Houston’s Premier PK3 – 12th Grade International Day School

Leadership

HEAD OF SCHOOL

LISA DARLING

Head of School since 2013

Ms. Darling has over 20 years of educational leadership experience. Formerly the President of the United World College in New Mexico, Darling has brought a unique perspective to the school’s leadership given her commitment to excellence in all aspects of international education and her track record as a collaborative leader. Prior to United World College, Darling was Head of School at Wilmington Friends School in Delaware for 11 years. Before being appointed to Head at Wilmington, she had served in various roles since 1988 including Business Manager, Assistant Lower School Head, and Acting Head of School. Prior to her time at Wilmington, she worked at Friends’ Central School in suburban Philadelphia, where she worked as both Director of Library Services and Business Manager. She also served as the Director of the H.B. DuPont Library at Pomfret School in Connecticut before moving to Philadelphia.

A strong leader who exemplifies Awty’s mission, Ms. Darling has held positions on the International Women’s Forum and the National Association of Independent Schools, and served on the United World College International Board and as the president of the New Mexico Association of Independent Schools.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from George Fox College, a Master of Divinity in Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a master’s degree in library science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Proviseure

CHRISTINE CHOURRÉ

Proviseure since 2014

Ms. Chourré is originally from the region of Lyon, France. She came to Awty as Proviseure in 2014 after a career in French education. She is “détachée” from the French ministry of education through the MLF (Mission Laïque Française), a historical partner of Awty.

She has started her journey in education as a language teacher and had the opportunity of teaching lower school, middle school, upper school and college students (University of Saint Etienne). After a position of deputy head of school she held two positions of head of school in secondary in two different French schools. She has now been in a school leadership role for 14 years.

She holds a master’s degree in school management (MADOS) from the University of Lorraine and is an ESENESR (Ecole Superieure de l’ Education Nationale de l’Enseignement Superieur et de la Recherche) graduate. In France she was rewarded by the prestigious recognition of chevalier dans l’ordre des palmes académiques (a knighthood order of chivalry in France recognizing educators) in recognition of her service to French education. She has become an expert in the field of international education by studying PISA results (standardized testing in OECD countries) and by attending workshops in European country Spain, Italy, Nederland, Sweden, Malta.

Since 2014, Christine has been leading the one school initiative to make Awty an even better place for our students.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

NILOUFAR MOLAVI
BOARD CHAIR

Ex-officio member of all board committees

U.S. Vice Chair, U.S. Energy Leader, and the Market Managing Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Graduate of University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, BBA and MPA

Awty alumna, Class of 1990.

DAVID TONNEL
TREASURER

Board Committee: Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Corporate Controller for Transocean.

Graduate of HEC, Paris

Parent of three Awty students.

julie fette, secretary, board of trustees
JULIE FETTE
SECRETARY

Board Committee: Buildings and Grounds

Associate Professor of French Studies, Rice University

Graduate of Georgetown University and doctoral programs at NYU and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Parent of one Awty student.

basil abulhamayel, board
BASIL ABULHAMAYEL

Board Committees: Finance & Investment

Member, International Leadership Council

President & CEO Aramco Services Co.

Graduate, MIT and University of Texas

Parent of two Awty students.

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FRANK J. DEMAILLE

Board Committee: Finance and Investment

President and CEO, ENGIE North America

Graduate, Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole nationale superieure des Mines de Paris, Pierre et Marie Curie University

Parent of one Awty student.

SHERIF FODA

Board Committees: Committee on Trustees and Finance and Investment

Member, International Leadership Council

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Energy Services Reunited Corp.

Graduate of Ain Shams University, Cairo

Parent of two alumni and one current student.

BRIAN HENDRY

Board Committee: Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee

Founder and CEO of Magnolia Builders, LLC, and founding partner and CEO of Texas Gulf Fabricators.

Graduate of University of the West of Scotland

Parent of four Awty students.

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JENNIFER HOGAN

Board Committee: Committee on Trustees

Partner, Hogan and Hogan, LLP

Graduate of Harvard College and University of Texas School of Law

Parent of three Awty alumni.

KAREN JOYCE-MARIE

Board Committees: Committee on Trustees and Advancement.

Retired Global Manufacturing Process Manager,ExxonMobil Chemical Co.

Graduate of Princeton University

Parent of one alumnus.

CHRISTINE KIRCHNER

Board Committee: Chair of the Advancement Committee

Litigation Shareholder, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka Attorneys at Law

Graduate, Southern Methodist University, Northwestern University

Parent of two Awty students.

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MARYANN T. MANNEN

Board Committees: Finance and Investment

Member: International Leadership Council

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TechnipFMC

Graduate, Rider University

Community Leader

akbar mohamed

AKBAR MOHAMED

Board Committees: Buildings and Grounds

Member, International Leadership Council

President, Prime Communications

Graduate, U of Illinois

Parent of three Awty students.

JAY PRYOR

Board Committee: Chair of International Leadership Council

Vice President of Business Development, Chevron Corporation

Graduate, Mississippi State University

Community Leader

ANTONIO (TONY) SANCHEZ, III

Board Committee: Advancement

President and CEO, Sanchez Energy Corporation

Parent of two Awty students.

MARK SCHROEDER

Board Committees: Chair of the Committee on Trustees and member of the Advancement and Finance and Investment

Member, International Leadership Council

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Enable Midstream Partners, LLP.

Graduate, LSU College of Business and School of Law

Parent of three Awty alumni.

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

JEAN-FRANCOIS GENAY

Board Committee: Advancement

General Delegate for North America, Mission Laïque Française (MLF).

Graduate, University of Paris

sandra nadin-figueredo '97

Board Committee: Advancement

President, Awty Alumni Association

Business Analyst, Merichem Company

Graduate, University of St. Thomas

Alumna Class of 1997 and Parent of two Awty students.

CECILE ROUX

Board Committee: Buildings and Grounds

President, Awty Parent and Personnel Association

Graduate, University of Nancy and ICN Business School

Parent of four Awty students.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATORS

Kate Adams, Associate to the Head of School

KATE ADAMS
Associate to the Head of School

TOM BEUSCHER
Head of Middle School

DON DAVIS
Director of Facilities

Tim Long, Head of Lower School

TIM LONG
Head of Lower School

KEVIN MCTERNAN
Chief Advancement Officer

JOHN MURPHY
Chief Financial Officer

SAM WAUGH
Head of Upper School

STAN WAY
Head of Early Learning