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KATJA LAUTERBACH - PRESIDENT
Katja was born and raised in Berlin. She received her MBA from Humboldt University Berlin and holds additional degrees in Industrial Engineering and Interior Design. Katja joined the GSA board in 2011.  ”With two children at the German school of Atlanta it is important for me to support the school in every way possible.” 

DIRK LOEFFLER - VICE PRESIDENT

Dirk was born and raised in Cologne, Germany.  In 1992, he moved to the US to found the Loeffler Chemical Corporation in Atlanta.  In 2019, he sold his company, but remains a consultant and is developing new business ventures and technology in the food and beverage industry. He lives in West Cobb with his wife and twin sons, who have been attending the GSA since they were 3 years old. Dirk has served and serves on several other boards including the Audi Club of Georgia and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.

MARLENE DANIEL - REGISTRAR/ADMINISTRATION
Marlene has lived in Atlanta since 2005. She joined the German School in 2005 and started working for the school as the Registrar in 2006.

SUSANNE ESTRELLA - PRINCIPAL
Susanne was born in Wolfenbüttel and grew up in Harxbüttel. She received her MBA from the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. She joined the GSA Board of Directors in 2012, and the Faculty in 2013, and is the school’s Principal since July 2016. Further, Susanne is a faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages, German Studies, at Kennesaw State University. Susanne lives with her husband and their two children in East Cobb and both of their children are attending the German School of Atlanta.

NADINE VAUGHAN - TREASURER & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Nadine Vaughan grew up in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt and earned her Bachelor in Business-Law from Anhalt University, Bernburg, Germany. She moved to the US in 2002 and has since continued her banking career with Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Nadine first came in contact with the GSA in 2009 when her daughter started in the Spielgruppe. She has served on the board since 2011.

CARSTEN ALTING - LEGAL COUNSEL & SECRETARY
Carsten Allting is a U.S.-German attorney/Rechtsanwalt who has been living and working in the U.S. since 1996. He is married and has 3 children. His work focuses on advising and assisting foreign companies, namely from Germany, doing business in the U.S.

JANICE OVERBECK 

Janice Overbeck is an Atlanta native. She is married to a native German from Bremen, Germany. She earned her bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in Spanish before obtaining a Masters in Business from Kennesaw State University. Janice and her husband, Gunar, have four daughters - they do attached the German School of Atlanta. They own a local business and reside in East Cobb. 

MARKUS RIMMELE

Markus was born and raised in Ravensburg, Germany, and lives for more than a decade in the US. Professionally, he helps European machine builders with their projects and services in North America. He received his EMBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Mechatronic. 

CHRISTINE MATHEWS

Christine moved to the US in 1990.  She received her BS in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She is married with two children and has been a member at the GSA since 2006.  Christine has served on the board since 2011 and is also responsible for the library at GSA.

 

PETER NOELLE - TECHNOLOGY & FUNDRAISING

Peter received his Masters degree from the Technical University of Berlin and holds a Director position in a professional services company. His ties to the German School go back to 1998 when his oldest daughter joined as a student. Peter has been a board member since 2002.

CHRISTINE TOMASEVIC - LIBRARY

Christine was born in Germany. She moved to the USA in 2011. Her three children attended the GSA and benefitted immensely from the German Language and cultural education at the German School. Christine volunteered her time in various areas and is currently responsible for library operations.

Board of Directors

DR. EIKE JORDAN

Co-Founder of the German School of Atlanta

PETER HALPAUS

Co-Founder of the German School of Atlanta 

ALAN LEET

Former President of the German School of Atlanta 

 

GABY BEYER

Former President of the German School of Atlanta 

DR. HEIKE FULLER

Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany 

Honorary Board