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Our Board of Directors

Peter Vermeulen, Chair

Peter Vermeulen is a multilingual leader with well-developed expatriate and cross-country expertise in Human Resources activities. He is currently a head of HR for Amazon. Previously Peter was Chief HR officer of Linde Americas where he led an HR team of 120 professionals in change, transforming the Latin America business, driving a culture of high performance, enhancing Safety Leadership and successfully implementing strategies such that the Americas structure became the standard for the Linde Group worldwide. Before joining the Linde Group in 2014, Peter worked for 18 years at Johnson & Johnson, serving in roles such as HR Director and Global HR Leader. In addition to his extensive work in HR, Peter is also a lecturer at Rutgers University in New Jersey and the Vierick School of Management in Ghent, Belgium. He holds a Master of Business Economics from the University of Leuven and Master of European Studies from the University of Strasbourg.

Liz Duffy, President

Liz Duffy became President of ISS in July 2015. Previously, she had served for 12 years as Head Master of The Lawrenceville School, a boarding school in New Jersey with 815 Grade 9-12 students, from 42 states and 39 countries. Before leading Lawrenceville, Liz held senior leadership positions at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF), and The Ball Foundation. Liz is a trustee of The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The E. E. Ford Foundation, a trustee emerita of WWNFF, and the chair of the Princeton Alumni Corps board. She has served on the boards of many other educational institutions, including Princeton University, the National Association of Independent Schools, and Cum Laude. She has spoken and written extensively on school leadership and educational trends, and has mentored many new heads and school leaders. Liz graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude with an AB in molecular biology. She went on to earn an MBA and an AM in Education from Stanford University.

Jerry Casarella, Board Member

Jerry Casarella teaches a diverse body of undergraduate and graduate students in his career as a Faculty Advisor at Rutgers University Business School and as an adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). In his classrooms and courses on consulting, operation, and HR, Jerry integrates his real-world understanding as an experienced Information Technology practitioner. Working as a Chief Enterprise Architect since 1996 at PSEG, Jerry has formulated and implemented strategic IT plans and Enterprise information architecture for multi-billion dollar business units. In addition, he has used his strategic insights and technical expertise to support various community-based volunteer programs, including Meals on Wheels, which delivers meals to homebound seniors. Jerry also serves on the Advisory Council for NJIT College of Computing Science and on the Board of Advisors for Cornell Engineering Communications Program. Jerry hold a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

Liz Dibble, Board Member

After an impressive 36-year diplomatic career as a senior US foreign service officer in several countries, focusing primarily on Europe and the Middle East as well as on economics, Liz Dibble joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in early 2017, where she currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. In that position, she supports the president in overseeing all aspects of the organization, as well as relationships with Carnegie’s Board of Trustees. Liz was named one of 100 top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2011, and was awarded a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2009. She has a BS from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and studied at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Campinas, Brazil. She speaks Italian, French, and Spanish. In 2017, Liz was the featured keynote speaker at the ISS Mary Anne Haas Women’s Symposium.

Michael Hanewald, Board Member

Michael Hanewald is both an instructor and program coordinator at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. Michael teaches the World History course “Forces that Shape the Modern World,” and a new interdisciplinary course merging history and documentary filmmaking. As International Program director, Michael coordinates curriculum-based student travel and facilitates school exchanges and development. Michael is one of the original agents driving the 2008 founding of the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG), a coalition of schools and educators dedicated to identifying best practices in global education that enable students to thrive and serve thoughtfully in an increasingly interconnected world. Michael’s career in education and curriculum development prior to Lawrenceville took him everywhere from Saalfelden, Austria to Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Michael holds a BA from the University of Vermont, and a Masters in Education from Framingham University.

Craig S. Kramer, Board Member

Craig Kramer has worked in government relations and global corporate affairs at Johnson & Johnson since 1998. During that time, he has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, including programs in 14 Chinese provinces, 15 Japanese prefectures, and five state/provinces each in Brazil, India and Canada. Before joining J&J, Craig worked for five years as an attorney for Patton, Boggs & Blow. Following his time at this Washington DC law firm, Craig spent five years in Congress handling issues such as human rights, international tax reform and trade negotiation. Since leading the Student Volunteers Council as an undergraduate at Princeton, Craig has been actively involved with educational nonprofits. He holds a BA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and he is a graduate of the General Management Program of Harvard Business School.

Marcus Mabry, Board Member

Marcus Mabry joined Twitter as the North American editor of “Twitter Moments” in 2015, after serving as the international business editor, a national politics editor and a mobile editor of The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.  Before joining the Times in 2007 and after graduating from Stanford University and studying at the Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Sorbonne, Marcus worked for nearly two decades at Newsweek, with many of those years spent as a foreign correspondent in Europe and Africa.  Marcus is currently president of the Overseas Press Club of America, and in the past, chaired the board of the Oliver Scholars Program, which promotes access to educational opportunities for bright students of color. He is a trustee of The Lawrenceville School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as the author of two books: the memoir White Bucks and Black Eyed Peas, and a biography of Condoleezza Rice, Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and her Rise to Power.

John McGrath, Board Member

John McGrath is the Deputy CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), a nonprofit organization representing nearly 16,000 professionals dedicated to serving students in their transition to postsecondary education. During his four years with NACAC, he has led a transformation of the association’s communications and public engagement activities and the creation of NACAC’s first-ever Department of International Initiatives. Previously, John served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach. There, he managed the Blue Ribbon Schools and Presidential Scholars programs, the Information Resource Center serving 250,000 citizens annually, the Department’s video and television efforts; and the creation of the Helping Your Child series of publications. John earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and he has also attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Arka Mukherjee, Board Member

Arka Mukherjee is the CEO of Global IDs Inc., a global data management software company. As the founder and visionary, Arka has guided the organization from startup to growth phase, creating innovative technologies to support the world's largest organizations. Under his leadership, Global IDs has implemented its "Big Data" products in a myriad of Fortune 2000 companies including AT&T, Walmart, United Healthcare, Morgan Stanley, and HSBC. Prior to Global IDs, Arka was a Principal at IBM. Committed to broadening access to education across India and to students around the globe, Arka has founded non-profit companies focused on micro finance, healthcare and education. Arka serves as an Associate Program Director for Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, leading the Advanced Analytics Program. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). He received a PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University and a MSc from the Indian Institute for Technology in Kanpur, India.

John Taylor, Board Member

John Taylor worked for seven years in the Middle East as an archaeologist, civil servant, and banker with Bank of America and Gulf International Bank. Upon return to the US, he was employed by the David family of Fort Worth for two decades. He served as Chief Financial Officer of the Great Western Drilling Company, which works in oil and natural gas exploration and production, and later as the Chief Operating Officer of T.A.K Petroleum, which works in crude oil transportation and marketing. John is a graduate of the Universities of Chicago, Cambridge, and Columbia, and has a career that has taken him to Paris, London, New York, and Athens. He is a US Army veteran and sailplane pilot with a commercial certificate and more than 1,400 hours of flying under his belt, mostly in experimental and high performance aircraft.

Anastasia Vrachnos, Board Member

Anastasia Vrachnos is Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations at Princeton University and leads the development and administration of partnerships, policies and programs that advance the international scope of Princeton's research and teaching, and enhance the University's global connections. Previously Anastasia was the dean of international and professional experience for Yale-NUS College and former executive director of Princeton in Asia (PiA). She has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in secondary school education from Mercy College.

Pamela A. Ward, Board Member

Pamela A. Ward joined the US Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools in 2006, and for the next six years, contributed her extensive experience in teaching, research and program development. As Regional Officer, Pamela annually assessed grant applications, allotted 2.5 million dollars of funding to schools in Sub-Saharan Africa, negotiated relationships for 35 private international schools, as well as worked on a closer, familial level to support the schools and school leaders in her region. She has counselled more than 200 US diplomat families and other expatriates regarding their children’s school placements or special needs services. As an educator, Pamela taught 15 different graduate courses at three universities and has trained more than 20 counselors in crisis intervention for children and families in environments abroad. Before joining the Office of Overseas Schools, Pamela was a Foreign Service Officer, serving for 15 years in five countries. She sits on several board of directors, including WICE in France and the Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic. Pamela holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Cheryl Q. Xu, Board Member

Cheryl Xu is the Managing Director and Founder of Hope Center for National Health Studies. She started a consulting business in 2005, advising well-known multinational companies on their market access and expansion strategies in China. Cheryl has provided consultations to both the U.S. and Chinese governments on pharmaceutical policies and contributed to the formulations of China’s healthcare reform policies. Past positions included Director of International Finance at Pharmacia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Peking University, and MBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

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