School Board

Members of AISV School Board 2021-2022:

Shaun McGuire, Board President; Troy Baugh; Artūras Žygelis; Renata Gaidienė; Julijus Grigaliūnas; Gina Ray; Ryan Hawkins

AISV subscribes to the  Principles of the National Association of Independent Schools for good governance:

The following principles of good practice are set forth to provide a common perspective on the responsibilities of independent school boards. The board and the head work in partnership to fulfill these principles.

1. The board adopts a clear statement of the school’s mission, vision, and strategic goals and establishes policies and plans consistent with this statement.

 2. The board reviews and maintains appropriate bylaws that conform to legal requirements, including duties of loyalty, obedience, and care.

3. The board assures that the school and the board operate in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, minimizing exposure to legal action. The board creates a conflict of interest policy that is reviewed with and signed by, individual trustees annually.

4. The board accepts accountability for both the financial stability and the financial future of the institution, engaging in strategic financial planning, assuming primary responsibility for the preservation of capital assets and endowments, overseeing operating budgets, and participating actively in fundraising.

5. The board selects, supports, nurtures, evaluates and sets appropriate compensation for the head of school.

6. The board recognizes that its primary work and focus are long-range and strategic.

7. The board undertakes formal strategic planning on a periodic basis, sets annual goals related to the plan, and conducts annual written evaluations for the school, the head of school, and the board itself.

 8. The board keeps full and accurate records of its meetings, committees, and policies and communicates its decisions widely while keeping its deliberations confidential.

9. Board composition reflects the strategic expertise, resources, and perspectives (past, present, future) needed to achieve the mission and strategic objectives of the school.

 10. The board works to ensure all its members are actively involved in the work of the board and its committees.

11. As the leader of the school community, the board engages proactively with the head of the school in cultivating and maintaining good relations with school constituents as well as the broader community and exhibits best practices relevant to equity and justice.

12. The board is committed to a program of professional development that includes annual new trustee orientation, ongoing trustee education and evaluation, and board leadership succession planning.

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I am a United States diplomat serving in Vilnius with my wife, Lora, and our three children: Easton, Dylan, and Rose. We have previously served in Turkey and Colombia. While we have family across the United States, our home is in New York state. This is our second year in Vilnius and at AISV, where our children have found a home.  Prior to joining the United States Department of State, I spent ten years working in higher education, most recently as an Assistant Dean at Long Island University.  I am excited to lean on my experience in education and diplomacy to give back to the school and help build off the many strengths I've seen over the last twelve months.
Shaun McGuire, Board Chair
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I am originally from the state of Indiana.  My family moved to Vilnius in July of 2021, and our three children attend AISV in the lower school.  My wife works at the US Embassy.  I previously worked in the field of finance and accounting but currently enjoy volunteering in our local community.  Prior to our arrival in Vilnius, we heard many great things about AISV, and I am happy to serve on the board as an appointed member to help support the school and continue the great reputation of AISV.
Troy Baugh,
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We are a family of Lithuanian diplomats, coming and going between New York, London, Sofia, Los Angeles, and Vilnius. My husband is a senior diplomat at MFA. Our children have attended three different schools, but we call AISV our home school since 2007. Vilnius is my hometown, and my younger son attends AISV.  I first served on the AISV School Board in 2014-2015 and was elected again upon our return. I have experience in community building and communication through my membership on the Leadership Council and active involvement in school-parent projects at Viewpoint, our previous school in Los Angeles. I believe that AISV has excellent potential to be a leader in education in Lithuania, and I am looking forward to helping this school grow. My focus is strengthening our community relations to ensure that we, as members of AISV, all feel connected and informed.

Renata Gaidienė,
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I am a proud Vilnius native who has lived around the world and chose Vilnius as the city in which to raise our family. I have worked in finance for more than 20 years in the Baltic States. I manage the leading financial advisory firm in the Baltic States, Porta Finance. My education is in economics and business - I have a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Since the mid-1990s, when as a junior in high school, I went on an exchange year to the US, I have been promoting the Baltic States to the world. I continue to do so in my daily work, bringing the Baltics to the world and the world to the Baltics.

My children attend AISV, I feel a long-term personal connection with the school and I aim to contribute to furthering its cause of promoting the life of the international community in Vilnius.

Julijus Grigaliūnas,
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I am from New York City. My wife and I arrived in Vilnius in August 2020, and we love living here.  I am a diplomat with the US Embassy and was appointed to the AISV School Board by the US Ambassador to ensure close coordination between the Embassy and our AISV partners and contribute to the School and the greater community.  

Ryan Hawkins,
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I’m originally from the state of Pennsylvania. My family moved to Vilnius in August of 2019. My husband is a US Army member and currently works for the US Embassy here in Vilnius. I have a son and a daughter in Middle School, and my youngest child is in the Lower School. Before moving to Lithuania, I worked in the field of education. I enjoy volunteer work and have served in multiple capacities over the past ten years. After experiencing AISV as a parent, I felt compelled to run for a position on the Board in order to be more involved and give back to the school community. 

Gina Ray,
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I was born and raised in Vilnius. My wife Jūratė, daughters Mantė and Gytė (both already graduated from AISV), son Ąžuolas and I enjoy being here, close to our families. I’ve lived here in my native city almost my entire life, though we spent 12 years outside of Lithuania living in Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine. We returned from Ukraine in mid-2015 and came straight to AISV. This is my fifth year and third term on the Board. I'm a member of the Finance and Building Committees. I want to use my knowledge and experience to help the school extend its facilities and maintain a healthy financial position.

Artūras Žygelis,