Team


Alexandra Dorca Executive Director

Alexandra joined the Alliance Française de Seattle in 2014 and started teaching French classes, with a special focus on contemporary society and culture, media, and cinema. She became AFSeattle's executive director in September 2018. Her previous work experience includes teaching, applied research, program management, and consulting in nonprofit, public, and private settings in the USA, Canada, and various European countries. She holds a BA in French language and literature from the West University of Timisoara, Romania, as well as an MA and a PhD in cultural anthropology from Laval University, Canada.

Diane Le Lay Marketing & Cultural Program Coordinator

Originally from Paris, Diane  moved to Seattle after living in San Francisco, Berlin, and Geneva. She has worked in film production, film festivals, and cultural events, specializing in planning and programming for independent non-profits as well as international art organizations. Her professional experience includes the coordination and management of film shoots, film screenings, workshops, and festivals in Europe and the USA. Diane got her BA in film production in San Francisco, CA.

Quentin Carriou Marketing & Cultural Program Intern

Born and raised in Brittany, Quentin moved to Paris in 2015, to study management. He then was a marketing intern in a Kyoto firm and at Hatier, a Parisian publishing company. He is member of a French theater club, for which he co-wrote a play that was staged in 2018. Quentin got his BA in management in 2016 and is about to obtain his master’s degree in management from ESSEC Business School.

Instructors


Preston Albertine Instructor

Preston earned his MA in French studies from the University of Washington in 2016 and his BAs in French and business in 2013. He has spent significant time in Paris, Nantes, Romans-sur-Isère, and Amiens. Preston also works as a tour guide in the Seattle area.

Florence Bangue-Tandet Instructor Immersion Trips

A French native from Lille, Florence holds a bachelor’s degree in education sciences from the University of Toulouse II and a master’s degree in teaching English/French as a second language from Seattle Pacific University. She joined AFSeattle in 2010 and has been teaching at Seattle Pacific University since 2011.

Janice Brown Instructor
Janice has a bachelor’s degree in French and Italian and a master’s in translation. She taught foreign languages during most of her career, as well as English as second language to teens and adults. She regularly travels to France to visit her acquaintances.
Hailey Burgess Instructor & Educational Coordinator
Hailey grew up speaking French after attending the French American International School in Portand, OR. She eceived her PhD in French from the University of Washington (2018), her MA in French literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2011), and her BA from Whitworth University in French, with minors in German and Spanish (2009).
Marie-Adèle Carli Instructor (on leave)
Marie-Adele was born in Normandy and studied in Brussells, Belgium. Before moving to Seattle, she worked in Guadeloupe and in Québec. She has worked at the Alliance Française since 2016.
Pauline Chateau Instructor & Educational Coordinator
Pauline was born and raised in Normandy. She began teaching French in 2014 in Oklahoma City. She received her master’s degree in French in 2017. In addition to teaching French, Pauline also served as program officer for three years for a French culinary theater company, has a BA in art history and an MA in management of performing arts. 
Gabrielle Falardeau Instructor
Gabrielle is a Montrealer who graduated in 2013 with a BA in fine arts from Concordia University. She worked in the film production industry, and in 2014 she cofounded Jarre, an objects design company specializing in the reduction of food waste and healthy eating. She then trained for teaching French as a foreign language, and started working at AFSeattle in 2019.
Céline Fassetta Instructor (on leave)

Born in Aix-en-Provence, Céline received an MA in French in 2013 from the University of Strasbourg. The same year, she travelled to China, where she worked as a French instructor for three years at Zhengzhou University. She has been at the Alliance since 2016, when she first moved to Seattle with her husband.

Isabelle Gouni Instructor
Isabelle received an MA in Engineering from Ecole des Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur and an MA in Chemistry from University of Lille. After moving to the USA, she began teaching French to teenagers and adults in the Bay Area and in Seattle. She joined AFSeattle’s team in 2018.
Aurélia Graf-Bosko Instructor
Born near Fribourg in Switzerland, Aurélia holds an MA in Francophonie, Multilingualism and Intercultural Mediation from the University of Rennes 2. She taught French to adults and youth in New Zealand, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, France, Switzerland, and the USA. She is currently teaching French at North Seattle French School and at AFSeattle.
Danielle Jouët-Pastré Instructor
With a French and Italian background, Danielle was born and grew up in Brazil. She holds an M.A. in French studies followed by a Ph.D. in Francophone Literature from State University of NY– Albany, after which she taught foreign languages for many years at public and private universities. Danielle is enthusiastic about being part of AF Seattle.
Michelle Kendall Instructor
Michelle Kendall has taught French for over ten years to students of all ages. She specializes in the communicative approach to language teaching. She holds a PhD in French from UC-Santa Barbara.
Cécile Kestenbaum Instructor
Cécile grew up in the Paris area and received her master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Paris Ouest – Défense. She taught middle and high school students for about ten years. Cécile relocated to Seattle. Before joining AFSeattle, she taught French at the US Department of Defense and various schools in the Seattle area.
Camille Lainé-Poly Instructor 
Born and raised in a small town near Paris, Camille graduated in Law and Economics and worked in the tele-communications industry in France. She moved to USA with her husband in 2017. She then decided to convert to instruction and is following an advanced program in teaching French as a foreign language.
Céline Maillard Instructor
Born and raised in Nantes, France, Céline Maillard received her PhD from the department of French and Italian Studies at the University of Washington in June 2019. Since 2009, she has been teaching French from elementary to advanced level, as well as classes in English on French literature, history, and cinema.
Alina Ptak Instructor
Alina holds an M.A. in French from Paris - Sorbonne University and a second M.A. in French-Spanish studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has taught both English and French and also worked in translation and interpreting. She enjoys sharing her passion for French and teaching with the students at Alliance Française.
Aimie Shaw Instructor (on leave)
Originally from Canada’s east coast, Aimie holds a PhD in contemporary French literature from McGill University and spent the next few years teaching French at various universities throughout Canada and the USA. She is excited to be working at the Alliance Française as well as the University of Washington.
Lusiné Shoukourian Instructor
Originally from Armenia, Lusine Shoukourian began studying French in bilingual Franco-Armenian school. She completed her M.A. in Linguistics at University Paul Valéry in Montpellier and has been teaching French and Italian for over ten years. She is also a literary translator, having translated authors like Marguerite Yourcenar, Umberto Eco, and Italo Calvino into Armenian.


Board of directors


Robert Baldino President

A long-time member and supporter of the Alliance Française de Seattle, Robert served on the board as treasurer and more recently president. After obtaining an MBA in International Business from Pace University in New York, he worked as a financial analyst and then financial director for GE Healthcare, Microsoft, and Amazon.

 
Jean-Claude Beck Vice-president

Jean-Claude comes from several generations of French winemakers. His family has cultivated wine on a small village south of Strasbourg on the eastern slopes of the Vosges mountains since the 1500′s. He has demonstrated expertise in the cultivation of various grape varieties in California and Washington. Winemaker at the Woodhouse Wine Estates, he recently started a new project born of experience and passion–Le Bec Fin by Chateau Beck. 

Thierry Rautureau Treasurer
Award-winning chef, owner of Loulay Kitchen & Bar and Luc restaurants in Seattle, Thierry Rautureau is a long-standing member of AFSeattle. He apprenticed in France and at twenty moved to the United States, where he worked in Chicago and Los Angeles before moving to Seattle.
Olivier Fontana Secretary

Holder of a master’s in Engineering from ESIEE Paris and an MBA from Erasmus University, Netherlands, Olivier's professional experience includes various positions from head business development and marketing for Philips France to director of product strategy and marketing at Microsoft and Zipwhip.  He is a founding member and the president of the Seattle chapter of Union des Français à l’étranger—a worldwide French-speaking expatriate nonprofit organization. 

Barbara Greiner Officer
Barbara holds a master’s in American education history from Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris I, and is a certified history and geography teacher of the French Ministry of Education. She has worked for more than twenty years in bilingual schools in Palo Alto and, more recently, Seattle. Since 2017, she is the Head of the French Immersion School of Washington.

Choir

Brian Fiehler Choir Director
Bryan Fiehler is a veteran teacher and choral artist who is thrilled to be joining Bellevue Youth Choirs.  He holds a BA in Music Education and an MM in Choral Conducting from Temple University in Philadelphia. Bryan has taught choir at Renton High School and K-8 performing arts at Westside School.  He is a fierce advocate for the arts and believes strongly in creating confident, independent musicians by guiding students to self-assess and to make artistic choices.  He remains a sought-after choral artist, working with Opus7, Illumni Men's Chorus, and Epiphany Parish of Seattle.
Steven Luksan Pianist
Steven Luksan is a composer and pianist based in Seattle.Steven received a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of British Columbia and Bachelor’s Degrees in Music and Norwegian Language from the University of Washington. Steven Luksan is currently on the faculty of Music Center of the Northwest, where he serves as a piano instructor and the staff accompanist.  He is also the pianist for the French Chorale of the Alliance Française de Seattle, accompanies at Seattle Opera and Shoreline Community College, and is a board member and outreach pianist for the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society.