The mission of the ISC's Board of Trustees is to provide advice and oversight on all matters related to the school. These include but are not limited to budgetary decisions, financial planning, strategic planning, fundraising, special events, faculty and staff compensation, and capital projects.

Board of Trustees, 2021-2022

  • Jen Arcidicono, Member-at-large
    Now in her sixth year as an ISC parent, Jen has a daughter is in the Spanish 2nd grade and a son in the Spanish K class.  A huge fan of the ISC, Jen grew up in Western NY (Finger Lakes region) and has been in Charlottesville for 11 years.  With degrees in math, economics, and statistics, Jen worked in internet marketing at Merkle (formerly RKG) for 7 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom five years ago.

  • Nick Cady, Member-at-large
    Nick has been an ISC parent since 2016 and a language nerd since well before that. He believes every child should learn a foreign language, and the ISC is a wonderful place to do so. A graduate of UVA and twenty-year resident of Charlottesville, he works in biotech sales.

  • Marcelle Eldridge, Member-at-large
    Originally from New York City, Marcelle and her family moved to Charlottesville in 2017 in hopes of embracing the culture of a smaller city. Her family currently has two daughters enrolled at ISC in the French Kindergarten and French JK. Before settling down to start a family, she worked in financial services for 11 years. Having been raised in a bilingual home and studied abroad for a year in college, she sees the importance of having the resources for immersion education for young children..

  • Adrienne Gardner, Member-at-large
    Adrienne Gardner is a Director of Major Gifts for the University of Virginia's Office of Advancement. In this role, she travels across the country soliciting significant commitments on behalf of the University's highest priorities. In previous roles at the University she has raised major, annual, and corporate gifts in support of various initiatives at the College of Arts & Sciences. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She enjoys spending time with her husband Ivan and son Anderson, who is in the French K program.

  • Thad Glowacki, Member-at-large
    A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Thad is a former partner at Edgehill Endowment Partners which invests on behalf of endowments and foundations. At Edgehill he was responsible for stewarding the assets of four mission-driven non-profit institutions, including two colleges. Over the past decade, Thad has advised over 35 different Investment Committees and Boards on their investment programs for endowed assets totaling more than $4 billion. Thad also practiced corporate law in New York City for several years after starting his career as an investment banker. Thad's youngest child attends the ISC, and two older children are alumni.

  • Neal Gorman, Chair
    Neal is a proud International School of Charlottesville parent and father of two boys. Raised in Richmond and a graduate of James Madison University, Neal is now a Charlottesville city resident and small business owner. Neal’s family has lived in Charlottesville since 2011, and are grateful to live and raise a family in such a wonderful city, and have their children be alumni of ISC.

  • Sybil Hasson, Teacher Representative
    Sybil is our teacher representative this year. You can find her bio on the Staff bio page.

  • Evan Kwiatkowski, Member-at-large
    Evan is a CPA and Senior Vice President with Silvercrest Asset Management Group in Charlottesville. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Evan has two children in the Spanish programs at ISC.

  • Joy Miller, Member-at-large
    Joy has been part of the ISC community for the past 5 years as a mom of 2; her daughter is a recent graduate of Spanish K, and her son is in the Spanish Preschool program. Joy is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner on the Pediatric Palliative Care team at UVA Children’s. She moved to Charlottesville 14 years ago with her husband Brad to pursue a career in pediatric nursing. She completed a master's program at UVA's School of Nursing and has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the past 10 years. Being part of the ISC community has been an incredibly uplifting experience for her children and family and she is honored to serve in this capacity.

  • Jack Patteson, Member-at-large
    Jack is an investment manager focusing on investments in private and public enterprises. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Jack and his wife, Ellie, have called Charlottesville home since 2000. Their child is enrolled in the Spanish Program at ISC.

  • Chris Tate, Member-at-large
    Christopher Tate is an associate with the law firm of Morin & Barkley LLP in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Tate focuses his practice on civil litigation, including medical malpractice defense, insurance coverage and defense, construction litigation, and commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Tate maintains an active higher education law practice, providing investigation, consultation, and crisis response services to colleges and universities. Prior to joining Morin & Barkley, Mr. Tate served as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the University of Virginia. Before moving to Charlottesville, Mr. Tate served as Senior Counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics, and worked as a litigation associate for a large international law firm. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and 15-month-old daughter.

  • Emmie Wright, Secretary
    Emmie Wright is an alumni parent, with both of her children having graduated the program. Emmie’s background is in bilingual education, and she taught high school Spanish for 15 years in independent schools in Charleston, SC, New York City, and at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville. She has recently started teaching again at Peabody School. Emmie speaks only Spanish with her two children at home, and believes strongly in the importance of bilingualism and language immersion from an early age. She loves the International School's community and mission, and is excited to serve.


Committees of the ISC Board

Committees are open to the community - we welcome volunteers for committee work even if you are not a voting member of the school's Board of Trustees. Please contact the Board Chair or Head of School if you would like to become involved with any of the committees listed below.

  • Governance
    The goal of this committee is to actively recruit and acquire new board members. In addition, this committee reviews the Board’s by-laws periodically and modifies when necessary.

  • Finance
    The Finance Committee works to ensure the proper, legal, efficient, and transparent financial management of the school. In 2014-15, the committee focused its efforts on evaluating and solidifying the current financial health of the school, and preparing a realistic and sound financial plan for moving the school into a building of our own.

  • Fundraising
    The Fundraising Committee raises awareness and philanthropic support of the school's key priorities in order to further enhance the ISC's founding mission and vision. Members of the fundraising committee are expected to assist with soliciting gifts, identify and cultivate potential donors, make a personal contribution to the school, and help build the ISC's unique identify in the community.

  • Building
    The Building Committee has three principle responsibilities: 1. Assisting with the maintenance and upgrade of school grounds; 2. Assisting with the effort to ensure the availability of ISC’s satellite campus, to help propel ISC’s transition into larger building of our own; and 3. Assisting with all efforts to plan and design a building of our own.


Our Founders

  • Sibylle Rotach-Hunt
    Founder and Former Director
    Sibylle, founder and former director of The International School of Charlottesville, earned a B.A. and middle school teaching degree from the University of Berne, Switzerland, in 1983, and a M.Ed. In bilingual/multicultural education from George Mason University in 1996. She has over 20 years of teaching experience ranging from preschool children to adults in various discipline, including French immersion programs and elementary school. She was a teacher and the director of The International School of Charlottesville from 1998 until 2006.

  • Maite Brandt-Pearce
    Founder, former Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Ex-Officio Member of the Board
    Maite Brandt-Pearce co-founded the ISC with Sibylle Rotach-Hunt in 1998. Having attended a partial language immersion school herself (colegio Franco-Peruano in Lima, Peru), she is fluent in French and has some familiarity with Spanish. She had served on the Board of Trustees of the ISC as Treasurer from 1998-2005, Interim Chairman of the Board from 2002-2005, and member at large from 2005 to 2007. Maite is also an alumni parent (Aidan and Leila).  She is a professor of electrical engineering at UVA specializing in fiber optic communications. She has earned a BSEE in 1985, an MEE in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1993, all from Rice University in Houston, TX. She has over 75 published papers, all in electrical engineering.

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