Board Members

Board President ~ Katie Ganzer

She studied French and German at Washington State University and at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and has experience working in the field of intercultural student exchange. Having studied, worked, and parented in the DACH countries, Katie is looking forward to serving on the Board of the German Language School Cleveland, helping promote German language and culture here in Northeast Ohio.

Vice President ~ Alexandra Vladescu

Principal ~ Chantal Kloos

Board Member at Large ~ Maximilian Julian

Max serves the German Language School Cleveland’s strategic needs and objectives as may, from time to time, be determined by the Board. He is an alumnus of the German Language School in Cleveland.

Technology Advisor ~ Hank Setala

Hank has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry as well as running several small businesses in the holistic health field. He holds a BSBA with a focus in management and marketing.

Recording Secretary ~ Anja Sassenberg-DeGeorgia

Anja has been a long time member of the German Language School Board as Recording Secretary. She used to teach adults and kids at our school and had three of her own children complete their DSD exams after going through the entire German School curriculum. She has lived half of her life in Germany and half in the USA. Anja is an author, speaker, and professional life coach and helps people in midlife to reinvent themselves 

Treasurer ~ Petra Kliman

Petra has served as the treasurer for several terms. She is responsible for coordinating the payments from the registration process as well as all the fundraiser activities.

Director of Curriculum ~ Gabriele Samodelov

Gabi has been involved with the school for more than 20 years in various capacities and still teaches children´s classes.  Previously, she has studied and worked at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf.


Susi Dickerson ~ Novelty Representative

Susi was born in Göppingen Germany, and moved to the US as a child.  Most of her family continues to reside in Germany, and she visits them often.  Susi is an attorney working in house for Continental AG, headquartered in Hannover Germany.  Susi’s two daughters have been attending the Novelty school since 2019 and speak German at home with their Oma, Amei Eberius, who is a Kindergarten teacher at the Novelty school.

Consultant ~ Karoline Lindenmaier

Karoline Lindenmaier was instrumental in co-founding the German Language School Cleveland in 1960. She served as Principal until 1997 at which time she stepped in as the President of the School Board. She gave that position up in 2011.Students/teachers and parents are forever grateful for Frau Lindenmaier’s dedication and her unrelenting insistence on quality in order to ensure the success of our School.