Michelle Ho Gardey: Co-President
After 17 years in New York City, I packed up my life in 2012 to join my Frenchman husband, whom I had met on the NYC subway. Prior to France, I worked in investment banking, investor relations, fitness and yoga. In Lyon, I have ignited my passion for cooking, and I love spending time at Lyon’s food markets and traveling through the countryside in search of regional foods and wines.
Jaime de Brébisson: Co-President
Idaho native (insert potato joke here), I have lived in France for 8 years even though I have only been in Lyon for one. Before 2017, my little family (1 very French husband and 2 bilingual kids) was in Ardèche rebuilding a farmhouse and enjoying the country life. I am a certified Speech Pathologist by education, and here in Lyon I teach English to business professionals. I enjoy walking (completed the Chemin de Compostella in 2016), traveling, and reading. I am seriously not as serious as this sounds, so I also love drinking coffee and wine (copious amounts of the second, and enough of the first to allow me to return the second), I am relatively friendly but also, like many, have social anxiety, so if at an event you have no one to talk to I will talk to you I promise, just say “hi” and I will reciprocate!
Rosie Hines: Membership
Originally from Glenside Pennsylvania and a graduate from Penn State University with BA in Corporate Communications and International Relations, I quickly found myself traveling and moving around the world with my partner. I lived in Tempe Arizona for 3 years, Philadelphia for 1 year, Wiesbaden Germany for 2.5 years, and have landed here in Lyon for the past 2.5 years. I became a maman here, learned a 3rd language here, and have made some pretty amazing friends here. I love being outdoors, going on adventures and I am a firm believer that wine and cheese can solve most of life’s problems.
Lauren Roulet: Events
I am a French/American citizen. After ten years spent in New York, I moved back to France in 2011. I am a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and have been working as professional photographer since 2007. I enjoy travelling, doing yoga, skiing and exploring the beautiful city of Lyon and its surroundings.
Véronique Le-Garrido: Events
A Parisian in Lyon since 2013, I worked for an American company for 7 years as Event Manager in Paris. I love to connect people from different cultures and countries. I am a fan of gastronomy, a wine lover (a passion that has become a job), travel, ski… I am a multicultural person (French, Thai, and Vietnamese) married with a French/Spanish man, and I have two kids.
Amber Darwish: Secretary
I am a scholar, consultant, wife, and mother. Having lived all over the world, my husband and I returned to Lyon to raise our family in the summer of 2017. We love this region and all it has to offer.
We understand the values and also the difficulties of the expat lifestyle, including the specific challenges that can come with bridging languages and culture. We look forward to helping you feel quickly at home here, too!
Mark 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 !
Sam 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 of the English-speaking association, Open House Grenoble.
Becky 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.