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WICE BOARD MEMBERS 

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Nancy Cooper - PRESIDENT

Nancy joined WICE in 2017 and began volunteering as an English Guided  Discussion facilitator. She accepted the role of overseeing the Languages Program in the spring of 2019, and joined the WICE Board in the fall of 2019.   She holds master’s degrees in Education (M.Ed.) and Business (MBA) as well as undergraduate degrees in Information Technology and Legal Studies.  She is certified as a teacher of English as a foreign language (TEFL). Her career includes 19 years with a non-profit family service organization in Virginia where she held several roles including Database Administrator.  After earning her MBA, she worked in Human Resources for two years. Nancy is passionate about helping others and has previously volunteered with the Virginia Master Gardener program as well as Habitat for Humanity.  She raised three children who have careers in “helping” professions. Upon her arrival in Paris in 2015, she studied French at the Sorbonne and taught English. Her hobbies include gardening, photography, and travel.

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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.

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Allison Wiley - SECRETARY

Allison Wiley joined WICE in 2020 as a member of the growing Visual Arts department. Her schooling includes the study of public relations, advertising and marketing. This experience led her to the formation of a medical meeting and event company which she ran before moving from her native New York to Paris 10 years ago. She relocated to Paris to more fully engage her passion for artistic endeavors and did so by creating Paris Art and Wine Events. The goal of her art gallery wine tastings, meet the artist soirees and artistic walking tours was to connect artists, expats and locals in a unique environment. In addition, she has also penned art related articles for Expat Magazine and is currently teaching jewelry artistry at WICE.


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Lisa Allen - PARTNERSHIPS

Lisa Allen first became involved with WICE as a workshop instructor in 2019, introducing members to the joys of making French pastries from scratch! Prior to moving to Paris in 2016 to launch a new career in French pastry and chocolate making, Lisa worked as an International Arts Educator across four continents over 15 years, honing her expertise in event planning, developing technology and organizational systems, and of course working with all kinds of students and colleagues, regardless of age, native language, culture, ability, or prior experience.

Currently, Lisa runs Tarts & Truffles, a successful culinary consulting business, giving hands on workshops in French pastry, bespoke walking tours of Paris' sweet side, and a variety of other experiences. She also manages the teaching workshop at Edwart Chocolatier, a luxury chocolate boutique in the heart of Paris. Lisa holds a diploma in French Pastry from the esteemed Ferrandi école de gastronomie here in Paris, as well as a Bachelor's from Tufts University in Boston, a double masters from The School of Visual Arts New York, in Photography and Arts Education, and permanent certification as a K-12 Visual Arts Educator from the State of New York. She still enjoys sketching and painting from time to time, but can be seen taking pictures constantly, dancing, doing yoga, and roaming the streets of Paris.

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Jill Bourdais -  CULTURAL STUDIES, OMBUDSMAN

Jill Bourdais is a long-time member of the WICE Board and has served as a volunteer in many capacities.  She was President from 2007-2009 and has also been a Program Director and Vice President. Currently Jill oversees the Cultural Studies Program, and is the WICE Ombudsman. She also coordinates WICE Lite, a series of early-evening and online 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.

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Kathleen Churchill - MARKETING

Kathleen Churchill joined WICE after moving from New England to Paris in 2019. She attended classes, volunteered as a Guided Discussion facilitator, and became editor of the WICE Direct newsletter. In her editing career she has worked on white papers for NGOs addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and edited art and travel publications for government and non-profit organizations including the Fondation Louis Vuitton. In addition to WICE, Kathleen is an active member of PEN America, AWP – Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and the Association of American Women in Europe. When she’s not editing or volunteering, she is writing. Her studies have taken her from fiction, poetry, and journalism at Harvard University’s Extension School, to Russian literature at Smith College, and Irish literature at Trinity College, Dublin. Recently, she received her English language teaching certification from Cambridge University. Her award-winning essays have appeared in many magazines, anthologies, and been nominated for The Best American Essays and a 2020 Pushcart Prize.

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Roberta Vellvé - Special Projects

Roberta is originally from NYC and has lived in Paris since 1980 where she has worked in publishing and academia, including at The American University of Paris (AUP) where she served as Director of Adult Education and Director of Communications.  She first got to know WICE in the late 1980s when she helped coordinate the then TEFL Certificate Program partnership between AUP and WICE.  Roberta has participated in several poetry workshops at WICE, and is currently co-editing the WICE literary journal, Upstairs at Duroc, with Barbara Beck.  She is also involved with the Alumni project at WICE, gathering profiles from former members of the WICE community.  Roberta's poetry has been published in various literary journals in Paris, and in 2002 she was a co-editor of the first edition of the poetry anthology, Van Gogh’s Ear.


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Vaishali Somasundaram - Information Technology

Vaishali joined WICE in 2019 as a volunteer in the IT department. She maintains the GSuite ecosystem's administration and collaborates with WICE volunteers and IT members, on a daily basis. She was instrumental in the roll out of new IT system processes, improving the existing ones for efficient lifecycle management of GSuite. As a key IT member, she resolves new IT issues and problems. Vaishali is a professional writer with 15+ years of experience in business and technical writing and project management. This experience includes the world renowned IBM in its Toronto and Bangkok Country Head Offices and Infosys, a leading software company in India. She holds a Master of Science degree from the reputable University of Madras in India, as well as several certifications in Information Technology. Her choice as a travelling spouse has taken her around several countries: Canada, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the U.K. and now France. She brings to any role this flavor of the intercultural experience that she has gained. Vaishali is a published author of three books and her most recent book, in the self-help genre, was listed in the top 50 books on Amazon Kindle (India) in the year 2019. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, video blogging, podcasting, writing, event management, and reading.

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Kate Cornford - MEMBERSHIP

Kate joined the WICE Board in 2019, and has extensive experience of organizational and management experience gained through wide-ranging roles worldwide. Kate currently works as Counsellor to the Director at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), and has participated in WICE weekend trips, printmaking, sewing workshops and informative evening talks. Prior to her current role, Kate worked as a senior policy adviser to the UK Prime Minister based at No.10 Downing Street, and as an admitted solicitor worked as a legal researcher & advisor for members of the judiciary, government, academia and NGOs in Australia, North America, Europe & Africa. She has previously volunteered extensively as a board member of Rotary International organisations in Australia and the Women's Institute in the United Kingdom.


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Monique Amaudry-Jordan SPECIAL PROJECTS

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.


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Edward Donelan - SPECIAL PROJECTS

Edward Donelan is an Irish national, living in Paris since 2004. He is retired, but volunteers with WICE as a Guided Discussion facilitator. His career included practicing as a barrister in drafting legislation for the Government of Ireland (1980-2004). He also worked for the OECD (2004-2014) undertaking assessments of and giving advice in 25 countries on Regulatory Management. Since 2014, he has worked as an independent consultant in that field in a further five countries. When he was living in Ireland, as avocational activities, he was vice-chairman of the Consumer’s Association. He also set up, developed and managed a voluntary organization to provide accommodation for active elderly people. He holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, an M.A. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and Diplomas in European Law from the National University of Ireland and in Arbitration from the Technological University Dublin.

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Regan Falcon - PROGRAMS

Regan Falcon moved from Seattle to Paris in 2019 and quickly began volunteering at WICE as a Guided Discussion facilitator. She continues to coordinate the advanced English groups. She currently serves on the WICE Board as the overall Programs Coordinator. Before moving to Paris, Regan had a long career in education. She spent the last 20 years teaching middle school and high school French. She has a B.A. in French Studies from Smith College and certification as a secondary teacher. She first fell in love with Paris during a college junior year abroad program in which she lived with a French family and studied at the Sorbonne. As a teacher, she worked to give others this same experience, leading student immersion travel to France and overseeing an exchange student program with Seattle Academy and Lycée Jean Perrin in Nantes. At WICE, she has enjoyed sharing her passion for teaching and cross-cultural exchange. Her interests include knitting, sewing, and spending time exploring her new city.

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Justine Evans - LANGUAGES

Justine Evans joined the WICE Board in 2020 to oversee the Languages Program. Apart from brief stints in Latin America, Asia and Belgium, she has lived in Paris since the mid-90s. Before her WICE involvement, she worked in marketing and communications across diverse sectors, project and event management in both corporate and non-profit environments. She began her career in communications, during the ascent of the internet in France, managing websites. With the growth of the digital world, she led teams in creating and implementing multi-channel communication strategies. Today, as a consultant, she works with non-profits to build their visibility and encourage stakeholder engagement. An inveterate Parisian and foodie, Justine leaves her beloved city to travel the globe, discovering new cultures and cuisines.

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