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Governance

The Vientiane International School Board of Trustees is an nine member volunteer group of parents committed to the mission of the school which is to challenge, inspire and empower students to develop their unique potential and to be responsible citizens in a changing world.

Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board helps to ensure that as a school we provide a safe, respectful, collaborative and sustainable learning environment for not only students, but the entire VIS community.

 

VIS Board of Trustees 2020 - 21

Sandra Seastedt - Board Chair

Sandra Seastedt
Board Chair (Parent Elected)

Sandra joined the board in 2015 as Vice Chair and has held the Board Chair role since 2016. She is a practicing psychotherapist. Raised in Switzerland and educated in the US, she lived in Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic before arriving in Vientiane in 2014. She has enjoyed learning about good board governance and feels lucky to be surrounded by such a compassionate group of colleagues as they support the school in fulfilling its mission.

Rachel - Vice Chair (Parent Elected)

Rachel Dechaineux
Vice Chair (Parent Elected)

Rachel joined the board in 2016 and was re-elected in 2018. An Australian who dedicated her studies and research to Laos, she has extensive experience working in various development sectors and currently has owner-operated businesses in hospitality. Rachel is pleased to contribute to the VIS board with interest areas of governance, sustainability and campus development.

Randy Peale

Randy Peale
US Embassy Representative
(Appointed Non-Voting Member)

Randy joined the board in 2018. He is the Management Officer at the U.S. Embassy Laos. He previously served in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Lima, Peru and has come to Vientiane from Washington D.C. He is excited to be on the board because he knows how important VIS is to the community.

Hani Tesfazgh
Board Member (Parent Elected)

Hani moved to Vientiane in August of 2018 and brings his experience as an accountant, former member of a board.  He was previously a Board of Trustee member of a Church in the UK and worked closely with the Treasurer & Finance committee. As an active VIS parent he has been involved with swimming events and One World Day and looks forward to working closely with the VIS Operations and Finance Manager.

Chloé Savanvaly
Member (Board Appointed)

Chloé joined the school board in 2018. She has lived in Macau, Thailand and the United States and before deciding to return back to Laos, her home country, about 10 year ago. Currently she is working as a Duty Managing Director in Thanasup Leasing and Finance Co., Ltd. She joined the VIS community in 2014 and truly appreciates the diversity, the sense of openness, mutual respect and acceptance of differences that VIS offers. She is passionate about holistic education and keen to support all aspect of school development and future plans.

Humberto Marum

Humberto Marum
Member (Board Appointed)

Marum joined the school board in 2018. He is an architect with design, project management and vocational education experience. He has previously worked in Portugal, East Timor and Australia. His consulting business Metio provides tailored design and project management services to meet community needs. Marum is excited to be on the board where he will be focusing on the schools’ development plans.

Claude Jentgen

Claude Jentgen
(Appointed)

Claude joined the board in 2019. After initially working in Laos for the UN from 2001 to 2004, he left for postings for his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg, Cabo Verde and Vietnam. He was instrumental in expanding Luxembourg’s development cooperation in Laos between 2008 and 2018 and after the establishment of the Embassy of Luxembourg in Vientiane in early 2016 he served as head of mission until last summer.

Andrea Unzicker

Andrea Unzicker (Parent Elected)

Andrea joined the VIS Board in 2019, having served previously on the Board’s Policy Committee. She is currently the Country Representative for the NGO, Mennonite Central Committee. Her career has been as a business lawyer and director for financial institutions. She is from the United States but has also worked in Cambodia and Botswana. She brings interest and experience in governance, having previously served as legal advisor to various boards.

Sophia Cason
Board Member (Parent Elected)

Sophia joined the VIS Board in 2020. She is currently working in Laos as the Chief of Party for the USAID Legal Aid Support Program at the Asia Foundation. She previously worked as an access to justice advisor and in a number of other positions for government and UN agencies and NGOs in Timor-Leste and Australia. In Timor-Leste she also served on the board of some local NGOs. She is looking forward to contributing to the Board this year and serving on the Board’s Committee of Trustees.

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