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

Leadership

HEAD OF SCHOOL

LISA DARLING

Head of School since 2013

Ms. Darling has over 25 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 Head at Wilmington, she had served in various roles since 1988 including Business Manager, Assistant Head of School for Lower School, 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.

Proviseur

PIERRE PUGET

Proviseur since 2018

M. Pierre Puget  is originally from Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean.

He comes to Awty as “détaché” from the French Ministry of Education (MEN) through the Mission Laïque Française (MLF), an important  partner of Awty.

He started his journey in education as a Mechanical Engineering instructor and appreciated the opportunity to teach college students. He worked for six years at the Naval Training Center of Toulon for the French Navy where he taught at all levels, including the officers' school. He has also been involved in the development of digital teaching tools for military personnel onboard warships.

After a position as Deputy Head of School he held two positions as Head of School in two different French Lycées before realizing his first expatriation.  Pierre served  for five years as Deputy Head of Lycée La Bourdonnais in Mauritius. From there, the French teaching agency abroad (AEFE) offered him a position as Head of School at Lycée Jean d’Alembert in Valparaiso, Chile.

M. Puget studied in France at Institut Universitaire de Technologie d'Aix-Marseille, and then at Université d'Aix-Marseille, earning a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.  He subsequently completed the concours CAPES certifying him to teach higher level students, and was admitted to the corps des personnels de direction - authorized by the French MEN to serve as a Proviseur.

He has now held a school leadership role for 16 years.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

maryanne
MARYANN T. MANNEN
BOARD CHAIR

Ex-officio member of all board committees

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TechnipFMC

Graduate, Rider University

Community Leader

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 one Awty alumnus and two Awty students

BOB BUNCH

Director at Olin Corporation

Graduate, Rice University and University of Houston's Law Center

Parent of one Awty alumnus

 

frank j demaille
STEPHANIE COX

Board Committee: Finance and Investment 

President, North America Land Drilling for Schlumberger

Graduate, Michigan State University

Parent of one Awty student

SHERIF FODA

Board Committees: Advancement, Committee on Trustees, and International Leadership Council

Chairman and CEO, National Energy Services Reunited Corp.

Graduate, Ain Shams University, Cairo

Parent of two Awty alumni and one current student

glen gonzalez

Board Committees: Advancement and Buildings and Grounds

Founder and President, TJG Capital

Graduate, University of Southern California

Parent of three Awty students

jake gopinath

Board Committees: Advancement and Buildings and Grounds

Founder and CEO, Quintessa Homes of Texas

President and CEO, Fullerton Holdings Corporation

Graduate, Webber International University

Parent of two Awty students

BRIAN HENDRY

Board Committee: Buildings and Grounds

Founder and CEO, Magnolia Builders, LLC

Founding partner and CEO, Texas Gulf Fabricators

Graduate, University of the West of Scotland

Parent of four Awty students

jennifer hogan
JENNIFER HOGAN

Board Committee: Chair of Committee on Trustees

Partner, Hogan and Hogan, LLP

Graduate, Harvard College and University of Texas School of Law

Parent of three Awty alumni

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

akbar mohamed
AKBAR MOHAMED

Board Committee: Finance and Investment

President, Prime Communications

Graduate, University of Illinois

Parent of three Awty students

NILOUFAR MOLAVI

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

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

Awty alumna, Class of 1990

LESLIE NELSON

Chief Financial Officer, Society of Performing Arts

Graduate, University of Texas and University of Houston

Awty alumna

 

JAY PRYOR

Board Committees: Chair of International Leadership Council and member of Committee on Trustees

Vice President of Business Development, Chevron Corporation

Graduate, Mississippi State University

Community Leader

ANTONIO (TONY) SANCHEZ, III

Board Committees: Committee on Trustees, and International Leadership Council

President and CEO, Sanchez Energy Corporation

Parent of three Awty students

JAY WATKINS

Graduate, MIT and Imperial College London

Parent of three Awty students

 

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

joanne howard

Board Committee: Advancement 

President, Awty Alumni Association

Director, Sustainability and Corporate Communications for Crestwood Equity Partners LP

Graduate, University of Bristol and Swansea University

Awty alumna, Class of 1999 and parent of one Awty student

catherine lÉvy

MLF Representative

Head of Dallas International School

 

GLENNA SHARAFELDIN

Board Committees: Advancement and Buildings and Grounds

President, Awty Parent and Personnel Association

Graduate, The University of Texas at Austin, Business Honors Program

Former Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services Practice

Parent of two Awty students

SENIOR ADMINISTRATORS

Kate Adams, Chief Academics Officer

KATE ADAMS
Chief Academic Officer

TOM BEUSCHER
Head of Middle School

DON DAVIS
Director of Facilities and Construction

TIM LONG
Head of Lower School

JILL MUNK
Executive Assistant to the Head of School

JOHN MURPHY
Chief Financial Officer

TOM ODEN
Secondary Dean of Faculty

CHANTEL OLUFSEN
Chief Advancement Officer

SAM WAUGH
Head of Upper School

STAN WAY
Head of Early Learning