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Katja Sipple, MA, MIS

Executive Director

Katja Sipple comes to the German-American Heritage Foundation with more than 15 years of experience in non-profit organizations. After her undergraduate studies in Virginia, she pursued a master’s degree in political science at the Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg, where she also began her career as a journalist for a daily newspaper.

After returning to the United States, Ms. Sipple was responsible for media relations at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga. before moving to Seattle, Wash. where she was director of media relations for the University of Washington School of Law. In 2005, she moved back to the East Coast, and established an outreach and development program at the German School Washington, DC while simultaneously pursuing another master’s degree in international relations at American University. She has ample experience in fundraising and membership management. Ms. Sipple is married and has a daughter.

Alexandra Hoenscheid

Administrative Assistant
Alexandra Hoenscheid joined the German-American Heritage Museum team in early 2022. Attending the German partial immersion program at Orange Hunt Elementary School fostered her lifelong passion for the German language and culture. She has since dedicated her career to promoting international understanding through German-American and global exchange.
Ms. Hoenscheid has previously served as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at the Middlebury College German School, as a Germany Grant Consultant at Sister Cities International as part of Wunderbar Together, as a Program Coordinator at American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as a Resident Assistant at the Virginia Governor’s German Academy, and as a Political/Economics Intern at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt. Ms. Hoenscheid graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mary Washington with a B.S. in International Business, a minor in Business German, and a year studying Economics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

Christine Yang

Administrative Director

As a native of Austria, Mrs. Yang joined the organization in 2011 as an Accountant and Administrative Assistant. With 20 years of experience in this field, she is responsible for managing all administrative functions in the day-to-day operations, maintaining the financial records, and handling Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable in Quickbooks.

Mrs. Yang is married and has two grown children.

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