Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

In collaboration with the Head of School and with the support of the Consul General, the School’s seven-member Board establishes strategic priorities to further the mission of empowering students for success in a global world.

The Board is responsible for fiscal oversight, management of the School’s assets, and support of fundraising activities. Each year, the School is audited by a certified public accountant; the results are reported during the Annual Meeting of the Members and Board election in the fall. In 2016 the Board initiated the GISB Merit Award, an annual scholarship honoring academic excellence, extracurricular activities and community service. 

Current members of the Board of Trustees:

  • Dr. Stefan G. Tullius, Chairman and President
  • Dr. Johannes Fruehauf, Treasurer
  • Ulrike Bagehorn, Secretary
  • Skadi Gidionsen
  • Roy Goldschmitt
  • Carolin McCaffrey
  • Dr. Tom Posever
  • Torin Koester, Chair of the GISB Parent Council, non-voting member
  • Emily Westhoven, Executive Director of German-American Business Council of Boston, non-voting member
L – R: Parent Council Chair and non-voting Board member Torin Koester, Carolin McCaffrey, Ulrike Bagehorn (Secretary), Johannes Fruehauf (Treasurer), Stefan Tullius (Chairman & President), Skadi Gidionsen, Roy Goldschmitt, Tom Posever, and external Board advisor Emily Westhoven.


Honorary Trustees

Consul General Nicole Menzenbach
The seated Consul General is an Honorary Trustee

Dr. Bodo Reinisch, Chair
Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Co-Founder and founding Treasurer; Chairman & President, 2009 – 2013
Member of the Board of Trustees, 2000 – 2002 and 2008 – 2013

Mr. Ernst Richard Matthiensen
Co-Founder and founding Chairman & President
Member of the Board of Trustees, 2000-2006

Mrs. Ann Fissler
IDP-Investments, Boston
Member of the Board of Trustees, 2001 – 2005

Dr. Guido Goldman
Director Emeritus of the Study of Germany and Europe, Harvard University
Co-Chair of the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Dr. Marietta Lutze Sackler, In Memoriam
Co-owner of Dr. Kade Pharmazeutische Fabrik GmbH, Berlin

Dr. John Silber, In Memoriam
President Emeritus, Boston University



GISB is a non-profit membership corporation under Massachusetts law. This means that the organization is governed by a Board of Trustees, elected by the School’s members. Members of German International School Boston are informed about and have a voice in the governance of the School.

All current parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to become members of the corporation and participate in Board elections. Membership fees are waived for parents/guardians of current students.