Executive Committee Members
Lalitha – 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.
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.
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 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
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.
Noelle – Recording Secretary
Born and raised in a small town in north central New Jersey. I always felt like there was something out there waiting for me. I was bitten by the “travel bug” early in life when I studied abroad in Spain at 15 years old. I couldn’t wait to get back to Europe and study abroad again in college. I backpacked to every country I could get to during my breaks. When our kids were young, my husband Bob and I decided to move to the UK so that our family could have the experience of living abroad together. We spent two years in Weybridge, Surrey and then six years in Cobham, Surrey. We have been fortunate to show our kids the world, traveling extensively through Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
In 2013 we returned to the US, but our daughter stayed behind to attend university there. She now has dual citizenship and works in London. After our son graduated from high school in 2016, we sold our house in NJ and moved to downtown Toronto for our first year as empty nesters. Our son is now a junior at a local university studying Economics and Finance and plays on the soccer team.
We have settled in Charlestown and love it. I was very happy to find IWCB when we arrived and love interacting with women from around the globe in the various activities that the club offers. When I’m not at an IWCB event, I can be found at our parish church volunteering at the Harvest on Vine food pantry, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Social Action Ministry, the Welcoming Committee or hosting luncheons for the senior parishioners.
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.