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.
Edith -Recording Secretary
When I was eight years old, my Father took a sabbatical leave from Duke University, and my family moved to Bristol, England. We traveled extensively thorough out Europe visiting Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Belgium. I got to see Stonehenge while you could still climb on the rocks and attended the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels.
When I was thirteen my Father worked as the Program Director for the National Science Foundation and our family moved to Arlington, Virginia for a couple of years.
My husband, Brent, and I lived and worked in Loveland, Colorado for 30 years. I worked for ESAB/ABB which is a robotics- welding company. I performed various functions at ESAB/ABB that included drafting, printed circuit board layout, sheet metal design, CAD system management and project management. After leaving ESAB, I took a position as a technical writer for the software company RioPort.com. RioPort was the first internet music service (cloud service) to legally offer digital songs from all the major music labels, including the ability to play on portable MP3 players.
In 2005 Brent and I moved to Washington State. After four years living in both Everett, WA and Vancouver, WA Brent was offered a job with Bose in Framingham, and we moved to Westborough, Mass. We currently reside in Milford, MA. I am curious about and interested in many things. I love to travel and my current hobby is watercolor painting. Whenever possible I enjoy visiting museums containing watercolor artwork.
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.
Rux - Member-at-Large
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.