Team


Alexandra Dorca Executive Director

Alexandra joined AFSeattle in 2014, when she started teaching specialized 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 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.

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 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.

Sandrine Baudry Instructor 

Born and raised in Paris, Sandrine has always loved to travel and discover other cultures. After working in the airline industry for over twenty years, she relocated to the USA in 2015, where she obtained her degree in teaching FLE (French as a foreign language) and started to teach in California. 

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.
Hailey Burgess Instructor & Educational Coordinator (on leave)
Hailey grew up speaking French after attending the French American International School in Portand, OR. She received 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
Marie-Adele was born in Normandy and studied in Brussels, Belgium. She received a BA in psychological sciences and education (2007) and an MA in speech and language pathology (2009). Before moving to Seattle, she worked in Guadeloupe and in Québec. She joined AFSeattle in 2016 and specialized in teaching French as a foreign language (DAEFLE, 2019).
Pauline Chateau Instructor & Educational Coordinator
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.
Gabrielle Falardeau Instructor (on leave)
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 object design company specialized 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 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 Youth Program Coordinator
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.
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.
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 (2003). She is completing a master in French as Foreign Language at University of Clermont-Ferrand (2020). Her previous work experience includes teaching in middle and high schools in France, at the US Department of Defense, and various schools in the Seattle area. She joined AFSeattle in 2017.
Camille Lainé-Poly Instructor 
Born and raised in a small town near Paris, Camille graduated in Law and Economics and worked in the telecommunications industry in France. She moved to the USA in 2017. She then decided to convert to instruction and is following an advanced program in teaching French as a foreign language.
Julie Massoulié Instructor
Born in Paris and raised in Canada and India, Julie grew up in a multicultural and bilingual environment. She settled in Belgium, where she obtained her degree in elementary education from Brussels' Institut supérieur de pédagogie Galilée.  She then taught French in Belgium, Spain, and Chile before moving to Seattle.
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.
Aimie Shaw 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 is excited to be working at AFSeattle as well as the University of Washington.
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 traveller 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. 
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.


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.

Barbara Greiner Member
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.