Horst Größer is a management consulting executive and a Managing Director of a leading global professional services firm. He advises Fortune 500 companies in the high tech and software/Internet sectors on strategy, operations and technologies of product innovation.
Board of Directors
GISSV is a California nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors comprised of GISSV parent volunteers. Elected by its Society, the Board legally represents GISSV, while also establishing the strategic direction for the school. The Board consists of 11 members, each of whom is elected to serve a term of three years. Members of the Board can be elected for up to three three-year terms with a two-year break in services after the second term. The Board holds regular meetings to perform its duties as specified in the By-Laws (amended and restated on May 5, 2022) and in accordance with the Board-adopted Business Rules and Code of Conduct.
Organizational matters are regulated and approved by the Board in coordination with the Head of School. On behalf of the GISSV Board, the Head of School is responsible for the daily management of the school. The GISSV Head of School as well as a representative of the German Consulate General in San Francisco attend Board meetings as non-voting members.
Upon resolution of the Board, additional persons may participate in an advisory capacity during Board meetings, or may be consulted on individual topics on the agenda. Typical guests are the Head of School, the Head of Administration and the Parent Association (PA) presidents or their representatives. The PA presidents present parent issues as discussed at PA meetings for consideration by the Board.
2023-2024 Board of Directors
- Dr. Horst Groesser, President
- Holger Ippach, Vice President
- Thomas Moser, Treasurer
- Katja Lee, Vice Treasurer
- Mark Van de Wiel, Secretary
- Shamala S. Hinrichsen, Vice Secretary
- Rachel Beckert
- Dr. Zouhair Belkoura
- Nicole Dydasco
- Gisa Romahn
- Berna Nicklisch
Holger Ippach is a General Manager with significant experience defining the business strategy for sales, marketing, and operations for leading hardware and software technology companies.
For the last 20 years, Thomas Moser has worked mostly in finance and accounting roles for international companies and has acquired a wealth of knowledge in strategic planning, project management, and operations management.
Katja Lee is currently a Certified Public Accountant in California practicing with Ernst & Young LLP.
Mark Van de Wiel is Chief Technology Officer at HVR Software, a technology company focused on real-time data integration.
Shamala Hinrichsen is a medical scientist by training having worked in research organizations, corporate, biotechs, and at policy level for governments.
Rachel Beckert is an attorney and small time real estate investor. She previously served on GISSV's Board of Directors from 2013 - 2019.
Dr. Zouhair Belkoura was born in Germany and raised in Karlsruhe where he attended the European School, an international K-12.
Nicole Dydasco is a passionate advocate for education, accessibility, and community service.
Gisa Romahn is a Senior Technical Program Manager with 20+ years of Operations Management experience for various high-tech companies.
Berna Nicklisch is the founder and owner of merhabakids, an online language program for kids.