Investigation Response


In October 2018, Catlin Gabel’s Board of Trustees became aware of alumni reports on social media of sexual misconduct by a former faculty member. The board responded by hiring independent investigator Lori Watson of Watson Law Workplace Investigations, LLC to formally engage in a broad inquiry of any sexual misconduct at any time at Catlin Gabel. Her key factual findings were shared with the Catlin Gabel community on December 11, 2019.

Letter to the Community (PDF)

Investigation Key Factual Findings

The content of these findings is sensitive, personal, and graphic. It is not intended for children.

Summary of Key Findings (PDF)Reader Discretion Advised

In Support of Alumni

We sincerely apologize to everyone who has been impacted by these incidents, and we are grateful to those individuals who took part in the investigation.

We recognize that additional alumni may decide to come forward. Catlin Gabel has retained the services of the independent investigator on an ongoing basis. Any concerns can be reported anonymously to Lori Watson via voicemail at (503) 972-1581; she can be reached directly by email at or by phone at (971) 291-7672. Reports may also be made directly to Detective Chuck Anderson at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He can be reached at or (503) 846-2704.

RAINN operates The National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-HOPE or, which can be used to access confidential and anonymous immediate support services—including crisis intervention, information, and resources—24/7, in both English and Spanish.

An Open Letter to Survivors (PDF)

Catlin Gabel Therapy Fund

Catlin Gabel School has created a fund to provide former students with financial assistance for current and past therapy costs related to their sexual abuse by former employees at the school. All requests related to the therapy fund are handled by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. All inquiries and utilization of the fund are confidential and will not be shared with Catlin Gabel. RAINN’s dedicated Catlin Gabel hotline will be available beginning March 16, 2020 at (855) 944-2235.

Therapy Fund Q&A

Our Commitment to Students

Protecting the safety, welfare, and health of our students is paramount. Our policies, regulations, and safeguards, which are annually reviewed and updated, have been benchmarked against and rise above the standards set by the National Association of Independent Schools.

Learn MoreAbout Our Safety Resources

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

All Catlin Gabel employees must immediately report any concerns about adult-student boundary violations, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or child abuse. It is also expected that students, parents, volunteers, or other members of the community report any concerns. Catlin Gabel takes all such reports seriously and will have concerns investigated, and when appropriate will notify law enforcement and child welfare.

Reports can be sent to

Any member of Catlin Gabel’s Response Team
Head of School, Tim Bazemore (
Assistant Head of School, Barbara Ostos (
Director of Human Resources, Gloria Martin (

SafeSchools Alert (an anonymous tip line)
Catlin Gabel’s identification code for reporting is 1832
Phone or text: (971) 351-1754
All anonymous tips will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Community Communications Regarding Investigation

May 12, 2020
Culture Study Group (PDF)

March 16, 2020
Letter to Alumni & Community (PDF)

January 31, 2020
Letter to Alumni (PDF)

January 25, 2020
Alumni Listening Session Meeting Documents (PDF)

December 21, 2019
Letter to Alumni (PDF)

December 18, 2019
Letter to Alumni (PDF)

December 11, 2019
Letter to the Community (PDF)

December 11, 2019
An Open Letter to Survivors (PDF)

March 6, 2019
Reminder Announcement

January 2, 2019
Reminder Announcement

October 10, 2018
Announcement of Independent Investigation

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Alumni Listening Sessions

These gatherings provide a forum for Catlin Gabel to listen and learn from our wide alumni community. Additional gatherings, including online sessions, will be added when scheduled.

Jan. 25, 1:00p.m.
Gathering at Cheatham Hall, World Forestry Center in Portland With Abuse Survivor Coach Svava Brooks

Dec. 14, 1:00p.m.
Gathering at the Barn at Catlin Gabel in Portland With Head and Assistant Head of School