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.
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 to Dallas International School Community
December 7, 2021
On behalf of the twenty-one members of our Board of Directors , we are pleased to announce the great news of the unanimous vote to extend our Interim Head of School’s contract through the 2022-2023 academic year. Dr. Josep González has officially accepted, for which we are grateful, and we look forward to his continued leadership as we work together on developing our plans for “Building our Institution.”
One of the core pillars for “Building our Institution” is to provide transparency regarding our plans moving forward, including the succession of long term leadership for the Head of School and our Board of Directors. For the first time in DIS history, MLF has given the Board the opportunity to select our next Head of School. To handle this added responsibility, the Board has assembled a task force team to interview global executive search firms that will engage with our community in order to find the right innovative leader for the next phase of a six year term. After numerous interviews, reference checks, and internal deliberation, the Board, with the support of MLF, has voted to engage Carney Sandoe & Associates, to assist our next global executive search. And we want you to be the first to know this great news, before we publicly announce the position.
Carney Sandoe & Associates, based in Boston, MA, is recognized as the private school industry leader and operates in all major global markets. They have conducted searches for many of the private schools in Dallas and have a specialty niche group that specifically focuses on International Schools around the world with data benchmarking to aid in our decision making process. We are pleased to announce we have negotiated a three person search team including Dr. Arthur Charles, Ms. Karen Nietzel, and Mr. Chris Boyle, all of whom are highly credentialed in their respective fields.
As a Board of Directors, we recognize that the most important members of our community are our students and their families. In keeping with our mission of putting families first, Carney Sandoe & Associates team has been invited to visit both our school campuses in early January in order to personally hear from you and factor your considerations in order to identify the best possible candidate. During this time, they will also visit with our teaching staff and administration.
The Board, with assistance from Carney Sandoe & Associates, has developed a stringent timeline that aims to select from the largest pool of qualified candidates in order to hire the new Head of School by the end of this academic school year. This will allow our executive team, led by Dr. González, a one-year planned transition for 2022-2023 with both leaders collaborating under the direction of the Board for seamless continuity. As we progress, we will establish a formal line of communication from the Board of Directors that will keep everyone fully informed and will invite you to participate in this process through digital surveys, in-person and zoom interviews, and student/parent focus groups.
Continuing with good news for our community, the Board and school management have been engaged for two months with securing resources for responsible growth that encourages collaboration with aligned industries and public private partnerships. Although we are not able to openly discuss all these plans at this time, we can confirm that we are in final negotiations with an international athletic company on a multi-million dollar project that will result in athletic and assembly space for our upper school students. We hope to be able to announce this exciting partnership at the State of the School Address to be delivered by Dr. González on the 27th of January, with an aggressive timeline for fully functioning building structures opening by the start of the 2022-2023 academic school year.
And finally, as we push forward in a unified direction toward our mission for inspired international students and the resources needed to support them, we can be thankful for our generous community and the continued support we see demonstrated on a daily basis. I’m immensely proud of the hard work going on behind the scenes of our Board of Directors which recently committed 100% participation in the Annual Giving Fund, pledging over $22,000 before the launch, leading with intent.And thank you to everyone in advance as you consider your own year-end participation on our transformational journey as we transition to “Building our Institution.” Should you have any questions or would like to further discuss the identified capital needs of our school or professionally volunteer on a task force team, please contact me directly at TammyCottonHartnett@gmail.com or via my cell at 214.415.9311. At this time, we are looking for members of our community that have commercial real estate, lending, or legal backgrounds for help with specific high growth projects. Happy Holidays and Joyeuses Fêtes!
Tammy Cotton Hartnett, Board President