Board of Directors and Officers

Board of Directors

Dinh Thi Bui - Interim President

Dinh Thi has a passion for new technologies and digital marketing. He moved to Dallas two years ago from Paris and is currently the Director of Analytics at He holds a masters degree in engineering from Ecole des Mines and studied abroad in Denmark and India.
Dinh Thi was born in France but his mother language is Vietnamese.
Surrounded by two languages while growing up led Dinh Thi to experience how enriching it can be to share a second culture. Living in Dallas now gives him the chance to absorb US culture and share his passion for multi-culturalism. Joining the Board of Directors of the Alliance Francaise in January 2017 was an opportunity for him to give back to the Dallas community by investing some of his time to promote French language and culture in North Texas.
In his free time, Dinh Thi loves grilling steaks on the barbecue and spending time with his wife Maud and his son Arthur.

Sabine Kerael- Treasurer
Lorraine Hellinghausen - Secretary
Paola Buckley
Pierrette Lacour

Born in Burgundy…in Dallas and a member of the Alliance Française for close to 30 years…Pierrette lives in Oak Cliff and works as assistant to Dr. Richard Brettell, The Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art & Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas.

She is also coordinator for FRAME in North America (French Regional American Museum Exchange), a consortium of 25 regional museums (12 French, 12 American and 1 Canadian, see whose purpose is to promote regional museums and their collections in both countries. Pierrette has two sons, Pierre and Paul and one daughter, Jeanne.

John Orleans
Carmen Ana Reyes
Jean-Hugues Romain
Matthew Wallach


Beatrice Recoussine - Executive Director

Béatrice Recoussine moved to Dallas in 2011.

A Master in Psychology from Bordeaux University (France), Beatrice Recoussine started her career as a Human Resources agent in France. Moving to the city of Casablanca (Morocco) in July 2005, she pursued her career of a school teacher and trainer before joining the Consulate General of France in Casablanca where she mainly set up the Job Training Center for people seeking employment, training, and/or business. A mother of three, she arrived in Dallas in the fall with her husband who was relocated to Dallas.


Laurence Orleans - Office Manager
Desiree Brienne - Pedagogical Coordinator
Andrea Lamarsaude - Marketing Communications and Cultural Events Manager