Board of Directors 2016 - 2017
(not pictured: Fernando Gonzalez)
In 2005, the TASIS Foundation Board changed the form of governance at the two TASIS Schools (TASIS Switzerland and TASIS England). The new governance structure created a Board of Directors at each School responsible for all aspects of the Schools’ operations with significant autonomy to direct the Schools’ activities, consistent with the broad but specific objectives of the TASIS Foundation.
Meetings are held three times a year on campus. This Board consists of TASIS alumni and professionals in the educational, legal, and business world.
Chairman, TASIS Board of Directors
Member of the TASIS Foundation Board
Founder, TASIS Elementary School
Chairman, Board Campus Development Committee
Lynn Fleming Aeschliman '63, Chairman, B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, is an alumna of TASIS and daughter of the Founder Mary Crist Fleming. She has worked in many facets of the TASIS organization, managing its theater company, publications, films, and building projects on all of its campuses for many years. She served as Assistant Director of TASIS and Chairman of the TASIS Development Board before moving to Virginia where she ran an architectural restoration firm and served as Director of an elementary school. She has supervised major architectural restoration projects in the USA, England (all the original buildings of the TASIS England campus), Italy, and Switzerland---the TASIS campus and now the rapidly-developing TASIS Global Village Master Plan, and has run summer camps in Switzerland and France, as well as co-directed a residential college in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mrs. Aeschliman served as Executive Director of the TASIS organization from 1996 to 2005, and now serves as a member of the TASIS Foundation Board and the TASIS England Board, as well as Chairman of the TASIS SA Board of Directors. Her two children graduated from TASIS. She is also the Founding Director of the TASIS Elementary School.
President, Planhotel Resorts and Hotels
Sara Rosso Cipolini was educated in Italy and Switzerland. After graduating from high school, she attended classes in Accounting, Financial Management, Hospitality Sales, and Marketing at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Between 1989 and 1997 she worked for Pantravel SA (a forerunner of Planhotel SA) and travelled widely, organizing and accompanying incentive groups all over the world. Since 2008 she is the President of Planhotel SA, a company of which she was Managing Director from 1997-2007 and which specializes in Resorts ownership, management, supervising, planning, and development of new projects. This group now comprises 14 resorts, hotels, and spas in Kenya, Zanzibar, and the Maldives, with a new opening planned in Mozambique. Sara and her husband Carlo have two sons who attend TASIS. Last year, Sara chaired the MS Parents Advisory Group (PAG).
Member, TASIS England Board of Directors
Member, TASIS Foundation Board
Fernando Gonzalez attended Andover Academy, Harvard College (B.A. in Visual Studies), and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He started working at TASIS in 1972 as Chairman of the Art Department. Before becoming Administrative Director of the TASIS organization in 1997, Mr. Gonzalez was Director of Development for TASIS. He served on the TASIS Executive Board for eight years and as Interim Headmaster of TASIS England from 2004-2005. Mr. Gonzalez served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of TASIS England for three years and currently remains on the Board as a Director. Mr. Gonzalez serves on the TASIS Foundation Board and has two sons who attended TASIS England for all their pre-college careers.
Teacher, St. Paul's School, Concord, NH
Former Director, TASIS Summer Language Program
Dr. Berkley Latimer is a retired career educator and graduate of Davidson College, where he majored in French before earning a masters and Ph.D. in European History at Duke University. His long career spans teaching and senior administrative appointments at prominent independent schools across the United States, the last 19 years at St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH), one of the country’s leading boarding schools. His love for TASIS stems from his 1999 to 2004 tenure as Director of the TASIS Summer Language Program in Lugano. At St. Paul’s School, Dr. Latimer assumed leadership roles in a variety of curricular and administrative areas, as well as holding the McFadden Endowed Chair in History. Particularly interested in international education, Dr. Latimer has traveled widely, leading educational trips to China, Russia, Poland, Greece, and Germany. He has a special interest in educational technology and has served on accreditation teams across the United States. A member of the Test Development Committee for the Advanced Placement Examination in European History, Dr. Latimer also served as an AP Examination reader. He and his wife Peggy reside in New Hampshire.
Real Estate Developer and Asset Manager
A. Jan Opsahl '68, TASIS alumnus and first international student, was born in Norway. Jan is a real estate developer and assets manager. After graduating from TASIS with honors and as class president in 1968, he attended Dartmouth College, followed by Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business, where he received his MBA in 1973. Jan Opsahl started his business career in New York City at the headquarters of the Singer Company before moving back to Europe as Chief Financial Officer for Singer’s operations in the Nordic countries. In 1978 he moved back to Hamar, Norway, managing the family business of Hotel Interior Design. After several years of frequent travels to Lugano to support his aging parents, he sold the Norwegian business and, at the end of 2007, he and his wife Birgitta moved back to Lugano. As a member of Rotary International, Jan Opsahl encouraged and partially funded the Club’s support for eye-clinics in remote areas of Nepal. He recently most-generously funded the new TASIS Global Service Program with his endowment gift to the TASIS Foundation.
Real Estate Investor and Asset Manager
Marco Ornaghi was born in Italy. A Cum Laude Economics graduate of Bocconi University, Milan, he is an experienced real estate professional investor with a diversified background.
After graduating, Marco moved to London where he spent over 6 years developing the international business of a large Italian printing and publishing company. During this period, Marco was head of a business unit that acquired and managed important accounts with some of the most relevant publishing houses in the US, the UK, Scandinavia, and Germany. He then moved back to Italy, in the year 2000, to join the general management of the same company. He later went on to advise various Italian businesses in the fields of business strategy, international development and marketing.
In 2004, he joined his wife Lorenza's family real estate business and together they started various initiatives in Italy, Switzerland, and in the UK with a specific focus on retail property developments and commercial property acquisitions. Marco also continued advising Italian and International groups in the fields of real estate investments, retail expansion, and asset management. A Swiss resident since 2012, he is now director of the Swiss branch of the family-owned real estate investment business with various property interests in Europe.
Marco and Lorenza have two sons who attend TASIS.
Financial Director, TASIS Foundation
Chairman, Board Finance Committee
Gianni Patuzzo, Swiss citizen born in Lugano, after having graduated in mathematics from the University of Geneva, he worked for five years as a system analyst with a large American computer company. He then obtained an MBA at INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, and subsequently served in multinational companies as business controller, dealing particularly with Latin America, South Africa, and Australia. He joined TASIS in 1997 to serve as Financial Director on the Executive Board, overseeing the financial position of the entire TASIS group. He is now Financial Director for the TASIS Foundation.
President, The Vertical Corporation
President, Curtis W. McGraw Foundation
Curtis McGraw Webster '75 is a music producer and philanthropist in New York City. His music production facility, the Vertical Corporation, is a state-of-the-art recording studio which has played host to a wide range of musical artists, including one with whom he has had a charted U.K. and European hit. His work in the arts extends to theatre where Curtis has written original music and worked on sound design for productions in New York City and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Curtis is the President of the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation, overseeing the non-profit’s support of the arts, education, medical research, and social services, working with over a hundred groups annually. Of particular interest is HIV/AIDS outreach and research. He is also the Executive Vice-President of the Lisa McGraw Figure Skating Foundation which supports individual figure skaters and figure skating organizations in order to promote the art and sport of Figure Skating. A native of Princeton, New Jersey, he attended Princeton Day School, The Lawrenceville School, and The American School in Switzerland. Besides serving on the TASIS Board of Directors, Curtis supports TASIS outreach programs and has escorted TASIS students on humanitarian and learning travels amongst AIDS foster orphanages in Romania. Curtis also serves on the Boards of the Princeton Hospital Foundation, Patriots Theater in Trenton, NJ, and The Blue Curtain Foundation, a group for the support of young performers and new music.
Vice-Chairman, TASIS Board of Directors
Founder and Chairman, JHS Stiftung - a Swiss non-profit humanitarian foundation
Alexandra Heumann Wicki (TASIS ’80), born in Germany to an American father and a German mother, grew up in the Ticino, where she attended elementary school, then TASIS for six years. She was the first TASIS graduate to receive the IB, and then studied English Philology, English Literature, and Political Philosophy at the Université de Fribourg, followed by a performing arts curriculum at Lee Strasberg in New York City. During those years she worked in the field of the theatre arts, and spent numerous summers as a counselor at TASIS. Her last teaching position was with the European Film Actors School (EFAS) in Zurich where she taught for nine years. Over fifteen years ago, Alexandra started and dedicated herself to a Swiss humanitarian foundation that supports students in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Alexandra and her husband Dr. Andreas Wicki live in Zurich. Their two daughters are studying in the United States at Princeton and BU; their son recently graduated from Stanford. Alexandra has traveled extensively and is fluent in German, English, Italian, and French. She has been a member of the TASIS Board of Directors since its inception in 2005.