Board Members


Jennifer Bowden
Board Member

Jennifer is the Director of the International Education Program at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/ Fort Worth. Prior to joining the Council, she worked at Lewisville ISD as their World Cultures teacher. She has traveled extensively, led teacher workshops, mentored student teachers, worked on a district curriculum alignment team, written several teaching articles, and directed numerous student programs impacting more than 100,000 students. In 2011, she co-led 17 educators to India as the community outreach coordinator on a Fulbright Hays GPA grant. Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois.



Ann Stevenson
Board Member

Ann Stevenson recently retired from Uplift Education where she most recently served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Uplift.  She previously served as Senior Director of Business Operations and has served in operations since 2006.  Ann joined Uplift in 2002 after having practiced law in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for nearly 20 years.  She initially served as Business Manager for Uplift during its expansion into east Dallas before becoming Uplift’s Director of Business Operations.  Previously, she worked in community service as both a VISTA Volunteer in El Paso and in children’s mental health services in Dallas.  Ann received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska, a master’s degree in urban studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and received her law degree from Southern Methodist University. 



Marinda Diesslin
Board Member

Marinda Diesslin is an educator and social worker with extensive experience working with health facilities and schools.

Her professional and personal mission is to assist children internationally in gaining access to education.

Marinda holds a degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.



Karen Phillips
Board Member

Karen Phillips began her career with the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 1993 in Austin, Texas, bringing the first Diploma Programme to Round Rock ISD. Throughout her career, Karen has served in numerous roles for the IB, helping schools to navigate the application process and to maintain successful IB programmes.  In 2004, Karen became the first Executive Director of Texas IB Schools (TIBS), a regional association offering support services to IB schools in the state. Under her leadership, TIBS has sponsored legislative initiatives that support IB schools, provided some of the largest and best received IB workshops in the region, and generously supported IB initiatives such as the Annual Regional Conference, the IB Student World Conference, and the Heads of School Conference.  Karen has initiated partnerships between TIBS and universities to bring quality seminars and conferences to areas throughout the state and to offer the statewide IB College Fair.  A major goal for Karen has been to lead TIBS member schools in statewide service projects in partnership with organizations such as Limbs International and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.