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About the Board of Directors

Austin International School, a private school, is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Board members volunteer their time and contribute resources to the school. They do not gain monetarily or otherwise from any aspect of the Board’s activities.


The Board of Directors is responsible for the general and long-term policies of real estate, fund raising, business and financial matters. This includes:

  • Legal responsibilities for the school’s activities
  • Preparation of the school’s mission statement
  • Review and maintenance of the bylaws and policies, which are consistent with the school’s mission and the guidelines set by the State of Texas
  • Compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Approval of the school policy, which the school’s administration implements
  • Accountability for the financial well-being of the school, including capital assets, operating budgets, fundraising, and endowment

The board is composed of members of the community-at-large and parents. While the Head of School also attends meetings, he or she does not have a vote.

Board Members (2023-2024)

AIS's Board of Directors benefits from the expertise of Austin community members and the insights of parent members. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the AIS Board of Directors is composed of the following members:

Dustin Hindman, Board Chair & Audit / Risk Committee Chair
Ed Kim, Vice Chair & Advancement Committee Chair
Gary Miller, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Mahya Farnia, Secretary 
Veruna Stanescu, Campus Planning & Arts + Culture Committee Chairs
Jess Mateo-Smith, Governance & Marketing Committee Chairs
Jon Sampson, Evaluation Committee Chair
Darcy Pedetti, Strategic Planning Committee Chair
Eric Horn, Facilities Committee Chair
Catherine Gavin
Yassir Abousselm
Greg Stein
Joe James


The Board of Directors meets every six weeks. Minutes are available on our website once approved. The Board has several committees, which include Executive, Finance, Audit, Governance, and Strategic.

2023-2024 Board Meeting Dates

September 19, 2023
Closed Meeting
October 23, 2023
Open and Closed
November 7, 2023
December 13, 2023
Open and Closed
January 30, 2024
Open and Closed
March 5th, 2024
Open and Closed
April 16, 2024 
May 7, 2024
Open and Closed
June 4, 2024

Unless indicated otherwise, board meetings start at 6:00pm CST and begin with a public open session; public comments are welcome at the end of the open session. 
Please check back prior to a board meeting, as dates are subject to change.
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