The Board of Governors
Mr. 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.
BRAHIM EL AMIRI
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.
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.
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.
Dr. T. Jeremy Gunn is University Professor at the International University of Rabat (Morocco). He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, J.D. from Boston University (magna cum laude), and an A.M. from the University of Chicago. He teaches courses in the history of the Middle East, law, human rights, religion and politics, and Critical Thinking. Gunn previously was the Director of the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Senior Adviser, Office of Religious Freedom (US Department of State), and Executive Director of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board. He joins the ACC faculty in September 2020.
Dr. Yasmine Hasnaoui is the Provost (Directrice pédagogique) 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 is a member of the College faculty.
Dr. Bendaoud Merzaki is the President of the Board of Governors. 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. Connell R. Monette is the founding President of American College Casablanca, and a member of the Board of Governors. He is also an Executive Board member of the American Academy of Casablanca. Dr. Monette 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. The author of four books and a specialist in religion and history, he also serves as a faculty member of the College.
CONNELL R. MONETTE
Dr. Wendy Perry, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, conducted a large-scale research project in Morocco in 2014-2015 evaluating the social impact of international development in the argan industry. She has 20 years of experience in university administration and teaching, most recently as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia Frank Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in the history of human rights and French and African history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently works in consulting for the U.S. Government.
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 is a member of the College faculty.