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Richard P. Hall
Appointed in 1983
Chair of the Board
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Richard P. Hall

Appointed in 1983
Chair of the Board
Dick Hall has served ASSIST as a member of the Board of Directors since 1983 and as Chair of the Board since 2005. A lifetime of experience in education gives him unmatched experience and insight that have proven crucial during these years of ASSIST's growth. Dick's passion for fostering leadership and opportunity among today's Scholars has led to his service as a trustee on multiple boards: the National Association of Independent Schools, the International Student House, and the Madeira School and St. Albans School in Washington, DC. After graduating from St. George's School and Trinity College and receiving his Master's degree from Middlebury College in 1968, Dick began his adventures in the education field. He taught at the Berkshire School and Phillips Exeter Academy, then served as the head of the upper school at Seven Hills School before moving on for the next 28 years to serve as the headmaster of the North Shore Country Day School, director of the International School of Brussels, and head of school of the Washington International School, from which he retired in 2007. Today, Dick and his wife, Carol, live in Washington, D.C.
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Pamela M. Thye
Appointed in 1992
Vice Chair
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Pamela M. Thye

Appointed in 1992
Vice Chair
Pamela first became acquainted with ASSIST in 1991 when she and her husband hosted an ASSIST Scholar. She now serves as the ASSIST Board vice chair, is a member of the Campaign Steering Committee to help ensure that the gears behind the ASSIST framework turn smoothly. For many years, Pamela accompanied teachers and students who took part in the ASSIST European seminars in Brussels and Germany. Pamela has worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Mayday Fund in New York, and several other nonprofit organizations. Thanks to her passion for nonprofit work and to her international experience from Peru to Germany, Pamela brings a unique perspective and incredibly valuable insight to ASSIST as we grow. Pamela attended the Nightingale Bamford School in New York City and the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, before attending Finch College. Today, Pamela lives in Connecticut and Florida with her husband, Renke. Pamela regularly facilitates alumni receptions and ASSIST marketing and development initiatives.
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Andrew C. Pilaro
Appointed in 2007
Vice Chair
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Andrew C. Pilaro

Appointed in 2007
Vice Chair
Andrew's financial background and experience living abroad make him a valuable asset to the ASSIST Board. Andrew is chair of the Campaign Steering Committee, and he chairs the subcommittee on investments. Andrew graduated from Suffield Academy in 1988, an ASSIST member school since the inception of the program, and he went on to the University of Virginia, graduating with a bachelor's degree, and received his MBA from Columbia University. A keen mind for finance and business has led him to become chairman of CAP Advisers Limited, a single-family office based in Dublin, Ireland. He also sits on the boards of ShipTime, Inc. and Berkshire School, and he is a member of the steering committee for the Ron Brown Scholar Program. The CAP Charitable Foundation's mission is to support organizations in the arts, medical research and education. ASSIST's mission lines up well, and the CAP Foundation is happy to actively ASSIST support. Andrew lives in Southampton N.Y., with his four sons.
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Andrew Wooden
Appointed in 2002
Vice Chair
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Andrew Wooden

Appointed in 2002
Vice Chair
As Vice Chair, Andrew Wooden serves on the Development & Alumni Relations, Campaign Steering, and Governance Committees, and on the Strategic Planning Task Force, where his creative and strategic contributions dramatically impact ASSIST's growth and outreach. He also chairs the Compensation sub-committee of the Executive Committee. Andrew has been a leader in the independent school world for over thirty years. He began his career at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH, where he taught and later transformed their admissions and development departments. In his twelve years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, he taught and led the admissions and financial aid departments and initiated several scholar and scholarship programs ' ASSIST scholars were an integral part of the admissions strategic goals. He also worked as a senior dean and oversaw other major school-wide initiatives. After earning his Master's Degree in Religion from Yale Divinity School in 1996, he accepted a position in New Mexico to help build a new independent school in Albuquerque. Under Andrew's leadership, Bosque School grew to 540 students and is respected as a top independent day school known for academic excellence, community service, and environmental education. ASSIST played an important role in Bosque School's pursuit of excellence.
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Robert Fleishman
Appointed in 2010
Treasurer
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Robert Fleishman

Appointed in 2010
Treasurer
Bob's impressive resume in the financial and legal fields makes him the ideal treasurer and member of the ASSIST Board of Directors. A member of the Executive Committee and the Compensation Subcommittee, and chair of the Finance Committee, Bob's active involvement in ASSIST has been crucial to developing our fiscal responsibility and ongoing growth. Bob began his career teaching at St. Ann's School in New York. There, he developed a passion for the independent school model, leading eventually to board service at the Maret School and the Washington International School, where he served as chair. After attending law school, he went on to serve as a trial attorney for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, and moved on to work as Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Elizabeth Dole. For many years, he served as a partner at Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C., and in Brussels. Today, Bob lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Anne. Bob's international experience adds flavor and perspective to his ongoing work with ASSIST.
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Helis Zulijani-Boye 00
Appointed in 2014
Secretary
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Helis Zulijani-Boye 00

Appointed in 2014
Secretary
A former ASSIST Scholar from Croatia (Cranbrook Schools '00), Helis is a valued member of the ASSIST Board. Her experience in the financial field and awareness of international educational issues make her the perfect addition to ASSIST's Development and Alumni Relations and Campaign Steering Committees. Helis graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in economics in 2005. She then went to work for JP Morgan, the Carlyle Group, and the Charterhouse Group, where she built a strong resume of experience in the financial sector. She is currently Principal, Soros Fund Management. Helis speaks four languages, loves to travel, and is passionate about giving more students the opportunity to experience international education. She currently lives in New York City with her husband, Andreas, and their very young twin daughters.
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David M. Diamond
Appointed in 2016
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David M. Diamond

Appointed in 2016
David's extensive marketing experience makes him a powerful asset to ASSIST's Board. David currently serves on the Finance and the Campaign Steering Committees, and he chairs the Messaging Task Force. After graduating from Carleton College with a Bachelor's in English Literature and from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business with an MBA, David went on to catapult multiple internationally recognized brands to success. His work as a brand manager for Procter & Gamble, as CEO of Lamaze Publishing Company, and as president of Catalina Marketing Corporation gave him the experience and insight he needed to branch out on his own, and he has been operating his own consulting practice since 2002. David has also served on the boards of Carleton College and Storm King Art Center. Today, David lives and works in New York City with his wife, Karen Zukowski. He is an active contributor to ASSIST's Board of Directors.
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John R. Eidam
Appointed in 1998
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John R. Eidam

Appointed in 1998
Jack has served in many roles on the ASSIST Board of Directors for 17 years, and his long tenure and many talents make him a highly valuable member of the team. Jack currently serves on the Finance Committee, the Student Recruitment Task Force, and the Admissions Advisory Council. As a retired leader of Wyoming Seminary, as well as a highly-respected name in the boarding school world, Jack offers unmatched insight and advice to ASSIST as we evolve. For many years, Jack has interviewed abroad as the leader of ASSIST teams. Jack graduated from Lycoming College and received his M.Div. from Drew University. He went on to spend his entire professional career at Wyoming Seminary. He was awarded the coveted Ruzicka Compass Award from The Association of Board Schools in recognition of his work, as well as the Bretnall Award from the SSATB board (now The Enrollment Management Association). Today, Jack is retired and lives near the school with his wife, Elaine. He is actively involved in ASSIST and in the broader educational field.
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Peter A. Frew
Appointed in 2014
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Peter A. Frew

Appointed in 2014
Peter's passion is giving young people the opportunity to step into other cultures. His global experiences, passion for students, and experience in education make him a treasured member of the ASSIST Board. Peter received a B.A. in English from Middlebury College in 1980, followed by a M.A. in English Literature from Middlebury in 1986. After playing tennis throughout college, he played competitively on the Satellite Tennis Tour in 1984. He then went on to the Taft School in Watertown, CT, where he has served as an English teacher, tennis coach, squash coach, admissions officer, director of communications, and director of admissions. Peter is currently Director of Admissions at the Taft School, where he has served since 1985. He served for years on the Litchfield Montessori School's Board of Trustees, where he was Board Vice President. With ASSIST, he serves as an interviewer of potential Scholars, co-chair of the Admissions Advisory Council, and is a member of the Governance Committee and the 50th Anniversary Task Force.
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C. Joseph Gould
Appointed in 2013
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C. Joseph Gould

Appointed in 2013
Joe's experience as a school administrator, lawyer, teacher and development director gives him unparalleled discernment as a member of the ASSIST Board, where he serves as chair of the Development & Alumni Relations Committee and as an ex-officio member of the Campaign Steering Committee. He also serves on the Student Recruitment Task Force. Joe graduated from Philips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, and the Boston College Law School. He went on to practice law, then served as Phillips Exeter Academy's Director of Alumni Affairs. Joe closed out his domestic career as assistant head for external affairs at St. George's School in Rhode Island for 20 years. Joe retired after serving as the director of development of the International School of Brussels and now lives with his wife, Jennifer, in Williamsburg, VA, where he remains actively involved in the educational field and contributes to ASSIST's planning, recruiting and development efforts.
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Ulrich A.C. Graebner 84
Appointed in 2010
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Ulrich A.C. Graebner 84

Appointed in 2010
A former ASSIST Scholar, Uli brings personal experience with international exchange to the ASSIST Board. He serves on the Executive and on the Development and Alumni Relations Committees, and his insight and contributions have been instrumental in building an ASSIST presence in Germany.'Uli spent his ASSIST year at Deerfield Academy in MA in 1983/84 and went on to study Business Management at the University of Frankfurt and graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994. He worked for Morgan Stanley as an analyst prior to enrolling at Harvard Business School. Thereafter, he joined Drueker & Co., where he became partner in 1998. Drueker & Co. was subsequently acquired by Leonardo & Co. in 2007, which again was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2015. Uli is a now a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey and runs the German Corporate Finance Office. Uli lives in Bad Homburg, outside Frankfurt, with his wife, Mia, and four children. He is a highly enthusiastic supporter of ASSIST and of the critical importance of Germany's role in the history of the organization.
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Pamela Haering Freer HP '16
Appointed in 2017
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Pamela Haering Freer HP '16

Appointed in 2017
Pam's background in international business and marketing makes her a uniquely qualified addition to the ASSIST Board. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government and Policy Studies, Pam began her career as an account manager in Chicago. She worked for multiple advertising agencies on global accounts for major companies including General Mills, Kellogg's, and Maybelline, before going on to run the International Ad Sales Marketing Team for Time Warner in New York. There, she managed marketing teams in Europe, Asia, New York, and Latin America. She was asked to bring her marketing experience to the Viacom Corporation as the SVP of Viacom Plus, a division that she launched and co-led. When her twin daughters were born, Pam left the rigor of the corporate world and began consulting. Her projects have given her the flexibility and opportunities to work in education, luxury apparel, athletic apparel, and television programming. Throughout her career, Pam's passion for education resulted in decade-long relationships with Vistamar School and Chadwick School, where she currently serves as a board member. Today, Pam lives with her husband, Randy, and their daughters in Rolling Hills Estates, California.
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Sean Harris 95
Appointed in 2007
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Sean Harris 95

Appointed in 2007
Sean began his journey with ASSIST as a German Scholar at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School in Tennessee in l994/95. Sean's experience in business and law gives him an invaluable and practical perspective to support ASSIST's mission. Sean is a member of the Development and Alumni Relations committee, and has been instrumental in his role as the chair of Friends of ASSIST, a foundation that helps fund financially-needy ASSIST Scholars from Germany. Sean graduated with a M.A. from the University of Bonn, with an MBA from the Leiden/Rotterdam School of Management, and from Leiden University Law School with an LL.M. in Air and Space Law. He then went on to pursue a career in management. Today, Sean serves as the Chief Technology Officer of the Birkenstock Group. He and his wife Michaela live with their two sons in Kirchheim, Germany.
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John L. Heyl
Appointed in 2016
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John L. Heyl

Appointed in 2016
John serves on the ASSIST Campaign Steering and Development and Alumni Relations Committees. His insights into the realms of fundraising and public relations have made him a crucial member of the ASSIST team.'John received his BA from Trinity College in 1966 and spent a year at Brown University, where he was a teaching assistant in anthropology, followed by three years in Maine where he taught emotionally disturbed children in grammar school and high school French. In 1970 he returned to Trinity as director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving. From there he led the development programs at the Harvard Business School and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He returned to Maine as VP for Development and External Affairs at Bowdoin College, followed by development leadership positions in Washington, DC, at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Conservation International. He returned to New England as VP of WPI in Worcester, MA, for 10 years, leading a major marketing program for the university in addition to running another capital campaign. His last 8 years before retirement were back in DC as Sr. VP for Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the world's premier national security think tank. John's formidable resume, years of experience, and passion for his work precede him, and he is a strong ally for ASSIST. John currently lives in Falmouth, MA, and Naples, FL, with his wife, Mary Jo.
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Mirella Lang 96
Appointed in 2017
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Mirella Lang 96

Appointed in 2017
Mirella began her relationship with ASSIST as a Scholar at St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA. Today, she's an accomplished businesswoman whose background in finance makes her a valuable asset to the ASSIST Investment Subcommittee. Mirella attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, where she graduated with a B.S. in Accounting in 2001. She graduated with an MBA from UC Berkeley in 2005, then went on to serve as director in investment banking at UBS Investment Bank in New York. Mirella is currently a managing director at AQR Capital Management, a large investment management firm, where she is responsible for creating and managing client relationships with U.S. institutional investors. Mirella currently resides in New York City.
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Robert H. Mattoon Jr.
Appointed in 2005
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Robert H. Mattoon Jr.

Appointed in 2005
Skip's years of experience in universities and independent schools have given him insight and wisdom to support ASSIST's progress. Skip serves as the chair of the Governance Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee, where his experience and perspective have been crucial to ASSIST's growth. Skip grew up on the campus of Kent School, then was graduated from Deerfield Academy and Dartmouth College. He was graduated from Tulane with an M.A. and from Yale with an M.A. and Ph.D. before going on to teach at the Universities of Michigan and Arizona. At the University of Arizona, Skip served as Associate Director of the Latin American Area Center. He has served as a trustee at the Bement School, Greenfield Country Day School, Deerfield Academy, and The Association of Board Schools (TABS). Skip was dean of the faculty and associate head of school of Deerfield Academy from 1982-1996 before serving as head of school of Hotchkiss School from 1996-2007. After retiring from Hotchkiss, he served as executive director of the Eight Schools Association and then became the founding co-head and then head of Avenues: The World School in New York City. Today, Skip lives in Sharon, CT, with his wife, Lyn.
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George Patterson 94
Appointed in 2014
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George Patterson 94

Appointed in 2014
George is currently an investment banker at CODE Advisors, a technology and media focused boutique financial services firm headquartered in San Francisco and with offices in London and New York. From July 2013 to July 2015, he served as the Co-Head of Software, Systems and Solutions Investment Banking at Barclays Investment Bank, based in New York. From January 2009 to June 2013, George was Head of Technology Investment Banking, EMEA, for Barclays, based in London. Prior to Barclays' acquisition of Lehman Brothers' North American operations in 2008, he worked in the technology investment banking group at Lehman Brothers, which he joined in 2000.'George joined ASSIST's Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves as the chair of the audit committee and as a member of the executive and finance committees. He was an ASSIST Scholar at Northfield Mount Hermon school in 1994, having previously attended Melbourne Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. George graduated from Brown University in 1998 and is married with three children. His perspective as an alumnus and personal experience as an international exchange student make him a valuable addition to the ASSIST team.
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J. Wood Rutter
Appointed in 1982
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J. Wood Rutter

Appointed in 1982
Woody is the longest-serving ASSIST Board member, a Director since 1982. His breadth of experience in schools, fundraising, and intercultural connections makes him a tremendous asset to ASSIST. He has served on multiple committees over the years ' most recently, the Development and Alumni Relations Committee. Woody is one of ASSIST's lead recruiters in Eastern and Central Europe, and especially in Germany. He serves as ASSIST's Board Liaison to the Alumni and serves on the Campaign Steering Committee. Woody graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, then studied at Washington and Lee University. He received his M.A. from the University of North Carolina. Woody spent most of his career, 31 years, at Salisbury School, where he taught French and Spanish and served in many different administrative capacities (including Director of Admissions, Director of Development and Assistant Headmaster) before assuming the position of headmaster at Beaufort Academy. Woody has served on numerous school and community boards. He is past chairman of the Historic Beaufort Foundation and is Chairman of 'Thumbs-Up,' an organization providing after-school tutoring for children from at-risk families, and of the Public Library Friends of Beaufort. He is also on the Salisbury School Board of Trustees. Currently, Woody resides in Dataw Island, SC.
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Ingrid Savage
Appointed in 2015
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Ingrid Savage

Appointed in 2015
Ingrid serves on the Development and Alumni Relations and Governance Committees. She co-chairs the Host Family Task Force and serves on the Campaign Steering Committee. She has enthusiastically involved herself in her children's' schools and on the Family Advisory Council for Science and Management of Addictions. She has served on the boards of the Daywalka Foundation and the Museum of History and Industry. She has been a Guardian ad Litem in the King County Court System and a participant in the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Inner City visits, which have given her a breadth of experience that few can match. Ingrid has traveled extensively internationally with some of these organizations, and has also taken many humanitarian aid trips to Moldova, Romania, Asia, India, Africa, and South America. Her passion for taking action against sex trafficking in Nepal and India led to her co-producing the Emmy Award-nominated documentary, 'The Day My God Died.' Ingrid attended the University of Stockholm in Sweden, and the University of Washington, where she received a B.A. in Art and in Scandinavian Language and Literature Studies in 1967. Today, Ingrid lives in Seattle, WA, with her husband, Stan. She is also the mother'in-law of Pippa Bond, ASSIST Scholar at the Taft School (1988/89) and a former ASSIST Board member, and has interviewed as part of an ASSIST team in Europe.
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Robert A. Stanley Jr.
Appointed in 2000
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Robert A. Stanley Jr.

Appointed in 2000
Bob spent the first four years of his career in the business world as an executive for G. Fox, a division of the May Department Stores Company. He then shifted his career track and began a lifelong commitment to education, joining the faculty of his'alma mater, Suffield Academy, in 1987. He spent thirteen years at Suffield as an English teacher, dorm parent, football and hockey coach, and in a variety of leadership positions ' admissions, alumni and parent relations, development, communications, technology, and Dean of Students. Bob left the Academy in June 2000 to assume the leadership of ASSIST. Bob is a graduate of Suffield Academy, Brown University and Yale Divinity School. He and his wife, Anne, who also works for ASSIST, live in Suffield, CT, along with their two daughters, Jordan and Olivia.
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Meera Sushila Viswanathan
Appointed in 2017
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Meera Sushila Viswanathan

Appointed in 2017
Meera's background with international learning and independence schools makes her uniquely qualified to serve on ASSIST's Governance Committee. After graduating from Stanford with B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Comparative Literature in 1985, Meera went on to serve as a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University, as a visiting research fellow at Kyoto University in Japan, and as adjunct or visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, the Kyoto Center for Japanese, and the University of Jordan. Meera's impressive repertoire of completed and ongoing research spans a broad variety of cultures and circles, and she continues to remain actively involved in her community even as she serves as head of the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT, where she and her husband, Eric Widmer (former ASSIST Board member), are currently living.
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Catherine Tinsley
Appointed in 2006
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Catherine Tinsley

Appointed in 2006
Cathy brings a keen awareness of international education to the ASSIST Board, thanks to her years living in the Netherlands and to her own experience studying abroad. For many years, she chaired the Washington ASSIST Chapter and currently leads the 50th Anniversary Task Force. She is an ex officio member of the Campaign Steering Committee and serves on the Development and Alumni Relations Committee. Cathy graduated from Earlham College. As a student, she participated in the Experiment in International Living Program, an experience which impacted her with a desire to stay involved in the field of international education. Cathy led the Parent's Association at Washington International School, where her youngest child was a student, and she served as a member of the ASSIST Steering Committee during that time. Today, Cathy lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Tom. She chairs the LearnServe International program.
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Grace Tompkins
Appointed in 2012/2017
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Grace Tompkins

Appointed in 2012/2017
Grace's impressive resume of international experience makes her a uniquely qualified addition to ASSIST's Board of Directors. She serves on the Development and Alumni Relations Committee, the 50th Anniversary Task Force, and the Washington Chapter Leadership Committee. Grace has B.A and M. A. degrees from the American University in Beirut. Her experience as an education specialist has led her to serve as project coordinator for the Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University; as the Outreach Education Counselor at the Fulbright US-Israel Education Foundation; as the Education Advisor for the U.S. Embassy's U.S. Information Service in Barbados; as President of the French-Australian Pre-School in Canberra, Australia; and as an Educational Training Specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Because she has taught, advised, and helped develop many international education programs, Grace's perspective on international educational runs impressively deep. Her late husband was a United States Foreign Service Officer. Grace currently lives in McLean, VA, where she remains actively involved in educational initiatives around the world. She has just completed her tenure as chair of the board of the International Student House.
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Louisa H. Zendt
Appointed in 2016
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Louisa H. Zendt

Appointed in 2016
In ASSIST, Louisa has found an important home for her many talents on the Governance Committee, Messaging and Host Family Task Forces, and as co-chair of the Admissions Advisory Council. Louisa's background in teaching and in leading independent schools ' and her service as a board member at multiple independent schools and school associations ' has given her the depth of understanding ASSIST needs to work most effectively with independent schools to accomplish our mission. Louisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Arts and Education. She went on to teach art at the Montgomery School, to serve as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at the Oregon Episcopal School, and then to serve as Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Academic Advisor, International Student Advisor, and Crew Coach at St. Andrew's School in Delaware for the past twenty years. Louisa lives in Oxford, MD, with her husband, Harvey.