Board of Trustees

The American School of Dubai Board of Trustees is a group of dedicated volunteer members of the ASD community. The Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic oversight of the American School of Dubai. Their combined talents are focused on mission achievement and the fiscal sustainability of the school. The Trustees work closely and in conjunction with Superintendent, Dr. Brent Mutsch.

The American School of Dubai Board of Trustees

Left to right: John Lancia, Dave Barette, Anne Z. Jafery, Phil Garrison, Rob Waller, Joe Lebrato

Phil Garrison


Phil Garrison was appointed by the ASD Board of Trustees in April 2006. Mr. Garrison represents the Falcon Group as the Vice-President Strategy and Managing Director — Falcon Ground. Phil Garrison is married to Jancy. Their two children have attended ASD; Braden is currently a student at ASD. Phil Garrison was educated at the University of Oklahoma where he received his BBA degree and at the Southern Methodist University where he received his MBA degree. Phil has lived and worked in Dubai for the last 12 years. He is also a past President of the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates. 04/06

Joe Lebrato

Mr. Joe Lebrato was appointed to the ASD Board of Trustees in June 2008. Mr. Lebrato is CEO of bCODE MEA Holdings, a technology company specializing in mobile payments. Mr. Lebrato has held various leadership positions with multinational companies in the U.S., France, and the Middle East. He was born in the United States and grew up in Michigan. He completed his undergraduate studies at Adrian College and his MBA at Bradford University. He has lived in Dubai for the past 15 years with his wife Sheila and their three children, Ellis, Max, and Sebastien. In his spare time, he serves on the board of the Dubai Little League. 06/08

Anne Z. Jafery

Anne Jafery joined the ASD Board of Trustees in June 2006. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Jafery has lived and worked in Dubai since 1989. She owns and runs several businesses and is the GCC trade representative for a number of U.S. state governments and trade organizations. Ms. Jafery is also the Chairman of the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce and a board member of the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Ms. Jafery and her husband Jafer have two children, Reza and Lena, who are both ASD alumni.  03/13

Dave Barette

A native of Montreal, Dave has been with CAE In since 1985, soon after he graduated from McGill University with a BA in History. His career at CAE has focused primarily on sales, business development and management and is now Vice President, Middle Easy and India - Civil. Dave moved to Dubai in 2002 after being appointed as Managing Director of the start up Emirates-CAE Flight Training Joint Venture by then CAE CEO Derek Burney. He moved back to CAE in 2008 to spearhead new business and marketing efforts in the GCC and MENA regions.

Dave is the former Chairman of the Canadian Business Council, Dubai and is active in children's and men's ice hockey. He has also chaired the Dubai Terry Fox Run and pioneered the Canada Week events in Dubai over the last several years which have featured Canadian art, music and sports. Dave lives in Dubai with his wife Vivian and children Connor and Jasmine, who both attend ASD.

John Lancia

John Lancia is the Director of Government Affairs for GE in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, having moved to Dubai four years ago.  Before joining GE, Mr. Lancia spent eighteen years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, having served in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Malaysia, Haiti, Vietnam, the UAE and Turkey, as well as in Washington, DC.  He was born in the United States and is a native or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Maria and Vincent, who are currently attending ASD.  In his spare time he serves on the Board of Directors for the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates and is a coach for Dubai Little League. 05/11

Rob Waller

Rob Waller began duty as the United States Consul General to Dubai in July 2012.  A member of the U.S. Foreign Service since 1998, he has served in a variety of postings in Washington, D.C. and overseas, including Baghdad and Paris. Mr. Waller grew up in Missouri. He holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University, a DPhil in Mediterranean Studies from King’s College, London and is a recipient of the State Department’s James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence in mid-career officers. Mr. Waller speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish. 3/13

Kent Cooper

Kent Cooper

Mr. Kent Cooper was appointed to the ASD Board of Trustees in September 2013. Mr. Cooper is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, and he oversees the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel Hotel Brands within the Middle East, Africa and India. Mr. Cooper completed his BS in Hospitality Management from The Ohio State University. He has lived in Dubai for the past 13 years with his wife Barbara and their two children Maxwell and MacKenzie who both attend ASD. 9/13

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September 2013