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Meet Our Board

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

Headshot of 2022 Board Chair, Julia Heraus-Rinnert

Julia Heraeus-Rinnert
Chair

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

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Anne Marie Newman
Vice Chair

Anne Marie is American and is an FIS Upper School parent. She is a data science strategist and has served on the Board since 2022.

Headshot of 2022 Board member, Dominik Huhle

Dominik Huhle
Treasurer

Dominik is German and is an FIS Elementary School parent. He is a banker and has served on the Board since 2022.

Headshot of 2024 Board Member

Katharina Hutter
Secretary

Katharina is German and is an FIS Upper School parent. She is a lawyer and has served on the Board since 2024.

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Michelle Carter

Michelle is American and is an FIS Upper School parent. She is a US Diplomat and has served on the Board since 2024.

Headshot of 2022 Board member, Shelly Kelly

Shelly Kelly

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

Head of 2022 Board Member, Shefali Kothari

Shefali Kothari

Shefali is American and is an FIS Upper School parent. She is an architect and has served on the Board since 2022.

Headshot of 2024 Board Member

Melissa McClain

Melissa is American and is an FIS Elementary and Upper School parent. She has served on the Board since 2024. 

Headshot of 2024 Board Member

Bhawna Paul

Bhawna is American and is an FIS Upper School parent. She works in the technology sector and has served on the Board since 2024.

Headshot of 2024 Board Member

Patrick Popp

Patrick is German and is an FIS Upper School parent. He is a business owner and has served on the Board since 2024.

Headshot of 2024 Board Member

Neela Singh

Neela is Trinidadian / Trinbagonian and is a faculty member in the Upper School. She has served on the Board since 2024.

Headshot of 2022 Board Member, Eric Svenson

Erik Svenson

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

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.

2022-2023 Annual Report

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