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Board Members

Meet the AARO Board


Lucy Stensland Laederich, President
Mark Carroll
, Executive Vice President
Ellen Lebelle
, Vice President, Administration
John Flint
, Vice President, Communications
Margaret Lebreton
, Secretary
Sally Sharpe, Treasurer



Roberta Beardsley

Roberta BeardsleyROBERTA BEARDSLEY came from California with her husband and family in 1969. She taught elementary school in the U.S., English in France and was a partner in a relocation company. She has been a member of the AARO board since the early '90's. She is presently the Nominations Committee Chairperson.


Michele Brothers

Michelle BrothersMICHELE BROTHERS is a US-French New Yorker who has been in Paris since 1985. Michele, who received an MA at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, worked at Médecins du Monde in Paris, London and in the US. She founded and manages International Connections, an international, inter-cultural consultancy specializing in non-profit and small business marketing. Michèle who co-founded Women in Film France actively participates in arts-oriented, political and humanitarian (Doctors for Global Health) associations. She is co-chair of the Outreach/Membership Committee and is particularly interested in AARO's international development.


Kathleen de Carbuccia

Kathleen de CarbucciaKATHLEEN DE CARBUCCIA is a founding member and former president of AARO, board member of the American Aid Society and the Association of American Wives of Europeans; AARO Citizenship Committee Chairman. A lawyer, and former diplomat, she is a 30-year resident of Paris and has three dual-national children.


Mark Carroll

Mark CarrollMARK CARROLL came to Paris in 1994 for a six-month project, and at the end of it was lucky enough to be asked to stay on. After working his way through IT marketing, finance and auditing positions, he currently specializes in HR process re-engineering. A long-time member of the choir of the American Cathedral, he is also active in the Cathedral’s Friday Mission Lunch program. Each fall in support of Les Arts George V and the Cathedral music program, he organizes a concert in tribute to a composer of the Great American Songbook. He is a co-organizer of Paris Urban Adventures on, organizing activities for Paris residents and visitors alike.


Andy Coyne

Andy CoyneANDY COYNE, from Hilton Head Island, SC, is an attorney working for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he lives with his wife and three children. Andy has previously lived abroad in Spain, the Netherlands, Argentina and France.


Kathleen Davey Mistry

Kathleen Davey Mistry

KATHLEEN DAVEY MISTRY, founder and president of Mistry Enterprises, Inc., is an international consultant specializing in facilitating corporations and private investors in initiating and developing corporate alliances and investment projects. The geographic focus of the work is the Middle East and North Africa, India, Europe and the U.S. She has traveled to more than 195 cities worldwide and lobbies on Capitol Hill on various issues pertaining to expatriates.

Mrs. Mistry is a founding Board member of Middle East North Africa Consultants Association (MENACA), and a member of the Arab Bankers Association of North America, the American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and the American Chamber of Commerce in Doha, Qatar.


Victoria Férauge

victoria-feraugeVICTORIA FERAUGE arrived in France in 1989 from Seattle, Washington. She has worked in the IT industry here in France and in Asia, in both French and American multinational companies like Veolia, Dassault Systèmes and and Brinks. She has a French spouse, two dual citizen children and now lives in Versailles where she writes the blog, The Franco-American Flophouse.


John Flint

John FlintJOHN FLINT, a journalist and longtime Paris resident, is former executive editor of Paris Magazine. He is a board member of AARO, a former board member of the American Club of Paris, and former president of the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris, of which he is still a member.


John Fredenberger

John FredenbergerJOHN C. FREDENBERGER, from Oklahoma, has been an American attorney in Paris since 1971 and AARO board member since 1973. 


Ivanka Hahnenberger

Ivanka HahnenbergerIVANKA HAHNENBERGER is a Franco-American citizen who has led an international career in business management, finance, film, television and digital production. Ivanka received a BS is International Business and Finance from Cornell University and advanced training in International Credit Auditing from Chase Manhattan Bank. She has pursued her international career focusing on cutting edge technologies within the digital media industry and has founded, developed and consulted with several media companies. Ivanka has lived in over ten different cities around the world.


Alexandra Hughes

Alexandra HughesALEXANDRA HUGHES, who received a BFA from Bennington College , went on to receive a MM in opera from the Juilliard School of Music. She later apprenticed with Santa Fe Opera and retired in 2005. Alexandra is a member of several organizations including: the Council of Fellows at the Pierpont Morgan Library, Strathmore's Who's Who in America, Democrats Abroad, Human Rights Watch, etc. Alexandra has been involved with healthcare policy groups and is actively involved in the AARO Health Care Plan.


Don Johnson

Don JohnsonDON JOHNSON, a retired electronics engineer, in Paris for thirteen years, is a former AARO Vice-President, Issues, member of the American Club, the English Speaking Union, President of Les Arts George V and former vestry member of the American Cathedral. When not lobbying for Americans living overseas, he pursues his interest in music, organizing artistic events at the American Cathedral.


Mary Adair Johnson

Mary Adair JohnsonMARY ADAIR JOHNSON has worked in various University settings: eight years as Registrar for the Graduate School of Banking at S.M.U. (Dallas), and ten years as Dept. Mgr, Psychology Dept., Texas Christian Univ., Fort Worth. She belongs to the Garden and Altar Guilds of the American Cathedral, serves on its Newcomer’s Committee, and Les Arts George V.


James Kigin

James KiginJAMES KIGIN has been in Paris for more than 25 years. James is co-chair of the Outreach/Membership committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint John’s University in Minnesota and a DEA from the Sorbonne. His professional career has been anchored in the education and language training field and he is a recognized expert in e-Learning. James participates in several different international organizations and is an avid networker. He loves the arts and particularly photography. 


Nan de Laubadère

Nan de LaubadereNAN DE LAUBDERE is from Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from the U of Wisconsin with a BA in Art History and pursued her graduate studies at the U of Chicago. She then worked in art-related fields at the Plazzo Pitti Florence, Italy; the St. Louis Art Museum following a brief stint in the catalogue department at the Louvre in 1980. While she and French husband raised their three children, Nan was active in the PTA, AAWE (including President) and FAWCO and has recently become a member of the U of Wisconsin alumni Paris scholarship committee.


Ellen Lebelle

Ellen LebelleELLEN LEBELLE is a former English teacher and technical writer who is married to a Frenchman and has raised four Franco-American children. Ellen enjoys attending and hosting the AARO Meetup lunches in Paris and the occasional meeting of the investment group. She is a volunteer at the American Library in Paris. Ellen’s main interests are voting, taxation, citizenship, improving the communication processes for AARO members and potential new members.


Margaret Lebreton

Margaret LebretonMARGARET LEBRETON, A long time resident, Margaret arrived in Paris to finish a thesis in French literature, married a Frenchman and after settling down, became active in AAWE. After serving as vice president, she started a career in teaching with a business school of the Paris Chamber of Commerce, as an associate professor of English specialized in international trade. While at the CCIP, she supervised a student work exchange program with two American universities and initiated a long-standing internship program with the Commercial Service at the American Embassy. Margaret has four bi-cultural children, two living in Paris, one in London and one in Bangkok, as well as ten grandchildren, ranging in age from 3 to 20.


Lucy Stensland Laederich

lucy.laederichLUCY STENSLAND LAEDERICH is a past president and the current U.S. Liaison for FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas). She was involved in the drive to get overseas Americans counted in the U.S. Census and has particularly focused on election reform legislation since 2001. She has participated in Overseas Americans Weeks since 2002 and has recently gone twice to Washington to discuss the dangerous unintended effects of FATCA on Americans with foreign spouses and partners. A Vice Chair of the World Federation of Americans Abroad (WFAA) in the early 1990’s, she is currently Vice Chair of the Alliance for Military and Overseas Voting Rights (AMOVR). Lucy, who is originally from NYC, holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (B.A.), the University of California at Berkeley (M.A.), pursued her studies at the University of Washington (Ph.C.) and moved to France in 1970 with a Fulbright research grant. Lucy, the mother and grandmother of dual-national children, recently moved to Bordeaux where she is a free-lance translator. 


Timothy Ramier

timothy ramierTIMOTHY RAMIER was born in Lafayette, Louisiana into an Anglo-Cajun family. He is a US and French lawyer specialized in International Tax, Trust, and Estate law and has been practicing in Paris since 1990. Tim is active in a number of civic and arts organizations, including the American Club, Lacoste School of Arts, etc. He was visiting professor at the Paris Law School Sorbonne and has been a frequent lecturer on issues concerning art law, tax and citizenship. He received a BA from University of Louisiana and his JD from Loyola University Law School of New Orleans. Tim is the founder of Ramier Law Office located in Paris and has a Finno-Swedo-Franco-American daughter.


Tom Rose

Tom RoseTOM ROSE has been a board member of AARO since 1998 and was president from 2000-2004. He heads AARO’s social Security and Medicare and Insurance Committees and has participated in annual door-knocks in Washington. A retired attorney, Tom has chaired a subcommittee at the International Chamber of Commerce investigating the laws of private commercial bribery and served as Corporate Counsel for multinational companies. He has resided in Paris for many years and has three dual-national children.


Sally Sharpe

Sally SharpeSALLY SHARPE is a Franco-American dual citizen living in Paris for over 20 years. She is a C.P.A. who after a career with a major accounting firm began working as a Finance Manager for the French subsidiaries of US corporations such as GE. She has been treasurer of AARO since 2005.


Stephanie Simonard

Stephanie SimonardSTEPHANIE SIMONARD left her native Washington, D.C. for Paris some 30 years ago and ever since has specialized in US and French taxation with KPMG and then her own Paris firm which provides income, gift, and estate tax services to Americans outside the US. She is a member of the Paris bar and enrolled agent before the Internal Revenue Service. President of AARO for six years and a member of the Tax Committee, she has helped AARO bring about major improvements in the ways the US and France tax Americans living abroad.


Helen Tange

Helen TangeHELEN TANGE moved to France in 1968. She was deputy director of the American Chamber of Commerce in France, consumer-marketing manager of AT&T France, secretary general of the World Federation of Americans Abroad, and supervisor of communications at The American University of Paris. She has held various positions on the Board and is presently a member of the Outreach/Membership Committee.


Barbara Tucker

Barbara TuckerBARBARA TUCKER was a former Senate Chief of Staff, manager of the syndicated Capitol News Bureau and executive with a national lobby corporation. She was principal with Evans & Associates in Connecticut, New York and Washington, D.C. Since coming to Paris in 2007, she has served on the Board of Directors with Democrats Abroad France as well as political director for the Political Forum and Capitol Voice. Barbara has managed or served as the press secretary for 30 campaigns on the state and/or federal level.



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