2020-2021 Board Members
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Marie Musalem serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2019-2020. Before joining the Board, she was a member of the Board's Audit and Oversight Committee. Marie grew up in France and moved to the Netherlands to begin her career as a financial auditor with one of the Big Four public accounting firms. Ten years ago, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean with her husband and lived in New York for a few years. They have been calling Austin home since 2010 and are proud to raise three little Texans. Marie is a CPA licensed in the state of Texas and has been working as a financial auditor with Calhoun, Thomson + Matza, LLP since 2012. She is currently a Senior Audit Manager and specializes in auditing private insurance companies. Her other clients include software companies, retirement plans, and product manufacturers. She is a proud AIS parent who strongly believes a multicultural education should be the new standard in education.
Claudio Occhipinti, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, is a former AIS parent who has served on the Board since 2017. He is a civil engineer and has developed his career working for IT companies in the transportation infrastructure industry, serving in different roles including client relationship management, business development, strategic planning and program and operation management. His career studying and working in different countries, with different cultures and values both in Europe and in the USA, make him a big advocate of international, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual education. Claudio and his wife have taken their two children around the world since they were a few months old. Their children have been in the international education system since they were three years old and are proud their children can master four different languages at the age of 10.
Marine Laurent, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, joined the Board in 2019. Born and raised in France, she has lived with her family in Australia and Argentina. When moving to Austin in 2015, they were excited to find in AIS a school that would allow their four children to continue practicing all three languages in a fun yet challenging environment. Marine is the COO at CDISC, an Austin-based non-profit developing standards for medical research. A Certified Management Accountant and an Australian CPA, she holds an MSc in Business and Management from HEC (France) and the London School of Economics (UK), as well as a Bachelor in Law from Paris XI University, and a Masters in Geopolitics from the Sorbonne University.
Michael Haberman, Secretary of the Board of Directors for 2019-2020, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin with a joint appointment at the Applied Research Laboratories UT Austin. His research at UT is focused on theoretical and experimental aspects of acoustics, vibrations, and advanced materials, known as metamaterials. He is passionate about lifelong learning and the value of cross-cultural experiences in education and building stronger communities. Mike grew up and attended high school in Jerome, Idaho. It was after his senior year that he first got a taste for international travel and excitement for learning about different cultures and languages by visiting Belgium, France, and the UK as a part of a summer vacation. He then attended the University of Idaho (UI) where he received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) in 2000. While at UI, Mike spent six months at L’École des Mines de St. Étienne in St. Étienne, France and completed a projet fin d’études doing non-destructive testing of composite materials developed by Airbus. After graduating from UI, Mike began his graduate degree at Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) through a unique Franco-American program in Metz, France between GIT and L’École National Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (currently Arts et Métiers ParisTech). There he completed coursework and research with French and American colleagues, completing his Master’s degree in ME in 2001. He then spent two years working for GN ReSound designing hearing aids and Bluetooth headsets using additive manufacturing at their Chicago office. Mike then returned to graduate school in 2003 where he was the first ME student to participate in a double degree doctoral program between GIT and the Université de Lorraine in Metz, France. He received his Diplôme de Doctorat in Engineering Mechanics in 2006 and Ph.D. in ME in 2007. On a visit to Atlanta to complete Ph.D. qualifying exams, Mike met his wife, Tanya, who was also a student at GIT. She later moved Paris in 2005 to work for Schlumberger and enjoy life abroad. They were married in 2006 and returned to the US in 2007, moving to Austin, TX. They have two children at AIS: Xavier (8) and Natalya (6) who thoroughly enjoy their educational experience.
Mike Carper is a corporate executive and attorney with extensive experience in the communications and internet industries. He has served in key corporate and board roles with numerous ventures from start-ups through large public companies. He currently serves as president and chief legal officer of United Wireless Holdings, Inc. and is a principal with Intelligent Partners, LLC. He lives with his husband and daughters in Austin, Texas. Mr. Carper began his relationship with international school education nearly ten years ago and has a passion for the multi-lingual and multi-cultural Seamless Curriculum model pioneered by AIS. Mike has participated in a number of AIS initiatives over the years and currently serves on the AIS Board and its Governance, Audit and Risk, and Advancement Committees. He also chairs the AIS 20th Anniversary observance committee. Of his experience at AIS, he says, “My family and I have seen first-hand the creativity, agility, and commitment the AIS teachers, administrators, and students bring to the educational process in Austin. The benefits of providing the opportunity for children to study in three languages and to travel internationally with schoolmates once they reach fifth grade is incalculable.”
Tyresse Horne has been an AIS parent since 2014. Having relocated from New York, she was delighted to find a school that is passionate about creating life-long learners deeply engaged in cross-cultural learning with an emphasis on teaching in the three primary languages of her extended family. As her children have become more independent, Tyresse has devoted more time volunteering with organizations that promote her interests in the arts, education and prison reform. Tyresse Horne is a licensed attorney in New York and Texas. She advises large financial institutions in the areas of real estate development, mergers and acquisitions, leasing, financing and other corporate matters. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance from California State University, Northridge and a juris doctorate from Howard University, School of Law.