Sabrina Milano, Interim President
Sabrina Milano is a Human Resources professional with a decade of experience with both United States and Canadian based companies. Currently Sabrina is volunteering for the National Guard, through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), which informs and educates members of the Guard and Reserve about employment rights and responsibilities under USERRA. Sabrina regularly attends Vermont Human Resource Associate meetings to continue her education in Human Resources. She’s been an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2011. She is studying for her credentials to become a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional after receiving a scholarship.
Sabrina planned and coordinated conferences, training and social events for groups from 10 to 600 attendees in Las Vegas, Seattle, Cancun, Georgia and California. She’s participated in professional networking opportunities to increase sales and revenue, which she truly enjoys. Her ability to network has become a positive and meaningful attribute. Additionally, She has served on the board for Meeting Planners International, National Association for Catering and Events, and the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Without prior experience, she learned how to raise donations for the United Way of King County, leading the volunteer committee, planning events and soliciting donations, which ultimately exceeded yearly goals.
During her spare time, she enjoys bowling, biking, traveling and taking photos of nature and mountainous views. Sabrina plans to continue her studies of the French language. She is happy to serve as a Interim President of the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region.
Mme le Chevalier, Lise Veronneau, Director of Community Relations and International Affairs
Lise is involved in many French initiatives in Burlington, Vermont and Internationally. Her main objective is to identify opportunities to promote 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 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 Burlington-Honfleur Sister City Committee. Honfleur is the port that Samuel de Champlain sailed from in 1609 aboard the Don de Dieu to discover the lake that today 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. She was recently named Mme le Chevalier and knighted by France’s Ordre national de la Légion du Mérite for her tremendous volunteer efforts over the course of her career.
Suzanne Stimik, Director
The seeds of international interest planted early in life for Suzanne, having been raised in a first generation Eastern European family. In high school, she experienced French language, as well as Malagasy, as an AFS exchange student to Madagascar.
Suzanne earned her Master’s in Education at the University of Vermont, and furthered studies at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. She taught art at South Burlington High School and Community College of Vermont. Previous to teaching, she worked as an art therapist in Jean Vanier Communité de L’Arche in Jarnac, France. Other professional organizational experiences include Program Director for the Vermont Humanities Council, and Site Coordinator for the literacy mentoring program EW! Vermont. Suzanne has her own interior decorating business; Suzanne Stimik Interiors.
Outdoor activities, the arts, culinary and cultural interests, travel and family fill her life.
Suzanne joined the AFLCR Board in 2017. She is honored to be part of this organization and is continually working to include and promote our increasingly diverse francophone communities.
Joerg Klauk, Director
After relocating to Vermont from Toronto in 1993 Joerg co-founded, and is the co-owner of, The Vermont Wine Merchants Company. Joerg works with restaurants and wine shops throughout the state on behalf of, among others, wines from France. This provides him with a daily exposure to a palate expression of French flavor, culture and history. Having grown up in a transplanted European culture when he left Germany as a youngster, and then growing up in Canada, Joerg appreciates the richness of different cultures and the bridge to them that is represented by language learning. Academically, Joerg also thoroughly enjoyed studying history and has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in history from the University of Guelph and University of Western Ontario respectively. These provided a springboard to a pre-wine career in college book publishing at Prentice-Hall Canada and McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
Joerg recognizes and appreciates that there are numerous elements tying Vermont’s past, present and future to the French heritage of Quebec and adjacent Canadian provinces. He hopes that his enthusiasm as a student of the Alliance’s French courses and his participation in Vermont’s hospitality and business community will be assets to the board.
Marilyn Lucas, Director
Marilyn Lucas grew up on the island of La Réunion (a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean). After high school, she went to France to pursue an undergraduate degree, and then moved to the United States for her graduate education. She is currently a faculty member in the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont, and teaches courses in business analytics, operations, and supply chain management. With her husband, a historian who also teaches at UVM, she is raising two daughters; her oldest is a junior at Burlington High School, and her youngest is at Edmunds Middle School.
Marilyn became a member of the AFLCR two years ago. She has enjoyed attending events sponsored by the Alliance (e.g., social hours, lectures) and is grateful for the friendships she has developed through her French Book Club.
Marilyn represents a little-known arena of francophone culture, and believes that her business and quantitative skills, along with her connections with the local community and UVM, will serve the AFLCR well as the organization moves forward. She is happy to be able to serve the AFLCR as director.