Executive Committee Members
Ines – PresidentI was born in Caracas, Venezuela, of German ancestry, and raised in a multicultural environment. We moved to the USA in 1990. We lived in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, also in France, and the longest time in New England, which we consider home now. Nevertheless, I am grateful I had the opportunity to live in so many different places and learn about different ways of life and specially, to have friends everywhere.
Lalitha – Vice PresidentLalitha is the founder and managing director of LSR Associates, Inc. which assists businesses, nonprofits, schools, and government agencies in developing globally ready multilingual products and services by providing professional translation, interpretation, and localization services. Combining a background in computer science and foreign languages, prior to founding LSR Associates, Inc., she was an international business executive with a successful career history of over 25 years in the high tech software localization industry. Lalitha is passionate about global education having lived and studied in India, Egypt, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Françoise – TreasurerWhen my husband was offered a job in Boston in 1998, I came speaking bad English (still do…!), and leaving my job in France. But with three kids you have to move on and meet people… so I first became a volunteer at the French School and then at Boston Accueil (a francophile welcoming group). IWCB is a great place to meet people from all over the world. When we move, no matter the country we are coming from, we all share a similar experience. Personally, learning about cultural differences is really rewarding, many times it is done through activities as simple as sharing a book or a recipe with someone else or visiting a place in Boston.
Eileen – Communications OfficerOriginally from New York, I lived and/or worked in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy for 25 years. My husband and I moved full-time to the Boston area in 2010, and we are loving this part of New England. The IWCB has given me the wonderful opportunity to remain in touch with an international community and to continually meet interesting people with great ideas for learning while having fun!
Marga – Membership Officer
Joann – Recording Secretary
Nana - Member-at-Large
While I was born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, and spent the most of my life in the former Soviet Union, I have been in the United States for the last quarter century. I became a US citizen in the early 2000s.
I retired from the US State Department where I taught the Georgian language and the area culture to US diplomats. Prior to the State Department I was the Research Curator for the Norton And Nancy Dodge Art Collection. During the same period I founded and served as President and Vice Chairman of Sonus Communication Holdings, Inc., a publically traded US telecommunications company providing service between the U.S and Eastern Europe, Cuba, and Asia.
Before coming to the United States I was Deputy Director of the Modern Art Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia, and the first director of its art auctions division and commercial gallery. I studied the art business in New York and Washington, DC, through the sponsorship of the Soros Foundation. Concurrently, at the request of George Soros, I established, organized, and managed the Soros Foundation's Georgian Branch and served as its director.
I have a Master Degree in Fine Arts Criticism, a PhD in Linguistics, and a Master Degree in Philology.
Suzanne - Member-at-Large
My family and I lived in Zurich (CH), Delft (NL), Perth (AU), and Oxford (UK) over four different academic sabbatical years. In Zurich I was fortunate to join ZIWA, a welcoming group of women in Switzerland. That experience prompted me to seek a club in Boston designed to bring friends together from many cultures. I am so pleased to be a part of IWCB.
Travel means a lot to us. My husband and I hosted MIT alumni trips to Patagonia, SE Asia, Bhutan, and Southern Africa. Our two adult children, a son and a daughter, are both following careers that involve international travel to meet and collaborate with colleagues.
We are happy you are interested in IWCB activities. It’s a great way to have fun with women from around the world who are living in the Boston area.
Brigitte – Past PresidentI hail from southwest Germany, near the French border. I always dreamed of a career in Interior Design, but reason won out and I became an elementary school teacher instead.
In 1972, I moved to Trondheim, Norway, where I taught kindergarten for three years, received my teaching certificate for Norway and taught high school. In 1977, my new husband and I moved to Boston for what we thought was going to be a two-year period. Three children and over 30 years later, we still think of ourselves as temporarily living in the United States, although we have no plans to leave Boston in the near future. As it turned out, I never taught school here in the U.S. Instead I made use of the many different offers to further my own education. Combining my interest in medicine and my job as the mother of young children, I became a trained Emergency Medical Technician. Thankfully, I never had to apply this new expertise at home.
In 1999, I was accepted to Wellesley College and achieved another dream: to have “the American college experience.” I graduated in 2004, just one year ahead of my oldest son, with a major in Women’s Studies and a Minor in Psychology. While my degree has not yet yielded employment, I enjoy and use daily what I have learned.