Board of Trustees
The American School of Dubai Board of Trustees is a group of dedicated volunteer members of the ASD community. The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic oversight of the American School of Dubai. Their combined talents are focused to support the school’s mission and ensure the fiscal sustainability of ASD. The Trustees work closely and in conjunction with Superintendent, Dr. Paul Richards.
Mr. Joe Lebrato was appointed to the ASD Board of Trustees in June 2008. Mr. Lebrato is CEO of Mobile Technology Holdings, a technology company specializing in mobile data tokenization. Mr. Lebrato has held various leadership positions with companies in the U.S., France, and the Middle East and sits on the board of several technology companies. He and his wife Sheila have three children; Ellis, Max, and Sebastien, alumni of ASD. Mr. Lebrato is also active with the Dubai Challengers, a baseball league for children with special needs and Sparkle Malawi, a foundation that helps at-risk, pre-primary children in Malawi.
Mr. Sinokrot is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of GCC Services, one of the Middle East’s fastest growing providers of facility management for remote sites. Rashad has also been active as a board member in various profits and nonprofits across the Gulf.
Sinokrot has restructured and spearheaded the growth of GCC Services, to a wholly integrated remote site and facility management services company that operates Australasia, Africa and the Gulf. GCC Services is active in promoting Corporate Social Responsibility in local communities and was awarded the Golden Award of Excellence in CSR from the Arab Organization for Social Responsibility.
Rashad obtained his BA from Tufts University, is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. UAE has been home for the Sinokrots since 2008. Rashad, his wife Razan and son Rashid who attends ASD, enjoy living in Dubai. Being a Canadian of Arab origin, Rashad speaks English, Arabic and French and his hobbies include reading, beach volleyball and exercising.
Mr. Phil Garrison has more than 40 years international business experience and has lived and worked in the UAE for over 20 years. He has held various positions with Caltex Petroleum and served as Managing Director of the Gulf Region. He is the Managing Director and owner of IDBC Consultancy DMCC Ltd., a services company that incubates and develops companies.
Phil has served on the American School of Dubai Board of Trustees since 2005 and previously as Chairman. In addition, he has served on the boards of a number of public organizations including the American Business Council and private companies. He earned his BBA from the University of Oklahoma in 1975 and his MBA from Southern Methodist University in 1992. He is married to Jancy, and has two sons Nash, Braden '17. In his spare time he plays golf, coaches baseball and occasionally acts as auctioneer at charitable events.
Mr. John Lancia was appointed to the Board of Trustees in March 2011 and is currently Director of Government Affairs for GE in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. Prior to this position, Mr. Lancia spent eighteen years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, serving in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Malaysia, Haiti, Vietnam, the UAE, Turkey and Washington, D.C. He and his wife Susan have two children, Maria and Vincent, who attend ASD. He is an active board member for the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates and is a coach for Dubai Little League.
Mr. Kent Cooper was appointed to the ASD Board of Trustees in September 2013. Kent Cooper leads all commercial operations for La Perle, Dubai’s first permanent Las Vegas style Aqua Show. A seasoned luxury hospitality executive, Kent brings over 26 years’ experience in operations, sales and marketing. During Kent’s 17-year tenure in Dubai, he has overseen the sales, marketing, distribution, and operations for 25 hotels.
Kent holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from The Ohio State University, in Columbus, United States. Kent serves as a Board of Trustee for the American School of Dubai as well as past Boards for the Terry Fox Run and The Mission to Seafarers. Kent has lived in Dubai for 17 years with his wife Barbara and their two children, Maxwell and Mackenzie.
Mr. Nikesh (Nicky) Daryani is a Partner and Managing Director at Daryani General Trading (DGT) where he manages his family’s investment portfolio, which includes assets in equities, real estate, private equity, and direct private investments in start-ups in the region. Prior to DGT, Nicky was the Senior Equity Trader for Franklin Templeton Investments (FT) in Dubai for four years. He headed FT’s Dubai Trading Desk and traded for the MENA and Africa regions. Prior to that, Nicky was the Senior Trader and Strategist at Algebra Capital Limited, which was acquired by Franklin Templeton in 2011. He also worked in New York City as a Private Banking Analyst. Nicky has over 17 years of experience in the financial industry. He graduated from London Business School with a Masters in Finance in 2006 and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Duke University in the U.S. in 2000.
Dubai has been home for Nicky for the past 28 years. He was a student of the American School of Dubai (Jumeirah American School) from Grade 6, and graduated from ASD in 1996. He has been active in helping to develop ASD’s alumni programs and is an ASD Legacy family. Nicky and his wife, Dina, have three children, Kian, Nina, and Ayan. Kian and Nina currently attend ASD.
Ms. Jane Elliott and her husband Tim joined the American School of Dubai in 2002 along with their children Matthew ’09, Alex ’12, Margaret ’14 and Catherine ’21. Having lived in Dubai since 1989, Jane has been involved with the ASD community as a parent, teacher and an active volunteer.
Jane has served as PTSA President and Parliamentarian; as Gala Chair in 2014 and 2015; as the Co-founder and President of CAST; Co-Chair of the Art Around the World program; and served on the ASD Strategic Planning Committee in 2011, 2015 and 2017. Her volunteer efforts also included co-founding the Kids For Wish Kids Club 2004-2016, a direct affiliate of Make A Wish, UAE.
Jane joined the ASD Board of Trustees in September 2018, and also serves on the Advancement Committee and Board Governance Committee.
Jane has been an educator since 1985, having worked in both the private and public sectors. She earned her Bachelor of Physical Education degree from McMaster University, Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Philip Frayne is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, having joined the diplomatic corps in 1988. He has served in India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq and France. His Washington assignments include Director of the Office of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of International Organizations, and Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs where he oversaw all press, cultural and education programs run by the State Department in the Middle East area.
Mr. Frayne holds a BA degree in Literature from Columbia University and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and speaks Arabic, French and some Spanish. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fez, Morocco. Originally from New York, Mr. Frayne is married to Caridad Reixa and has two grown children, Nicolas and Adriana. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and listening to jazz.
Mr. Frayne is a non-voting member of the American School of Dubai Board of Trustees.
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