President and Advisory Board Members

The CoIS President and Advisory Board Members has primary responsibility for overseeing the management of the school and preschool. This includes setting the annual budget, tuition and fees, contracting for facilities, hiring the head of school, teachers and staff, and supporting the administration and teachers in their operation of the school.

If you are a current parent and are interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors, please contact the President for additional information.

Board Biographies

Catherine Bédard-Bayne
Catherine Bédard-Bayne has served as a full time French teacher for the Denver Public Schools since 1989. For the past 9 years she has been teaching on DPS Channels 22 and 48 French supplemental Culture/Language interactive classes at the Elementary/ Middle and High School levels. She has taught French and Spanish within the Denver Public Schools system for many years.  Previously she taught French at the University of Colorado in Denver for 10 years teaching in the classroom and online, was the director of the Foreign Language Institute in Denver from 1983- 2000 and co-authored French textbooks for FLES programs for the Denver based “Language for Kids” publishing company. She received an M.A in English fromBordeauxUniversity, an M.A in Linguistics/FLE  from La Sorbonne University inParis, a PhD (ABD) fromParisVIIUniversityand in 1987 a teaching license from theUniversityofNorthern Colorado.

Ellen Kern, Board President
A lawyer licensed to practice in Colorado,New York and Washington,D.C., Ellen Kern has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for the past 16 years.  She advises on legislative drafting in the areas of FAO’s expertise:  environment, forests, wildlife, fisheries, and agricultural matters related to privatization and decentralization especially in the countries of the formerSoviet Union.  Prior to joining FAO, Ellen worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees inMalaysia, an environmental legal advocacy NGO inWashington,D.C.and the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke in New York City.

Ellen holds a J.D. and a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service (M.S.F.S.) from Georgetown University’s Law School and School of Foreign Service, respectively, and a B.A. from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.  She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri who spent her childhood in South America and has traveled and worked extensively in Asia, Europe and Africa.  Literate in Spanish, French, Russian and English, Ellen attended public and private schools in theU.S.and overseas

In Denver, Ellen’s community service has focused on supporting international education in Denver and on creating partnerships with Spanish-speaking communities.   She serves on the Legal Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center.  She actively supports research into macular degeneration.

Ellen has four children:  two are in college and two are in grades 9 and 11 in high school.  Three children graduated from Colorado International School.  Her children speak French, Spanish, and Mandarin, and have studied Italian, Farsi, Japanese, Russian, Czech, and German.

Ellen believes strongly that Colorado’s unique educational, geographic, economic and social conditions provide its residents with an ideal opportunity to raise, educate and prepare their children for higher education and global citizenship through the highest-quality American education with an international perspective.

Wayne Loosbrock, Board Vice President and Secretary
Retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel, Wayne Loosbrock is currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University in Virginia.  He is one course away from obtaining a Colorado teacher’s certificate in secondary social studies.  He plans to substitute teach in theColorado Springs school system and to teach full time in the near future.

Wayne has a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.  As an undergraduate, he majored in international politics, graduating cum laude, and became proficient in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.  He took courses in Spanish at the Universidad Católica in Quito, Ecuador, and attended the Portuguese Institute at Georgetown University.  He also worked as a research intern for the Soviet-Latin American Project at the Georgetown University Center for Strategic and International Studies.  In law school, Wayne co-founded and acted as the first Managing Editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

Wayne spent over twenty years in the U.S. military.  As a Spanish interpreter in the Army for four years, he provided support for the Panama Canal Treaties negotiations and their implementation.  As a Judge Advocate (attorney) in the Air Force for over sixteen years, he performed myriad legal tasks, many with an international flavor, having been stationed overseas for over six years, in Spain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Korea.  In addition, he taught undergraduate law courses at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for three years.  He also taught at the University of Maryland and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while stationed overseas. Wayne has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Western Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Wayneis an enthusiastic supporter of CoIS, for there is no better way to learn foreign languages and cultures than through an immersion program that begins at an early age.  Having been there and done that, he understands the importance for Americans to better understand and communicate with the world around them.