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Board of Trustees

The all-volunteer board will stay in office for staggered terms of one to three years or until the situation requires change, whichever comes first. GLS welcomes new members from the community who wish to support the school with their leadership talents & expertise. 


President Heiko Roessle

Heiko Roessle is a Finance Director for Deutsche Bank. He relocated to the U.S. in 1998. Heiko has the equivalent of an MBA from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. He has a daughter and elementary school twins who attend the School.

Vice President Kelly Atanacio 

A Middletown native, Kelly is an alumna of Widener University and Monmouth University. She has worked for Sony Music, Concerts East and Funk & Standard. She is a board member for The Rumson Country Day School Executive Parent Council and The Atlantic Fencing Academy Foundation. Two of her three children attend the school.

Correspondent Secretary / Recording Secretary Josef Braun

Josef Braun recently retired after a career in law enforcement. He is a New Jersey native whose father and grandparents emigrated from Germany. His college-age children have attended the German Language School to improve their German language abilities, experience the German culture and to interact with their German relatives. Josef is currently in our most advanced Adult German Class.


Treasurer Beat Flepp, Ph.D.

Beat Flepp has been involved in scientific research and production-grade software creation for almost ten years. He has experience in designing and implementing highly scalable web applications, database applications, biometrics integration, and machine learning applications. He holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His step-sons attended the school.

Board Liaison Michaela Greco, Principal

Michaela Greco, a native of Germany, has been teaching children and teenagers for over 30 years. She is a New Jersey certified teacher and has the German equivalent of a Masters degree in Business Administration, specializing in Human Resources and Marketing from the University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt, Germany. She is the mother of two grown sons, who attended the German School for several years.

Managing Director Dorothea Drew

Dorothea Drew studied business and economics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. After moving to the U. S. in 1998 she worked as auditor (operations/IT) for Barclays Capital and Goldman Sachs in New York. Dorothea has two children who attend the school.