Important [April 2024 message]( regarding US consulate services during the Olympic Games.
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Mark GallopsMark Gallops: President

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 !

Florence BikardFlorence Bikard: Secretary

A French-born citizen, Florence Bikard relocated to Lyon a year ago with her husband Jean-Luc. With their 3 daughters, they’ve lived in the US for a few years and after moving back to France have been members of the American Clubs in Strasbourg and in Lille. Florence used to be a high school teacher, but stopped teaching during Covid and now spends most of her time doing sports — mainly ballet and rowing. Other interests include traveling, trying new restaurants, and getting to know the Rhône region. She is happy to help the ACL by becoming their secretary as she is very grateful to the ACL for helping with the transition when she first settled in Lyon.

Aubrey Van HemelryckAubrey Van Hemelryck: Treasurer

Originally from Pennsylvania, Aubrey has been in Lyon since 2018. She’s a project assistant in a French engineering company. In addition to being a regular member of ACL’s book club, she is part of her local running club and enjoys adventuring around France and Europe with her husband. She’d like to credit American Club for helping her find a slice of home when first arriving in Lyon. She hopes to help the club run smoothly as its treasurer.

Neal FragerNeal Frager: Membership and Website Admin

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 look forward to meeting new club members and welcoming them to Lyon.

Lamya Elias Lamya Elias: Events

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!

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 grown daughters. She was co-President of the American Club with Eric Way from 2004 to 2006, and again with Beth Berry from 2012 to 2013. She is also the club’s FAWCO Representative, keeping members informed of the federation’s work to promote the interests of American expats.

Meaghan TeitelmanMeaghan Teitelman: Social Media

I moved to Lyon in 2021 thanks to a Fulbright grant and have been interested in the French-American friendship ever since! I’m currently an English teacher and also a masters student at Lyon 2. I love to explore this region through running and trying local foods. I hope to highlight the great offerings of this club via our social media platforms!

Alexis HerringtonAlexis Herrington: Social Media

Originally from Louisiana, I’ve lived in various parts of France since 2017 before landing in Lyon — the best city in France, if you ask me! I am now a master’s student and content manager at a French marketing agency. I have a passion for dance and enjoy exploring Lyon as well as the beautiful French Alps.