As a volunteer-based organization, Americans in Alsace can always use some extra help.
If you have the time and commitment to serve as a Board member, if you want to help organize or host an activity, if you would like to share your skills and hobbies with others at a coffee morning, or simply volunteer at one of the community events such as the 4th of July Picnic or Solidarity Day, please contact one of the committee members below.
President – Molly Tennis
Molly is originally from Seattle, Washington. She has a BA from Williams College and an MA from the University of Washington. Her experience as a teacher in a private school in Manhattan, inspired her to take on the challenge of the Peace Corps in Chad, Africa. There she met her husband Olivier Seguin. Molly and Olivier have four sons. The family has spent time in Seattle, Northern Virginia, Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Aix en Provence and in 2011 settled in Strasbourg, France. Molly has a background in corporate & public relations, education and fitness. Currently she is teaching at the University of Strasbourg and ISEG, Strasbourg. Her interests are theater, reading, art history, travel of any kind and cooking.
Vice-President – Lynn Kramer Moll
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Lynn followed her freelance career as a Film/TV/Commercial Producer around the globe, living in Los Angeles, India, and China, were she met her American (and fellow Clevelander!) husband, Charles. They relocated to Strasbourg in 2013 after globe-trotting Asia and now have a son. Lynn continues to freelance produce, and enjoys yoga, bicycling the city centre and canals of Strasbourg, and the antiquities, food & wine of France.
Treasurer – Shani Hermann
Shani is originally from Miami, Florida and has a BA from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters in Intercultural Management from Paris Dauphine. She met her Alsatian husband on a layover in Paris while working as an international flight attendant. They moved to Alsace in 2014 and have a daughter. Shani gives intercultural trainings and runs action/support groups for people in professional transitions. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, reading fiction, personal development books, biographies, and cooking for people she loves..
Secretary – Kristine Morril
Kris was born in Minnesota, raised in Virginia, before returning to Minnesota for university. A journalist by training, she immigrated to London in 2001 when her employer offered her the opportunity to head-up corporate communications for the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region. In 2005, Kris started a small medical communications firm, which morphed in 2008 into the Strasbourg-based, medeuronet. Today, Kris and her French co-founder, lead a company of 22 people who help start-up medical device companies bring their products to Europe. Strasbourg-based since 2012, Kris enjoys cooking, wine collecting and showing off the Alsace region to visiting friends and family..
Membership Director – Hal D’Arpini
Hal is from the Detroit area and moved to Strasbourg in August 2010 with his wife, Brigitte, when she began her teaching job at the European School. Hal has worked in the legal and information technology fields and currently teaches business and legal English at the Ecole de Management at the Université de Strasbourg and the Pole Formation. Hal enjoys reading, movies, and pétanque, a game he ironically picked up in the U.S..
Marketing Director – Jean Sprauer
Born in Strasbourg, Jean is a dual citizen of France and the United States. He studied in Burgundy and Paris and holds a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering. After spending a year working in Ohio for the chemical company DuPont, he moved to Boston in 2004 to help break an 86 year-old curse. He worked there in Product Management for a 3D printing pioneer company. Back in Alsace with his wife Laura since 2012, Jean currently works for a large web hosting company, in Karlsruhe, Germany and splits his spare time between his family, volleyball and snowboarding.
Social Media Director – Carmen Vicente
Carmen Vicente is originally from Valencia, Spain where she graduated as Civil Engineer. She post-graduated as MsC in Water Resources at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She has lived for seven years in Houston, TX. where she worked as engineer and volunteered as Publicity VP in The Brazosport Newcomers Club. She moved to Strasbourg with her family: her husband Vicente and her kids, Carla and Vicente few years ago. Now she is starting her PhD in Hydrology. She loves her family weekends and diving into the French Culture.
Adult Activities Director – Veronica Vanmarcke
Veronica is a Mexican-American (now also French) from Los Angeles, CA. She moved to France in 2007 to be with her French boyfriend, Patrick. They were married in 2008 and have two sons. Veronica worked in the world of the entertainment industry back in Los Angeles. She works for the Committee of Ministers department in the Council of Europe. She loves to cook, dance salsa and travel with her family.
Children Activities Director – Alessandra Bertolotto Aury
Born in Italy, Alessandra is also Canadian and lived in the Unites States for 10 years; in Florida and Georgia. She has a BA in Languages from Mc Gill University in Montreal, Canada. She worked in different fields such as tourism, fashion, real estate and as a free-lance interpreter/translator. In Atlanta, she became involved as a volunteer in her daughter’s International School. She truly enjoyed organizing events and assisting teachers. Alessandra moved to Strasbourg in 2004 and back in 2010 with her husband Marc and her daughter Francesca. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her main interests are traveling, dance, music, languages and design (interior and graphic).
Community Outreach Director – Vivianne Beller
Vivianne Beller came from Massachusetts over 30 years ago to marry an Alsatian. They reside in Rosheim where they brought up their family but you might encounter Viv just about anywhere in Alsace as she is a professional tour guide and therefore spends her time in the many places of interest in the region. She loves to share her knowledge about Alsace and enjoys helping both visitors and locals better understand their surroundings, the history, the culture and the lifestyle of this region.
Newsletter Editor – Laura Sprauer
A Cleveland native, Laura attended Kent State University where she studied nutrition and dietetics. She later relocated to Boston, Massachusetts where she practiced as a dietitian and lactation consultant working in community health. Recently she received her Masters in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts. Laura speaks fluent Spanish and has spent a good amount of time travelling and volunteering with public health initiatives throughout
Sponsorship Director – Patrick Vanmarcke
Adult Activities Deputy Director – Bénédicte Lampe
Bénédicte is a franco-american, born and raised in Strasbourg. She graduated from ESCP Europe and holds an MBA from Drexel University. She worked for SC Johnson for 20 years in Marketing, Sales and General Management. Her career took her to Germany, Madrid, the US (Wisconsin and Arkansas), Italy and Switzerland – great opportunities to learn the art of adapting to new places. She settled back “home” in 2010 to care for her mother, a founding member of AIA. She now has a Coaching Practice called Bright Odyssey, specializing in Team Transformation. In her spare time, she enjoys nature, discovering new places, singing in choirs or “spa-ing”.
Adult Activities Deputy Director – Teresa Sternasty
Raised in Northern Kentucky and worked at AT&T as a sales manager. Left the “corporate” world to raise three children and “work” for free as a volunteer in various roles within the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTO) and Athletic Booster associations for a Christian school in Indianapolis. Followed her husband, David, to Alsace in 2013 as he accepted the Director position at Lilly France. Enjoys traveling with family/friends, watching college sports and photography.