About the AFLCR

The Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region (AFLCR) is based in Burlington, Vermont where French history goes back 400 years. The AFLCR is dedicated to engendering awareness of French culture through a variety of activities, including those that take advantage of our proximity to francophone Canada.

AFLCR programs include French language classes, monthly French conversation luncheons and films, children’s playgroups, as well as picnics, potluck parties, and member outings throughout Vermont and Québec. Members receive regular notices about cultural events throughout the region, and the monthly mise à jour of current schedules and news.

The AFLCR is affiliated with the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, the largest network of centers for French language and culture in the world.

L’Alliance Française de la Région du Lac Champlain sert les francophones et les francophiles de la zone métropolitaine de Burlington, Vermont, et toute la région. Nous promouvons la culture et la langue françaises en offrant des classes de langues, un ciné-club ainsi qu’une grande variété d’activités, en profitant bien sûr de notre proximité avec la nation francophone canadienne voisine. Chez nous, nous fêtons la terre et les eaux où ont eu lieu quatre siécles d’histoire française.

Our Locations

  • Burlington: 43 King Street (05401)
  • Colchester: Dupont Building, 2nd Floor, 123 Ethan Allen Avenue (05446)

Meet the Board of Directors

Aileen Lachs, Treasurer

Aileen moved to Burlington in 1983, after graduating from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Before attending law school at Northeastern University School of Law in 1991, she worked as a freelance journalist and affordable housing advocate.

Since 1994 Aileen has worked as an attorney at the Burlington law firm of Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs & Smith, PLC, providing legal assistance to individual and organizational clients of the firm in a wide range of practice areas. Her current primary areas of focus are family law/domestic relations and mediation with an emphasis on family law/domestic relations and residential foreclosures.
During the past thirty years, Aileen has worked with many different non-profit organizations in the State of Vermont. She has provided transactional and litigation counsel to large and small organizational clients focused on affordable housing, cultural exchanges, health care and transportation; served on the Boards of cultural and mediation related organizations; and been employed by non-profit organizations serving disadvantaged Vermonters. Aileen is also a member of many arts, environmental and bicycle non-profit organizations.
Aileen’s love of the French language blossomed during her Junior Year Abroad in Paris, France. She is grateful to have close friends in France and the United States with whom she speaks French regularly, and has had a number of French speaking clients over the years.
Aileen has been an active member of the Alliance Francaise and is honored to join the Board of Directors.

Victoria Brassart-Jones, Secretary

Victoria was born in Brittany, France and has lived in Switzerland, Luxembourg and France. She and her husband Chris now both work for UVM. They have two daughters whom they are raising bilingual in South Burlington. One of Victoria’s first projects as part of the AFLCR was to creates a playgroup in Vermont for French bilingual parents and children under the age of 7. Victoria was the President for the AFLCR from 2015 to 2016.

Marielle Aunave

A native of the South of France, Marielle Macias Aunave studied in the French Alps and earned a Master’s in American and British Literature from the Université de Savoie, France. In 1994-95 she was an exchange-student at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque specializing in Native American Literature. She pursued her studies in French Literature and earned a Master’s from UVM in 1998 which lead to her teaching in the Williston Central School in Williston, Vermont. She was a professional cyclist from 2003-2007 and raced both in the U.S. and Europe. She competed in the Grande Boucle Internationale Féminine, Tour of Aude, Tour of Bretagne, Montreal world cup and the Tour of Grand Montreal. She is currently focusing her research at University of Vermont on the women’s Tour de France conducting interviews with professional cyclists and examining the inequalities of sponsorship between male and female racers.
Marielle lives in South Burlington with her husband, her daughter and her son, who are being raised bilingual.Janice commenced her studies of French at Alliance in New York City three years ago when she and her husband lived and worked there.  Janice is thrilled now to be a part of Alliance in Vermont and to be able to make a contribution to the Board. Janice and her husband, Kent Goodwin, and their three Labradors, divide their time between South Hero Island and Stowe.  She currently is Vice Chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustments in South Hero; and in the past was a member of the Board of Odyssey House and Odyssey House Foundation. Janice has held various high level positions with two global financial institutions including General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Smith Barney, and Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer for Citi’s Global Wealth Management Division.  She also held various positions at Bank of America including Deputy General Counsel and Director of Worldwide Litigation, and Chief Compliance Executive for the Wealth & Investment Management Group.  Prior to her work at the financial institutions, Janice was a litigation partner at the Colorado law firm of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons. Janice is a licensed attorney and has in the past held various securities licenses as well.  She has been a speaker at various industry events over the years;  and she lived and worked in Colorado, California, Hong Kong and New York before she and her husband decided to call Vermont home.

Laurence Clerfeuille

Laurence is an Assistant Professor of French in the department of Modern Languages and Literature at Saint Michael’s College. She teaches language, literature and culture courses on the Francophone world and her research is on Haitian literature. Laurence also loves traveling to Senegal and volunteering at Waranka, a non-profit on the outskirts of Dakar.

Adrienne Coléon Gaskell

Adrienne was born in the New York metropolitan area to an American mother and French father. She was raised speaking French at home, spending summers and periods of schooling in Paris, Nantes and Provence.

Before moving to Vermont, Adrienne was based in New York, where she was the Director of Global Communications for Aveda at the Estee Lauder Companies. At Aveda, Adrienne managed the company’s global communications efforts and corporate communications. Today, Adrienne manages her own boutique Public Relations and Marketing firm here in Burlington: ACGbuzz, LLC, where she creates communications, design and branding plans for global fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, with a specialty in French luxury brands. She is also a writer and Certified Professional Life Coach.

Adrienne lives in Burlington with her loving husband and three energetic boys (ages 1 year, 3 years and 5 years). They speak French as a family.

Richard Gliech

Richard Gliech was born and raised in France, where he obtained a higher education in materials engineering before moving to the United States in 1991 and starting a career in translation. He has been a certified member of the American Translators Association since 1998.
As a native francophone and bicultural expatriate residing in Burlington, Vermont, just south of the border with French-speaking Canada, Richard is uniquely qualified to transform English-language documents into French that is accurate, nuanced, and culturally relevant to your targeted reader. He employs the latest in computer-assisted translation tools to translate nearly any file type quickly, precisely, and cost-effectively.
Richard is a certified member of the American Translators Association, Corresponding Secretary and founding member of the Burlington-Honfleur Sister City Committee, and a member of both the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In 2016, he started the Business Membership program at the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region.
Richard lives in Burlington with his wife, his daughter and his two sons, whom were raised bilingual.

Linda Pervier

Linda Pervier’s advocacy and promotion of French culture and language in our region spans many years and is extraordinary. President of the AFLCR from 2008 to 2013, Linda Pervier has supported the initiatives by the downtown Burlington business community and the regional Chamber of Commerce to create a welcoming French-speaking presence for the numerous francophone visitors to this Vermont community, most notably by providing Hospitality French language instruction to retail and service workers in the tourism sector and to local businesses. She received the decoration of the Ordre des Palmes académiques on behalf of the French government. Linda is currently a Development Officer at Shelburne Museum.

Micheline Tremblay

A native from Quebec, Micheline is our Language Center Director. A French teacher for over 30 years, Micheline has been with the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region since its creation, in different capacities. For many French students at the Alliance Française, she has been the face of our organization, skillfully welcoming new comers and addressing their concerns.
Over the years, she has been instrumental in recruiting new volunteers, and keeping the standards of the Alliance Française very high. She hosts “Le Deuxième Samedi” French conversation lunch every month. She also hosts the French Thursday monthly social.

Lise E. Veronneau

Lise is involved in many French initiatives in Burlington, Vermont and Internationally. Her main objective is to identify opportunities to promote the French connections. She looks for people with like energy and enthusiasm and a modern sense of business with organizational and leadership skills that will help the AF and AFLCR’s planning for the future. Lise has been with AFLCR since 2009 when she was recruited by the then-President to help. Having helped with the Quadcentennial and served as Events Committee Chair and Hospitality Director and then Board Member, she was pleased to promote the mission of AFLCR. When not working on her volunteer projects, such as AFLCR, Lise enjoys overseeing Information & Technology and the Financial affairs of the Fire and Police Departments for the City of Burlington.  In March 2012, Lise was asked by then-Mayor Bob Kiss to Chair the newly created Honfleur Sister City Committee, the first with France and Honfleur, France’s first with the US. Honfleur is the port that Samuel de Champlain sailed from to New France. In 1609, Samuel de Champlain left Honfleur aboard the Don de Dieu to discover the lake that bears his name. Lise is proud to hold a seat and position on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region.

 

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