WICE BOARD MEMBERS
Veronica Kugler - PRESIDENT
Veronica Kugler joined WICE’s management team in 2012. Since then she has held various positions at WICE with a focus on Strategic Planning, Marketing, Business Optimization, and New Curriculum Development. Veronica was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013 and was then appointed to the Board’s Executive Committee shortly thereafter. In 2018, she became the President of WICE. Veronica’s initial interest in WICE was as a repeat participant of WICE’s highly acclaimed Paris Writers Workshop. Her experience and passion for writing has led to publication, teaching, and a book tour. Veronica comes from a background of Executive Management and Marketing in the Telecommunications industry in the United States and France. Veronica graduated from 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 did research on the Political Economy of the European Union at Princeton University.
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 - BOARD MEMBER & OMBUDSMAN
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.
Andrew Insley - BOARD MEMBER, IT DIRECTOR & DATA PROTECTION OFFICER
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 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.
Catherine Cain - BOARD MEMBER, Special Projects Manager
Catherine joined WICE’s management team in 2018 as Project Manager after moving to Paris in the Spring of 2017. Before her move to Paris, Catherine had a successful career in the financial industry for several decades. Her executive management career began in the 1980s as Regional Underwriting Manager for the largest mortgage company in the US, then as Vice President, Chief Credit Officer for PNC Mortgage and most recently in the positions of EVP Director of Operations and then Chief Compliance Officer for a top 10 mortgage banking firm headquartered in Chicago. Catherine’s interests include volunteering, the Paris music scene in Montmartre and has been active in various writing workshops in Paris. Catherine was elected to the WICE Board of Directors in the Fall of 2019.
Nancy Cooper - BOARD MEMBER, Languages Director
Nancy joined WICE in 2017 and began volunteering as an English guided discussion facilitator. She accepted the role of Language Program Director in the spring of 2019 and joined the 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.
Roberta Vellvé - BOARD MEMBER, Co-editor Upstairs at Duroc
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.