The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Clare Sisisky as the organization’s next executive director. Clare will report to the board of directors and will take on the overall strategic and operational responsibility of GEBG’s staff, programs, finances, as well as the execution of its mission. Clare will start August 1, 2018.

The GEBG Search Committee worked tirelessly for the past six months to find the ideal candidate. The Committee was fortunate to have received many talented and highly qualified applicants. Clare stood out because of her knowledge of the field, as well as her passion and leadership skills. She also clearly demonstrated her understanding of the needs for the growth of the GEBG.

Clare holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from George Washington University, and graduated summa cum laude. She furthered her education at Harvard University and graduated with a Master of Theological Studies, with a specialization in history and religion of South Asia.

Working in the field of education for more than 20 years, Clare has a wealth of experience. Most recently, she was the director of strategic planning and founding director of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship at the Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia. Her responsibilities included overseeing the global engagement, service-learning, inclusion, entrepreneurship and sustainability programs and developing, in partnership with faculty, the curriculum in these areas. She also led the school’s strategic planning process and works closely with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees. She began at the School as the director of global education where she created the International Emerging Leaders program with a network of 12 partner schools around the world.

Clare’s international experience is quite impressive. Her accolades include: working with the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations in Beijing, China; Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program Fellow in Bangladesh; the Zin Fellowship in Leadership at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel; the Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar participant in China; the Frederick Sheldon Post-Graduate year-long research fellowship in Mauritius with Harvard University; and a semester at the School for International Training in Rajasthan, India.

Clare is a member of several esteemed boards and global committees. She is one of the founding board members of GEBG. She also serves as a board member on the Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET) and the Virginia Holocaust Museum. She is also a founder and co-chair of a global giving circle.

Clare has contributed to the growth of the GEBG in countless ways. Her ideas, vision and expertise together with her innate curiosity and excitement for the evolving landscape of global education makes her a natural fit as a leader of this organization. Please join us in welcoming Clare Sisisky as executive director of the GEBG.

Joe Vogel, GEBG Chair of the Board, Old Trail School
Wally Swanson, GEBG Search Committee, Chair, Wilbraham & Monson Academy

The GEBG is lead by a Board of Directors elected to provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. The Board is responsible for the supervision, control and direction of the GEBG. While day-to-day operations are led by the Executive Director (ED) and staff, the vision laid out by the Board of Directors is executed by formal committees and less formal working groups. Additionally, Regional Groups offer member schools the opportunity to engage with other member schools and the work of the GEBG according to location.


GEBG Committees are chaired by a board member and are formed according to the organization’s bylaws. Committee members communicate on an ongoing basis via email and in virtual meetings to discuss and conduct the work of the committee. The standing committees include:

  • Executive Committee
  • Board Development Committee
  • Annual Conference Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Endorsement Committee


In some cases, committees have subcommittees that are formed to address a specific need for the committee. Currently, the only committee with subcommittees is the Annual Conference Committee. The subcommittees in this group include:

  • Presenters subcommittee

Working Groups

Working groups are formed by the Board of Directors and are chaired by a board member to address a specific task or need of the organization. These groups conduct research, carry out specific projects identified by committees or the Board of Directors. Current working groups include:

  • Curriculum and Collaboration Working Group
    • Assessments
    • GET Prize
  • GEBG Database Working Group (formerly the Critical Incident Database)

Regional Groups

Regional groups provide opportunities for member schools to meet outside of the annual conference to discuss, share and collaborate. Regional Groups ideally host one regional meeting (physically) and may offer other virtual meeting opportunities. Regional groups may wish to share resources, offer professional development opportunities, or student collaborative projects.

Contact us for more information about GEBG leadership or if you are interested in serving as a leader within the organization submit an interest form here.

Board of Directors


Chair, Board of Directors
Joe Vogel, Old Trail School
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Saya McKenna, Head-Royce School
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Wally Swanson, Wilbraham & Monson Academy
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Director Emeritus
William G. Fluharty, Cape Henry Collegiate
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Current Board Members

Tricia C. Anderson, Pace Academy
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Laura Appell-Warren, St. Mark’s School
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Nishad Das, Groton School
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Chad Detloff, Chadwick School
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Loren Fauchier, Providence Day School
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Mike Hanewald, The Lawrenceville School
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Tené Howard, Packer Collegiate Institute
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David Lynn, Charlotte Country Day School
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Robert McGuiness, Appleby College
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John Nordquist, Cross-Perspective Consulting
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Danny Reynolds, Palmer Trinity School
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Manjula Salomon, Palmer Trinity School
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David Thompson, Hotchkiss School
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