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School Board

EAB is governed by a self-perpetuating board, whose members are parents of children currently attending the school or members of the EAB community.

While every effort is made to maintain the dates of Board meetings, as listed above, changes may occur during the course of the year.

Visit this page for regular updates.

If you have a comment or question for the board, email them at board-feedback@eabdf.br

Meet the Board members

Annette Windmeisser
Board President
Bio
Dr. Annette Windmeisser arrived in Brasilia August 2017. She heads the Cooperation for Sustainable Development at the German embassy. Before that, she was head of legal affairs at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as deputy head of the division for Climate Policy and Climate Finance there. A previous overseas post with the Foreign Office was in Uganda. She thoroughly enjoyed her doctorate research in the South Pacific (PNG, Solomon Islands and Fiji with a home base on Great Barrier Island off New Zealand), as well as her time as junior professor at the Europa University Viadrina in Frankfurt /Oder with many exciting forays further east on human rights matters. Tropical gardening, cooking and baking as well as reading are her favorite pastimes. Husband Chris Umbeck works for T-Systems Brasil and is a keen swimmer. Kilian is starting 6th grade and Sophia has just graduated from EAB – the famous class of 2020! – and will start her law degree at University of Passau/Germany in fall.
Megan Gernes
Board Vice President
Bio
Megan Gernes workes with the United States Agency for International development (USAID) as a Project Management Specialist. Previously, Megan was the USAID Senior Development Specialist and team lead for both the Health and Democracy and Governance teams in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; in this role she worked on stopping drug resistant tuberculosis and improving the civil court system. Megan deeply believes in serving people, which is why working for USAID has been such a great career fit for her. She is looking forward to contributing her 15 years of experience in federal life to EAB! Megan has a background in communications and has managed federal grants, contracts, and assistance awards. Megan has worked for USAID, the Department of State, PEPFAR, and the U.S. Senate in various countries. Before taking on grown up government titles, she was a whitewater raft guide in the Royal Gorge in Colorado. When Megan is not typing about standard indicators she is running after her four children, hopefully in the woods, with her pretentious dog.
Anna More
Board Secretary
Bio
Anna More is a professor of literature whose research focuses on Latin American cultural and social relations. She currently teaches at the Universidade de Brasília and previously was professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Anna is originally from Providence, Rhode Island but grew up in Washington D.C. She holds a B.A. in History and Literature (Harvard University) and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures (UC Berkeley). She is the mother of Clarice in grade 7 at EAB and Olivia, who is in kindergarten at another local school. Anna has a strong interest in the pathways from K-12 to higher education and in debates on the humanities as a tool for global understanding.
Márcio Queiroz
Board Treasurer
Bio
Márcio Queiroz was born in Brasília. He is married to Fernanda Queiroz and they have four children at EAB, Ana Carolina, Maria Fernanda, Maria Sophia and Márcio Henrique.
Márcio graduated in Civil Engineering at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora in 2003 and he has been acting in this area since then. Marcio also has an executive MBA and also joined a Board Member Development Program, both by Fundação Dom Cabral. In his spare time he likes to swim and also practices triathlon, but his real passion is a good barbecue.
João Victor Mokdissi
Board Member
Bio
João Victor Mokdissi was born and raised in Brasilia and attended the American School of Brasilia from pre-school to high school graduation. As a student at EAB, João Victor was involved in student government, Model United Nations, Entrepreneurship Club, Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society and Volleyball. João Victor currently works at Grupo Carlton, a real estate investment company. Prior to that, João Victor lived in New York City and worked at J.P. Morgan’s Investment Banking Division doing Mergers and Acquisitions. João Victor has a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate from The Wharton School, in the University of Pennsylvania.
Katherine Grace Osborne Valdez
Board Member
Bio
Katherine Osborne Valdez is the Board President of the Powell Foundation in Houston, which focuses on K-12 education grantmaking in three counties in Texas. Katherine moved to Brasilia in August 2018 and has two daughters at EAB. She has previously served as a foreign service officer with the US Agency for International Development, a consulting engineer, and a Peace Corps Volunteer. Katherine is married to another native Houstonian, Pablo Valdez who is currently the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Counselor at the US Embassy in Brasilia. Previous countries they have called home include Peru, Indonesia, Chile, and Mexico. Katherine received undergraduate degrees in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College; she has masters degrees in both public policy (MPAff) and environmental and water resources engineering (MSE) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Laura Kaspari Hohmann
Board Member
Bio
Laura Kaspari Hohmann arrived in Brasilia in July 2019. She is the Regional Public Engagement Specialist at the US Embassy. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Library and Information Services from the University of Denver. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was the Library Director at Northern Marianas College on Saipan in the Western Pacific. She joined the State Department as an Information Resource Officer in 2006 and has served in Poland, Italy, Washington, and Mexico. She currently lives in Brasilia with her husband and two children. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian.
Márcia Farias
Board Member
Bio
Marcia Farias is a retired Prosecutor at the Tribunal de Contas do DF, where she was Chief Prosecutor for five two-year terms. She holds a Bachelor in Law degree from the University of Brasilia-UnB, and a Master in Law degree from the University of Pernambuco-UFPe. Marcia was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow (2005/2006) at Boston University. In her year in the USA, she held professional affiliations with HUD-Region 1 and EPA-Region 1, as well as with the Planning Department of the City of Newton, MA. Marcia is an EAB alumna (Class ’83), and her three children attended EAB (Classes of 2010, 2014 and 2016). She is currently an Independent Educational Consultant-IEC, and a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association-HECA.
Patrick Massenburg
Board Member
Bio
Patrick Massenburg arrived in Brasilia in April 2019. He works in the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) of the United States Embassy. He has been in the United States Air Force since 2004. His previous overseas duty assignment was in Seoul, South Korea. He has also been stationed in North Carolina, California, and Virginia, supporting a number of different mission sets and going on multiple overseas deployments. At each location, he has worked to support the youth of his community as a sports coach, sports official, and a prodigious fundraiser to secure needed supplies for local students. He is married to the former Kyla Kelsey of Kansas, an Air Force Reservist and US Embassy employee. Patrick and Kyla have four daughters. Danae is a college student. Ajanae and Sophia are a rising 9th grader and Kindergartener respectively and Audrey is in preschool. Patrick is from Virginia, which explains why he’s always excited to have a nice glass of cold sweet tea.
Pedro Cortegoso
Board Member
Bio
Pedro arrived in Brasilia in March 2018. He is the Education Counsellor at the Spanish Embassy. Before that, he has developed different possition at the Spanish Ministries of Economy, Education and Science, apart from a previous overseas post at the Spanish embassy in Argentina.

He has a degree in Economics from the University of Navarra (Spain) and a Master´s degree in Ecological Economy from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Pedro has two children attending EAB and is very interested in supporting the learning of sciencies and the students with special needs, besides reducing our ecological footprint.

He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing tennis.
Rebecca Clark
Board Member
Bio
Rebecca grew up in San Diego, California. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and taught for a few years before becoming a mother. She now has four children, all attending EAB. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, quilting, the outdoors, cooking, and eating delicious food. This is her family’s first overseas posting.
Siriana Nair
Board Member
Bio
Siriana Kvalvik Nair is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, currently serving as the Deputy Political Counselor at U.S. Mission Brazil. She has served previous assignments in Indonesia, Morocco, the Philippines, India, and Washington, DC. She speaks Portuguese, Indonesian, French, and very bad Hindi and Chinese. Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Nair served as an English teaching fellow in Nanjing, China where she studied Chinese language, history, and politics. She has a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and degrees in Political Science and Biology from Wellesley College. She is a Master SCUBA diver, and enjoys martial arts. She is married to Jai Nair, a fellow Foreign Service Officer at U.S. Embassy Brasilia. All four of their children attend EAB, including one at the high school, one at the middle school, and two in the lower school. Ms. Nair is strongly committed to supporting excellence in STEAM education, and promoting community building and cohesiveness at overseas schools like EAB.
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