Andrea Fox Djellouli
Born in Montreal, Canada, Andrea has a background in Health Economics and International Health Care Management and completed her graduate studies at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Andrea has worked for a number of pharmaceutical companies as a global trainer, marketing/sales manager and business development director. Andrea has lived in North America and Europe and has been in Tunisia for 4 years. With 2 children at ACST, Andrea currently works for a company specializing in pediatric products.
Having attended American schools abroad myself (Beirut and Tangier), I am so excited for my children to be at ACST and I would welcome the opportunity to become more closely involved. My three decades of international experience has included work in small non-profits, the UN, and now USAID contracting, but no school-boards yet! My applicable skills probably include committee work, policy development, writing/editing, organizational reform, political acumen, budget management, security management ... and general paper pushing. Professionally/educationally, I'd call myself a 'generalist,' with a focus on the contemporary Middle East and International Human Rights Law. I work for IBTCI, a private-sector contractor, and arrived in Tunis in October to start-up and manage USAID's monitoring and evaluation project for Tunisia and Libya. Third-graders, Neave and Kai, are by far my life's most important endeavor and of course the basis of my concern for and commitment to ACST. I would be honored to be able to contribute, in such a practical way, to the wonderful school that has become so central to their lives! Lisa Gilliam.
Born and raised in Tunisia, Moncef Hamdaoui completed his college and graduate studies in the USA. He graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, receiving a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Moncef has done advanced research and published articles in leading technical journals in the computer networking field. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin. During the past 20 years, Moncef has been working in the telecommunications industry, in technical and management functions, occupying leadership roles at many multinational companies. Moncef is married to Lilia, and their son, Badyss Youssef, is in Middle School.
Peter Moore is a Canadian with three children at ACST, arriving in Tunisia in 2016. Peter is the stay-at-home parent, while his wife, Carla, works at the Canadian embassy. Last year, he served as the secretary-treasurer of the school's PTO. Professionally, Peter is a journalist, communications specialist, and webmaster with experience in the non-profit, private and public sectors.
has resided in Boise, Idaho for the last sixteen years prior to moving to Tunisia in January 2018. Karey and her wonderful husband Aaron share the joys of parenting six beautiful children; five sons and one daughter. Karey studied for her BSSW in Social Work at Central Washington University which provided her with a great foundation for her work in Executive Management, Human Resources and helping to raise a big family! Shortly after college, Karey went into business and in 2003 became the youngest Credit Union CEO in the State of Idaho. She worked in the credit union industry for the next 12 years as a CEO and Executive Vice President. In 2009, Karey formed an independent company called, Bright Side Perspective. In tandem with her career, she was able to truly live out her personal mission believing "That to receive abundantly in life you must first give abundantly; of your time, of your talent, and of your resource." She began offering consultative services to local small businesses and non-profits in exchange for their charitable donation and/or service back to the community. Karey has served on a number of non-profit boards over the last 15 years serving organizations such as; Women's & Children's Alliance, Girl Scouts of America, Garden City Library Foundation, Idaho National Guard Youth Programs, Junior Achievement of Idaho, Soroptimist International, just to name a few focused on children and family support. Karey strives every day to leave each person better than she found them and she is very happy to be of service to the ACST community.
Sarah Padula is currently the Management Officer for the Libya External Office in Tunis. Originally, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she has been working as a Financial Specialist for the Department of State since May 2010 serving previously in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2010-2012) and Mexico City, Mexico (2013-2015) and Niamey, Niger (2015-2018). Before joining the State Department, Sarah worked for US Peace Corps as an Administrative Officer in Chisinau, Moldova (2008-2010) and prior to that in the private sector in Minneapolis where she spent the majority of her career serving as the Director of Operations for a competitive telephone and internet service provider. Sarah was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga (1995-1997) working for the Tonga Development Bank as a small business advisor. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration and a Master of Public Administration.
Sarah has lived in Tunis since June 2018. She most recently served on the school board at the American International School of Niamey (AISN) for three years, filling the Treasurer seat for two years. She has also sat on school boards at QSI in Chisinau, Moldova, and ISPP in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has two children, Oscar (university student) and Lena (entering junior at ACST).
Sandra (Sandy) Ruckstuhl
Sandra (Sandy) Ruckstuhl and her family joined the ACST community when they moved from New York City to Tunis in Fall 2017. Sandy has worked in international development for almost two decades, as a Governance and Social Inclusion Specialist for The World Bank, UN, and US Government. From her new home base here in Tunisia, she continues to work as an independent consultant for projects in various locations around the world. Sandy, who holds a PhD. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, published her first book “Water Scarcity, Climate Change and Conflict in the Middle East: Securing Livelihoods, Building Peace” in 2017, and is currently writing her second on building water security in Palestine (2019). Sandy is married to Rawhi Afaghani, who works for UNDP, and they have one daughter, Karla, who will begin first grade in Fall 2018.
Michael Yard has been in Tunis since March 2016 and was happy to have his wife and 2 daughters join him in time to start this school year at ACST. His pre-expat background included studying English literature, becoming obsessed with computers in the mid-1970s, building a successful software development company, and teaching computer science at a community college in Northern California. After having the opportunity to assist with software development for the 1994 South Africa election and watching many thousands of people dancing in the streets as Nelson Mandela was declared the new President, he was swept up in the excitement of elections. Since then, he has advised more than 45 different countries in electoral management, with a focus on technology. He currently is Senior Global Advisor for Election Technology and Cybersecurity for International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). The highlight of almost every day for him is reading to and with his daughters at bedtime.
Zizette has been based in Tunisia with her family since August 2016. She is the mother of Jad (10) and Lara (9) who are attending the ACST for the third consecutive year. She is Palestinian-British, holds a Law degree and is currently working on her thesis in Public Administration. Zizette is an electoral adviser at the United Nations Support Mission In Libya, based in Tunis, focusing on outreach, external relations and coordination. This is her 5th assignment with the United Nations and has previously lived and worked in Palestine, the Central African Republic, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia and now Libya.
Leslie Stowell is an American. She is teaching Grade 2/3 at ACST.