The AHB Board of Directors governs the school in alignment with its mission and within the constraints of its bylaws. The Board articulates goals for the organization, develops a strategic plan, authorizes capital expenditures and budgets, arbitrates conflicts, and oversees the Head of School and the Executive Director. The Board is composed mostly of AHB parents as well as faculty representatives and advisory members.
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Ashli Pate (Place 6) President
Ashli has been an AHB parent since her daughter Ella (Delta) joined the Alpha class in the fall of 2012. Ashli and her husband Ed chose AHB because it was the perfect fit for their family – allowing them to be very involved in their child’s education and the school community, while having the comfort and confidence of knowing that Ella is being guided by teachers who are enthusiastic, creative, and nurturing of every child in their classroom. AHB has been a true gift to their family.
Professionally, Ashli has 15 years of experience in women’s and public health, working in both non-profit and local government settings – developing and implementing programs and training tools, writing policy and procedure, managing staff, and serving as the IT liaison between the developers and end users. Ashli served on the parent-run AHB volunteer IT team for the last 4 years, and joined the board in March of 2015. Ashli feels passionately about AHB and enjoys serving on the board to help AHB become its best self.
Dallas Dickinson (Place 1) Vice President and Treasurer
Dallas is the father of Fletcher (Gamma) and Louisa (Alpha). He is deeply committed to AHB’s unique brand of progressive education, and loves being part of a community that values emotional education as highly as it does academic achievement. He and his family value project-based learning, collaboration, flexibility and autonomy as core principles for students and adults alike to master.
Dallas holds an AB from Princeton University, where he studied English and Theater/Dance. In his free time, he is the founder and CEO of QC Games, a local independent video game developer. Dallas previously was the lead producer for Star Wars: The Old Republic and several other massively multiplayer online games.
Alexa Corbett (Place 4) Secretary
Alexa discovered AHB five years ago when her oldest son, Liam, was starting Kindergarten. The Corbetts now have three kids at AHB and two more being homeschooled in preschool.
Alexa has a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on teaching in urban areas. She spent five years teaching in Baltimore City, where she specialized in reading instruction. Teaching in the public school system inspired her to seek alternative methods of education for her children. Alexa feels like AHB, with its focus on community, creativity and project-based instruction, is the perfect fit for her family’s needs.
When she isn’t at home teaching and playing with her five kids, Alexa and her husband, Billy, enjoy renovating old homes. They are currently working on their fourth project, a 1909 foursquare.
Kim Gilbert (Place 5)
Kim is the mother of 3 boys, Euan, Milo and Finn. Finn is a first-year Alpha. She loves AHB school culture and the focus on social-emotional learning. Prior to finding AHB, Kim homeschooled Euan and Milo and ran a science homeschooling coop for the broader community.
Kim holds a PhD in Geochemistry and has taught research-based classes at the freshman and sophomore level at the Environmental Science Department at UT. She is currently working on a biofuels startup to convert wastewater treatment sludge to biocrude.
Dan Gillotte (Place 2)
Dan is Jojo’s dad. Jojo has spent her whole school career at AHB and our family has been so appreciative of the school.
Dan has experience on multiple boards including currently serving as chair on the board of the National Co-op Grocers and the Co-op Grocers Network, a founding board member of the Austin Independent Business Alliance, and former board member of the Vegetarian Network of Austin.
Dan has a BFA in painting from Maine College of Art.
Anne Rowes (Place 7)
Anne is a native Texan who grew up on a ranch that’s been in her family for over 100 years. She’s happy to be home after traveling and living around the world. She has an undergraduate degree from Texas Woman’s University in Government and Dance and a masters degree from UMass Boston in Dispute Resolution.
Anne is excited to partner with AHB in her children’s education where kindness is celebrated and the family/school balance is taken seriously. Anne and her husband Jeff have two sons, one is an Alpha and one is a Beta. In her free time Anne loves to sit on her front porch with a cool drink and watch her children and garden grow.
Sue Wright (Advisory Member)
Sue is the grandmother of Jude, who is a student in the Alpha class. In addition to being the mother of two grown sons and a grandmother to three, she is a professor in sociology and justice studies, with more than 25 years of experience in teaching courses on family, gender and children’s issues. She is also the founder and former director of the Children’s Studies Program at Eastern Washington University. She and her husband, Rick, have lived in the Austin area since 2013.
J.P. Lund (Advisory Member)
J.P. is the father of two six-year AHB alumni, Max and Gabe, both current Four Points Middle Schoolers. J.P. is currently a practicing attorney focused on litigation and governmental relations in education, employment, family, and the general practice of law. J.P. grew up in Brooklyn, New York and has lived in the Austin area for the last seventeen years, during which he earned his J.D. from U.T. Law School, after five years in Berkeley where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics. J.P. is serving his seventh year on the AHB Board as an an appointed, non-voting member after completing six years as an elected, voting member.”
Vacant (Place 3)
Kirsten Coleman (Teacher Representative)
Kirsten has taught at AHB for over 9 years, serving in various roles as Math Coordinator, Teacher Board Representative and co-teacher in the Beta, Gamma and Delta classes. Her approach to education is that learning to think and applying that thinking to making decisions is the most important and exciting thing one can do. She is always striving to find the intersection of the subject knowledge and its application. Since 2001, Kirsten has coached various teams in Math Pentathlon, Destination Imagination, Math Olympiad, and the Stock Market Game. She also tutors students in reading, writing, science & math. In what turned out to be a fun experiment, Kirsten started, directed and taught in a small private middle school located in Austin for one year. Prior to teaching children, Kirsten worked for high-tech firms on the East and West coasts. In that world she held various technical, educational, consulting and management positions and enjoyed them all. The job which helps guide her current teaching approach was one in which she was an intermediary between executive management, sales personnel and programmers, getting to travel the world seeing different industries, cultures, and types of jobs. Kirsten is a graduate of Earlham College, a small liberal arts Quaker School in Richmond, Indiana where she majored in Sociology and Anthropology and spent a semester and summer in Spain. Kirsten has also enjoyed volunteering as a Big Sister, at Heifer International, for the Girl Scouts, and for various animal rescue league outreach programs to the elderly. She has two children who have attended AHB, AISD & charter schools.
Mary T. Williams (Head of School)
Mary has over 32 years of teaching and administrative experience in both private and public school settings. She worked with infants and toddlers at the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center in Nashville as the campus manager, and has taught PreK – 8th grades in Austin, Chattanooga, TN, Seaside, FL. and New York City, where she was also Head of Early Childhood at Grace Church School in Manhattan. She has worn many hats in her career including Director of Admissions and Development at Bright School in Chattanooga (her Alma Mater) and Executive Director of the Carson Cummings Foundation here in Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Vanderbilt University, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland.
She is married to Hyram and they have 3 older boys: Isaac, Jackson and Lucas. Having been on the move for several years, they have settled back in Austin where Hyram went to UT and Mary taught at Brykerwoods many years ago.
Mary is honored and thrilled to be leading AHB. The mission and philosophy are completely in line with who she is as a person and as a teacher. She feels that AHB has managed to find the sweet spot between family and school life. When she first came to AHB to observe, she was struck by how happy, relaxed and warm the children, teachers and parents were, and she was moved by the thoughtfulness and commitment that AHB makes to its families.
Sasha Cesare (Executive Director)
Sasha comes to us with an extensive background in nonprofit management. Her past work includes working for The Rotary Foundation and Amnesty International. At Rotary she worked in the Humanitarian Grants Program and went from grant management for Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East to larger program management. At Amnesty’s headquarters in London, she was charged with helping Amnesty’s international offices grow in people, money, activism, and diversity for increased human rights impact. Her work with these organizations took her across the world with project site visits and office visits in Thailand, India, Ukraine, and Croatia, to name a few.
She holds a degree in International Studies and completed graduate work for masters degrees in Cultural Studies in Education and Secondary Education. She found AHB when looking for that perfect school for her son and was impressed with AHB’s progressive pedagogy and commitment to social justice, as well as the openness and happiness of the students. She hopes to bring her knowledge of organizational health and how small organizations grow and achieve impact.
When she isn’t with AHB, she’s at the gallery she co-owns with her husband, being directed in elaborate imaginary games with her son, or being beaten at UNO.