Staff


Otilia Baraboi Executive Director

Otilia joined the Alliance Française de Seattle in June 2022. She has over ten years of experience in managing a successful cultural and educational nonprofit organization in Seattle, as well as over eighteen years of experience in teaching French and developing curricula for French language, literature, and culture. Otilia holds an MA and a PhD in French Studies from the University of Washington, and a Master of Advanced Studies (DEA) in French Literature from the University of Geneva. Her priorities to pursue excellence in French-language teaching and Francophone events, to create sustainable, community-building programs and partnerships, as well as her ability to develop a nonprofit’s brand identity in accordance with its mission and values, are strong and relevant skills that she brings into her new role at the Alliance Française de Seattle.

Diane Le Lay Program Manager,
Communications

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 nonprofits 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.

Aimie Shaw School Coordinator
& Instructor
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 has been a French instructor at AFSeattle since 2011. In January 2022, she was appointed school coordinator.
Pauline Chateau Admissions Coordinator
& Instructor
Pauline was born and raised in Normandy. She received her master’s degree in French in 2017 from the University of Artois, and she has a BA in art history (2012) and an MA in management of performing arts (2014). She began teaching French in 2014 in Oklahoma City and joined AFSeattle in 2018. From January 2019 to December 2021, she also worked as AFSeattle's educational coordinator. In January 2022, she was appointed admissions coordinator. 
Anaïs Rossano Social Media Content Creator

Born in Normandy and raised in the suburbs of Paris, Anaïs moved to San Francisco in 2011, and then to Montreal, Canada where she obtained her BA in Political Science from McGill University. She graduated with a master’s degree in International Relations from INALCO, Paris in 2017. She was an intern at the Consulate of France in Chicago, as well as a Marketing & Cultural Program intern at AFSeattle for a year.  She currently lives in Chicago.

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 joined AFSeattle in 2018, and also works as a tour guide in the Seattle area.

Florence Bangue-Tandet Instructor
& Cultural Immersion Programs

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 and French as a second language from Seattle Pacific University. She joined AFSeattle in 2010 and has been teaching at Seattle Pacific University since 2011.

Kélian Brosse FLE Intern
Based in Savoie (France), Kélian holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and foreign and regional civilizations, with a specialization in English, from the University of Savoie Mont-Blanc. He is currently working on his master’s in teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE) and joins AFSeattle as a FLE intern in May 2022.
Janice Brown Instructor
Janice has a BA in French and Italian from the University of Leeds, UK, and an MA in translation from French and Italian into English from the University of Westminster, London. She taught languages in London colleges for many years, mainly French and Italian but also some Spanish and English as a Foreign Language. She has taught at the Alliance since 2015.
Giuseppa De Luca Instructor
Born in Italy, Giuseppa has been teaching French since college while earning her FLE certificates from Bordeaux, Grenoble, and Marseille. She holds a PhD in French language and literature from the University of Palermo. In 2009, she moved to the USA and has worked for several local schools and universities including Seattle University and Tacoma Community College. She joined AFSeattle in 2021.
Isabelle Gouni Instructor
Isabelle received a master's in engineering from Ecole des Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur and one in chemistry from the University of Lille. After moving to the USA, she specialized in teaching French as a foreign language 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.
Andréa Guillemot Instructor
Born and raised near Dijon, Andréa holds a BA in English language, literature, and culture, as well as an MA in teaching French as a foreign language from the University of Burgundy. She joined AFSeattle in 2021.
Danielle Jouët-Pastré Instructor
With a French and Italian background, Danielle was born and grew up in Brazil. She holds an MA in French studies followed by a PhD in Francophone literature from State University of NY– Albany, after which she taught foreign languages for many years at public and private universities.
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.
Alina Ptak Instructor
Alina holds an MA in French from Paris-Sorbonne University and a second MA in French-Spanish studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has taught both English and French and also worked in translation and interpreting.
Lusiné Shoukourian Instructor
Lusiné began studying French in a bilingual French-Armenian school. She completed her MA in linguistics at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier and has been teaching French and Italian for over fifteen years. She is also a literary translator, having translated authors like Marguerite Yourcenar, Umberto Eco, and Italo Calvino into Armenian.
Marii Stratter Instructor
Marii holds a BA in French philology from Tallinn University. Originally from Estonia, she lived in Toulouse for four years and spent a year in the FLE department at the Toulouse II University. A traveler at heart, Marii relocated to Los Angeles in 2012, where she taught FLE at the Alliance Française. In 2015 she moved to Idaho to enjoy a slower pace of life. 
Sebastian Zgirski Instructor
Sebastian developed a passion for learning French while exploring his French heritage in college, and ended up getting an additional BA in French along with his BA in Anthropology. During this time he also spent summers studying French in France and Québec. After graduating from Western Washington University, Sebastian spent a year in France teaching English in French high schools, before returning home to the Seattle area and joining the AFSeattle.


Board of Directors


Robert Baldino President

A long-time member and supporter of the Alliance Française de Seattle, Robert served on the board of directors as treasurer and more recently president. After obtaining an MBA in international business from Pace University in New York, he worked as financial analyst and financial director for GE Healthcare, Microsoft, and Amazon. He joined AFSeattle in 2011.

 
Lauren Ransford Vice President
Lauren is an American immigration attorney based in Seattle, with previous experience in transactional real estate law, in-house corporate law, and criminal defense in the states of Washington and California. Before she received her JD degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Lauren got a BA in French at California State University. She first joined AFSeattle in 2014, when she took advanced French classes. A passionate francophone, she is also a member of the French American Chamber of Commerce.
Thierry Rautureau Vice President
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 the age of twenty moved to the United States, where he worked in Chicago and Los Angeles before moving to Seattle.
Raj Mathew Treasurer
Raj holds an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is director of finance at Amazon. Raj grew up in Kuwait, then spent a few years in India, where he was a member of the Alliance Française of Bombay. He has been living in Seattle for twelve years and considers himself a Seattleite. He is a proud father of two, his oldest having been attending classes at AFSeattle since 2018. In 2019, Raj served on the advisory board of his neighborhood public school Parent Teacher Association.
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 of business development and marketing for Philips France to director of product strategy and marketing at Microsoft and Zipwhip. Nowadays, he is VP of Marketing at Neal Analytics. 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.