The TASIS Foundation Board

W. Thomas Fleming, Chairman

Son of the Founder, Mr. Fleming attended TASIS in its first years and then Deerfield Academy and Harvard University, taking a B.A. in Economics in 1965. He served on active duty as a U.S. Naval Officer before going on to get an MBA in Finance at George Washington University in 1974, then pursuing a career in finance and banking in New York and Washington, D.C.. Since 2003 he has been Chairman of the TASIS Foundation.

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman

Chairman, TASIS Board of Directors
President, TASIS Foundation Board
Founder, TASIS Elementary School
Chairman, Board Campus Development Committee

Lynn Fleming Aeschliman '63, Chairman, B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, is an alumna of TASIS and daughter of Founder Mary Crist Fleming. She has worked in many facets of the TASIS organization, managing its theater company, publications, films, and building projects on all of its campuses for many years. She served as Assistant Director of TASIS and Chairman of the TASIS Development Board before moving to Virginia, where she ran an architectural restoration firm and served as Director of an elementary school. She has supervised major architectural restoration projects in the USA, England (all the original buildings of the TASIS England campus), Italy, and Switzerland—the TASIS campus and now the rapidly-developing TASIS Global Village Master Plan, which extends until 2028—and has run summer camps in Switzerland and France and co-directed a residential college in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mrs. Aeschliman served as Executive Director of the TASIS organization from 1996–2005 and now serves as President of the TASIS Foundation Board and Chairman of the TASIS SA Board of Directors. Her two children graduated from TASIS. She is also the Founding Director of the TASIS Elementary School.

Learn more about Lynn Fleming Aeschliman and Dr. Michael Aeschliman.

Michael D. Aeschliman

Dr. Aeschliman has been associated intermittently with TASIS since 1971. He holds B.A., M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and is a widely-published writer (e.g., see his archive at National Review Online). In addition to teaching at TASIS, he has taught at a poverty-area American public high school, Columbia University, the University of Virginia, universities in Lausanne and Milan, Boston University (now Emeritus Professor), and the University of Italian Switzerland in Lugano, where he has been Professor of Anglophone Culture since 1996.

Fernando L. Gonzalez

Mr. Gonzalez has been associated with TASIS since 1972 in several instructional, administrative, and executive roles. A graduate of Phillips Academy Andover, he holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Visual Studies and studied architecture at the Harvard School of Design. He was Chairman of the Art Department at TASIS, was Administrative Director of the TASIS Schools for 20 years, served as Interim Headmaster of TASIS England in 2004, and has also served on the Governing Boards of all three TASIS schools, including the Puerto Rican school TASIS Dorado, which he founded. His two sons graduated from TASIS England. He lives with his wife in Puerto Rico, where he is president of the TASIS Dorado School and restores houses through his company, Design & Build.

Daniella Case Hatfield, Secretary

Mrs. Hatfield is a grand-daughter of the Founder of TASIS. She was raised in North Carolina and the Far East, where her parents were Protestant missionaries. She graduated from TASIS-England with high honors and then took a degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has subsequently pursued a career in nursing and has been voted one of the outstanding nurses in the state of North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and three children.

David V. Hicks, Vice Chairman

Mr. Hicks attended Princeton University and after taking his A.B. there read for an M.A. at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and on the staff of the U.S. Naval War College, and has been the headmaster of several prominent independent schools, including St. Mark’s in Texas, St. Paul’s in New Hampshire, and Darlington in Georgia. His book on K-12 education, Norms & Nobility, won the American Library Association’s award as the outstanding book on education in 1981 and has been frequently reprinted. Scribner published his and his brother’s new translation of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, entitled The Emperor’s Handbook. Mr. Hicks also served as Chief Academic Officer for the Meritas Family of Schools from 2006-15. He lives with his wife in rural Montana.

Alex Korach, Legal Counsel

Dr. Korach has been associated with TASIS since 1983 as Mrs. Fleming’s attorney, later as the executor of her will and as the TASIS organization’s attorney. Born in Hungary, he and his family emigrated as political refugees to Switzerland in 1956, and he was subsequently educated in law at the University of Zurich. Until his recent retirement from active practice, he was chief partner in the legal firm Korach, Simonius and partners in Zurich. He helped to set up the TASIS Foundation in 1985 and lives with his wife in Zurich. He is Honorary Consul of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Dennis G. Manning

Mr. Manning earned his B.A. and M.A in English at Wake Forest University (North Carolina), where he also served as Administrative Assistant to the President.  He subsequently served as Associate Headmaster and English Teacher at Woodberry Forest School, then as Dean of Freshmen and Instructor in English at Washington and Lee University (both in Virginia). He served as Headmaster of TASIS-England from 1998 to 2001 and since 2001 has been Headmaster of Norfolk Academy in Virginia. His two children attended TASIS-England for three years.  Mr. Manning currently serves as President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools and also serves on the Board of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, D.C.  

Gianni A. Patuzzo

Mr. Patuzzo is a native-born Ticinese Swiss and was educated in Lugano and subsequently at the University of Geneva and at INSEAD, Fontainbleau. After a career in international business in Europe, South America, Africa, and Australia, he served as the chief financial officer of the TASIS schools from 1997 to 2015. He lives with his wife in Lugano.

Michael Ulku-Steiner

Michael Ulku-Steiner has been the Head of School at Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina, since 2013.

He has deep roots in the Durham Academy (DA) community, having begun his teaching career there in 1992 after graduating Phi Beta Kappa as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served for eight years as teacher, coach, advisor and interim Director of Studies. Michael was recognized for his outstanding teaching in 1997 with the Academy’s prestigious F. Robertson Hershey Distinguished Faculty Award.

A self-professed “career learner,” Michael earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University in 1997 and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration as a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University in 1998.

Michael left DA in 2000 to serve as Dean of Students at TASIS, and in 2003 he returned to DA for five years as its Upper School Director. During that period, he recruited excellent teachers, clarified the school’s focus on character education and ethics, and guided the community through an architectural master-planning update.

In 2008, Michael was appointed Headmaster at TASIS, where he served as an exemplary and inspirational leader for five years. He eloquently demonstrated at both DA and TASIS an extraordinary ability to relate to students, faculty, and families across divisions, fostering excellent teaching and an authentic sense of community.

Michael now lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Dr. Beril Ulku-Steiner, and their two children.

Alexandra Heumann Wicki

Vice-Chairman, TASIS Board of Directors 
Founder and Chairman, JHS Stiftung - a Swiss non-profit humanitarian foundation

Alexandra Heumann Wicki (TASIS ’80), born in Germany to an American father and a German mother, grew up in the Ticino, where she attended elementary school, then TASIS for six years. She was the first TASIS graduate to receive the IB, and then studied English Philology, English Literature, and Political Philosophy at the Université de Fribourg, followed by a performing arts curriculum at Lee Strasberg in New York City. During those years she worked in the field of the theatre arts, and spent numerous summers as a counselor at TASIS. Her last teaching position was with the European Film Actors School (EFAS) in Zurich where she taught for nine years. Over fifteen years ago, Alexandra started and dedicated herself to a Swiss humanitarian foundation that supports students in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Alexandra and her husband Dr. Andreas Wicki live in Zurich. Their two daughters are studying in the United States at Princeton and BU; their son recently graduated from Stanford. Alexandra has traveled extensively and is fluent in German, English, Italian, and French. She has been a member of the TASIS Board of Directors since its inception in 2005.

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