ISD - The International School of Dakar

Board/ Governance

The ISD Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school as authorized by the Association. The Association is comprised of parents and guardians of registered students, school faculty, and the school Director.

The Board is made up of 9 voting members and one ex-officio member, the Representative of the U.S. Ambassador. The ISD Director, Principals, Business Manager, Operations Manager, and faculty representative also serve as non-voting members of the Board.

The ISD Board of Trustees is responsible for advancing ISD's mission as effectively as possible, developing policy, and ensuring sound financial stewardship of the school. The Board focuses on strategic issues, collaborating with and supporting the ISD administrators who are responsible for day-to-day school business and affairs. 

The Board accomplishes its work through three standing committees: Policy, Buildings & Grounds, and Finance. Other committees are created for specific, time-bound purposes.

Click here for more on who makes up the Board and the role they play at ISD. 

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Vesna de la Borde is the Chair of the Board. She sits on all of the Committees: Finance, Policy, Governance and Development, and Core Planning Team. Vesna is Ghanaian/French and has been living in Dakar since August 2011. She has one son at ISD in middle school. Vesna has served on the Board since November 2011. She currently works as a translator and consultant. Prior to Senegal, she has lived in various countries including Ghana, France, and the U.S.

Gráinne MacRae is the Vice-Chair of the Board, She is the Chair of the Governance and Development Committee and a member of the Core Planning Team. Gráinne is Irish and has been living in Dakar since December 2008. She has three daughters and one son at ISD in elementary, middle and high school. Gráinne has served on the Board since December 2010. She currently works as a free-lance editor and consultant. Prior to Senegal, she has lived in various countries including Kenya, Burundi, Republic of Georgia, and Nepal.

Thiaba Camara Sy is the Treasurer of the Board. She is the Chair of the Finance Committee. Thiaba is Senegalese and has lived most of her life in Dakar. She has one son at ISD in middle school and two grown children. Thiaba has served on the Board since September 2010. She currently works as Managing Partner of Deloitte Senegal. She has lived in Paris, London, and Senegal.

Jennifer Grant is the Secretary of the Board. She is a member of the Policy Committee and the Governance and Development Committee.  Jennifer is American and has been living in Dakar since August 2012. She has two sons and one daughter at ISD in elementary school. Jennifer has served on the Board since May 2013. She currently works part-time as a consultant. Prior to Senegal, she has lived in the U.S. and Mali.

James Garry is a member of the Core Planning Team. James is an American diplomat who has been posted to Dakar since August 2013. He has two children attending ISD - a son in high school and a daughter in elementary school. James has served on the Board since March 2014. He and his family have lived in Africa for most of the last twelve years. James has previously served as a trustee at international schools in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Allyson Gardner is the Chair of the Policy Committee and a member of the Core Planning Team. Allyson is American and has been living in Dakar since 2011. She has one son and one daughter at ISD in elementary school. Allyson has served on the Board since 2012. She currently works at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Dakar. Prior to Senegal, she has lived and worked in France, Guinea, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Linda Percy is a member of the Finance Committee and Policy Committee. Linda is American and has been living in Dakar since January 2013. She has one son and one daughter at ISD in middle and high school. Linda has served on the Board since May 2013. She currently works at USAID. She has lived abroad for twenty years and her children have attended international schools in Gabon, Uganda, Tanzania, and Mali. Linda previously served on the school board in Mali.

David Peterson is a member of the Policy Committee. David is American and has been living in Dakar since July 2014. He has two daughters at ISD in middle and high school. David was appointed to the Board in December 2014. He currently works at the American Embassy. Prior to Senegal, he has lived in the U.S.

Gilles Meura is a member of the Core Planning Team. Gilles is Belgian and has been living in Dakar since 2014. He has two boys at ISD, one in high school and one in middle school. Gilles was appointed to the Board in January 2015. He currently works as a strategy consultant. Prior to Senegal, he has lived in Belgium.

Karen Gustafson de Andrade is the U.S. Ambassador’s Representative to the Board. She is a member of the Governance and Development Committee. Karen is American and has been living in Dakar since July 2013. She has one son and three daughters at ISD in elementary, middle and high school. Karen was appointed by the US Ambassador to the Board in April 2014. She currently works at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar. She has previously lived in the U.S., Germany, Brazil, France, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, and the U.K.

Marc Guillaume is the Faculty Representative to the Board. He is a member of the Policy Committee. Marc is American and has been living in Dakar since August 2013. He has one son and one daughter at ISD in elementary school. Marc was elected by the faculty to serve as the Faculty Representative in August 2014. He currently works as a Middle School science teacher. Before coming to Senegal, he was a teacher in Massachusetts.


ISD BOARD MEETINGS

Below you will find minutes and agendas for ISD's monthly board meetings. Minutes are made available after approval -- approval of minutes takes place at the following monthly meeting. Hard copies of the minutes are posted on the ISD Board bulletin board outside the main office and electronically below. Only those in the ISD community may access the full minutes, as they are password protected. If you need the password, please email adminoffice@isd.sn.

June 2014

June Agenda Download PDF file

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September 2014

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October 2014

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November 2014

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December 2014

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January 2015

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February 2015

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March 2015

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April 2015

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May 2015

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BOARD POLICY

Please click here to view ISD's Board Policy