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Executive Committee Members

Lalitha – President

Lalitha 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.

Eka - Vice President

Eka was born in the Republic of Georgia where she earned graduate and postgraduate degrees from the Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts. After graduation Eka began teaching at the academy.  Since coming to the U.S. in 1993, Eka has continued her career as an artist and educator. She taught at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1996 to 2004 and has been teaching at Boston University since then. She taught painting, drawing, composition, illustration and color theory. In addition Eka conducts workshops as a visiting artist in art centers, illustrates books and gives private art classes. Eka worked with 4-8th graders at Pierce school, Brookline, MA, doing stage design and construction for the musicals. She has worked as a book designer, illustrator and as a judge for Metropolitan Artists Association in Richmond, VA.

Eka’s works are internationally exhibited and collected, including the USA, the Netherlands, England, Austria, Turkey, Russia, and Georgia.

Françoise – Treasurer

When 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 Officer

Originally 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

Originally from The Hague (Den Haag), The Netherlands, my husband and I were transferred to New York's Mid-Hudson region at the end of the 1980's.  We have lived in the Mid-Hudson and Boston areas and Lexington, Kentucky, and, since 2012, again the Boston area.

The IWCB is a great way to stay in touch or get connected with many people with different cultural and life style backgrounds.

Recording Secretary - Open

Joann - Member-at-Large

I am American and have never lived abroad, although to a person from the Midwest, New England seems like a foreign country. I grew up in a small town in the Detroit area. My husband Ted’s job brought us to Salem, Massachusetts. Anthea and Miranda, our two daughters, aregrown, living in San Francisco and Washington D.C. respectively.

Because it is a city with its own rich history, and not just a bedroom community north of Boston, I like Salem. It has the variety, but also some of the problems, that come with its being a city. I don’t see this as a downside. 

My interests include cooking, gardening, music, foreign languages and cultural activities. The IWCB has been an important part of my social life since I joined in 2004.

Elsa - Member-at-Large

I was born in Michigan. During my childhood, I would spend my summers in Quebec on the farm where my mother grew up. When I was six years old, I took my first airplane ride to Jamaica.  From then on, I enjoyed traveling and learning about other cultures. I have been to all 50 states and have traveled extensively throughout the world. I enjoy seeing the countries from the seat of a bicycle or exploring on foot. 

Ines - Past President

I 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 especially, to have friends everywhere.

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