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, 2019-2020
- Lucas Ames, Member-at-large
Lucas Ames is Tech Strategist and Instructional Designer for Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of 70 leading independent schools across the world. At GOA, Lucas works to develop technology that supports student learning, organizational efficiency, and teacher growth. In addition, he supports a cohort of teachers as they work to transform curriculum into challenging, interactive, and collaborative online learning experiences. Locally, Lucas is the founder of Smart Cville, a civic technology non-profit that focuses on improving our community by leveraging the best practices of technology and design. Lucas lives in Belmont with his wife Amanda and daughter Isabel, now at ISC.
- Jen Arcidicono, Member-at-large
Now in her fourth year as an ISC parent, Jen has a daughter is in the Spanish K and a son in the Spanish Preschool 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 three years ago.
- Aaron Bloomfield, Ph.D., Member-at-large
Aaron is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia (joined August, 2004). His research interests include computer science education and computer graphics, the latter focusing on virtual reality and haptics. Aaron completed his undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University, and his Ph.D. in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania under Norman Badler. He is the advisor of the local chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the coach for UVa's teams in the International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC), and the advisor for the UVa High School Programming Contest (HSPC). The ICPC team often qualifies for the world finals (as of 2017, 7 times in the last 9 years), and the ACM chapter hosts a High School Programming Contest each year. Aaron has two daughters who graduated from ISC, and a son in the Spanish Kindergarten.
- Lucia Caycedo, Teacher Representative
Lucia joins the Board as a Teacher representative this year. Please see her bio on the Faculty & Staff page.
- David Cruz-Palmer, Member-at-large
A graduate of University of Virginia, David helps commercial tenants develop and implement real estate strategies that match occupancy costs with business objectives. He has experience in market analysis, transaction optimization strategies, and complex deal negotiations. From early-stage tech firms to Fortune 500 corporations, David’s clients value his attention to detail and his commitment to excellence. David has been involved in over 1.8 million ft2 of domestic and international transactions on behalf of start-up companies, leading corporations, and nonprofits. David is a founding board member of the Exploratorium Lab at the Exploratorium, where he served as Co-Chair of Membership, and volunteered his time regularly with the United Way of the Bay Area. David’s younger son currently attend the ISC in the Spanish Preschool.
- 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 Preschool program.
- 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 youngest child attend the ISC.
- Joanna Jennings, Parent Representative
Joanna is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the nonprofit sector in Charlottesville for 8 years and also has a background in broadcast journalism. She currently works in the community relations department at Region Ten Community Services Board and is passionate about community-based mental health and trauma-informed care. Joanna and her husband, Asa Eslocker, strongly believe in the ISC's mission and vision and are proud to have all three of their children attending ISC this year.
- Chris Tate, Member-at-large
- Emmie Wright, Secretary
Emmie Wright is a 5th year-parent at ISC, with Jack (4) in the JK class. 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 Tandem Friends 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.