WICE BOARD MEMBERS
Jill Bourdais - PRESIDENT (Interim) & CULTURAL STUDIES DIRECTOR, 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.
Kate Cornford - SECRETARY
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.
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.
Kathleen Churchill - VICE PRESIDENT (Interim) & MARKETING DIRECTOR
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.
Lisa Allen - PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR
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.
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.
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.
Ann Shepardson - VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR
Ann moved to Paris in 2000, has been a long-time member of WICE and currently serves as Volunteer Director. She studied English Literature and Swedish and worked as a translator in Stockholm, where she also hosted a morning radio program. She then took the role of Program Manager, responsible for the English language offerings at M2S, the pioneering and largest European e-learning company at the time. After moving to Paris, she co-founded an e-learning company that supported international corporations in their Change Management initiatives. Ann then turned her focus on Leadership Development programs and created the flagship Woman's Development Program for a large, international tech company, which was designed to close the gender gap at senior management levels. Ann has previously volunteered at Vision du Monde (World Vision), the Sivananda Yoga Center in Paris, and the Association of American Women in Europe (AAWE).
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.
Alexandra Wong - LANGUAGES CO-DIRECTOR
Alexandra Wong joined WICE in 2021 as Language Programs Co-Director and member of the Board. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a multicultural, multilingual, and international household, Alexandra moved to France over a decade ago after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Archaeology in the US. Trilingual (French, German, and English), she holds a double Franco German Masters in International Business Management and International Economic Relations. Alexandra worked for many years in the supermarket industry and has acquired extensive corporate and executive experience in procurement, project management, and corporate governance.