Board of Directors


Carola is an entrepreneur and long-time volunteer on the German language school building project.  Born and raised in Germany, Carola came to New York in her early 20′s as an au pair.   She built up and managed her own successful international jewelry company for the past twenty years and gained extensive knowledge in business and human resource management.


Leanna katz - Board Member

Leanna is a member of the Pusteblume board of directors.


Thomas McGuire - Board Member

Thomas is an attorney and specializes in tax and financial matters. Mr. McGuire holds a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna School of Law in Austria and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.


Lauren Oberbannscheidt – President, Board Chair

Lauren initiated the German International School of New York City project and is President of the Board of Directors.  Ms. Oberbannscheidt holds an M.B.A. from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  She has lived abroad, including working for a major investment bank as a VP of equity sales.


Ralf Oberbannscheidt – Treasurer

Ralf is a portfolio manager at Global Thematic Partners.  Mr. Oberbannscheidt holds an M.B.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.