Americans Helping Americans Abroad

Meet the AARO Board


Neil Kearney, President
Frank Priest, VP Operations
Lucy Stensland Laederich, VP Communications
Fred Einbinder, VP Advocacy
Ellen Lebelle, Secretary
Jenifer Ehreth, 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.

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.

Pamela Combastet

Pamela CombastetPAMELA COMBASTET was born in New York and raised outside of Paris and is the daughter of AAWE Member Rhunette Terrasson. After getting her literary Bac and spending a year at Sciences Po, she moved to Washington, DC to attend the Foreign Service School at Georgetown University. She worked in publishing at Random House and at Condé Nast, in the Special Events department at Macy’s and in the development departments at several New York City museums. In 2004, Pam moved back to Paris to live with her now-husband Jean-Paul Combastet. She serves on the Board of the American Aid Society and was president of AAWE from 2014-2016. She works as a translator and as a free-lance in corporate communications for banks.

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, specializing in project development and finance. 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.

Fred Einbinder

fred einbinderFRED EINBINDER a Chicago born and bred lawyer working in France since 1978. He has 30 years’ experience working as in-house legal counsel for major French infrastructure companies culminating as General Counsel of Alstom where he managed a worldwide team of over 220 lawyers. He presently is an Associate Professor of Law and business at the American University of Paris and a senior lecturer at the Paris XI and HEAD law schools and ESSEC, ESCP. He has degrees from Bradley University, the University of Illinois College of Law, and HEC. His wife, Martine Milliet-Einbinder is a senior advisor at the OECD center for tax policy and administration. They have two daughters, Emily and Mary.

Ross Feingold

Ross FeingoldROSS FEINGOLD is a senior advisor at DC International Advisory, a consultancy that advises clients on political risk in markets throughout the world. Ross previously served as the Asia chairman of Republicans Abroad and has volunteered in the expatriate community for close to 20 years. Admitted to practice law in New York State and Washington, DC, he was previously an in-house counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan. Ross has lived in Asia for close to twenty 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.

Mark Levinson

Mark LevinsonMARK LEVINSON is a teacher, translator, proofreader, linguist, author, and speechwriter. Former co-chair of the Education and Training Committee at AmCham France and founder of the Paris Savannah Company, Mark especially works with a variety of professionals in advertising, design, art, as well as scientists and students as a language coach. He came to Paris in 1974 after obtaining a degree in Philosophy from York University Toronto, holds dual nationality and has two daughters, both of whom are also American and French. Author and publisher of language learning software, Mark recently published a book entitled Good Words.

Patrick Morrissey

Patrick MorrisseyPATRICK MORRISSEY is a member of the American community in France since 1997 and is currently a business unit head at a US-based international bank. Prior to moving to France, Patrick served as an officer in the US Marine Corps. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from HEC Paris. Patrick lives in Paris with his wife Anne and his children Alexandre and Hannah. Patrick is currently a member of the AARO Banking committee.

Nora Newton Muller

Nora Newton MullerNORA NEWTON MULLER is a French avocat and member of the New York bar. After growing up in Phoenix, Arizona and attending university at Reed College and Boalt Hall law school, Nora practiced for over ten years with an international law firm in New York and Paris. Today, Nora is a solo practitioner advising individuals and families on French - US legal and tax matters. A resident of France for over ten years, she now lives in the western suburbs of Paris where she is raising three French-American boys and is an active volunteer with the American Section of the Lycée International in Saint Germain en Laye. She is delighted to participate in the issues relevant to the American community through AARO.

Sue Orsoni

Sue OrsoniSUE ORSONI is a native of New Jersey. After studying at Middlebury College she worked for IBM for several years in New York. Sue married and moved to France in 1971, and has lived there ever since as a dual national citizen. Following a career of administrative work in the field of medical research, she retired in 2011 although she continues to work part time editing scientific manuscripts. Sue has been a member of AAWE for many years recently serving on its board as VP Administration and is an active member of the American Church of Paris serving on its Finance Committee.

Frank Priest

Frank PriestFRANK PRIEST is a Franco-American dual national living in Paris who has over thirty (30) years of professional experience in management consulting and auditing, fulfilling progressively more responsible positions with firms in the USA and France as Internal Auditor, Management Consultant, and Head of a CPA firm audit department. Frank has also served as Treasurer for the American Club of Paris and is a former AARO board member.

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 served as treasurer of AARO from 2005 to 2015.

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. 

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