Tammy Cotton Hartnett is the incoming 2021-2022 President of the Board of Directors for Dallas International School.
Board of Directors
The Dallas International School is governed by a Board of Directors, which provides strategic direction and oversight of DIS. Its primary responsibility is to ensure and protect the long-term welfare of DIS and its mission. Members of the Board include men and women from diverse business, educational and professional activities.
The Head of School is the chief administrative officer. The responsibilities of the Head of School include supervision and control of all operational and educational affairs, including the recruitment and supervision of faculty and staff, school curriculum, student admission standards, general supervision of students, day-to-day management and financial matters, and liaison with parents.
Jean-Marc Merriaux is the Directeur général of the Mission laïque française and a senior civil servant.
Sheila Kelly is the Director for the Terry Scholars Program in the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College at UT Dallas, where she has worked since 2013.
Ed Ulbricht is a proven project manager with a successful track record in managing complex real estate developments.
Thein is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO with his executive partner and spouse Katie Aung of GBC Food Services LLC
Sabine Bellet-Kerael is a French national with a finance background and is Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Essilor of America
No stranger to DIS, Katy has four boys who all attended DIS before transferring and graduating from Highland Park High School.
Veree is a lifelong supporter of Dallas International School (DIS), a parent of a recent DIS graduate, and a committed volunteer to international education.
Paola, a graduate of Georgetown University in History with a minor in English and continued her education at New York University with a Masters in Communication and Journalism.
Lisa has over 25 years of educational leadership experience and currently serves as the Head of School for Awty International School in Houston,Texas.
Genevieve has joined the board as the incoming President of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), an auxiliary at the School which supports the community spirit and raises funds through the Gala for identified needs of our students and teachers.
Dr. Josep González joined Dallas International School as Interim Head of School on August 1 this year.
An experienced DIS father of two recent graduates, both accepted to the US Military Academy of West Point, Harry has led by example with a BS from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Sadie is the Senior Division Manager for Relypsa, now Vifor Pharma, which is a leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies.
Ghassan grew up in Beirut, Lebanon where he attended a French MLF school from Kindergarten through graduation at twelfth grade.
Rachel is currently the Consul General of Canada to the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Nate is a business executive with twenty years of proven strategic growth leadership in senior operations, finance and marketing, having been trained at McKinsey & Company.
Jason is a financial lawyer in Foley & Lardner LLP corporate practice in Dallas.
Jay currently serves as an independent arbitrator in complex international disputes and securities cases.
Sylvie currently serves as Treasurer of the MLF, a non-profit association sponsored by the French Ministry of Education
Valérie Baraban has been Consul General of France in Houston since September 1, 2021.
A passionate educator for the past 35 years, Marie-Pierre has spent most of her career in international education in the US. She grew up in France and holds degrees in comparative literature and education from the University of Tours, France.
MESSAGE DELIVERED AT THE “STATE OF THE SCHOOL”
January 27, 2022
My name is Tammy Cotton Hartnett and I’m delighted to be with you here in person and with those of you joining us online. I want to thank everyone for their support in dealing with our Covid measures in order to keep our school safely open. Especially a word of thanks to our teachers and staff who put their own concerns second, in order to place our students and their parents first as they guidie your aspirational educational journeys.
I’m currently serving our community as President of the Board of Directors and thought I would give you the good news that our “State of the School” is emerging from Covid, stronger and more vibrant, with exciting plans for moving us forward. This year’s Board cohort is working on a theme for “Building Our Institution.”
BOARD GOALS FOR 2021-2022
“Building Our Institution” plan involves four major goals:
[This strategic plan will be led by Katy Black, Vice President and Chief of Staff for AccentCare, a company with over 23,000 employees, generating over 661 million dollars.
There, Katy handles change management and mergers & acquisitions. Katy is now serving on the board of directors and is a former DIS parent of three grown children. Katy will be leading this planning meeting starting on Sunday evening, with deliverables to our community in May.]
4) and lastly, our fourth goal for building our institution is to secure commitments from our community partners and parents that demonstrate our mission as the only school in North Texas to deliver both the French and International Bacs for our students. And in keeping with our public private partnerships in order to build our institution we had hoped to be able to announce an exciting partnership that would provide the building of our athletic facilities on the Waterview campus, but we are still working through the legal aspects of this long-term partnership. And out of an abundance of caution, we ask for your patience and hope to bring this exciting news to you by next month.
HEAD OF SCHOOL SEARCH
As you know, we’ve secured our current Interim Head of School, Dr. Gonzalez, for another full year which allows us to conduct a thorough search and transition. The board hired in December the premier international search firm Carney Sandoe.
Two weeks ago we invited the Carney Sandoe team to Dallas to meet our leadership team, to see our facilities and to understand our close knit community, and hear about our strengths and challenges. We conducted two days of honest, thought provoking interviews with Carney Sandoe and they have produced a six page report that will formalize the position description and be posted world-wide, as well as on our website for your review as early as next week.
This will be the first time in our history that DIS will lead this type of search for our next CEO and one that will include, but not be limited to just the MLF network. This opportunity broadens our pool of highly qualified candidates in order to find the right fit at this time.
Serving as the three Co-Chairs along with Carney Sandoe, will be myself, a former parent and current President of the Board, Genevieve Desmond, a current parent and President of our beloved PTO and also a board member, and Marie-Pierre Carlotti, our current board member and Director for MLF North America. She has also served as the Head of School for a prominent international school in San Francisco and has conducted many international searches.
This position description currently being drafted by Carney Sandoe will have hundreds of applicants that will be fully vetted and interviewed first by our search firm, and then presented to the search committee for analyzing the top twenty five applicants that fit our needs. Those applicants will then be debated and evaluated and culled to around fifteen candidates that will be interviewed by a selected team of six board members. When we arrive at a deliberated set of our top three candidates, we will then bring those candidates to both our campuses for final interviews by the entire twenty-one member Board of Directors. We expect this time frame to have those three finalists by May, with a new CEO hired for a start date the following year. This will allow our succession plan goals to implement a full year of transition. Dr. Gonzalez and I will lead this incoming CEO through a year of onboarding beginning in July 2022 with a full, month-long in-person start-of-the-school transition beginning July 1, 2023. I’m enlisting YOU today to be part of our search committee by submitting any one you might believe would be a good candidate for our next CEO. These submissions should go directly to our leadership team at Carney Sandoe who will do the professional vetting of all of your submissions, to be included in the larger pool as appropriate. My comments this evening will be emailed to you tomorrow with the contact information. And with that good news update of being ahead of schedule on succession planning and fulfilling two of our goals for “Building Our Institution,” may I continue the “State of our School” and introduce someone who needs no introduction, but someone who has selflessly poured himself, mind and spirit, into what servant leadership looks like in action, our very own, Dr. Josep Gonazalez.
DIS Head of School Candidate Submissions should be emailed directly to our three members at
Tammy Cotton Hartnett, Board President