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Board of Directors

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 4th grade and Sophia is about to embark on the IB program.
Mark Pannell
Board Vice-President
Bio
Mark Pannell started at the State Department in January 2003, and currently serves as the Country Information Officer at Embassy Brasilia since July 2017. Previous tours include serving as the Public Affairs Officer at Embassy Lisbon, Public Diplomacy Field Director at Embassy Kabul, Public Affairs Officer at Consulate General Rio de Janeiro, Deputy Political Chief at Embassy Quito, Special Assistant and Vice Consul at Embassy Brasilia, and Political Desk Officer at the Office of Brazil and Southern Cone in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Prior to State, Mark worked in airport operations for United Airlines in China, and in banking and IT in the Seattle area. Mark tem um MBA em Gestão Financeira e fala Português, Espanhol, Alemão, Francês e Mandarim. Mark é casado com Soneclay e tem dois filhos – Maria Felicia and Caio.
Julia Staunig
Board Treasurer
Márcia Farias
Board Secretary
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.
Kirn Braich
Board Member
Bio
Kirn Braich is a Foreign Service officer at the United States Department of State. He is currently Acting Minister Counselor for Management Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia. He was previously posted to the U.S. diplomatic missions to France, Poland, Mexico, Iraq, Germany, and China. Kirn is proficient in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese (Mandarin). He received a B.A. in economics from Cornell University and an M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago. He previously served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American School of Warsaw.
Anne Posthuma
Board Member
Bio
Anne Posthuma has worked for the International Labor Organization (ILO) since 1998 and is currently the Senior Specialist in Employment Policies at the ILO Office in Brazil. She worked previously at the ILO Sub-Regional Office in Santiago, Chile and ILO headquarters in Geneva. She focuses on issues related to youth employment, industrial development and changing work patterns in the global economy. She holds a PhD in International Development and a Masters in Science and Technology Policy (Sussex University, England) and a Bachelor Degree in Social Anthropology and Development (Stanford University, USA). She and her husband Antonio have two daughters at EAB. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, writing and cooking.
Anna More
Board Member
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.
Caio Prado
Board Member
Bio
Caio Prado is originally from Santos, São Paulo. He moved to Brasilia in 1999, the same year he married Daniela Prado. They are parents of three children: Antonio (4th grade), Pedro (K5), and Catarina (K4). The family has attending EAB since 2008, which is when Caio also began to study English, supported by EAB’s parent education program. Caio joined the Board in June 2012. He is a lawyer specializing in Labor and Social Security Law. Caio opened his own law firm in 2005 after working with outstanding law offices in São Paulo and Brasilia for nearly 10 years. Caio is also a Board member of a Catholic Charitable Institution for poor children, called Promovida, in São Sebastião, Brasília.
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.
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.
John Njenga
Board Member
Megan Gernes
Board Member
Bio
Megan was raised in the State of Colorado. She attended Marquette University where she received a BA in communications, majoring in public relations with a minor in theology and went on to do masters work in leadership studies. While in school Megan spent summers in her home state working as a whitewater raft guide. Megan has been a political organizer, both working and volunteering on numerous local and national campaigns. Megan has managed large fleets of volunteers, campaign staff, and state wide voter contact operations. Megan worked in the U.S. Senate for six years. After moving abroad Megan has worked at the U.S. Embassies in Montevideo, Windhoek and Tashkent. Megan left her previous position in Central Asia to move to Brazil with her husband and four small children.
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