Jane Camblin, Executive Director
Jane Camblin is currently the Executive Director of the United Nations International School, www.unis.org, a position she assumed in August, 2013. Prior to that, Jane was Head of the French American International School in San Francisco, www.internationalsf.org. Both are large, highly accredited K-12 institutions offering dynamic, challenging, academically rigorous programs leading to the International or French Baccalaureate degrees.
Jane holds an honors degree in English and Russian, from Bristol University, UK; a graduate degree from Sydney University, Australia, in teaching Theatre and English as a Second Language; and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Bilingual Education from Stanford University, USA. She has worked previously as a teacher, administrator and consultant in public and private schools in England, France, Monaco, Australia and the United States, and is a recipient of an SDB Outstanding Educator Fellowship Award (Johns Hopkins University) and a Klingenstein Fellowship (Columbia University). In July 2016, Jane was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree (JD) by Bristol University in recognition of her lifelong work in international education.
Jane is a three-term elected Board member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), a membership organization representing the interests of hundreds of international schools around the world, and was the founding Chair of the Council of International Schools in the Americas (CIStA). Jane currently serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Bristol University, and until January 2012 held an elected seat on the International Baccalaureate Heads Council, providing advice to the Executive Director of the IB Organization on strategic policy issues. Currently, Jane also serves as Vice-Chair of the Manhattan Guild of Independent Schools, as a Trustee of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), and as a Governor of the Lycee Internationale Winston Churchill de Londres.
In 2004, Jane was named Chevalier des Palmes Academiques by the French Ministry of Education for her services to French culture and education as a dynamic and innovative visionary leader who believes fervently that an intellectually challenging international 21st century education emphasizing critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, and a strong appreciation of and respect for diversity in all its forms, is of utmost importance to the world in which we live.
Salvador Uy, Assistant Executive Director
Salvador Uy is a proud 1983 graduate of UNIS, and the child of UN parents. Before returning to UNIS as Assistant Executive Director in 2012, Sal ran operations and programs for two large New York social service organizations focusing on justice and community.
Although trained as an attorney, Sal has spent most of his career prior to UNIS in local government agencies and non-profit organizations. In the late 1990's he was an Assistant Commissioner at the New York Department of Homeless Services, where he managed shelters that housed 3,000 single men and women every night. In the non-profit arena, he also managed family shelter facilities for families fleeing domestic violence and in his last position, as Associate Director for Operations at the Goddard Riverside Community Center, managed housing for 600 single men and women, as well as the infrastructure and operations for the balance of a $35 million multiservice organization. Sal holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Antoine Delaitre’s personal life, professional experience, and wide range of passions have imbued him with a strong international mindset. HIs lifelong curiosity leads him to travel often to the far reaches of our world. He has lived in Algeria, Greece, France, Gabon, the United States of America and speaks five languages.
Prior to joining UNIS in 2015, he held a variety of leadership positions during his 18 years at the French American International School in San Francisco including head of department, IB and travel program coordinator, high school assistant principal, and middle school principal.
As a high school principal, Antoine encourages his colleagues to take risks, apply best practices, and keep their love of teaching alive. As a teacher, Antoine believes in challenging preconceived ideas and in fostering a spirit of discovery and adventure in students. He strives to provide students with opportunities for cross cultural communications and life-changing experiences,
Antoine holds a Master’s Degree, a Master of Advanced Studies, and the Agrégation in history from the University of Paris.
Shireen Appana has a distinguished career as a teacher, subject coordinator, and PYP coordinator at schools in South Africa, New Zealand and Germany. Her most recent position was Primary School Principal at Bonn International School, Germany, an IB World School.
A citizen of South Africa, Shireen has a BA in History and Education from the University of South Africa, a post-graduate diploma in teaching English and Afrikaans from Springfield Teacher’s College, Durban, and a B. Ed and M. Ed in Teaching and Learning from the University of Natal, Durban. Her languages are Afrikaans, English, German and Dutch.
In addition to her strong educational background and academic credentials, Shireen is committed to providing a dynamic learning environment which includes the creative use of technology in teaching, and opportunities for learning beyond the classroom through student leadership and service activities.
Dr. Judith Honor has been the principal of the Queens campus for the last thirteen years. Before coming to UNIS, Judith was principal of the elementary division campus at the Anglo American School, Moscow, and a school head in the North West of England.
Judith received both her Bachelor of Education and a master’s degree from University College, Chester, UK. A love for the creative arts led to a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Boston University, MA with a dissertation focus on imagination in student learning.
In addition to her professional life, Judith spends time with her children and grandchildren.
Stephen Roache has over thirty years of experience in finance. Before coming to UNIS in 2005, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Convent of the Sacred Heart School, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Harlem School of the Arts. Previously, he held senior financial positions at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, HBO, and CBS.
From 2003-2008 Stephen was Vice President, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers in Elmsford, NY. He has a B.A in Political Science from City College of New York and an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business.
John Nichols grew up in the United States and England, and received his A.B at Harvard, where he majored in English Literature. After law school at Boston University, he worked for a law firm in Washington, D.C., and then began teaching, first at Harvard, then at Eton College in England. For fourteen years, he was the Dean of Students at Trinity School in New York, and then worked for the president of New York University, with the goal of starting a tuition-free private school in New York. He was then Dean of Admissions and Academic Dean at the Baltimore School for the Arts, a pre-professional arts high school. He became Director of Admissions at UNIS in May 2012.
His favorite activities are traveling, going to the theater, and playing squash (even though his game hasn't improved at all in many years!).
Dr. Topher Collier has devoted nearly 20 years to the educational and mental health needs of children and families as a classroom teacher, curricular developer, teacher educator, and school psychologist, as well as through his private practice work in clinical and school psychology and neuropsychology. Through his experience as both an educator and a clinician, he has a passion for an interdisciplinary, strength-based approach to supporting children as individuals and as family and community members. In the schools he has served, Dr. Collier has developed a collaborative model to facilitate student success in which the educational, psychological, and physical needs of children are supported in consort, and in which the environment of the home and school culture are nourished.
Dr. Collier has a diverse background with roots in the arts, in education, and in psychology. He received his undergraduate degree in communications, theater and English, with secondary education certification. He earned his doctorate in professional child/school psychology from New York University, as well as a supplementary Master’s degree in child and school psychological services. He has received additional post-graduate training in mental health and school counseling with concentrations in gifted and talented youth, school neuropsychology, and trauma and grief. He holds Diplomat status with the American Board of School Neuropsychology.
Following the completion of his doctorate and post-doctoral training, Dr. Collier was a staff psychologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he coordinated an after-school group therapy program for school-age children; provided individual and family therapy; completed psychological and neuropsychological assessments of children and adults; conducted psycho-educational workshops on cognitive and emotional development and common parenting concerns and issues; and helped train psychology fellows, interns and externs.
Beyond his work in school settings and private practice, Dr. Collier is the founding editor of Trauma Psychology Newsletter for Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Dr. Collier is also actively involved with the World Wide Orphans Foundation, for whom he is coordinating international assessment, early intervention programs, and staff development and training for children living in orphanages. In addition, he is on the Advocacy Council of the Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York and volunteers as a psychological consultant for the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association.
Dr. Collier began in the creative arts and has, over the course of his career, merged this interest with his commitment to support the learning and wellbeing of children and families. He has served as a consultant on a number of documentary film projects, including Travis (PBS); Just Another Kid and Turning Point: Reaching Out with a Helping Hand (Skyline Community) and others. Dr. Collier is also on the Advisory Board for Dyslexia-ville, an online community, web series, and national awareness campaign.
Susan Enzer is the Executive Assistant to the school’s Executive Director and a dedicated member of the UNIS family from the time her sons attended Junior and Middle school from 1985 until 1996. During those years, Susan served as Parents Association President as well as a parent-elected Trustee on the UNIS Board. She joined the Director’s office in 2010 having spent most of her career as a Marketing Communications Director in financial services.
Susan is an officer of a local political club for her assembly district, a member of the New York County Committee and a delegate to the Judicial Nominating Committee. Susan has spent time as a volunteer for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in New York City and served on the board of Art OMI in Ghent, NY. She is founder of a book club that meets monthly since 2005 for discussion and dinner. Susan also enjoys theatre, ballet and the feast that is New York.
Susan holds a B.A. in Literature from Hofstra University and has done graduate studies in suburban planning and marketing. She is also a certified paralegal.
Pascal comes to us from the Lycee Francais in Seoul, Korea, where he was both the Principal of a large Elementary Section and the Regional Director of Academic Technology and Teacher Training for the French Network of Schools in the Asia Pacific Region. Previously Pascal was Head of an International French school in Bali, Indonesia, a technology coordinator in the US, and a teacher in “at risk” schools in France. Pascal speaks French, English, Korean and has a strong international track record for innovation, team-building, and collaboration.
Laura Heffron is a leader in fundraising, corporate community relations and marketing/public relations in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. Her extensive career has enabled her to broker relationships between not-for-profit organizations and business.
Prior to joining UNIS in October 2013; Ms. Heffron directed Macy’s philanthropic efforts from Minneapolis to Guam. During her tenure, the company established a national cause-marketing program that raised millions to support AIDS Research, Education, Domestic Violence Prevention and the Arts. She and her team also developed a transparent grant approval process and reconfigured a business-based matrix to equitably distribute foundation grants. Her nonprofit positions include the Director of Institutional Advancement for the French American International School in San Francisco. There she was a partner on a $30 million capital campaign for a new campus with the Chinese American International School. She worked with the international community and managed diverse points of view regarding an Americanbased philanthropic program. There was a 300% increase in annual donations during her five-year tenure.
Ms. Heffron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Washington.
Maggie currently serves as the Director of Learning, Assesment, and Accreditation at UNIS. A teacher and administrator for thirty-nine years, twenty-nine in international education, Maggie Lacsny-Jones has worked in the UK, Austria, Australia and the United States. Teaching in state, international and boarding school systems, she has long been committed to the programs of the International Baccalaureate.
Before joining UNIS in 2007, Maggie was the Assistant Director of Studies and Head of the Academic Program (Grade 6 to 10), respectively at the International School of Vienna. Deeply committed to pastoral care, she previously spent several years as Head of Year, where she was responsible for both the academic and pastoral needs of the students in her charge. Although her initial training as a teacher included junior school pedagogy, for the majority of her career, she has worked closely with middle school and high school students, teaching ‘A’ level, ‘O’ level and IB programs.
A British citizen by birth, Maggie Lacsny-Jones holds tertiary qualifications in Education and International School Leadership. She is a keen gardener, cyclist and walker. She enjoys good food, classical music and the sweet sound of blues! Her daughter Alice, presently studying Geography in the UK, is a UNIS alum.