Our Team






BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Alliance Française de Denver is grateful to our dedicated supporters and advisors from the local business, academic and cultural community. Our Board of Trustees consists of both French and American members who are actively involved in AFD's growth. We thank you for your vision and your support!
Don't hesitate to contactthe AFD's Board of Directors for questions regarding our organization: AFDBoard@afdenver.org


Christophe Poulet, President
Linette Hayat, Vice President
Christian Roche,Vice President
Hank Windmoeller, Treasurer
Fritz Bart, Secretary

Emma Glass, Marketing Committee Chair
Danielle Badler, Board Member 
Catherine Bedard, Board Member
Reynald Bodeux, Board Member 
Jeff Richards, Honorary Board Member

Meet Our Team


Rebecca Boyd Executive Director 

Rebecca, originally from Austin, has over 9 years of experience working in France in higher education while volunteering for nonprofits on the side. As a dual citizen of France and the United States, she has a passion for all things French. She enjoys connecting people as well as learning about other languages and cultures. When she's not working, Rebecca loves running, hosting dinner parties, discovering new films, learning Spanish, and volunteering. 



Magali Echenne Office Manager

Magali was born in the South East of France near Cannes. She studied British and American English Literature and Civilization. For the third year of her BA she went to Oslo Norway, where she met her American husband who she followed to the US. Magali started working at the Alliance Française de Denver in 2018 as an administrative assistant. She then became the Office Manager in September 2019.

Alexandria McDonald Education Coordinator

Originally from Atlanta, Alex fell in love with Colorado while studying French at Colorado College. She returned to Atlanta to earn her master's degree in French and teaching. After 5 years in Atlanta, she returned to Denver to continue teaching high school, until she joined AF Denver. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, baking, and spending time with her family on walks around her neighborhood.



Marie Jennings Administrative Assistant and Events Intern 

Marie is from Boston and is currently a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in French and Psychology with a minor in Criminology at the University of Denver. She attended the Middlebury Language Program as well as a semester abroad in Aix-en-Provence. She has become an addition to our team as she is looking for new, entertaining French opportunities in Denver. She loves watching French TV shows as well as participating in all sorts of arts and crafts.



June Jefferson Administrative Assistant

June attended Colorado State University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which included studying art history abroad. She has also studied toward a Master of Arts degree in applied communications at Denver University. Her background includes interior design, meetings and events, real estate, and many years as an administrative assistant. June has been studying French at Alliance Française for two years, and she is delighted with the rich environment that it offers to students and staff. 


Our Teachers


ANNE TIMMERMAN Teacher
France
Anne loves the arts. She studied Art History at the School of the Louvre and worked in the movie and TV industry for Canal Plus before moving to Canada and the United States.
ELISE LEVINE DAVIS Teacher
France

Elise was born in Paris. After working as a Graphics Specialist for American consulting firms, she went to "Le Cordon Bleu Paris" to be trained as a Pastry Chef. In 2017, Elise moved to Colorado, and opened her own baking school called "Les Gateaux d'Elise", in Evergreen. She loves teaching baking as well as French language.

ANTOINE ALAWOE Teacher
Togo
He has taught French at the AFD for 6 years and enjoys helping those achieve literacy. Before the AFD, he lived in Paris teaching high school science and mathematics.
JEAN-CLAUDE HOUNOU Teacher
Togo
Jean-Claude likes going to the movies, traveling and watching soccer. He has been teaching French for 27 years (12 years at the AFD) and truly enjoys sharing Francophonie with others.
DANICA GUERRERO Teacher
USA
Danica Guerrero attended Seattle Pacific University where she earned her BA in European Studies/French with a minor in English literature. She earned her MA in French in 2020 through the University of North Texas, and thanks to her husband's military service, she has taught French in high schools in Washington, Colorado, North Dakota, and Texas.
BLANDINE MACLEAN Teacher
France
Blandine graduated in sciences in London (UK) where she also trained to become a French teacher. She says: “More than anything else, what I am trying to convey in my classes is the love of learning.
CÉLINE GOSSELIN Teacher

Céline’s passion is teaching French, which she has been doing for 15 years. She values a good rapport with her students and listening to their needs.

CHRISTIAN DALLET Teacher
France
Christian has taught science and French to junior high school students. He enjoys teaching French at the Alliance Française de Denver.

CLAUDIA LEWIS Teacher
Colombia
Claudia’s professional focus has been in the field of environmental education. She has taught French and Spanish for many years. She teaches adult classes in Centennial.
LUIGINA CERRI Teacher (Boulder)

Italy
Luigina holds a Master’s degree and has been teaching both French & Italian in various schools & universities across the Front Range including CSU, UNC, and the University of Denver. She has also studied in Bordeaux, Avignon, and Carcassonne, France.


LISE ROUSSIN Private Teacher (Boulder)
Canada
Lise has taught French at the Alliance Française de Denver since 1998. She now only teaches private classes in the Boulder area and loves what she does.

WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING

Lir M.

I'd like to start this off by thanking you for teaching me so much French. You were a great teacher and you helped me learn so many new things. I'd also like to apologize for missing a lot of lessons, although I'm sure that I would've rather gone to them. Again, you are the best teacher I've ever had, and it's sad to say goodbye to you.


Lir M.

Stephen G.

Alliance Française de Denver created a wonderful virtual environment where I spent my Summer vacation; visiting the winemaking area of Bouzy; celebrating Bastille Day; learning how to cook with flowers; touring historic châteaux and beautiful villages; all in the safety and comfort of my home.

A real treat for any Francophone person; especially having a daily place for French chat to try out and maintain colloquial skills.


Stephen G.

Sue T.

Anne is fantastic! The material is fast paced for this "old dog" to learn new tricks, but we could not go slower. It has been very helpful to prepare me for my trip to France.


Sue T.

Cristina G.

A great place to learn and practice French while getting acquainted with French culture and interesting people. I definitely recommend AFD and their events. Je parle français! Et vous?


Cristina G.

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