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WICE Organisation and Leadership



Veronica Kugler - PRESIDENT

Veronica Kugler was elected to the WICE Board in 2012 and became President of WICE in 2018.  She has also been a member of the Executive Committee and  leader of the Optimization Team. She managed the WICE Blog from 2013 to 2015 and is a repeat participant in the Paris Writers’ Workshop. Veronica has a business and marketing background and has worked for telecommunications companies in the United States and France.  Veronica is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in Political Economy of Industrial Societies and French.  She also studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and completed a research project on the European Union at Princeton University.   Veronica has been a resident of Paris since 2010. 


Daniel Smith - SECRETARY

Daniel Smith came to WICE in 2011 as Director of Visual Arts before joining the Board of Directors in 2012. He has covered roles in Social Events, WICE Gallery and Operation and enjoys advancing the WICE mission, supporting others to be successful, giving back to the international community in Paris and participating in Arts & Culture.  Although Dan's training and experience are in physical sciences, information technology and project management, he enjoys culture, traveling, meeting interesting people, fine arts and growing orchids in semi-hydroponics. Dan photographed most of his life and is a published photographer. Living in Paris since 2004, he began to discover the creativity and liberation of drawing and sketching. Dan is Secretary of the Board and WICE Financial Controller. He is also a member of the Executive Committee.



Mary Sipper became Programs Director in 2018 after a successful 2 year period as the WICE President.  Previously she was WICE Cultural Studies Director and Visual Arts Co-Director, positions she assumed upon joining WICE in 2015. An art historian and arts administrator with a long professional career in the arts world. Prior to moving to Paris in 2012, Mary was with the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC, where she worked in grants management.  Previously she worked both in the non-profit sector and at the Smithsonian Institution, developing and coordinating traveling exhibitions and related programs. Mary received a BFA in French and Art History from Tufts University in Boston and an MA in Art History from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.  She was on the executive board of the alumni association of the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC.  Mary enjoys writing and editing and has a good knowledge of French and Spanish, as well as some experience in translation.  Extra-curricular interests include travel, yoga and classical music, particularly singing.



Annie Milgram - TREASURER

Annie Milgram has been a member of the Board since 2013 and was appointed Treasurer the same year.  She joined WICE in 2012 and has taken several WICE courses. 

Before her involvement with WICE, Annie had a long career in Paris’s textile district, “Le Sentier,” where she was Directrice Commerciale for MIR MIL, a wholesaler of women’s ready-to-wear clothing.  She was with the company for 20 years, holding positions in accounting and sales.  Afterwards, Annie worked for several years in the international real estate industry, renting apartments in the Marais to American and British tourists.  She enjoyed working with Anglophone clients and joined WICE to continue the opportunity to speak English and interact with members of Paris’s international community.  Although born in Grenoble, Annie has lived in Paris almost her entire life.  She enjoys playing bridge and golf. 



Jill Bourdais has been a long-time member of the Board of Directors of WICE and has served WICE as a volunteer in many capacities.  She was President from 2007-2009 and has  also been a Program Director and Vice President.   Currently Jill is the WICE Ombudsman and leader of WICE Lite, a series of early-evening talks.  Long active in the English-speaking community of Paris where Jill has lived for many years, she has served on the boards of other local Anglophone organizations. She began her career in the world of journalism, researching and editing for both French and American magazines.  After obtaining advanced degrees in clinical psychology, she started a psychotherapy practice and is still active in that field, seeing clients and organizing workshops and forums.


Monique Amaudry-Jordan BOARD MEMBER

Monique Amaudry-Jordan joined WICE in 2008.  She was elected President in 2009 and chaired the WICE Board and Executive Committee from 2009 – 2011.  A graduate of London Business School, Monique enjoyed a long career in journalism and corporate communications with international organizations in New York, Washington D.C., London and Paris and taught public relations at the American University of Paris.  She earned a diploma in literary translation from the University of London. Monique continues to serve on the WICE board to help WICE capitalize on its core mission in culture and continuing education and strengthen WICE’s image and reputation as a leading nonprofit association serving the international community in Paris.



Leo O’Connor joined WICE after moving from the UK in February 2018.  He has a wide and varied range of knowledge and experience as a Board Member gained through serving on Company and Charity Boards within the UK and Ireland. Leo’s last role was as Managing Director for an award-winning Mental Health organization that, along with Government partners, helped change the way Service Users are rehabilitated after many years of mental illness.  This was driven by the organization’s belief that everyone deserves the best opportunities in life. Previous experience has covered financial, strategic and operational roles for a number of companies covering telecommunications, logistics and people development. Leo is looking forward to working with the WICE family, to focus the organisation on the next 40 years to follow the past successful 40 years of WICE, offering a much respected and valuable service to people moving to Paris.



Andrew has had a varied academic and professional career. After spending a year teaching English in Hong Kong he attended Oxford University gaining a Masters in Chemistry in 2003. He then went on to join the UK Royal Navy as an Operations Officer. specializing in anti-mine warfare, diving and underwater munitions disposal. He left the service in 2013 and went to work for The UK Mail Service as a senior manager in Glasgow before moving into IT based roles working for as a developer and project manager for a number of technology companies in the UK. He joined WICE and took the volunteer IT and Systems role in summer 2017. Since joining he has been involved in ensuring WICE is compliant with the new privacy laws (GDPR), he has also worked to improve the website and providing tech support to events like Paris Writers Workshop. Andrew is currently a student of Royal Holloway University where he is studying for a Masters in Information Security.



Barbara Beck has been a member of the Board of WICE since 2009.   She joined WICE in 2000 and worked as a submissions reader on WICE’s literary magazine, “Upstairs at Duroc.”  In 2002, she became editor in chief and has overseen the publication of many issues. She has organized readings and other literary events around Paris and enjoys working with her team of volunteers.

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