School Board

The AAS School Board is responsible for governance and oversight of the Anglo-American School at both the Moscow and St. Petersburg campuses. The Board is composed of:

- Two voting members appointed by the British Chief of Mission.
- Two voting members appointed by the American Chief of Mission.
- One voting member appointed by the Canadian Chief of Mission.
- As many as three voting members elected by the Board. At least one of these must be a national of a country not represented by an appointed member of the Board.
- One voting member, elected by the Board, from nominations forwarded by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

Please click here to read the Board's policy manual.

Please click the links below to read board publications from the 2014-2015 school year.

Board Goals 2014-2015

September 2014 Board Retreat Briefs

October 2014 Board Briefs

November 2014 Board Briefs

January 2015 MiniRetreat

January 2015 Board Briefs

March 2015 Board Briefs

May 2015 Board Briefs


2015-2016 AAS Board Members

American Embassy Representative


Keith Kirkham

Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, American Embassy
Keith Kirkham became Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the United States Embassy – Moscow August 2, 2013.  His work includes providing strategic advice and practical assistance to American businesses seeking to enter or expand in the Russian market.  In addition, he has regional management responsibility for Kazakhstan and Ukraine.  His prior assignments include Bucharest, Romania; Sydney, Australia; and Tokyo, Japan.  Keith served on the board of the American International School of Bucharest, and as chair of its Education Policy Committee.  He and his wife, Beth, have three daughters; their youngest is in 11th grade at AAS. He and his family enjoy travel and entertaining.


Scott Salo

U.S. Secret Service Attache, American Embassy

Scott Salo is a nineteen year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service who became the Attache for the American Embassy in December 2013. He was previously posted as an Assistant Attache in Rome, Italy in 2002-2005. He coordinates the Secret Service's dual investigative and protective mission in Russia as well as five countries in Central Asia. He has a degree in History and International Relations from the University of California, Riverside. His wife, Tamara, is a pre-school teacher at the American Embassy and they have two children enrolled at AAS. Scott enjoys volunteering for youth sports at AAS, playing basketball and traveling with his family.


British Embassy Representatives

Mark Rakestraw

Director of Corporate Services and HM Consul General, British Embassy
Board Chair

Mark is a career Diplomatic Service officer with more than 25 years experience in the UK and overseas.  He and his wife Lorna arrived in Moscow in October 2014 following a posting at the British Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan.  Mark has also served in Athens (where he and Lorna met), Sarajevo, Kathmandu, Lisbon, Cairo and Beijing.  Mark and Lorna devote a lot of time to charitable work overseas, with Mark serving as the Chairman of two charitable trusts whilst in Cairo and as a Board member of one of the British International Schools there.  Outside of work, Mark enjoys both playing and watching football and is a lifelong supporter of Manchester City FC.  He and Lorna also enjoy skiing during the winter months. 

Katherine Barton

Katherine moved to Moscow about a year ago with husband Rick, who works in the oil service industry, their two children, William (aged 4) and Thomas (aged 2), and dog Monty. William has just started at AAS. Katherine and her family moved to Moscow from rural Scotland. Although this is the first posting as a family Katherine moved country regularly throughout her childhood (Germany, India, China, Zimbabwe, Poland) due to her father working at the British Council so is familiar with expatriate life. Katherine has a honours degree in Zoology and two post-graduate qualifications in Management. She has worked in a variety of roles from service management to Police Officer prior to starting her role at the British Embassy, Moscow, as a Community Liaison Officer. 


Canadian Embassy Representatives

Dr. Leigh Sarty

Minister-Counselor / Deputy Head of Mission, Canadian Embassy
Board Treasurer


Leigh Sarty is Minister-Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy, where he has served since 2012.  His previous overseas postings include Beijing (2003-07) and Moscow (1996-1999), when his older two boys both attended AAS; his youngest son, Robert, graduated from AAS this spring.  He holds a PhD from Columbia University, an M.A. from Carleton University, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.   Leigh enjoys playing the piano and reading; his favourite Russian author is Mikhail Bulgakov.


Eric Dagenais

Financial Management Officer l Agent de Gestion Financière
Canadian Embassy Alternate Board Member

Eric has recently arrived in Moscow with his wife. He has experience working with financial institutions as well as having an extensive federal government background for over 10 years. He has been with Foreign Affairs for the last 3 years and has now assumed the role of Regional Finance Manager with the Canadian Embassy in Russia. Eric is from Ottawa and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with a specialization in Finance from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the Université du Québec a Montreal. He is also a certified CPA-CMA registered accountant.


PTO Representative

Samantha Volkov

PTO President

Samantha and her husband, Alex, are from Houston, TX.   This is her family's second posting to Moscow since 2008.  Her son attended kindergarten at AAS in 2008 and returned in 2014 for 4th grade.  He is now in Grade 6 and her daughter in Grade 3.   Samantha holds degrees in Engineering and Mathematics.  Prior to moving to Moscow, Samantha worked in leadership positions at Accenture and Hewlett-Packard with focus on developing and implementing business strategies.  She has since provided business consulting services on an ad-hoc basis and has been involved in helping multiple charities in Russia supporting disadvantaged and disabled youth in Russia.  Samantha has also been actively involved in all the schools her children have attended by volunteering for the PTO and assisting with the planning and implementation of various science programs.  She enjoys watching hockey and traveling with her family.   


At-Large Representatives

Michael Lait

Deloitte, Partner

Michael is a senior partner with Deloitte and has been in Moscow since 1996, having moved here from southern Africa. A founder member of Deloitte CIS, Michael has had many leadership roles with the firm and currently is the audit risk and practice independence leader. He has been involved in community service throughout his career and served on two school boards whilst in Africa. Michael has at varying times had four children attend the school, Bronwyn, Rebecca, Kate, and William. Michael is happily married to Marina.

Per Kristian Hong

A.T. Kearney, Partner

Per brings nearly 20 years of consulting and industry experience that spans multiple geographies across Europe, North America and Russia, including most recently since 2010 serving as the Managing Partner of A.T. Kearney’s Russia & CIS operations.  Additionally, Per has served on the AAS Finance and Facilities Committee and is an active volunteer within the AAS community through various extra-curricular activities.  Per lives in Moscow with his wife Meg, and two children, Mikaela (Grade 9) and Nikolas (Grade 7), both of whom enthusiastically attend AAS.  He holds a BA degree in Russian from Swarthmore College, and a MBA degree from the University of Michigan.

Fiona Sawyer


Fiona has lived in Moscow since 2013, coming from the UK with her husband's career at BP.  Following a degree in Geography at Oxford University, a Graduate Diploma in Law at City University in London and a career in the City of London as a commercial real estate, planning and finance lawyer, she moved to Scotland in 2005 where she was kept busy with family, community and school life. There she was chairperson of her local Parent Council and a representative of the National Parent Forum of Scotland, taking a keen and active interest in issues regarding the development of the national curriculum and its implementation at a local level. She has three children at AAS in the Elementary and Middle School Divisions.


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