School Board

The AAS School Board is responsible for governance and oversight of the Anglo-American School at both the Moscow and St. Petersburg campuses. The Board is composed of:

- Two voting members appointed by the British Chief of Mission.
- Two voting members appointed by the American Chief of Mission.
- One voting member appointed by the Canadian Chief of Mission.
- As many as three voting members elected by the Board. At least one of these must be a national of a country not represented by an appointed member of the Board.
- One voting member, elected by the Board, from nominations forwarded by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).


Please click here for the Board's policy manual.

Please click the links below to read board publications from the 2015-2016 school year.

October 2016 Board Briefs
 
June 2016 Board Briefs
 
May 2016 Board Briefs

 


2016-2017 AAS Board Members

 

British Embassy Representatives

Mark Rakestraw

Director of Corporate Services and HM Consul General, British Embassy
Board Chair
 

Mark is a career Diplomatic Service officer with more than 25 years experience in the UK and overseas.  He and his wife Lorna arrived in Moscow in October 2014 following a posting at the British Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan.  Mark has also served in Athens (where he and Lorna met), Sarajevo, Kathmandu, Lisbon, Cairo and Beijing.  Mark and Lorna devote a lot of time to charitable work overseas, with Mark serving as the Chairman of two charitable trusts whilst in Cairo and as a Board member of one of the British International Schools there.  Outside of work, Mark enjoys both playing and watching football and is a lifelong supporter of Manchester City FC.  He and Lorna also enjoy skiing during the winter months.


Judith Lindfield

 
Judith arrived in Moscow with her husband in February 2015.  John works at the British Embassy.  They met in Cairo and have lived in the UK, Pakistan, South Africa, the USA (twice), and the Netherlands, with temporary stints in the Middle East.  
 
After a career in commercial banking, Judith became a teacher and has worked in the state, American and British international sectors in a number of diverse roles in school administration, guidance and special educational needs. She holds a MEd (Leadership and Management), the National Professional Qualification for Headship (UK) and has a Diploma from UCLA in college counselling.  Travel, reading, current affairs and sport take up much of her spare time. She is also a qualified swim coach.
 
John and Judith have two sons. Educated in the South African and Californian school systems, as well as at an American international school in the UK, they completed their IB and American High School Diplomas. Both are now successful professionals.
 
Judith is a passionate advocate of evidence-based, personalized and holistic education programmes that encourage, engage and empower students to realize their full potential.

 

Sue Renton

UK Embassy Alternate Member
 
Sue moved to Moscow in 2015 when her husband took on the role of Post Security Officer at the British Embassy. She has three young boys, two being pre-school age (3 and 1) and the oldest in Pre-K (age 5). Sue obtained a degree in Mathematics at Leeds University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working for PwC in the UK in their Assurance practice. After four years she moved to London where she worked for a large property company for over six years, her final role was Head of the Operational Finance Team for the Great Britain and Ireland operations. She was responsible for all of the financial reporting (statutory and management) and the day-to-day operations of the team. Sue is an Alternate Board member and sits on the Finance and Facilities sub-Committee as the British Embassy representative. 

 

 

American Embassy Representatives

John Bernlohr

Minister Counselor for Management, American Embassy
 
John Bernlohr has worked at the US Department of State for 27 years, and has previously served in the Congo, France, Indonesia, Hungary, the Republic of Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Washington DC. He and his wife Debby also previously served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and Malaysia, respectively.  They have two grown children who have attended numerous international schools. John has served on the boards of international schools in Surabaya, Budapest, Tbilisi, and Sarajevo. He has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA from Ohio University, and a BA from Harvard University. He considers himself a lifelong student and enjoys literature, music, sports, foreign language study, and travel.
 

Karen Enstrom

Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, American Embassy
 
Karen Enstrom is a career diplomat with more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. Foreign Service. She became Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in September 2015. Her husband Andrew Schofer is also a diplomat and is currently serving in Vienna, Austria. They have two sons. Their older son attended kindergarten at AAS and is now a college student in the United States. Their younger son is a senior at the American International School of Vienna in Austria. Karen previously served in Moscow from 2000-2003. Her other prior assignments include Cyprus, the Netherlands, Bahrain, and Mongolia, as well as tours in Washington, D.C. Karen and her family enjoy traveling together.
 

Cora Nally

US Embassy Alternate Board Member
 

Cora came to Moscow in August of 2015 with her family for her husband’s career.    Cora served on the Board of Directors at her last overseas post in Sierra Leone where she filled the roles of Board Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Chair of several committees during her three-year tenure.  She has also lived with her family in Tbilisi, Georgia, Japan, and Benin.  She is originally from Seattle, Washington in the USA.  Cora has a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has built an international career in the management of Public Health programs in rural and urban settings.  Cora has two children at AAS, one in High School and one in Middle School.

 

 

Canadian Embassy Representatives

Stephane Jobin 

Minister-Counselor / Deputy Head of Mission,  Canadian Embassy
Board Treasurer 
 

Mr. Jobin is Minister-Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy, where he arrived in the summer of 2016. He is a lawyer by training. He has served twice at the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo, and has lived with his family in Beijing where his wife Annick Goulet, who is Head of the Canadian Embassy Trade Programme, was posted. In Ottawa, he has managed two large international security programs, and had the chance at that time to visit remote locations across Russia. He was previously Director of Relations with the United States and with Mexico. Stéphane and Annick have three teenagers, with two of them attending AAS. 

 

Eva Yu

Counsellor (Management) and Consul General, Canadian Embassy  

Alternate Board Member

Ms. Yu is a Foreign Service officer with fifteen years of experience serving the Canadian government abroad. She started her current posting in Moscow, Russia in August 2016. Her prior assignments include Mexico City, Mexico; Beijing, China; Budapest, Hungary; and Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Yu has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration. Outside of the office, she enjoys travelling, reading and yoga. 

 

PTO Representative

Clare Lewis

PTO President

 
Clare moved to Moscow from the UK in 2010, with her husband Steve and two children, her third child was born here later that year. Clare's background is in Human Resources , she has held a variety of roles in Government, Retail, and Banking. Before leaving the UK, she was running a family retail business. Since arriving in Moscow, Clare has been an active member of the community, chairing the PTO at the British International school for four years and supporting a variety of charity organizations. Her two older girls moved to AAS in 2015 and are now in Grade 4 and 5. Her youngest will follow soon.Clare was elected PTO President in November 2016 and has been very busy with wonderful school events. Clare coordinates all activities of, what is, a fantastic PTO.
 
 
 

At-Large Representatives

Jean-Pascal (JP) Duvieusart

PPF
 

Jean-Pascal (JP) Duvieusart, Chantal and their children arrived in Moscow in 2007 coming from Prague where they lived for 7 years. JP, a former Director at McKinsey, is with PPF since 2010 where he is responsible for the Real Estate activities of the group. JP is a member of the Finance and Facilities Committee of the Board. Three children of Chantal and JP's  graduated from AAS in the past few years. Outside of work, JP is a member of the board of the Russian Food Bank and enjoys practicing sports.

Dean Robson

Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Russia, Ukraine & CIS
 

Julian Traill

Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright (Central Europe) LLP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judith Lindfield
U.K. Embassy – Position 2
 
Judith arrived in Moscow with her husband in February 2015.  John works at the British Embassy.  They met in Cairo and have lived in the UK, Pakistan, South Africa, the USA (twice) and the Netherlands, with temporary stints in the Middle East.  
 
After a career in commercial banking, Judith became a teacher and has worked in the state, American and British international sectors in a number of diverse roles in school administration, guidance and special educational needs. She holds a MEd (Leadership and Management), the National Professional Qualification for Headship (UK) and has a Diploma from UCLA in college counselling.  Travel, reading, current affairs and sport take up much of her spare time. She is also a qualified swim coach.
 
John and Judith have two sons. Educated in the South African and Californian school systems, as well as at an American international school in the UK, they completed their IB and American High School Diplomas. Both are now successful professionals.
 
Judith is a passionate advocate of evidence-based, personalized and holistic education programmes that encourage, engage and empower students to realize their full potential.
 
 

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