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.
Downtown Burlington: 43 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Colchester: Alliance Française 123 Ethan Allen Avenue, Suite 302, Colchester, VT 05446
Meet the Board of Directors
Marielle Aunave, Board Member (currently on sabbatical)
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.
Richard Gliech, Secretary
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.
Marc Juneau, Vice President
Marc was raised speaking French in Burlington, Vermont, by his parents who were both native speakers and career-long university French professors. Marc eventually embraced teaching French himslef, given his life-long exposure to all things francophone and francophile. After earning a Masters Degree from Middlebury College, he went on to teach in both private boarding schools out of state and at public high school back home in South Burlington. Marc joined the Board in 2017, and currently tutors and teaches a variety of classes for the AFLCR. He hopes to bring his passion for the language and cultures which share it to as many people as he can. He strives to bring his love of the French language, art, history and philosophies to the Alliance School’s diverse course offerings. Marc also hopes to help the AFLCR continue to fulfill its other essential mission of promoting as many French, Quebecois and other francophone cultural opportunities in the region as possible. He specifically would like to promote support and outreach to the newly-arrived French speakers who count significantly in Burlington’s expanding immigrant population.
Marc currently lives in Colchester, from where he enjoys going off to New York, New Hampshire and points out west to pursue his passion for hiking, mountain biking and climbing. He also frequently returns to France to resource and reconnect himself with family.
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.
Suzanne Stimik, Board Member
Suzanne had the seeds of international interest planted early in life, having been raised in a first generation Eastern European family. As a high school student, she lived in Madagascar on an AFS exchange program. As an adult, she has welcomed numerous international visitors and exchange students, thereby broadening her son’s and family’s life.
Suzanne earned her Master’s in Education at the University of Vermont, and furthered her studies at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. She taught art at South Burlington High School for twenty years, and also taught several courses at Community College of Vermont. Previous to her teaching career, she worked for a year as an art therapist in Jean Vanier Communité de L’Arche in Jarnac, France. Other professional experiences include being Program Director for the Vermont Humanities Council, as well as the Site Coordinator for the literacy mentoring program EW! Vermont at Edmunds Elementary School.
Since leaving teaching, Suzanne has run her own interior decorating business, Suzanne Stimik Interiors. She enjoys life in Vermont with all its outdoors activities, culinary and cultural events. She is also an avid traveler who frequently embarks on European visits. Suzanne joined the AFLCR Board in 2017. She is honored to be part of this organization that is working to include our increasingly diverse Francophone communities.
Micheline Tremblay, Board Member, Directrice de l’Ecole (French Language Center)
Micheline is a career-long French teacher from Québec originally, where she began teaching before establishing herself here for 30 years at Colchester Middle and High Schools. She inherited the direction of the French Language Center at the AFLCR in the early 2000s, and has since that time also become the “point person” for all inquiries coming into the Alliance, be they academic or not. During her tenure as Directrice, course offerings have expanded from two to five sessions per year, and from classrooms in Colchester only to include Burlington and Montpelier. The number of private tutoring sessions has also greatly increased in parallel. Micheline is actively involved in many AF projects including the Annual Gala Dinner fund-raiser and the Deuxième Samedi conversational gathering, not to mention her year-round efforts to coordinate a number of different classes and to ensure students are properly placed. It is her hope in the coming years to increase enrollment of younger students, and also to improve awareness of the depth and richness of Québécois and the culture it reflects.
Lise E. Veronneau, Board Member
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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