Board of Directors
Carmen Ana Reyes was born in Puerto Rico where she studied until she graduated from high school. Then, she did my undergraduate degree in Boston College, Mass. and a master’s degree in Middlebury College, Vt. In 1981, she moved to Paris, France for a year to finish my master’s degree. Then, she traveled to Italy for a summer to study Italian where she met her future husband. She lived in Italy for almost 30 years working as an Insurance agent and a Financial Consultant for 16 years. She transferred to Dallas in 2012 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren and started working at Ericson in the International Division of Accounts Receivable because of being multilingual. In 2014, she became a Realtor joining Avangard Real Estate Services, Inc. to date.
In 2014, she became member of the Alliance Française in Dallas. She joined as a member the Board of Directors in 2015 and President of the Board in February 2018.
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 www.framemuseums.org) whose purpose is to promote regional museums and their collections in both countries. Pierrette has two sons, Pierre and Paul and one daughter, Jeanne.
Laurent had a culturally hybrid upbringing being born in Vancouver, B.C., raised by a French mother, and spending the better part of his formative years in Dallas. He graduated locally from Cistercian Preparatory School and attended Loyola University Chicago. He began his career in Dallas at PricewaterhouseCoopers and simultaneously earned a Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas Dallas. In 2010, after spending two years in Argentina, he completed an MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In 2012, he co-founded the Witherspoon Distillery in Lewisville, TX and is currently consulting at Strop Insights, a consumer perception consulting firm.
Nathalie Noel Poirier was born and raised in France, lived one year in Spain as a student, worked a few years in the retail industry in France and followed her husband to the USA in 2010. Passionate about promoting her native culture and our global world she joined the Board in June 2018 planning to use her negociation, marketing and fundraising skills to help the Alliance Française de Dallas stand out.
Elizabeth is originally from North Carolina. She received a B.A. from Duke University in French Studies, a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, and an LLM in Health Law from Loyola University of Chicago. Elizabeth is a partner with the law firm of Wick Phillips Gould & Martin, LLP, where she specializes in health law and commercial litigation. She also serves as legal counsel for The Garden at Mockingbird Elementary. Elizabeth’s husband, Sean, is also an attorney, and she has two children, Jack and Rachel. Elizabeth enjoys spending her spare time brushing up on her French, traveling, and cooking (French cuisine being a favorite).
Born in Venezuela from a French father and a Venezuelan mother, Patricia grew up bilingual in Caracas, speaking both French and Spanish at home. She then moved to France with her family and lived in different cities across Northeastern France. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Grenoble School of Management and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. After several years in logistics, she decided to pursue her passion for teaching! She has worked in France, Spain and the US for the past 10 years. In her last position, she was a Children’s Program Coordinator and teacher at the Alliance Francaise de Westchester (NY).
In July of 2017, she moved to Dallas where she joined the AF Dallas as a teacher, before becoming the new Director in May 2018.
Born in France, Laurence was formerly a Financial Analyst. After moving to Dallas in 2012, she obtained the DAEFLE diploma ( French Certificate to teach French as a second Language) and she joined the Alliance in 2013 as French Teacher. She obtained the DELF & DALF certifications in 2014. She has been working as Office Manager since September 2015.
Born in Brussels, Désirée was formerly a psychologist. Soon after she moved to the US in 2001, she started to teach French. She joined the Alliance Française de Dallas in 2016 where she has been working as Program Coordinator and French Teacher. She obtained the DELF and DALF certifications in 2017.