2019-2020 Board Members
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Marie Musalem serves as President 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 two little Texans. Marie is 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.
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.
Holly Johnson has been an AIS parent since 2009 when the oldest of her three children entered into the GS program. Since then, the school has also welcomed her two other children (the youngest still attends AIS in 6e). AIS has proven to be a wonderful place for her children’s formative years for many reasons, among them: (a) the small student-to-teacher ratio and (b) the school’s strong belief in the need for diversity, multiculturalism and language development. Over the years, she has volunteered her time with PTO events as well as in the classroom and library. Most recently, she served as Chair of the 2017 AIS Spring Gala which was the most successful Gala in terms of funds raised. Holly has volunteered her time with many non-profit organizations in the past. For one such organization, Rexanna’s Foundation for Fighting Lung Cancer, she served as the volunteer Race Director for the 5K and KidsK Run for a Purpose for 5 years, which helped fund the foundation’s support of lung cancer research through MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Holly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and is currently an exercise instructor in the Round Rock and Cedar Park areas. Her family enjoys traveling both domestically and internationally to allow her children to experience firsthand different cultures and geographies. She looks forward to helping the school achieve its goals for future growth and development.
Stacey McDougal is an AIS parent and a Strategic Alliances and Business Development professional. For more than 20 years, she has held positions of responsibility in marketing, strategic alliances, and business development and served as a professional speaker. She is a current Girl Scout Leader and community volunteer and has previously been a member of local organizations such as Impact Austin. She is presently developing a business instructing etiquette and social graces in addition to her work as a consultant. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration at the University of South Carolina where she was also a charter member of AXO chapter. She has lived in Austin for 25 years, is married to Daniel McDougal, and is the mother of Ashton age 12 years and Aubrey age 10, all of whom are avid travelers.
Ricardo Sánchez is an AIS parent who has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and in 2016-2017, served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Since 2002, he has worked with Cintra, a company specializing in private development of transportation infrastructure. From March 2007 he has been Cintra’s Technical Director for North America, managing a team of professionals preparing feasibility analysis for new toll roads and providing support to Cintra Operating Toll road projects in North America on Operations and Maintenance, Design and Construction, Pricing and Traffic and Revenue. He has been an integral part of the teams developing all of Cintra’s express lanes projects, from procurement to implementation to operations. Volunteer work is a large part of his life: he has been collaborating regularly with the Transportation Graduate course at UT Austin since 2008, with similar programs at MIT since 2011, and at Stanford since 2014, and occasionally with the MBA program at Columbia. He has been on the AIS board since 2013 and in addition to his executive positions he also heads the Governance and Finance Committees.