BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The role of the Board of Directors at AISJ is a strategic one.
Primary functions of the Board are:
- Long term sustainability
- Setting the mission, vision and core beliefs, strategic goals and measurable outcomes for the School
- Hiring, retention and annual evaluation of the School Director, thus ensuring a quality educational program
- Ensuring long-term financial health approving tuition fees and the annual budget.
The Board has a hybrid structure and is comprised of elected, appointed and seconded members.
The Board meets monthly through the academic year and conducts the majority of its role through standing committees namely Finance, Facilities and Governance.
PAMELA GUTMANN - CHAIR AND BOARD DIRECTOR
Pamela Gutmann is the mother of 3 boys who attend AISJ and are in grades 5, 3 and 1. Pamela has spent the last 24 years living, studying and working internationally.
The Gutmann family arrived in South Africa in August 2012, having lived in the US, Hong Kong, and Egypt. Pamela is originally from Zimbabwe and has US and Swiss citizenship. Raised and educated in Zimbabwe, Pamela continued her education in Canada, where she attended an international high school and completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Proceeding to the US for her undergraduate and graduate studies; Pamela holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from Macalester College, an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a Masters in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Pamela has prior corporate experience in sales and corporate banking. She also has experience as a Board Member on the Macalester College Alumni Board and is involved in a number of volunteer activities.
Term ends – June 2017
CAROLYNN PETTIT - FACILITIES CHAIR AND BOARD DIRECTOR
Carolynn is currently serving her second elected term. She chairs the Board’s Facilities Committee and has served on the committee since its inception in 2010, she has also served on the Governance and Policy Committees. Carolynn previously served two years on the Board of the International Schools Group of Saudi Arabia on its Finance and Facilities Committee.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and enjoyed a 20-year career in petrochemical process design and project management working in the USA, Cyprus, South Africa, Thailand, and Indonesia. Her daughters Claire, and Anna enrolled in AISJ in 2004 in Grade 2 and Kindergarten and will graduate from AISJ in 2015 and 2017.
Carolynn is dedicated to the sustainability of AISJ and the success of its students and has served many volunteer roles including ES Class Mom; ES Reading Mom; Girl Scout Leader; PA Treasurer and MS Coordinator; ES/MS/HS Theater productions. She is committed to ensuring AISJ becomes increasingly “green”, i.e., minimizing the school’s negative impact on the environment in the interest of future generations.
Term ends – June 2018
PATRICK MCCABE - BOARD DIRECTOR
Patrick is originally from Dallas, Texas. He attended The University of Texas for his undergraduate, after which he lived in Hawaii working in the hotel & hospitality business for 9 years. He then attended Tulane for his MBA and subsequently joined Citibank. Before moving to South Africa, he spent 12 years across Asia with Citibank in Singapore, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.
He has spent the last 3 years in South Africa, and is here with his wife Nacha and two children, Maya and William. Patrick joined RMB Corporate Banking in 2013 and will be staying in South Africa for the foreseeable future.
Term ends – June 2017
MEMUNA WILLIAMS - BOARD DIRECTOR
Memuna Williams is a professional translator and manager with a 21-year career working in language services and business and serving in trade organizations. She has a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Translation and a Master of Business Administration. Mrs. Williams is currently a DBA candidate at University of Liverpool.
Mrs. Williams started her language services career in Canada at an independent, public railway company with roughly 13 billion dollars in revenue operating in six Canadian provinces and 13 US states. She went on to work in the United States for a global language services provider with more than 70 offices on five continents, for a premier localization service provider and for her own award-winning firm with offices in the US, Canada, Kenya and Nigeria. Mrs. Williams was recently the Chief Operating Officer at a non-governmental organization in Lagos, Nigeria. She has been named a Woman in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Williams has extended her workplace experience with service on the boards of trade associations. At these organizations, she has been entrusted with such assignments as commenting on the state of business for women business owners at a public Chamber of Commerce meeting and representing women business owners as a panelist at a Small Business Administration conference that was gathering information on the needs of women business owners for President Obama. She has written articles and given conference presentations on language services and business management. She is passionate about helping people build businesses that will continue as going concerns over the long term and contribute positively to their communities.
Mrs. Williams is in South Africa with her husband, Victor Williams, who is in the country working for Standard Bank. They have three boys, two at AISJ on the Johannesburg campus and one in university in the United States.
Term ends - June 2019
DR. ANDY PAGE-SMITH - SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Andy Page-Smith was born in Britain and immigrated to Tasmania, Australia as a child. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Australia teaching at all levels K-12. Before entering international education he worked as a consultant in literacy development and as an Associate Professor of Education. He earned his doctorate degree from the University of Sarasota, Florida, with research on “Mentoring in Cross-Cultural Contexts”.
This is his twentieth year overseas – having held leadership positions in Kuwait, Vietnam, Qatar and Hong Kong, as well as serving on the NESA Board and President of ACAMIS for four years. In August 2010 he took up his current appointment as School Director of the American School of Johannesburg. He currently serves on the Board of Academy of International School Heads as well as working as an adjunct professor at Lehigh University. He has a particular interest in leadership, governance, and teaching and learning. He is married with a seventeen-year-old daughter adopted from Vietnam.
ERIC THOMPSON - BOARD DIRECTOR
Eric is the CFO of Coca-Cola Southern Africa. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Eric held various positions at Price Waterhouse and Mellon Bank. Eric is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Towson University and Master of Science Degree in Finance and Public Policy from Carnegie - Mellon University. Eric and his wife Cindy Thompson have a daughter in Grade 12.
Term ends - June 2017
ASHLEY MULRONEY - SECRETARY, TREASURER, FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR AND BOARD DIRECTOR
Ashley Mulroney is the Deputy Director of the Development Program at the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria with responsibility for finance, human resources and general administration of Canada’s development assistance program in South Africa and Kenya.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she received her BA (Smith College) and MA (Harvard), in Political Science and Russian. She has worked with the Canadian International Development Agency and now the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development in eight countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa.
South Africa is her third posting after Russia and Kenya. Ashley and her husband, Peter, have three children, two of whom are at the Pretoria campus – Abigail in Grade 4, Jack in kindergarten. Oliver (2) is dying to ride the school bus every morning but is still too young for AISJ.
Ashley’s career in development has given her extensive exposure to performance management (results-based management, monitoring, and evaluation), financial management in the government and non-profit sectors as well as project and program governance across a multitude of sectors and in a wide variety of cultural settings. Beyond her work with the Board, Ashley is also responsible for organizing the after-school French program run by the Alliance Française at the Pretoria campus. Ashley looks forward to working with the Board to maintain and improve the quality of AISJ’s programs and facilities and to enhance the Board’s communication with the school community.
Term ends - June 2018
TRACY HERSCOWITZ - GOVERNANCE CHAIR AND BOARD DIRECTOR
Tracy moved to South Africa with her family in 2014. She is the mother of three children who attend elementary and middle school at AISJ’s Pretoria Campus. At AISJ, Tracy has been active as a room parent, involved in the Pretoria Parents’ Association, and chairs the AISJ Governance Committee.
Tracy has lived with her family in five countries across different regions of the world. AISJ is her fourth IB school and she has participated heavily in each one. Tracy prioritizes that AISJ provides a strong academic education and prepares our children to be informed, independent thinkers and responsible citizens ready for success a culturally diverse world.
Tracy is an attorney with a Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and a J.D. from Georgetown University. She specialized as a health care regulatory and white-collar attorney in the Washington, DC before moving overseas. Since 2006, Tracy has worked for USAID in Dominican Republic, Peru, and Kenya with a focus on strategic planning and performance management of education and health programs.
Term ends - June 2018
KELLY NEUMANN - VICE CHAIR AND BOARD DIRECTOR
Kelly moved to Johannesburg with her family in August of 2015. She and her husband have two children enrolled in MS at the JHB campus. Originally from Canada, Kelly and her family have spent the last 12 years abroad living in Korea, Switzerland and Vietnam. AISJ is the fourth international school that her children have attended and Kelly has been an active volunteer in each one.
Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Science in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado. She enjoyed a career in telecommunications before becoming a mom and embarking on her family's overseas experience. Over the last decade, as she watched her children and their peers in school, her passion surrounding education grew and culminated in her going back to school to obtain a PGCE from the University of Sunderland.
Kelly feels it is an exciting time to be a part of the AISJ school board and community as they embark on implementing their recently developed strategic plan.
Term ends - June 2019
Rebecca Krzywda – U.S. Ambassador’s Representative
Rebecca Krzywda has worked with USAID since 1999. She has served in Serbia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Nigeria, the Philippines and Pakistan. Ms. Krzywda holds a Masters of Accounting and a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from the George Washington University where she was on the rowing team. She is also a CPA. Ms Krzywda has triplets (two sons and a daughter) that are currently in middle school at AISJ-Pretoria. Prior to USAID, Ms. Krzywda worked with the African Wildlife Foundation and a private company as a bookkeeper.
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