THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
CONNELL R. MONETTE
Chair of the Board
Dr. Connell R. Monette is the Vice-Chancellor of the College, and Chair of the Board of Governors. He is also the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Development of the American Academy of Casablanca corporation. He holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, and has 19 years in teaching, research, and administration at universities in Canada and Morocco. Dr. Monette also serves as an adjunct faculty member.
Professor Catherine Bachleda is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar. She has over a decade of experience working in the tertiary environment, underpinned by almost 25 years of experience in the service industries of health, law, and education. She also possesses extensive experience in establishing accreditation compliant processes and in business development. Catherine holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Juris Doctor, and a Master of Business Administration.
Mr. William (Bill) Delahunt started his career in public service and law enforcement prior to serving in Congress as a Representative for Massachusetts’ 10th congressional district (1996-2011). After leaving Congress he created a consulting company, The Delahunt Group, which is highly regarding in the government relations sector. He is also special counsel to the law firm of Eckert Seamans with offices in Boston, Washington and other major cities in the Northeast. Delahunt served as Acting Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government during 2016- 2018.
Mr. Driss Drissi has twenty five years of experience in the private business sector in Morocco, including positions such as HR director and later as Sales and Marketing Director at General Tire, Morocco. Mr. Drissi was on the Board of the American School of Tangier for over 33 years, holding the offices of Treasurer and President of the Executive Committee. He spent ten years on the Board of the American School of Marrakech as Treasurer and Assistant Head of the Construction Committee.
Dr. Sameena Eidoo is an award-winning educator and educational scholar specializing in critical approaches to educational theory, pedagogy, and research. She teaches educational research methods and anti-discriminatory education in the Master of Teaching Program in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She holds a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Comparative, International and Development Education from the University of Toronto.
BRAHIM EL AMIRI
Mr. Brahim El Amiri has over 40 years of experience in business and finance. He earned his MBA (Finance) at the University of Texas at Austin, and has served in such prominent positions as Director in Charge of Foreign Trade and Investments (BMCE Bank Casablanca) from 1990-94; Divisions Project Manager of Coca Cola (North and West Africa) from 1997-2006; the Vice President for Finance and Administration of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (1994-96 and 2013-2017); and has been the General Manager of Sania Conseil consulting firm since 2006.
Mr. David Flaschberger has been in education for thirty years, serving in eight countries and in a wide variety of roles. He has also served as a principal in elementary, middle and high school along with a school director. Currently he is the Head of School at American Academy Casablanca, along with the High School Principal. Flaschberger received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois in Secondary Education and his Master's Degree in Education Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Dr. Yasmine Hasnaoui is the Provost and CEO of the College. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from Mohammed V University, and has 17 years of professional experience at the national and international levels in the fields of education, communication and public relations. She served prior as the Chair of the Council of International Organisations at Global Ties US, Washington DC. In addition to her role as Provost, Dr. Hasnaoui also serves as the Chair of the Global Studies Program, and is a member of the College faculty.
Dr. Frank Locker fosters 21st century learning in schools by leading educational visioning, staff professional development, and developing building designs with architects. Honored as a Planner of the Year by the Association for Learning Environments (formerly Council of Educational Facilities Planners, International), Frank is also an Accredited Learning Environments Planner. He is an affiliate of the Partnership for 21 st Century Learning, has taught at several universities, is a trained facilitator, and a registered architect. His PhD is from University Edinburgh, Scotland, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Bendaoud Merzaki is a prominent figure in the field of Moroccan education. Most recently he served as the Director of the Promotion of Private School Education and Preschool at the Ministry of National Education (2010-2017), and also served as Coordinator of the Public-Private Partnership Commission to the Head of Government for the management of vacant educational establishments by private operators (2013-2015). With three decades spent in the field of education, as a teacher and researcher in higher education, Merzaki is an expert in the areas of training, research and educational management.
Dr. Émilie Roy is Education Specialist for UNICEF in Mali. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious studies from McMaster University (2012) specializing in the organization and funding of Islamic primary and secondary education in West Africa. She has experience as a professor, researcher, and administrator in Moroccan Universities but has recently refocused her career towards expanding her experience in a wide range of NGOs that intervene in Education and Peacebuilding in North and West Africa with the aim of bridging the knowledge gap between researchers and practitioners.
Dr. Brian Seilstad is the Dean of Global Engagement. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from The Ohio State University, and has 16 years of experience in development and education in Morocco and the United States. In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Seilstad served for several years with the Peace Corp in North Africa. In addition to his role as Dean of Global Engagement, he currently serves as the Chair of the Global Education and Leadership program, and is a member of the College faculty.