Board of Directors and Officers

Board of Directors

Virginie Naigeon - President

Virginie was born in Paris, France and raised in Burgundy a few miles away from the world-renowned village of Chablis. She relocated from Paris to Dallas, Texas in 2011.

Virginie has a passion for global communications and corporate culture nurtured by her thirteen-year tenure at L’Oreal – the world’s number one beauty company. In January 2012, she joined Galderma in Fort Worth as Public Relations and Internal Communications Director. Created in 1981 as a joint venture between worldwide leaders L’Oréal and Nestlé, Galderma is a world leading provider of medical solutions for dermatological needs.

At La Sorbonne, Paris, Virginie double majored in Politics and Literature with a Master’s of Advanced Studies in Political & Social Communication and a Master’s in French Literature. She also received a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Communications from The School of Management for Europe (ESCP Paris, France-Conférence des Grandes Ecoles).

Her personal interests lie in the French and American Literature from between the two worldwide wars, the Art Deco period as well as Burgundy wines and the Provence region. Since July 2013, she has served as President of the French Alliance of Dallas.

Sabine Kerael- Treasurer
Dinh Thi Bui
Lorraine Hellinghausen
Carmen Ana Reyes
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.

Andrea Lamarsaude
John Orleans
Carmen Ana Reyes


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
Veronique Rey - Cultural Coordinator