AIS/AES Alumni Newsletter



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The mission of the AIS/AES Alumni Association is to promote and facilitate
the lifelong communication and camaraderie of alumni, faculty and staff.

AIS/AES Alumni Network Introduction
AIS/AES Alumni Network Introduction in the AES 2014-15 Annual Report


President:  Mary Williamson
Vice President:  Jason L. Becker
Corresponding Secretary:  Suzanne Fricke
Recording Secretary:  Katherine Arens
Treasurer:  (To Be Announced Soon)
Director:  Barbara McCabe
Director:  Lisa Jordan
Director:  Wendy Jacobs

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We are a small non-profit organization. All board members are happy
volunteers and do not collect a paycheck.

Mary Williamson

Mary Flanagan Williamson, Class of 1974

Mary officially joined the Board in 2005, having held the positions of Recording Secretary and Vice President before becoming President on 30 January 2011. She attended AIS from 1971-1973, along with her younger sister. Prior to that, Mary and her family lived in Calcutta, India, where she and her sister attended the American International School of Calcutta (AISC) for four years. Their mother worked for the US Department of State.
Although serving many years prior in an unofficial capacity, Mary became the association's first "official" alumni secretary in 2005 for her Class of 1974; and in 2007, she hosted her class' first-ever reunion weekend in Philadelphia. In 2009, she created and built the AIS/AES Alumni Class Secretaries Program. In 2013, she created the alumni association's Facebook page and continues to administrate/edit it, as well as web-editing the alumni association's website.
After serving 31 years in the military, living and traveling all over the world, Mary and her husband retired on 1 November 2013 from the Air Force and have semi-settled in the Arlington, Virginia, area where they will live until they permanently retire. They have four children.
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Jason Becker

Jason L. Becker, Class of 1989
Vice President

Jason 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 (Thank you Dr. E.) and theater (Thank you Mr. P). Jason is currently residing in Pennsylvania with his wife of 20 years and his 19 year old daughter. He works for a major Telecommunications Company as a Metrics and Reporting Specialist. Jason is also an active member of the Quest Forum (Chair of Network Services Reliability & Benchmarking) and a contributing author to the TL9000 quality standard. He is the alumni secretary for the Class of 1989. Jason joined as a Director on our Board in March 2013 and became Vice President on 29 September 2018.

Suzanne Fricke

Suzanne Bakey Fricke, Class of 1972
Corresponding Secretary

Suzanne is retired from CSC (now General Dynamics) after a 33+ year career as Corporate Human Resources & Communications Manager. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband Bob (AIS Class of 1969). They have two daughters, Samantha and Rachel, and are the proud grandparents of seven-year old Kara and three-year old Mike. Their AIS family includes her sister Charlotte (Class of 1974), Bob's brother Dick (Class of 1972) and his sister Barbara (who passed away in April 2017 and was in the AIS Class of 1974). Suzanne grew up living and traveling overseas. Her father worked with the U.S. Embassy at several Middle East posts before transferring to the embassy in New Delhi. She lived in Delhi for five years, first in Greater Kailash, then Annand Niketan, and graduated from AIS in 1972. She is a graduate of Wilson College and studied journalism at the Ohio University School of Journalism. Her HR career began at the American Embassy in London where she worked her summers as an intern in the Personnel Office. As the alumni secretary for the Class of 1972, Suzanne was successful in tracking down most of her "lost" Class of 1972 members and many other AIS classmates. Feel free to contact Suzanne for tips on finding your lost classmates!

Katherine T. Arens

Katherine Thompson Arens, Class of 1979
Recording Secretary

Katherine attended AES for middle school from 1973-1975. She lived with her family in Greater Kailash. Her sisters, Mary Ann and Karen, also attended AES. She 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. Katherine studied Visual Arts at VCU and later UMW focusing on oil painting and ceramics. A research grant took her to Venice and Florence to study Titian's Altarpieces in 2008. She served on the Board of Directors of two local arts organizations. When she is not working, she spends time with her brilliant and beautiful grandchildren who are growing up too fast. She currently lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, near her two grown children and grandchildren. Her youngest child is a student at University of Washington in Seattle. Katherine joined our board as a Director on 26 April 2017 and became Recording Secretary on 29 October 2018.

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To Be Announced Soon

Barbara McCabe

Barbara McCabe, Class of 1976

Barbara moved with her family to Calcutta (now Kolkata) in late 1967 where she attended the American International School of Calcutta (AISC). Two years later, the family moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) for six months before heading to New Delhi. During her stay in New Delhi, Barbara was very active in track and field and, under Mr. Pepperling's tutelage, in the school plays. Because of the length of her stay in India (her father worked for Union Carbide), Barbara had the privilege of meeting and making many lifelong friends. One of the more memorable moments was having an individual audience with Indira Gandhi for a class project and getting permission to take Social Studies teacher, Mr. Russell Peterson, along for the ride. Barbara graduated from AES in 1976, and moved back to the United States
to attend college.
After living in New York, California, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland, Barbara moved to Pennsylvania in 1989, where she works for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Barbara has three sons from a previous marriage and four beautiful granddaughters. She and her husband, Bill, live in Muncy, Pennsylvania. Barbara joined our board as a Director on 26 April 2017 and is the Class of 1976 alumni secretary.

Lisa Jordan

Lisa Jordan, 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. She remembers well Mr. Pepperling's favorite sayings, Mrs. Raman's beautiful set design, and Dr. E's incomparable musical direction. She was a cheerleader (Go Falcons!) and every time she and her squad-mates get together, they attempt routines and formations with varying degrees of success. She still misses those red and white pom-poms.
Lisa is a freelance writer and editor. She has a BA from UNC Chapel Hill, and an MA from Georgetown. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband Nick, her children, Jordan and India (yes, two countries; no, not on pur-
pose), and her mom Betty. Lisa joined our board as a Director on 3 December 2018.


Wendy Jacobs, Class of 1987

Wendy Jacobs 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. She currently works as in-house counsel for one of the large metro school districts in Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her two children, ages 9 and 11. She enjoys all the wonderful activities that Colorado has to offer, and in particular is an avid skier and hiker. Wendy joined our board as a Director on 1 February of 2019.

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