Board of Trustees
Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul Général, Honorary Chairman
Andrea Kennedy, Vice Chair
Coreen Ruiz Hester is currently a member of Resource Group 175, a national and international recruitment group that specializes in head of school searches as well as governance and leadership training. She has also served on several local school boards in the past and currently sits on the board for the Academy of International School Heads and The Branson School.
A life-long educator, Coreen began her career at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Michigan as a teacher of High School English. She served at Branson, 1977-1988, where she taught English and was subsequently appointed as Dean of Girls, Director of Studies, Associate Head, and finally Interim Head for the 1987-88 school year. Post-Branson, Coreen established the West oCoast office of a national recruitment firm Independent Educational Services from 1991-1995. She then served as the High School Principal at The American School in London from 1995-97. Coreen was the Head of School at the Hamlin School in San Francisco from 1997-2007, and she just completed ten years as Head of School at The American School in London, 2007-2017.
A native Californian, Coreen earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University with additional graduate work at Bread Loaf Graduate School of English and UC Berkeley. She has two children: Tyler, currently earning a doctorate in education at Harvard and Molly, a mechanical engineer for Amazon Robotics.