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Our Team


Freya DamrellFreya Damrell: President

Originally from Maine, Freya has been in France for over 10 years and moved to Lyon with her family in Fall 2015. She joined the ACL board in 2016 as an Events Coordinator and then Co-President until Spring 2018 and is eager to continue the club’s “home away from home” spirit for Americans and non-Americans with ties to the US. Freya has professional experience in cultural and communications project management. As an avid runner, cyclist, and yogi, she appreciates Lyon’s outdoorsy and sporty atmosphere.


Neal FragerNeal Frager: Membership

I am originally from the Washington DC area. I moved to Lyon in 2011 and my kids are growing up Lyonnais. I am an electrical engineer and a dual citizen of the US and France. I enjoy physical fitness and I participate in the Run in Lyon every year. I look forward to meeting new club members and welcoming them to Lyon.


Lamya Elias Lamya Elias: Secretary

A proud Lyonnaise, born and & raised, I am always happy to contribute to making living in Lyon the best experience. After graduating in American Studies in 2005, I have been commuting to the US for over a decade now for work and leisure and loving it. Engaging in the American Club in my hometown is my way of enjoying the best of both worlds. I love traveling, am fluent in 4 different languages (5 if dialects count!), have lived in 4 different countries, and make it a point to stay curious and eager to learn more everyday!


Mark GallopsMark Gallops: Treasurer

My wife Ann and I moved to Lyon in the fall of 2017. After 30 years of working and living in New York and Brooklyn we retired and moved to Lyon to explore France and more of the world. After graduate school in Sociology at Columbia I worked for over 25 years at Time Inc directing media and market research. We love Lyon, its history, culture, gastronomy, architecture and vitality. We enjoy the many festivals in the city — cinema, dance, music, theater, la Fête des Lumières– and are using Lyon’s perfect location to visit the fascinating and diverse regions of France. Aussi, on aime le vin !


Alexandra DupilleAlexandra Dupille: Events

Born in Burgundy and raised in France in different regions including Lyon, I spent over 10 years living in several major cities in the USA, like SF, Chicago, Philly and Miami after graduating from my MBA. I love traveling and learning. I can definitely say that I built my life around both cultures equally. The American Club of Lyon members share this love for both American and French cultures and they all have a very exciting life story to tell. Social events with the club are crucial to maintain our American-French lovers community. I am happy to help perpetuate this special connection.


Brooke ChanoisBrooke Chanois: Events

Born in Toledo, Ohio, I made my way to Lyon, France a little over a year ago with my husband. Becoming involved with the American Club of Lyon has brought much joy, friendships, and sprinkles of American culture. This year, I will begin my professional career as an English teacher at a private school in Lyon. I love to travel and am curious about life. I am a yoga addict and a certified yoga instructor. I also enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and preparing meals from all over the world. I have always enjoyed planning events and am happy to serve as one of the Event Coordinators for the club this year.


Sam FinocchioSam Finocchio: Webmaster

I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Lyon in the summer of 2011 after having lived in the Netherlands and then Grenoble, where I served as Technology Officer and webmaster of the Anglophone association, Open House Grenoble. In addition to being the ACL webmaster, since 2012 I have been the coordinator of Coffee Chat, the ACL’s weekly English-speaking get-together which meets either in-person or online.


Becky ReynaudBecky Reynaud: FAWCO Representative

Becky is originally from Berkeley and is a conference interpreter. She is married to a Frenchman, Denis, and has two daughters in grad school.

Becky was co-President of the American Club with Eric Way from 2004 to 2006. She is now the club’s FAWCO Representative, keeping members informed of the federation’s work to promote expat’s interests and helping young members apply for FAWCO education grants.