Board of Trustees Team

Spin Bennett (President) - Board of Trustee

Spin Bennett

Mark ‘SPIN’  Bennett graduated from Trent Polytechnic, U.K., with an honors degree in electrical engineering.  He served in the Royal Air Force as a fast-jet navigator for 23 years, including a three-year appointment flying with the German Air Force. He was seconded to the Royal Saudi Air Force in 2002. in support of their Weapons System Officer basic flying training.  He subsequently joined BAE Systems in KSA and works at the King Abdulaziz Air Force assisting the RSAF with their Tornado aircraft and aircrew. His association with ISG began in 2002 when his daughter attended DBGS and he joined the ISG Board in 2003.  

Travis Rogers - Board of Trustee

Travis Rogers

Travis Rogers joined the Board of Trustees in May 2017. A seconded employee of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company out of Houston, TX, USA, in 2013 Travis transferred to Saudi Polymers Company (SPCo), a branch of S-Chem, in Al-Jubail. He has since held positions of increasing responsibility within operations management, currently serving as Operations General Manager for SPCo’s polymer units. Travis lives with his wife and three children, two of which are students at ISG Jubail.

Christopher Boyett - Board of Trustee

Christopher Boyett

Christopher Boyett joined the Board of Trustees in May 2015.  After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he has held various leadership positions with companies in the United States, China, Russia, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.  Chris’ specific area of expertise is new venture formation; he currently works for Saudi Aramco in Chemicals Business Development. He is married and has four children. One of them graduated from Dhahran High School, one is a current student at DHS, and one will attend there in the future.  Chris is also an active tennis player, and also serves on the Dhahran Tennis Association Board of Directors.

Jared Steele - Board of Trustee

Jared Steele

Jared Steele joined the Board of Trustees in October of 2017.  He works as an in-house corporate lawyer and has lived in Dhahran since 2014.  Jared has a background in corporate governance, and throughout his career he has advised various board committees and advised and been a member of varied corporate and investment committees for public companies in the US as well as joint labor/management committees.  He received his BA in philosophy from Brigham Young University, JD from Cornell University, and LLM in taxation from Georgetown University. Jared and his wife Catharine have three children, including one graduate of DHS class of 2018 and one current DHS student who is a candidate for the class of 2021.  Jared is also a Native American and tribal member of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Brian Dibb - Board of Trustee

Brian Dibb

Brian Dibb joined the Board of Trustees in Nov  2017. He currently works for Saudi Aramco in their Legal Department. Mr Dibb received his B.A. and J.D. from Brigham Young University.  He has practised as a lawyer in both Australia and the USA. He and his wife have four children, one of which is currently studying at DHS here at Dhahran.

Justin Steckley - Board of Trustee

Justin Steckley

Justin joined the Board of Trustees in January 2018 and serves as the U.S. Consulate General’s representative. Justin is a career member of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service where he served two years in Saudi Arabia, two years in Gabon and two years in Mexico. Prior to his U.S. government service, he worked at Emerson Electric for a decade working in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He also worked for Catholic Relief Services in Cambodia and Indonesia for two years and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. Justin holds a B.A. in business administration from Michigan State University and an M.A. in international policy studies from Middlebury Institute for International Studies. He has three children, two of whom attend DEMS.

Sami El-Ferik - Board of Trustee

Sami El-Ferik

Sami El Ferik is an Associate Professor in Control and Instrumentation, in the Department of Systems Engineering, at KFUPM. He obtained his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Laval University, Quebec, Canada, and M.S and Ph.D both in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada. After completion of his Ph.D and Post-doctor position, he worked with Pratt and Whitney Canada as a Staff Control Analyst at the Research and Development Center of Systems, Controls, and Accessories. His research interests are in sensing, monitoring, and control with strong multidisciplinary research and applications. His research contributions are in multi-Agent cooperative control, control loop performance monitoring, condition monitoring and condition-based maintenance.