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 – 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..
Treasurer – Renée Wesselink
Renée was born in Montréal and grew-up just north of the city. She worked in the Engineering department of Bombardier Aerospace. Later she moved to Toronto and continued in project coordination at “DeHavilland Aerospace”. Eventually Renée chose to work with children in a Montessori school in a bilingual environment. Renée and her family returned to Montréal at the end of 2004, and finally accompanied her husband to Strasbourg in 2013. Renée has been an active member of AIA serving on several committees, and is on the board of YATS. This year she joined the board of AIA. Renée enjoys cooking, traveling, entertaining and spending time with family and friends.
Secretary – Jodi M. Lehner
Jodi moved to Strasbourg with her husband Rick in 2016 from Washington, DC. She is retired from the World Bank Group, where she was a senior Board Operations Officer in the Corporate Secretariat, supporting the Boards of Governors and the Executive Directors in executing their fiduciary and governance responsibilities. Jodi has a MA in Public Administration from George Mason University. She enjoys cooking, travel and although still learning the area, likes to explore the Alsace region – and beyond – with visitors.
Membership Director – Ann Lynch
Born in Ireland and born to travel, Ann studied languages (B.A. Spanish/Italian) and later business (M.B.A.), and spent many years as a strategic planner and consultant to global communications technology firms. Living several years in Boston, MA, she explored much of the natural beauty of the USA and Canada, a love of the outdoors she now continues in the Vosges and the Black Forest! Ann loves languages and literature and helps organize and fund the Strasbourg Write a Story competition, which she co-founded with the AIA’s Hal D’Arpini. With Hal’s recent move, Ann takes up his responsibilities as the AIA’s Membership Director. When she’s not walking in the hills or in a language class, she can often be found meditating or doing yoga.
Marketing Director – Adam Seymour
Adam moved with his family to Strasbourg in 2016 from Boston ,MA. He received a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Northeastern University with a double concentration in management information systems and operations.He earned a master’s degree in Information Technology Project Management with a focus in Healthcare Informatics from Van Loan School at Endicott College.He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at ICN Business School.His research focuses on user innovation communities and open innovation in healthcare , with a particular interest in free innovation.
Social Media Director – Jennifer Fieberg
Jenny was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Wisconsin. She as a BS from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters degree from University of Texas at Austin. Jenny spent her college summers working in Oregon, New York, and Michigan. Jenny and Jeff met in Austin, Texas while in graduate school. They have 3 girls. Jenny’s career focuses on employment, employment retention, and accommodations for people with acquired and congenital disabilities. The Fieberg family is “normally” located in Danville, KY. They have lived in Michigan, London (2010), and in Strasbourg (2013-14). They will be in Strasbourg again beginning 2017 as Jeff will again direct the Centre College study abroad program. Jenny enjoys photography, cooking, and travel.
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.
“My focus is basically three-fold, it is to help our association by GIVING BACK TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, help our members in FITTING IN : How to live like a local and feel comfortable in this adopted home. BEING INVOLVED with other associations or groups of similar interests and mingling and mixing with the local population. In addition,I coordinate with all the other functions of the association to try to bring these elements to the forefront and also create some specific events to achieve the above cited goals”.
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. Laura speaks fluent Spanish and has spent a good amount of time travelling and volunteering with public health initiatives throughout
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”.