The American Overseas Schools Historical Society is managed by a volunteer board of directors. Our current board is as follows:

Linda L. Connelly

President (Executive Committee)

Linda was raised in Granite City, Illinois, a town just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. After high school, she attended Eastern Illinois University. In 1977, she backpacked through Europe and met several DoDDS teachers. Upon returning home, she immediately applied to DoDDS. At that time, Linda was an active member of the Granite City Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW). An avid speaker, Linda won the organization’s “Speak Off” and went on to win the Illinois BPW “Speak Off” competition. Shortly before departing for Germany and being hired by DoDDS, Linda won the National BPW Speak Off in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Linda worked with DoDDS from 1978-2010. During her three decades of work with DoDDS, she worked in Germany, Bahrain, mainland Japan, Okinawa, and Guam. Linda earned a Master’s Degree from the University of South Florida, taught English and Social Studies, served as a Library/Information Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal. In the early 1990’s, Linda was actively involved with PTA, serving locally on PTA boards, and as European PTSA (ECAPTS) President. She also served on the National PTA Board of Directors.

In 2004, Linda was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, as DoDEA Principal of the Year. In 2017, Linda was asked to help with updating the AOSHS Membership records and currently serves as Membership Chairperson for AOSHS.

Linda met and married Michael Connelly while working in Germany. They are now retired in Honolulu, Hawaii. One of their annual travel highlights is attending the DoDDS Reunion, where they reconnect with friends…and make new ones!

Douglas S. Kelsey

Vice President (Executive Committee)

Douglas S. Kelsey received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Baker University (1968) and his Masters in Mathematics from Emporia State, KS (1973). Prior to DoDDS, Doug spent 8 years with international schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (American Community School) and Tokyo, Japan (St. Mary’s International School).

Doug’s first DoDDS assignment was Assistant Principal of Nuernberg American High School (1985-1987). Subsequently, he became principal of Fulda American High School (1987), Hanau AHS (1989), and Ramstein AHS (1990-1995). For the 1995-1996 school year, Doug moved to DoDDS-Italy as Assistant Superintendent. In 1996, Kelsey became Superintendent of Schools, DoDDS-Korea until the Fall of 2000 when he took the same position for the Okinawa School System. Doug remained there until 2002, when he became Deputy Director of Education for Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS). In October 2003, he was promoted to Deputy Director, DDESS.

Mr. Kelsey was selected as the Associate Director for Extended Learning in Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DoDEA) Educational Partnership Directorate (2007). He was appointed the Interim Superintendent, DoDDS-Korea, October 2008 to September 2009. Doug retired from DoDEA in January 2010.

Immediately following his DoDDS retirement, Doug served as the School Support Specialist for IMCOM-Pacific until retiring in January 2016. This meant that the School Liaison Officers at the US Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) AOR installations collaborated and coordinated all activities with him to effectively serve all Army families with school-age children in the Pacific.

Doug now lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife, Darlynn. His wife is a retired DoDDS’ educator. Doug and Darlynn are the proud parents of three DoDDS graduates: Shandy (Fulda American HS), Leisha (Ramstein American HS), and Ja’Ney (Aviano American HS).

Dr. Nancy C. Bresell

Secretary (Executive Committee)

Nancy ended her career with DoDDS in January 2015 after a fascinating 37 years of service and now calls Asheville, NC, home. She was born in NH and received her BA from Lake Erie College in Ohio, her MA from Lehigh University in PA, and an EdD from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Bresell’s first teaching position was in the Lehigh Valley. Five years later, she joined the faculty at Mainz ES in Germany as a LI teacher, her first DoDDS assignment. Nancy quickly moved into management with positions as an Education Program Manager at the Darmstadt Career Center and at the DoDDS-North Germany Regional Office in the personnel and education divisions. Her principalships in Germany included Gelnhausen ES, followed by Frankfurt ES, and Wuerzburg MS. Although she helped open the middle school in Wuerzburg, she was promoted to Superintendent, Stuttgart District, so she never really got to enjoy the fruits of her labor.

Nancy then left the Stuttgart/Wuerzburg District in 1996 to take over the Japan District for one year and then moved on to be the Area Director for DoDDS-Pacific. For her first assignment in this position, she opened the DDESS-Guam District in the summer of 1997.

After 13 years in the Pacific region, Nancy then returned to Germany as the Director, DoDDS-Europe, a position she enjoyed for nearly six years before making her final DoDDS journey back home. Instead of opening schools and districts, she found herself managing school closures and transformation issues.

Over the years, Dr. Bresell always admired the work of AOSHS and helped the organization whenever she could. Nancy now proudly serves on the AOSHS Board and works with other committed educators to preserve the history and culture of the overseas schools.

Ron Harrison

Treasurer (Executive Committee)

Ron was raised in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University in 1968. He joined the Air Force and his first assignment was in Berlin, Germany. He and his wife, Glenna, were stationed there for 3 years before returning to the states in 1972. Glenna taught for 2½ years in the Berlin American High School and Ron was assistant basketball coach for the 1971-72 season.

After returning to the states, Ron worked in Missouri and Illinois before returning to Wichita, Kansas. After retiring in 2011 Ron was called to work at the AOSHS office as an Archivist and has improved both the physical appearance of the building and accomplished the daunting task of organizing the storage of many AOSHS archive boxes. Glenna also volunteered her time to assist in the inventorying of the boxes.

Ron and Glenna now reside in Manhattan, Kansas, and Ron serves as Treasurer for the organization. He also works remotely to input box inventories into AOSHS office records.

Martha H. Brown

Communications / Memorial Program

Martha Brown’s DoDEA career spanned 32 years and found her in positions in DoDDS-Europe, DDESS, and DoDEA Pacific. In 1980, she began her DoDEA career teaching at Ramstein Junior High School, followed by positions at Berchtesgaden Elementary School and Kaiserslautern American High School.

Ms. Brown served as an Assistant Principal at both Kaiserslautern Elementary School and Kaiserslautern American High School before being promoted to Principal of Augsburg High School. Her other principalships include Kaiserslautern American High School, Heidelburg High School and Lejeune High School. She was honored to be selected the DoDEA Secondary Principal of the Year in 1997.

At the above-school level, Ms. Brown served in the DoDDS-Europe Area Office as a Supervisory Education Specialist for four years, was the Community Superintendent of Fort Campbell Schools for four years, and the Okinawa District Superintendent for four years. Before leaving the Pacific Area for DoDEA Headquarters, she was asked to serve as the Acting Director of DoDEA Pacific for a year.

Ms. Brown earned a BA in English from Limestone College, and MEd in English from North Georgia University, and an EdS in educational leadership from Converse College.

She retired to her native South Carolina where she and her husband enjoy the low country lifestyle and are active in several community service organizations. Their son and daughter-in-law are both proud graduates of DoDEA.

Rebecca Dunn

Historian / Memories

Rebecca, a native of Maryland, had over thirty-three years with DoDDS. She began her career in Spangdahlem, Germany and retired while working at the Mediterranean District Superintendent’s Office in Vicenza, Italy. She taught at eight different locations and served in three district offices. Although her first love is teaching mathematics, Rebecca also taught middle school science, social studies, and even conducted a seminar class on cardboard carpentry.

During her career, Ms. Dunn was a school administrator in all configurations from K-8 to high schools and a district level liaison for mathematics and school improvement. Some might say she couldn’t keep a job, but Rebecca would say she was always looking for a new challenge!

Upon retiring, she taught GED classes at a prison near her home in Salisbury, Maryland. Rebecca is honored to serve as AOSHS’s Historian, looks forward to new challenges, and is happy to work with DoDEA colleagues again.

Joel Hansen


Elementary Education was the primary focus of Joel’s career as he received his Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and continued to gain his Master’s degree from ISU in Elementary Administration.  Joel began teaching as an elementary teacher in DeWitt, Iowa (1977-1984) and joined DoDDS (resulting from a conversation with his Army brother) in 1984 teaching at Sigonella Naval Air Station as an elementary and high school science teacher (1984-1994).  He and his family transferred to Aviano Air Force Base where he began his role in administration (1994-1999).  Joel continued as a Principal at West Point (1999-2003), Community Superintendent at Fort Bragg (2003-2005), Education Chief in DDESS (2005-2008) and multiple leadership assignments at DoDEA HQ in Education and Policy (2008-2014).

Joel and his wife, Vicki, retired in 2014 to their ‘BreezyPoint’ Farm in Iowa and now manages its twenty acres plus Vicki’s family farm of 460 acres. They have three children, Jamey (Julie), Andy (Kelly), and Abby (Ross).  Grandchildren Ella, Benjamin, Millie, and Hugo keep them busy traveling to locations around the globe and hosting them on the farm.  Due to the influence of DoDEA life, travel is a major activity with many new places to visit in the U.S. and around the world.

Allen Haymon

Special Projects

A native Kentuckian, Allen’s undergraduate degree was earned from Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky, and his master’s from Spaulding University, Louisville, Kentucky. In 1972 Allen left his teaching position in Louisville and joined DoDDS as a teacher at Zweibruecken Elementary School # 1, Zweibruecken, Germany. In 1975, he was assigned to the position of Teacher Assistant Principal of the school. Allen later served as Principal of a small school in Zweibruecken (1978-1981), Assistant Principal of Kaiserslautern Elementary #1 (1981-1983) and in 1983, coming full circle, returned to Zweibruecken Elementary #1, (later renamed Kreuzberg Elementary) as Principal. He assumed the position of coordinator for the staff development program, The Study of Teaching, DoDDS-North Germany Regional Office in 1990.

Allen was selected as the Leadership Development Coordinator in the Professional Development and Education Equity Division, DoDEA in 1995. He later held the position of Education Equity Training Specialist and Chief, Professional Development. Allen retired from DoDEA in 2005. Three years later he returned to DoDEA as a reemployed annuitant for the purpose of redesigning leadership development for the school system.

Allen and his wife Connie reside in Spotsylvania County, VA (Fredericksburg). She is retired from her position in the Logistics Division, DoDEA. Their daughters are DoDDS graduates: Nicole (Zweibruecken HS) and Jaclynn (Kaiserslautern HS).

Chris Kyrios

BRAT Representative

Chris is educator BRAT, born in Heidelberg and then attending Karlsruhe K-12. After graduation from the University of Rochester (NY), Chris served in the Navy as a Supply Officer. His MBA from the College of William and Mary led to a business career in VA, NY, and now in Denver, CO.

While Chris may not have become an educator, his family stays closely tied to educational roots. His father, Al Kyrios, dedicated 40 years of DoDDS service in Berlin, Rochefort, Bremerhaven, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, and Wiesbaden. Chris’s sister, Lisa, taught at Nurnberg, and Chris’ oldest son, Alex, is a librarian (his other son became a lawyer).

For 30+ years Chris has been active with the Karlsruhe HS Alumni Association, Overseas BRATs, and more recently, with AOSHS. Kyrios has also been involved in Brats Without Borders as well as with producers of the movie, Brats, Our Journey Home. Chris enjoys sharing his “businessman’s point of view” to the board!

Frank Roehl

Social Media Liaison

Frank E. Roehl received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education & Coaching from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1970) and his Masters in Human Services Delivery in Education Administration from Boston University (1983). Frank retired from DoDEA in July 2018 after 48 years of Federal Service. He served as the Superintendent of Schools for the DoDEA Europe West District Superintendent of the Isles District and Heidelberg District, Assistant Superintendent of the Bavaria District, Assistant Superintendent and Acting Superintendent of the Heidelberg District, DoDDS Middle Level Coordinator, and a principal, assistant principal, classroom teacher and coach at elementary through high school levels with assignments in Germany and Turkey. Frank served as the Germany Vice President and DoDDS Worldwide President of the Federal Managers Association, Chapter 135 for four years.

Mr. Roehl is a “military brat,” attending 13 different schools in grades K-12 and experiencing his father’s two unaccompanied tours while his father served in Korea and Vietnam. He served as a US Army commissioned field artillery officer on active duty and in the reserve forces in Germany prior to and during his teaching career. He was a member of the United States Reserve Europe Marksmanship Team representing the US in competitions throughout Europe.

Frank and his wife, Margy, a retired DoDEA teacher and Information Specialist for 46 years, live in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Together, they raised two children who attended DoDEA schools K-12, and both graduated from Heidelberg High School. Brian is working as a government civilian employee at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Aileen, recently with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City, is in Stuttgart, Germany with her Navy helicopter pilot husband.

Frank’s hobbies are traveling, “tinkering” with his 1995 BMW M3 and 1966 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III and enjoying his free time!

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