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Administration Team

Roman Bruegger,
Admissions and School Services Manager

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Hello! I was born in Bern, Switzerland, and have lived, studied, and worked around my hometown most of my life. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS in Leadership and Communication from the University of Applied Sciences Bern, Switzerland, and used to work in the financial corporate world for many years. After gaining experience and profound knowledge in various financial institutions and eventually leading six branches of a regional bank as ‘Head of Customer Relations’ and ‘Member of the Management’, I decided to  to broaden my horizons and move on and out…

After being a trainee in Chicago and New York City in 1998 and undertaking a world trip in 2002, it was my  dream to go and work abroad. In 2011, I finally moved to San Francisco where I started to work in the Tourism and Hospitality Business.

As chance would have it, the opportunity arose to become a Communications Manager at the German-American International School.

Since I like to work with different cultures, languages, kids and people in general I did not hesitate to take on this responsible job at GAIS. I am happy to be a part of the GAIS community and look forward to many interesting and communicative moments!

Rob Dougherty,
Marketing and Communications Manager

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As the Marketing & Communications Manager, I am entrusted with helping position the school for long-term success. This entails fostering a top notch communications program with parents, students, staff, neighbors and several other stakeholders. On the marketing side, I look for ways to enhance GAIS’ appeal in the local educational market place. I have a unique background that includes elementary education, standardized test preparation, for-profit education administration, multi-stakeholder communications, and management consulting. Most recently, I was a communications consultant, helping companies enhance their communications programs and processes, industry positioning and overall brand.

I am a Peninsula native and am amazed at while so much has changed in the Bay Area, aspects of it are still the same. Ultimately, it’s a great place to grow up and raise a family.

In my limited free time, I like to explore, learn and play with my wife, two daughters and dog. I am also an avid surfer. Once the kids go to bed, I shape, collect, restore, research and write about surfboards.

Susi Lindley,
Business Manager

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Natasha Pennix,
Receptionist and Front Office

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Uli Francis,

Uli FrancisI grew up in a small town near Heidelberg, Germany.

After the Abitur, I was very fortunate to be able to work for a while and then travel the world for 1 year before going back to school, becoming a Physical Therapist.

I worked as a Physical Therapist first in Berlin (1989/1990), and later back in Heidelberg.  I started my own practice in 1994.

After meeting my husband during a vacation in California, he convinced me to start a new life in this beautiful state in 1998.

We have 2 children, who are now 13 and 10 years old.

Being a “stay at home mom” opened up another opportunity for me, following my passion for books.

I started volunteering at the GAIS Library when my daughter went to the GAIS preschool.  I later volunteered at public school Libraries and chaired several Book Fair events. I started working part time at the GAIS Library in 2009 and I can truly say, “I love going to work”.

I love seeing children getting excited about books and teaching them to find their way around in the Library.

Tim Farris,

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