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, parents of alumni,
faculty and staff.

The theme for the AIS/AES Alumni Association’s 2015 Reunion, “India Lives
in All of Us
,” captured the spirit of alumni who lived at one time in New Delhi
and attended the American Embassy School (formerly the American Interna-
tional School). Shortly after the success of this reunion and the admiration of
its theme lingered on, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the theme as
the association motto.

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.


President:  Mary Williamson
Vice President:  Jason L. Becker
Corresponding Secretary:  Suzanne Fricke
Recording Secretary:  Katherine Arens
Treasurer:  (Position Vacant)
Director:  Barbara McCabe
Director:  Lisa Jordan
Director:  Wendy Jacobs
Director:  Lene Serpa
Director:  Rabi Rajkarnikar

**Board of Directors Email Address:



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 joined the Board in 2005, having held the positions of Recording Secretary and Vice President before be-
coming 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. Mary also has two older sisters who did not attend schools in India. Their mother worked for the US Department of State.
Although serving many years beforehand as her class secretary (as a way to keep in touch with classmates), in 2005, Mary became the association's first "official" alumni secretary for her Class of 1974; and in 2007, she hosted their first-ever Class Reunion Weekend in Philadelphia. In 2009, she created and built all the online class rosters to date (1962-2019) while standing up the Alumni Class Secretaries Program. In 2013, she created the alumni association's Facebook page, which she continues to administrate, as well as editing the alumni website. Mary is credited for managing two major AIS/AES "all-school" reunions (2010 and 2015) and several smaller reunions. In addition, Mary is also the Director of the AIS-Calcutta Alumni Program, which she initiated in 2003 and has hosted two all-school reunions for them.
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 US Air Force and have semi-settled in the Arlington, Virginia, area where they will live until they permanently retire. They have four grown children.

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, from the Class of 1979, joined our board as a Director on 26 April 2017 and became Recording Secretary on 29 October 2018.

Position Vacant

Until the position is filled, Acting Treasurer is Mary Williamson (AIS/AES Alumni Assoc. President), per
our association lawyer (9 March 2019).

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 alumni secretary for the Class of 1976.

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, from the Class of 1987, 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, from the Class of 1987, joined our board as a Director on 1 February of 2019.

Lene Olsen Serpa, Class of 1987

Lene Serpa (Olsen) 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. She has lived in Denmark since 1985. Lene holds an M.Sc. in International Business Administration and Modern Languages from Copenhagen Business School, and she currently heads up governance, trendspotting and reporting on sustainability for A.P. Moller-Maersk, a global transport and logistics company. She has been with Maersk for 8 years, and has 20 years of experience working in the CSR and corporate sustainability field. She lives in Denmark with her two teenage children, Cecilia and Alexander. Lene, from the Class of 1987, joined our board as a Director on 3 May 2019.

Rabi Rajkarnikar, Class of 1985

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.

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