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.
Scroll down to read about the current members of the Board, or click here for more details regarding the Board’s structure.
To contact the Board, please email email@example.com.
Jaclyn Ray (Place 1)
Jaclyn is mom to a rising Beta, an incoming Alpha and a spicy 2-year old. She loves how AHB’s family centered approach allows her family to learn together in a supported environment. Before becoming a full-time mom, Jaclyn worked as the volunteer coordinator for USO-Dubai and as an asset protection and planning paralegal.
Jaclyn graduated from Rice University with a BA in English and earned a Master’s Certification from Texas A&M in International Affairs with emphasis on Military Strategy. She is also a children’s yoga teacher and enjoys teaching at her younger children’s preschool.
In her spare time, you’ll find her sneaking in a run, practicing the banjo, or learning new jump rope tricks.
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.
Melania Berry (Place 3)
Melania is a New Mexico native who picked up and moved to Austin a few months before her daughter, Gianna, was to start kindergarten. After the first school tour, she knew AHB was right for them. The school offered a gentler, creative approach to learning and an opportunity to become part of a community of like minded families. Gianna is now in her third year at AHB.
Melania has a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico and is currently building her wardrobe styling business. She is a volunteer Zero Waste Block Leader for the City of Austin and lives by the motto reduce/reuse/recycle. She is excited to bring her creative problem solving skills to the board and be of service to the AHB Community.
Alexa Corbett (Place 4)
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.
Cara Houshmand (Place 6)
Cara is the mom of two daughters, the eldest an Alpha and younger who is 2, but already thinks AHB is her school–and she isn’t wrong. She is a native Texan who traveled/lived around the world and found her way back home. Her husband came across AHB while they were researching schools and trying to find a place that would nurture the creative spirit, encourage a real love of learning, while also being academically rigorous. They found all of that and a real sense of community at AHB.
Cara holds a BA in International Studies and French from Texas A&M and a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Nebraska. She has founded and served on several boards of non profits, and really enjoys helping organizations grow. In a former life she was a recruiter who liked to help people too much, so she became a career coach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of School (Vacant)