Meet the AARO Board


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


Paul Atkinson

Paul AtkinsonPAUL ATKINSON held a number of positions at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for most of the period between 1981 and 2005, after which he affiliated for several years with the Groupe d’Economie Mondiale de Sciences Po in Paris. He worked primarily on macroeconomic policy issues, serving in various capacities including Secretary to the Group of 10 and editor of OECD Economic Outlook. In 2001 he became Deputy Director for OECD work on Science, Technology and Industry policy, overseeing analysis of enterprise issues, notably regarding SMEs. Outside the OECD during the 1980’s, Paul worked on macroeconomic policies and structural reform issues at the New Zealand Treasury in Wellington and spent two years at the Institute of International Finance in Washington, DC. He is now semi-retired, remaining active as a consultant on financial market issues, likes to travel, still skis when he can and lives with his wife in Paris.

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.

Michèle Brothers

Michele 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.

Marylou Daniels

Marylou DanielsMARYLOU DANIELS after earning a B.S. in Computer Sciences at Penn State, moved to Silicon Valley to pursue a career in the budding Information Technology industry. From there she moved to Brussels in 1979 and to Paris in 1984. In 2010 she retired from Oracle France where she had various posts, finishing as a Senior Program Manager, developing and implementing sales training for the Europe, Middle East and Africa territory. After retirement she taught Business English. She’s been a member of AARO for over 20 years, as well as of several cultural associations in Paris. Through her volunteer work with the Red Cross, the Special Olympics and Planète Urgence she is experienced in working with people with diverse needs. Marylou says she is honored to put her organizational and IT skills to work at AARO to reach out to the American community.

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.

Jenifer Ehreth

Jenifer EhrethJENIFER EHRETH is a PhD health economist with experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries as Vice President of the Market Access Departments. Previously, she was a tenured professor of health economics at the University of Washington and has continued as an adjunct professor in Europe lecturing on reimbursement and economic evaluation. Her experience includes a post-doctorate Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in health care finance and a Visiting Scholar at the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission for the US government evaluating hospital reimbursement and has been a reimbursement advisor on DRG implementation to several European governments. She has been living in Paris for the last 18 years.

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.

Neil Kearney

Neil KearneyNEIL KEARNEY was born and raised in San Diego, California, and attended Deep Springs College with one semester at La Sorbonne before graduating from Yale University in 1983. After law school at U.C. Berkeley, Neal practiced in San Francisco for several years. In 1991 he was recruited to Paris to work on international arbitrations — particularly those concerning infrastructure and energy projects. Neal became a French avocat in 1994 and two years later married Françoise and currently lives in Paris. Interests include travel, music, sports cars, golf and baseball. For AARO, he would like to concentrate on improving the treatment of Americans residing overseas by the US taxation regime.

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. 

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.

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.

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