Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Three Locations in the Bay Area

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 nine 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 GISSV by-laws (Approved by the Society in May 2016; pending approval from Germany) 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 principal. On behalf of the GISSV Board, the school principal is responsible for the daily management of the school. The GISSV principal as well as a representative of the German Consulate General in San Francisco attend Board meetings as ex officio 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 vice principal, the head of administration and the Parent Association (PA) president or his/her representative. The PA president presents parent issues as discussed at PA meetings for consideration by the Board.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • Anne Hess, President
  • Cornelia Bohle-Neubrand, Vice President
  • Kareen Weissenberg, Treasurer
  • Dr. Manfred Mueller, Vice Treasurer
  • Christine Döbele-Munson
  • Cay Horstmann
  • Kathrin Randall
  • Walter C. Rossmann
  • Rachel Scott Beckert
  • Supriya Solbach
  • Dr. Brett Wingeier

Electing the Board of Directors

  • In accordance with the by-laws and the election process for Board members, Society members can cast their vote prior to or at Society meetings;
  • Each member of the Society (as defined by §3 of the bylaws) has the right to cast a vote for the total number of vacant Board member seats;
  • Ideally, each campus location has a representative in the Board;
  • At the first meeting after the Society elected a new Board, the Board of Directors elects a president, treasurer, secretary, and their respective deputies;
  • Society members are eligible for election to the Board (with the exception of employees of GISSV).

Common Board Tasks

  • Providing strategic direction;
  • Guaranteeing financial security by adopting sound and balanced budgets and monitoring revenues and expenditures;
  • Negotiating and signing facility leases and rental agreements;
  • Supporting marketing and sponsoring efforts;
  • Deciding on employment-related matters;
  • Scheduling bi-annual Society meetings;
  • Admitting new Society members;
  • Representing GISSV in the greater Bay Area community.


Board Responsibilities & Expectations

By-Laws, April 28 2016 (Approved by the Society in May 2016; pending approval from Germany)

By-Laws, May 15, 2014

Business Rules

Code of Conduct

Society Membership

Meet the 2017-2018 Board Members

Cay Horstmann

Dr. Cay Horstmann is professor of computer science at San José State University. Cay's twins first learned German in the German International School in Saigon, and have been with GISSV in San Francisco since the inception of the campus in 2011.

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