Meet Our Board of Trustees

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Mr. Fidel Agbor

Fidel has 7 years of experience developing and executing growth strategies for companies across multiple industries including healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. He has led several product launches, operational improvement initiatives, and M&A evaluations. Currently Fidel is a Global Business Manager at J.M. Huber Corporation where he manages a $135M line of business.

 

Previously he has served as a board member for Decatur Cooperative Ministry. He received his MBA from Dartmouth College and his BBA from the University of Georgia.

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Ms. Nancy Bauer

Nancy, the founder of BrandWoman Consulting, is an industry expert in marketing to women, and a senior strategist in brand marketing, strategic partnerships, thought leadership, and reputation building in the educational and consumer lifestyle arena. For nearly 20 years, Nancy served as a Senior VP and Senior Partner with Fleishman-Hillard International Communications and worked with companies such as Delta Airlines, Viking Range Corporation, ING, Johnson & Johnson, and Lexus.

 

She has served as a board member and head of the marketing committee for the Atlanta International School and as a policy analyst for the Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Board of Education. Nancy holds a BS in International Relations and Spanish from West Virginia University and an MA in Management and Policy Analysis from the New School University in NYC.

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Mr. Kevin Denney

Kevin holds a BA in History from Presbyterian College, a teaching certification with gifted education concentration from Georgia State University, and an MEd from Kennesaw State University. He has taught for 31 years at various schools in North Georgia; 13 years as a middle school teacher and the last 18 as a high school teacher. 

 

He has taught IB History since 2004 and Theory of Knowledge since 2017. Kevin has been both the DP & CP Coordinator at South Forsyth High School since 2008 and the President of the IB Georgia Association of World Schools since 2008. He has also been an IB Educator Network volunteer (IBEN) since 2011 and in that capacity has served on both IB consulting and visiting teams.

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Dr. Robert W. Gaines II

Robert joined the GA Partnership for Excellence in Education staff in 2018. His background is in teaching and research. Rooted in his experiences as an English composition instructor, his research interests include college readiness, education history, and the intersection of religion and education policy.

 

Robert holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in English from Penn State University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Morehouse College.

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Mr. Geoffrey Gavin

Geoffrey is an attorney with the Jones Day law firm in Atlanta. Geoffrey has been practicing in the area of intellectual property law for over 20 years and advises clients on foundational IP matters, including patent litigation, and strategic IP counseling.

 

He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Alabama School of Law. Geoffrey has served on the CASIE Board since 2015.

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Mr. Kevin Glass

As the Head of the Atlanta International School, Kevin is committed to developing students who will courageously lead and shape our world for the better. He has held school leadership and teaching positions in South and West Africa, Central and North America, and Central Asia. Before AIS, Kevin served as Director of the Tashkent International School in Uzbekistan.

Kevin serves on various Boards, including the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), the Academy for International School Heads (AISH), the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE), Horizons Atlanta, the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS) and the Buckhead Coalition.

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Mr. Phil Mazzara

Philip G. Mazzara has led comprehensive advancement programs and capital campaigns for a wide range of non-profit organizations during his 45-year career. He has served as president of three hospital foundations and chief development officer for two academic medical centers, a technology university and a liberal arts college. Additionally, he has served as chief development officer for two Atlanta-based international NGOs, The Carter Center and CARE USA.

A graduate of Lynchburg (VA) College, he has a great and long-standing interest in World War I. For the past several years, he served The Doughboy Foundation, first as its chief development officer, then as President & CEO, and he helped lead the $50 million campaign to build the U.S. National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC, which opened to the public in April, 2021. He continues with the Doughboy Foundation, serving on its Board of Directors and as President Emeritus.

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Mr. Mark Meltzer

Mark Meltzer is executive vice president of Hope-Beckham Inc. public relations. He joined the company after a career as one of the most respected and influential business journalists in metro Atlanta. Mark was Executive Editor of the Atlanta Business Chronicle for more than 20 years, during which he helped shape the editorial content of one of the nation’s largest business journals. Since 2020 he is a  partner with GPR Global. 

Mark is a member of the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Press Club and co-chaired the nonprofit’s Finance and Operations Committee, as well as being a former club president, treasurer and programs chair. He’s been a member of the Rotary Club of Buckhead for 15 years and for three years served on its board of directors.

Mark has co-authored 10 books on personal finance with nationally syndicated consumer advocate Clark Howard. Three of his books made the New York Times Best Sellers List, and one reached No. 1. 

Mark has lived in Atlanta for 35 years. He previously worked as a reporter for the Marietta Daily Journal and the Gwinnett Daily News. 

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Dr. Bob Michael

Bob retired as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Educator Preparation and Policy for the University System of Georgia, working with the public colleges and educational agencies to develop policies and innovations supporting educator preparation programs.

 

Previously, Bob was the Dean of the College of Education at the University of North Georgia, working with colleagues to develop several innovative programs, including the first Early Childhood and Special Education dual-major undergraduate degree in Georgia, two-year placement programs for pre-service teachers, an alternative teacher certification program, and international exchanges for students and faculty. Bob also worked at Valdosta State University and Georgia State University; he began his education career as a middle grades language arts and science teacher. 

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Dr. Raquel Rimpola

Dr. Raquel Rimpola is the Chief of Assessment and Accreditation for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) where she manages a diverse, multimillion-dollar portfolio including complex programs to promote quality education for military connected students in schools located in eleven foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. She also has served as a teacher, school principal, adjunct professor, and Director in school systems in the Metro Atlanta area.

 

Twice detailed at the Pentagon, Raquel has supported major DoD initiatives to counter extremist activities and promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across DoD.
Raquel received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University, master’s degree in Secondary Mathematics at Mercer University, and bachelor’ degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Santo Tomas.

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Dr. Manjula Salomon

Manjula was born in India and educated in India, the UK, and the US. She has earned multiple Master’s degrees, been a Fulbright scholar, and earned an Ed.D in Curriculum Development and Pedagogy with a specialty in international Education.  

 
Most of her career has been in international schools in Iran, the US, and Indonesia. Manjula was part of the IB program in those schools, and was also IB's Chief Examiner for TOK for eight years. She co-authored two TOK text books.  She currently serves as the Associate Head of Academics and Global at the Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida, and plans to bring the IB Diploma Programme into her school in 2021.

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Dr. Monique Seefried, Board Chair

Born a French citizen in Tunisia, Monique became a US citizen in 1985. She grew up in Austria, France, and Italy and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She is fluent in English, French, German, and Italian and spent the last 40 years working in the museum world and education.

 

In 1999, she became the Founding Executive Director of CASIE and led the organization until 2004. Since stepping back from its daily leadership, she has served on CASIE's board of trustees and in 2016 became the board chair. From 2003 until 2009, she served as Chairman of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Board of Governors. In 2014, she was appointed by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to the US World War I Centennial Commission.

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Mr. Iwan Streichenberger, Board Vice Chair

Iwan earned his Master in Management from ESCP Europe and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard  University Business School in 2014. He is an entrepreneur, investor, operator, and consultant, focusing on Education and Technology, and their fast-changing and growing intersection. With 25 years of experience, Iwan has worked with top-tier consulting firms, large multinationals, private equity firms, and innovative start-ups, such as Vivendi Universal, Promethean, Houghton Mifflin, Pearson, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Boston Consulting Group, and more.  


Iwan has worked and lived throughout the world, including France, South Africa, and the in Massachusetts, California, and Georgia in the United States of America. He speaks French and English fluently.  Iwan enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as mountain biking, skiing, sailing, and golf. 

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Dr. Cheryl Granade Sullivan

Her liberal arts education at Agnes Scott College launched Cheryl Granade Sullivan into a life of learning and adventure. She went on to complete graduate degrees, including the first Ph.D. in Educational Leadership awarded by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Emory University. The research for her degree won a national dissertation award.

 

In addition to heading her own consulting practice for 37 years, she has taught as a visiting faculty member at several universities, including The University of Texas at Austin. Her numerous publications include How to Mentor in the Midst of Change. Work and fun have led her to travel to all seven continents and the fifty states of the US.

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Ms. Pascale Viala

Pascale is currently Head of the Secondary School Library at the Atlanta International School. Originally from France, she moved to Atlanta with her family in 2006 to follow her husband's career and embraced IB international education through her three sons' schooling at AIS.
 
After 17 years of diverse experiences with Unilever in Europe, ranging from Chemical Engineer in R&D to Plant Operations Manager or Facilities Director, she decided to depart from corporate life and went back to graduate school to become a library and information technology teacher. Change management and continuous improvement are at the heart of her lifelong learning approach.

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Mr. Patrick Wallace

Patrick currently serves as the Program Specialist for World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives with the Georgia Department of Education, where he supports a variety of programs including the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy, the International Skills Diploma Seal, and the Georgia Dual Language Immersion Initiative. 

 

He is a veteran German teacher of 22 years and a two-time Teacher of the Year, recipient of the SCOLT Leadership Award, and a published author. 

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Ms. Emily Willingham

Native Atlantan Emily Willingham, (BA, English, Wake Forest University; MAT, English, University of Vermont) has championed education through myriad engagements: 12th grade English teacher, Virginia public schools; freshman composition and literature professor, Georgia Tech; information technology instructor, Auckland, New Zealand; ‘Literary & Education Expert,’ Jiangxi Institute of Finance and Economics, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China; Education Consultant, Bellerive Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland and Nairobi, Kenya; Trustee, Atlanta International School (AIS); investigator and primary author, “Living Languages at AIS,” recommending the launch of AIS’s Early Learning Center offering total immersion for 3 and 4-year-olds in four languages.  Emily joined CASIE’s board in 2012.

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Mr. John Woodward

John Woodward is the Vice President of Global Commerce at the Metro Atlanta Chamber, one of the oldest and largest chambers of commerce in the United States. He assists foreign-owned enterprises (FOEs) contemplating entry or expansion in the US market. In almost 20 years in economic development, Mr. Woodward has assisted hundreds of companies to relocate or expand, ranging from US headquarters, operations or manufacturing for Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Adidas, “K” Line, Hamburg Sud, Voestalpine, Sany, Dongwon, Elekta, Dekra, Interroll to small/medium enterprises (SMEs) just entering the US with a sales office.

Before his role at the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Mr. Woodward was Director of Economic Development for the City of Richmond (Virginia). Previously, Mr. Woodward worked in commercial real estate at the New York headquarters of Cushman & Wakefield, and as a foreign exchange trader in Washington, DC, with Ruesch International.

 

Mr. Woodward earned a BSFS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. He also completed programs at the Université de Strasbourg and Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) near Paris. He lives in Atlanta’s Westside with his wife and daughter. 

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Ms. Kimberly Yoo

Kimberly currently works for JP Latz Advisors providing CFO-level advisory services for private companies and nonprofits across a diverse range of industries. In addition, Kimberly serves as Senior Investment Analyst for a large family office overseeing a multi-million dollar investment portfolio encompassing stocks, bonds, private equity, 1031 exchanges, and private real estate investments.  Prior to joining JP Latz Advisors, Kimberly worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in the Private Client Services Group. She also worked as an auditor and asset portfolio manager for an asset-based lending company where she focused on small to medium companies.   

Kimberly received her M.B.A. in Finance from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in Accounting from Oklahoma City University. She serves as Treasurer of CASIE's Board of Trustees.