experts each with over 35 years of special education school experience. The school’s co-directors, Gil Tippy and Dianne Zager, are recognized internationally for their expertise in helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder lead independent and productive lives. They are supported by academic experts who are great teachers skilled at working with students with ASD, residential experts, seasoned clinical-care providers, technology specialists, space-design professionals, and leaders in agriculture, agritech, nutrition, and physical activity, collaborating in a one-of-a-kind facility where students with ASD can thrive.


Head of Clinical Services
Gil Tippy, Psy.D., Co-Director
Dean of Education
Dianne Zager, Ph.D., Co-Director

Leadership Team

Dean of Student Life
Wendy Eklund, MBA
Head of People & Culture
Lori Josephs, J.D.
Director of Education
Tracey Frank, MA

Faculty & Staff

Admissions Coordinator
Petra Daitz, MSEd