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posted 7 November 2019

The Board of Directors is excited to introduce the new Association President, Katherine Arens (AES Class of 1979). Katherine joined the board as a Director in April 2017 and became Recording Secretary in October 2018 before being elected
as President. When asked how she felt about her new role, she replied: "It is a bittersweet moment in the life of the AIS/AES Alumni Association. Retired President, Mary Williamson, was a dynam-
ic, actively-engaged leader and an inspiration to this association and me personally. I look forward to working with the associ-
ation board and getting to know you all. If you are interested in working with us, let me know! If you have ideas about the 2021 Reunion - or you want to join the Reunion Committee - let us know! We'd love to hear from you."

Katherine T. Arens After attending the 2015 Reunion, Katherine was excited to join the Board of Directors. When asked, she immediately agreed to become the Recording Secretary and to help alumni remain in contact and strengthen the bonds that we all share. She said India was quite an experience for all of us.

Currently, Katherine lives and works about 50 miles south of Wash-
ington, DC, for a great marketing firm in Tysons, Virginia, and works mostly from home where she is supervised by Olivander Snickerdoodle, her trusty yellow lab. She loves to paint, mostly in oils and enjoys ceramics and now resin work.

"It's the human connection, the love and friendships that keep us united. it's the treasured memories and the opportunity to reconnect."


posted 1 November 2019

Please join us in extending best wishes to Mary Flanagan Williamson (AIS Class of 1974), on her retirement as
President of the AIS/AES Alumni Association Board of
Directors, effective November 1, 2019. Mary joined the
board in 2005 and held the positions of Recording Secretary
and Vice President before she was elected Association Presi-
dent in January 2011.

Mary attended AIS from 1971-1973; her mother's work with
the US Department of State brought them to India. Prior to New Delhi, Mary and her family lived in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, where she and her sisters attended the American International School of Calcutta (AISC) for four years.

Always a very active alumna, Mary served many years as her class secretary
as a way to locate and keep in touch with classmates. Read more on Mary while serving on the Board, before and after becoming President.

1) Dhanyavaad (Announcement to all Former Board Members Mary Served With, 25 OCT 2019)
2) Mission Accomplished (Mary's Notification to Current Board Members, 25 OCT 2019)
3) Moving Forward & New President Voting Process (25 OCT 2019)
4) Thank You to All (posted 6 NOV 2019)

posted 29 September 2019

BIG Exciting NEWS!

Please help us welcome Claire Saint-Rossy (Class of 1975) as
our new Board Treasurer. Claire attended AIS from January
1965 through June 1968, along with two older sisters and a younger brother, during the period when their father worked
with the United Nations - UNESCO took their family to New Delhi. "I am amazed when recalling the rich exposure to Indian religious and cultural sites that I got through the myriad field trips planned for us by AIS's elementary school teachers - what great teachers they were."
Claire moved to metro DC before the 2015 reunion, which made it possible for
her to reconnect with a handful of old friends who attended. Now she is able to
visit with close friends with some regularity. We are lucky to have her on our
board and feel confident that our fiduciary responsibility to the association will be fulfilled. Welcome aboard, Claire!

posted 21 September 2019

The weather was spectacular for the annual alumni
picnic today. It was the perfect opportunity to thank
Anne Kerr on behalf of our entire alumni association
for her 16 years of service and dedication on our Board
of Directors.

Picnic Photos

posted 15 August 2019

Suzanne Bakey Fricke (AIS Class of 1972), Corresponding Secretary of the AIS/AES Alumni Association since 2003, announced her retirement effective August 14, 2019. She served as the 1972 Class Secretary before joining the Board of Directors and was responsible for locating many '70's and alumni from other classes over the years. Her cheerful enthusiasm and event planning skills helped us to successfully host three of the largest all-classes reunions in our association's history.
Suzanne is married to Robert (Bob) Fricke, (AIS Class of 1969); and they have two daughters, Samantha and Rachel, who both volunteered in the past as reunion-helpers, and two grandchildren, Kara and Mike. You may remember Samantha at the Registration Desk and as the Honorary Duck Boat captain during the last reunion! Please click on the link to read more. We will miss you, Suzanne!

posted 29 July 2019

New Board Directors, Lisa Jordan and Wendy Jacobs (both AES Class of 1987), are still traveling in India and went up to Kashmir where they met up with our third new Board Director, Rabi Rajkarnikar (AES Class of 1985) and alumni Binod Bikram Singh
From Lisa (26 July 2019): "AES friends forever! We got to see Rabi and have a tour and an ice cream at his shop (I had lychee), then spend the evening with Binod and his lovely wife. These joyful reconnections!" (Photos above from Lisa Jordan)

posted 22 July 2019

Namaste and Good Monday morning from new Board Directors, Wendy Jacobs (left) and Lisa Jordan (both AES Class of 1987), who are traveling in India now and visited our school earlier today.

See more photos from Wendy Jacobs

posted 14 May 2019

Rabi Rajkarnikar lives in Nepal and is currently our second board member who lives outside the United States. He is excited to help plan our all-school 2021 Reunion and afterwards, is anxious to be our rep in hosting overseas reunions for AIS/AES alumni--particularly for those who live in the areas of Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangaldesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Rabi has previous experience on several boards and will be an asset to ours. He is married and has two sons, one who will be attending college in New York in the fall of 2019. Rabi will be visiting stateside more often now and considers it very doable in 2021 to attend our reunion then. Rabi, from the Class of 1985, joined our board as a Director on
3 May 2019.

posted 4 May 2019

Please welcome Lene Olsen Serpa (AES Class of 1987) as our newest Board Director. We are proud and thrilled to have her join our team.
Lene is Danish and attended AES from 1981-85 (6th to 10th grade). Her father was a diplomat; and in addition to India, she lived in Afghanistan, Tanzania as well as Denmark during her childhood and school years. She has wonderful memories from the years at AES, where she was active in various sports as well as drama.
Please click on Lene's image to read more. Welcome aboard, Lene!!

Update: Lene became the Board's Recording Secretary on 7 December 2019.

posted 9 March 2019

Anne Beattie Kerr (AIS Class of 1967), who served as Treasurer of the AIS/AES Alumni Association, announced her retirement at the March 2, 2019 Board meeting. Anne was our longest-serving officer and will be fondly remembered for her hard work keeping our finances organized, her central role in several all-classes reunion planning, for helping facilitate the association and hosting the yearly alumni picnics at her beautiful home in Castleton, Virginia. We will greatly miss Anne's dedication to the association and her comradery during our board meetings and get-togethers.

Please click here to read more.

posted 4 February 2019

Please welcome Wendy Jacobs (AES Class of 1987) as our newest Board Director. We are proud and thrilled to have
her join our team.
Wendy attended AES for 11th and 12th grades, graduating in 1987. While at AES, she was active in drama, both in school productions and community theater. After AES, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. For the
past 20 years, her law career has focused on education law, particularly special education for students with disabilities.

Please click on Wendy's image to read more.

posted 30 January 2019

We didn't let Winter Storm Jaden keep us from honoring AES Director, Jim Laney! It was a wonderful evening of friendship, camaraderie, sharing stories, and delicious Indian food. Jim shared photos of AES on the TV screen while we were eating and gifted everyone with an AES magnet and an India/AES Friendship Flag pin. Thank you, Jim! And thanks to all who braved the 25-deg (F) temperatures and wind gusts up to 45 mph to make this an alumni gathering to remember.

Please click on the image to see who came and photos.

posted 7 December 2018

In addition to filling two vacancies on our Board of Directors, please welcome new Director, Lisa Jordan, AES Class of 1987. Lisa was born in New Delhi and lived there for the first three years of her life. Her family returned in 1983, and she attended AES from 1983-87. She was active in theater, and has fond memories of the hours spent practicing in the gym. Lisa has been communicating actively with her "80's decade" of classmates over the years and recently hosted two mini-reunions. She is a freelance writer and editor. Lisa lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and children.

Update: Lisa resigned from the board on 12 May 2020.

posted 7 December 2018

We are happy to announce that we filled two vacancies on our AIS/AES Alumni Association Board of Directors. Our new Vice President is Jason L. Becker, AES Class of 1989; and our new Recording Secretary is Katherine Arens, AES Class of 1979.

Jason, who became a Director on our board in 2013, attended AES for 11th & 12th grades and was in India off and on from 1987-1991. During his tenure at AES, he was most active in music and theater. He assisted in the planning of the 2015 Reunion and is the alumni secretary for the Class of 1989. Jason currently resides in Virginia with his wife and daughter.

Katherine Arens, who became a Director on our board in 2017, attended AES for middle school from 1973-1975. Katherine currently works as a consultant for an innovation strategy firm located in Washington, D.C. and in Alumni Relations at the University of Mary Washington. She also served on the Board of Directors of two local arts organizations. Katherine currently resides in Virginia.

Please click on the images to read more on Jason and Katherine

Board members Barbara McCabe (l) and Mary Williamson have the distinction of attending the American schools in Calcutta and New Delhi.
Photo taken 3 Aug 2018.
Former Board Director, Shelley Johnson (l) with
Anne Kerr (center) and Mary Williamson in Castleton, Virginia. Photo taken 22 Sept 2018 Click on link for more on the 2018 Picnic. Also, check out Freeze Frame!

posted 1 February 2018

Local AIS/AES Alumni Association Board Members, Mary Williamson ('74), Suzanne Fricke ('72), and Jason Becker ('89) met with new AES Director, Jim Laney, Jr. at Mrs. K's, where they enjoyed a wonderful lunch and then toured the historic building. The informal meeting gave them a chance to share stories of AIS/AES, past and current, and to give Jim an opportunity to learn more about the alumni community. Click on the link to read more about the lunch and view more photos.

posted 8 MAY 2017

Please help our Board of Directors give a hearty welcome to two new Directors. Katherine Thompson Arens (Class of 1979), on the left, and Barbara McCabe (Class of 1976). Please click on their photo
to read more about them.

WELCOME ABOARD, Katherine and Barbara.

Update: Barbara resigned from the Board on 4 November 2019.

posted 30 July 2015
posted 11 July 2015 (on Facebook)

Members of the AIS/AES Alumni Association Board of Directors at the
2015 Reunion, held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 10-12 July 2015

In the group photo, l-r: Mary Flanagan Williamson, Eric Peterson, Anne
Kerr, Julie Marquis, Suzanne Bakey Fricke, Anne Weathersby
, and Jason
. In the second photo, AES Director, Paul Chmelik and Alumni
Association President, Mary Williamson. (Second photo contributed by the American Embassy School.) Please click on the images for enlargements.

Board Members at 2015 Reunion

AES 2014-15 Annual Report At the request of the school for a brief introduction of our alumni association, our article (supplemented with
photos they took at the 2015 Reunion) was printed in the school's annual
end-of-the-year report.

posted 19 July 2014


Members of the AIS/AES Alumni Association Board of Directors, now wearing their "Reunion Committee"
hats, gathered July 19th to solidify
plans for the 2015 Reunion, including
taste testing at an Indian restaurant to possibly cater the big Saturday night reunion dinner.

Back row (l-r): Jason Becker, Julie Marquis, Sue Fricke, Diane Reppun, Christopher Dunn
Front row (l-r): Anne Kerr, Judy Ashley, Mary Williamson, Anne Weathersby

posted 14 September 2013

Members of the Board of Directors at the 2013 Picnic in Castleton, Virginia, on Saturday, 14 September 2013.
Back row, l-r: Jason Becker, Director;
Julie Marquis, Director (partially hidden);
Front row, l-r: Anne Weathersby, Vice President; Mary Williamson, President;
and Anne Kerr, Treasurer

posted 9 March 2013

BoD Luncheon 9MAR2013 Several board members (including spouses and family) gathered today for Indian lunch and some good old-fashioned camaraderie at Aroma Indian Cuisine in Shirlington (Arlington, Virginia). In photo, from left to right, are: Anne Weathersby, Vice President; Mary Williamson, Presi-
dent; Julie Marquis, Director; Suzanne Fricke, Corresponding Secretary; and Anne Kerr, Treasurer. What fun we had!

Please click on the link for more photos of this wonderful gathering.

March 2013
posted 15 May 2013

AES 60th Anniversary, Community Garden
The 2013 Board of Directors tile was placed in the
AES Community Garden
wall in honor of the school's
60th anniversary in New Delhi, India

3 March 2007

Alumni Board In the photo, l-r: Suzanne Bakey Fricke, Shelley Johnson,
Sue Ball Carew, Anne Weathersby, Anne Kerr, Mary Flanagan Williamson and Eric Hols

A great time was had by all at our first AIS/AES Alumni Association board meeting for 2007 in Bowie, Maryland, on March 3rd. Thanks to the hosts for allowing us to have the meeting in their home and for arranging the take-out Indian dinner.

Please click on the link to read more about the meeting and view photos contributed by Mary Flanagan Williamson ('74) and Suzanne Bakey Fricke ('72).

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