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.

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 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

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

julie fette, secretary, board of trustees
JULIE FETTE
SECRETARY

Board Committee: Chair of Buildings and Grounds Committee

Associate Professor of French Studies, Rice University

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

Parent to one former student and step-parent to two current Awty students

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BASIL ABUL-HAMAYEL

Board Committees: Finance and Investment and Advancement

President & CEO, Aramco Services Company

Graduate, MIT and University of Texas

Parent of two Awty students

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

frank j demaille
FRANK J. DEMAILLE

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: Advancement, Committee on Trustees, and International Leadership Council

Chairman and CEO, National Energy Services Reunited Corp.

Graduate, Ain Shams University, Cairo

Parent of two 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

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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

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MARYANN T. MANNEN

Board Committees: Finance and Investment and International Leadership Council

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, TechnipFMC

Graduate, Rider University

Community Leader

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AKBAR MOHAMED

Board Committee: Finance and Investment

President, Prime Communications

Graduate, University of Illinois

Parent of three Awty students

JAY PRYOR

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

President and CEO, Sanchez Energy Corporation

Parent of three Awty students

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

JEAN-FRANCOIS GENAY

Board Committee: Buildings and Grounds

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

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

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