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FIS is governed by a Board of Trustees, whose responsibility it is to hold the school in trust, taking the necessary steps to ensure that the school’s mission is fulfilled now and in the future. The Board helps provide strategic direction, governing through policy and monitoring overall progress. At all times the Board works to show diversity in discussion but unity in action.

The Board consists of 12 members: six current FIS parents, elected by the parent community; five members from the wider community who are appointed by the Board; and one faculty member elected by the faculty. Members are elected or appointed for two-year terms. Members of the FIS Community are encouraged to attend any of the six annual public board meetings to raise matters of interest or concern. Those interested in serving on the board or on one of the Board committees are encouraged to contact us at The_Board@fis.edu.

For board meeting minutes, and frequently asked questions, please login to the Parent Portal

2020-21, FIS Board Member James Beaty

James Beaty
Chair

James is American and is an FIS Upper School parent. He works in biomedical engineering and has served on the Board since 2018.

2020-21, FIS Board Member Seong-Han Kim

Seong-Han Kim
Vice Chair

Seong-Han is British and German and is an FIS Primary and Pre-Primary School parent. He is an economist and has served on the Board since 2019. 

Committees: Finance and Education 

FIS Board member 2020-21, Karen Claire-Zimmet

Karen Claire-Zimmet
Secretary 

Karen is American and is an FIS Upper School parent. She is a scientist working in consumer products and has served on the Board since 2016.

Committees: Policy Chair and Finance

2020-21, FIS Board Member Erik Svenson

Erik Svenson
Treasurer

Erik is Swedish and is an FIS Upper School and Elementary School parent. He is a business consultant and has served on the Board since 2017.

CommitteeFinance Chair

 

2020-21, FIS Board Member Stephan Falk

Stephan Falk

Stephan is German and is an FIS Upper School parent. He is a physician and has served on the Board since 2010.

Committees: Building & Grounds and Finance 

2020-21, FIS Board Member Julia Heraeus-Rinnert

Julia Heraeus-Rinner

Julia is German and is an FIS Elementary and Upper School parent. She works in strategy and business development and has served on the Board since 2020.

Committees: Education and Trustees 

2020-21, FIS Board Member Shelly Kelly

Shelly Kelly

Shelly is American and is an FIS Upper School parent. She works in financial services and has served on the Board since 2018.

Committees: Building & Grounds and Finance

2020-21, FIS Board Member Andre Kobelt

Andre Kobelt

Andre is Swiss and is an FIS Upper School parent. He is a chemist and has served on the Board since 2016.

Committee: Building & Grounds Chair

2020-21, FIS Board Member Shasha Lepore

Shasha Lepore

Shasha is American and is an FIS Upper School parent. She is a lawyer and has served on the Board since 2019. 

Committees: Education Chair, Building & Grounds, and Policy

2020-21, FIS Board Member Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

Michael is from New Zealand and is an FIS Primary School parent. He is a faculty member in the FIS Upper School and has served on the Board since 2019.

Committees: Education and Policy

2020-21, FIS Board Member Kate Sawyer

Kate Sawyer

Kate is American and is an FIS Upper School parent. She is a lawyer and has served on the Board since 2019.

Committees: Trustees Chair and Education

2020-21, FIS Board Member Carolyn Walker

Carolyn Walker

Carolyn is American and an FIS Upper School parent. She is a translator and has served on the Board since 2020. 

Committees: Building & Grounds and Trustees (Nominating Sub-Committee Chair) 

Board Committees

If you have any questions about our committee governance structure, or a particular committee, please email The_Board@fis.edu and the appropriate committee chair will gladly respond to your inquiry.

Articles of Association

The legal entity of the school is embodied in the Articles of Association, which are registered with the Amtsgericht Bad Homburg (local district court). Changes in the articles must be approved by the association at a general membership meeting according to legal guidelines and approved by the court before they take effect.

Board Organization

The Board meets at least six times a year and members of the FIS community are encouraged to attend the meetings. The Board also operates through a committee system, with five committees meeting regularly to set annual goals, make policy recommendations, and provide regular reports to the Board.

2019-2020 Annual Report

Annual Report