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.
KELLY NEUMANN - CHAIR & BOARD DIRECTOR
Kelly moved to Johannesburg with her family in August of 2015. She and her husband have two children attending AISJ at the Johannesburg 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 ofWestern 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
MEMUNA WILLIAMS - VICE CHAIR & 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 the 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 panellist 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 two children attending AISJ at the Johannesburg Campus and one attending university in the United States.
Term ends - June 2019
TRACY HERSCOWITZ - GOVERNANCE CHAIR & BOARD DIRECTOR
Tracy moved to South Africa with her family in 2014. She is the mother of three children - two attending AISJ at the Pretoria Campus and one in High School at the Johannesburg 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 2019
ERDI KURSUNOGLU - TREASURER, FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR & BOARD DIRECTOR
Erdi is married to Umut and they have 2 sons, Can & Ates who attend AISJ at the Johannesburg Campus. The Kursunoglu family moved to South Africa five years ago. Erdi was born in Frankfurt, Germany and grew up in Germany and Turkey. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Bogazici University, a Post graduate diploma in International Management from Istanbul University and an MBA in Finance from Imperial College London. Throughout his professional career, he has had 17 years of Executive experience in Telecommunication as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Sales in the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Far East and Sub Saharan Africa. Erdi is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Mass Discounters, a subsidiary of Walmart.
Term ends - June 2020
RACHEL GEYER - SECRETARY & BOARD DIRECTOR
Rachel and her husband, Markus, moved to Johannesburg in July 2016. They have a son attending AISJ at the Johannesburg Campus and a son who graduated from AISJ in 2017. They also have a daughter who is studying Management at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and a son who is working for a start-up company in London.
Rachel is a British and German citizen and grew up in the UK. After earning a degree in Business from the Universities of Swansea, (U.K.) and Augsburg, (Germany), Rachel moved to Germany as a lecturer with the Business Faculty at the University of Regensburg. After teaching for a number of years in Regensburg followed by the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Rachel and Markus started on their expat journey. They have lived in China, Dubai and now South Africa, returning for several years to Germany in between each foreign assignment. Rachel has worked in the majority of the schools attended by their children, whether in a teaching capacity, volunteering or, most recently, as Board Secretary and Chair of the Governance Committee on the board of the Bavarian International School near Munich, Germany. Rachel has always strived to be a positive support to each school community and believes that a school can best reach its full potential when all stakeholders work together towards this goal.
Term ends - June 2020
CAROLYNN PETTIT - FACILITIES CHAIR AND BOARD DIRECTOR
Carolynn served two elected terms and is currently serving as a seconded Board Director. 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 graduated 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 2021
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 who attend AISJ at the Johannesburg Campus. Patrick joined RMB Corporate Banking in 2013 and will be staying in South Africa for the foreseeable future.
Term ends - June 2020
RODNEY GILLESPIE - BOARD DIRECTOR
Rodney has been with AstraZeneca for approximately ten years and was a part of the US business where he held a number of senior roles in Managed Markets and Sales leadership, which included being the National Sales Director for primary care where he led a 1800 person sales force with outstanding results. Over the past few years, Rodney has worked internationally, first in the UK and currently in South Africa.
He has demonstrated his leadership by heading the Global Product Team and Global Brand Teams for Movantik where he drove the US & EU launch performance and successfully navigated the completion of a deal with Prostrakan for the out-licensing of Moventig in the EU. Prior to this, Rodney had been the VP of Commercial Strategy, International and before that he was the Commercial Head of the Forxiga Franchise as well as Saxa/Dapa for the International region where he worked closely with emerging markets to successfully launch multiple brands. He also led the integration of the Diabetes business from Bristol Myers Squibb to AstraZeneca for the International markets. Rodney has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce & Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and Masters of Business Administration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Rodney enjoys, spending time with his wife, Angela, and his girls. He has a daughter who attends AISJ at the Johannesburg Campus and a daughter who attends university in the United States. He has a passion for participating in activities/organizations that allow him to give back to disadvantaged communities and kids. In addition to serving on the AISJ Board of Directors, Rodney is the Secretary for the South African Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Term ends - 2020
ALIYA MASOOD - BOARD DIRECTOR
Aliya moved to South Africa with her family in August 2015. She is the mother of two children who attend AISJ at the Johannesburg Campus. Prior to moving to South Africa, Aliya lived in Dubai for five years where she was teaching undergraduate psychology at the University of Wollongong. During this time, she also received a Post Graduate Certification in Higher Education from Middlesex University, UK. Aliya has previous corporate work experience in media and communications. However, her most challenging and rewarding role has been that of an educator. Aliya is from Pakistan but grew up in Washington, DC. She has a BA (Hons.) and MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She has also served on the Board of the Oxbridge Society, Karachi Educational Trust. Aliya is a committed and passionate educator who believes that the key to education lies in respecting and accommodating the diverse needs of our students.
Term ends - 2020
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) who attend AISJ at the Johannesburg Campus. Prior to USAID, Ms. Krzywda worked with the African Wildlife Foundation and a private company as a bookkeeper.
Term ends - 2018
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 twenty-third 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 for Lehigh University. He has a particular interest in leadership, governance, and teaching and learning. He is married and has a daughter who graduated from AISJ in 2017.