Meet the Executive Search Team

Beth Kempler Pfannl

Vice President, Administrative Searches and Governance Services

Beth joined ISS in September 2016 with 30 years of experience in the field of international education. She was most recently head of the American Overseas School of Rome for the past ten years. Prior to Rome, she was a school administrator at the American School of Asuncion for thirteen years. Beth has served on the boards of numerous educational institutions, including the Educational Collaborative of International Schools (ECIS - formally the European Council of International Schools), the International Schools Advisory Committee of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Paraguayan-American Cultural Center. She is past president of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and the Rome International Schools Association (RISA), and currently serves as a trustee of The American University of Rome. In 2014, Beth was inducted into AAIE's Hall of Fame, and in 2003, she received the National Distinguished Principal Award from the Office of Overseas Schools, two of the most prominent accolades for international educators. Beth earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from the Sorbonne in Paris and her BA from McGill University in Montreal. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in School Administration from Rhode Island College. She has presented regularly at educational conferences around the world. In addition, Beth has numerous years of experience as a college professor of American literature and social sciences. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian and French, Beth brings a very strong international perspective to ISS.

David Randall

Administrative Search Consultant

David has been an overseas educator for 40 years, serving as teacher, principal, finance Head of School, and head of school. He earned his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an M. Ed. and M.P.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His experience encompasses 11 schools in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. His most recent position, prior to joining the Caribbean office, was as the interim Superintendent during the 2009-2010 start-up school year for the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) School. Prior to Saudi Arabia, David was the Interim Head of School at Western Academy Beijing as well as the Interim Head of the Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has led schools in virtually every region of the world and brings a wealth of knowledge to not only the hiring process, but the nuances of transitioning a school in the midst of growth and development.

Paul DeMinico

Administrative Search Consultant

Paul received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He has served as a school head for 24 years at independent, international schools in Asia and Europe and at public schools in New Hampshire, USA. Paul has also served as a teacher and school principal. He has served as a senior, visiting lecturer of education at Assumption University and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and has authored numerous articles on various topics in education published in international periodicals as well as in State and local newspapers. As a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Global Leadership Program, Paul has a particular interest in advancing the concept of “global-mindedness” among students from early childhood to Ph.D. candidates. He has successfully facilitated school head searches for governing boards and has engaged boards in seminars on various topics specific to their needs.

Liz Duffy

President

Liz became President of ISS in July 2015 after serving for 12 years as Head Master of The Lawrenceville School, a 205-year old boarding school in New Jersey, with 815 grades 9-12 students from 42 states and 39 countries. Before leading Lawrenceville, Liz held senior leadership positions at three educational foundations: 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, Cum Laude, ISS and the Center for the Study of Boys and Girls Lives at the University of Pennsylvania. She has spoken and written extensively on school leadership and educational trends and mentored many new heads and school leaders. Liz graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude with an AB degree in molecular biology and she earned an MBA and an AM in Education from Stanford University.

Laura Light

Director, Educational Staffing

Laura has led ISS's teacher searches since 2007. A former teacher, she spent most of her career teaching overseas. After graduating from Clemson University, Laura accepted a position at the American School of Kuwait which was her initial introduction to life as an international, overseas educator. While having lived and worked in the United States, her professional life has revolved around the schools in which her current job now benefits. Laura also taught at the Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic, Escuela Americana in El Salvador, Singapore American School, Southbank International School in London, and at the United Nations International School in New York City. Working for ISS has been Laura’s “dream job” as she advances her significant and positive influence by staffing international schools around the world with the very best teachers in today’s market. Laura’s profound knowledge of and links to international schools has helped advance ISS as a world leader in service to such schools.

Dana Zarrello

Administrative Candidate Registrar

Dana joined ISS in September 2013 after five successful years as a teacher of French. Upon graduating from Rutgers University, Dana began her career teaching at the prominent Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School where, in addition to teaching, she developed curricula and programs for students. Dana was also proudly involved with her service to “non-traditional” students in Palm Springs. California. An avid travel enthusiast, Dana studied abroad in Paris and in the south of France while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in French. Her present role brings together her passions for education and travel while helping other teachers become global citizens.

Sonia Krutka

Executive Assistant to the President

Sonia received her Masters of Science majoring in Economics from Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic. She began her career working for International Study Programs in Prague as Logistics Coordinator and was quickly promoted to a Logistics Manager. After moving to the US in 2004, she joined a German Bank in New York City. She joined ISS in 2009 as an Assistant to the President. Her duties have expanded with her involvement in and contributions to the ISS Administrative Search team.