Nov 1, 2023
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our esteemed board member Thierry Rautureau, on Sunday, October 29, 2023.
Read the announcement here.
Linda Witt is a longtime Francophile and served on the national Federation of Alliances Françaises USA for two years as President and five years as Vice-President. Since 2006 she has also served as VP on the board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest. Her earlier career was in Development for a large French-American immersion school and in international product marketing for hi-tech.
Holder of a master’s in engineering from ESIEE Paris and an MBA from Erasmus University, Netherlands, Olivier's professional experience spans marketing leadership positions in technology companies of all sizes such as Microsoft, Philips, Neal Analytics, and, currently, Fractal. Founding member and president of Seattle’s Union des Français de l’Étranger, a worldwide French-speaking expatriate nonprofit organization, Olivier joined AFSeattle in 2017.
Yvan Tabellion is the Head of School at the French Immersion School of Washington. He previously served as the Primary School Director at Rochambeau, in Washington DC from 2019 to 2022. He was at the French Immersion School of Washington from 2008-2019, both as a teacher and a curriculum coordinator. Prior to coming to the United States, he was a teacher, a primary school director, and held administrative responsibilities in professional basketball outside of Lyon, France. Yvan looks forward to connecting with the Alliance Française community soon and to discussing the incredible opportunities that lie ahead.
Daisley Gordon immigrated to the US from Jamaica in early 1970s. Post college, this “career changer” worked a few years in restaurants to enhance his understanding of the business. He then attended New York's Culinary Institute of America, which included an internship with a Certified Master Chef (CIA). In 1995, he landed at Campagne Restaurant, Seattle’s standard-bearer of regional French cuisine in Pike Place Market, where he went from lead cook to owner. At Café Campagne, he focuses on bringing out robust flavors and celebrating the bounty of the Pacific Northwest seasons, in the French style. Featured in national and local media for years, Gordon was a competitor on Iron Chef America’s fresh berries challenge and guest Judge of Top Chef Seattle.