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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.
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.
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.