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.

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 began teaching French in 2014 in Oklahoma City. 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).
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 Summer Camp Counselor
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 Clermong-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.
Céline Maillard Instructor
Born and raised in Nantes, Céline 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 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 (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 AFSeattle as well as the University of Washington.
Lusiné Shoukourian Instructor
Lusiné began studying French in a bilingual French-Armenian school. She completed her MA in Linguistics at University Paul Valéry 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 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.

 
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 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.