EARJ Board of Directors



As a private, nonprofit institution, Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro is guided by a Board of Directors consisting of 13 members.


The breakdown composition of the Board is: two are designated to the US Consulate, three are Parent Elected, six are appointed by the EARJ shareholders and the last two may be appointed by the Board of Directors. All members, with the exception of the Board Appointed and US Consulate positions, must be parents of students currently enrolled at EARJ.


The objective of the EARJ Board of Directors is to advance the school’s mission by selecting, evaluating and supporting the Headmaster, planning strategically for the school’s long-term well-being and its sustainability as an institution. The EARJ Board of Directors concentrates on the broad direction of the school and holds the fiduciary responsibility for the healthy continuity of EARJ.


The Board establishes policies for the school, major programs and delegates to the Headmaster the day-to-day administration, as well as carrying out approved policies and programs, abstaining from any engagement in day-to-day school operations. The Board of Directors has several acting committees that work on a basis of short and long-term goals and the Board assesses the status of those goal annually. The Board of Directors also determines tuition and fees on an annual basis, oversees the school’s budget and approves capital and operating expenditures to ensure adequate school facilities.


Our Board adheres to standards of good practice in governance established by the school’s accreditors and other international organizations such as AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America), AAIE (Association for the Advancement of International Education, and NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools). Board Members are skilled and recognized specialists in fields identified as necessary for the sustainability of the school and serve as volunteers without any compensation.


List of EARJ Board Members


Raul Baptista Pereira Trejos (Class of ’82)
Board President
Children in class of  2016 & 2020

Leonidas Lopes Borio Filho (Class of ’90)
Board Vice President
Children in class of 2028 & 2031

Thiago Frias Picolo Peres
Board Treasurer
Children in class of 2029 &  2031

Patricia Yates Portella (Class of ’02)
Board Secretary
Children in class of 2029 & 2033

Arnaldo Hilário Viegas de Lima
Children in class of 2012 & 2014

Bianca Haegler (Class of ‘93)
Children in class of 2023 & 2033

Christian Iturri
Children in class of 2023,  2025 & 2028

Etienne Sylvain Lebailly
Child in class of 2028

Jeffrey Wayne Fortner
Child in class of 2022

Manuela Clementina Parrino
Child in class of 2022

Marco Andre de Carvalho
Children in class of 2024 & 2026

Maximino Leite
Children in class of 2022 & 2025

Scott Ian Hamilton
Child in class of 2025