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!
Neal 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.
Jim Reilly: Secretary
My wife and I moved to Lyon with our young children and we are all enjoying the adventure of exploring the sights, tastes, and fun people of this part of the world. Originally from Delaware, I spent summers on the Chesapeake Bay where I gained my passion for sailing that continues today. Degrees in Ornamental Horticulture and Coastal Environmental Management somehow led me to interesting jobs inside the DC beltway where I had the opportunity to work in the US Senate, at the British Embassy, and advocating for the wind energy industry.
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.