Meet our Staff!
We are currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Lindsay McNicol.
Born in San Diego and being Tahitian, Lindsay had the opportunity to travel to the South Pacific Islands, her mother’s homeland. This experience opened a whole new world for her – she learned a great deal about the Tahitian culture, the dance, the music, the food, and especially the people who influenced her choices in life. Lindsay was Miss Pacific Islander in 2009, founded a non-profit organization Reva Tahiti Productions and Heiva San Diego in 2010, and opened her wedding and events coordination company, Reva Events in 2017. She had been involved with the Alliance Francaise de San Diego since July 2017.
Amelie Chappaz is a native French speaker and her teaching qualification is internationally recognised. She is passionate about the French language and even more so about sharing it and inspiring others. She has recently relocated to San Diego with her husband and their two daughters. Previously living in England, she has been teaching and tutoring in various settings including schools and enterprises, and is thus used to adapting her lessons to various audiences from children to students, adults and senior citizens. She was also the head teacher of the school Les Petits Caméléons for French bilingual children. She is dedicated to developing the skills and abilities of her pupils so that they have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their potential both in the written and spoken fields of the French language. Her lessons are therefore structured to include listening and reading comprehension, oral participation on a wide range of topics, as well as writing practices. Differentiation is key in her teaching practice. Modern technologies and a diversity of outstanding resources are offered to promote motivation and excellence.
Amelie is also the book club coordinator.
Bonjour! My name is Kate Morris and I study International Business and French at the University of San Diego. I took my first French class at 9 years old and I’ve been in love with the language ever since. I enjoy watching French films, listening to French music, and practicing speaking French! I look forward to exploring the French culture here in San Diego via Alliance Française while helping people to reach their goals in certifications. Bonne journée!
Bonjour à tous! My name is Riley Lim, and I am currently an undergraduate freshman at the University of San Diego. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California, and am excited to connect with the French community here in San Diego. French has been one of my greatest passions since the 9th grade, and I am currently majoring in it as well. I am a proficient speaker and love reading French literature and listening to French music. My favorite song is currently L’hynme à l’amour by Édith Piaf, and I hope to sing it with all of the students and faculty at Alliance Française very soon. À bientôt j’espère!
Bonjour! My name is Zhala Hasili. I was born in Azerbaijan, Baku. European countries and culture is something that I’m always passionate about and that lead me to do my bachelors in International Relations. Currently I am an MBA student at Alliant International University, San Diego. I’m excited to be part of the Alliance family and having a chance to get to know the French culture!
Je m’appelle Maurie C-Blanchard. J’habite à San Diego et je suis une ingénieure en biotechnologie. J’aime la langue française et la culture française aussi. J’étudie français à Mesa Collège il y a 2 ans. J’ai un chien qui s’appelle Amy et j’achète beaucoup de jouets pour elle parce qu’ils sont très mignons. Je veux pratiquer ma française plus et je veux apprendre plus de la culture française aussi.
My name is Victor Bryan Laurindo de Souza but you can call me Bryan and I’m currently a Senior Undergraduate Student from the University of California-Irvine in Orange County, California pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in European Studies with an Emphasis in French Studies and Minoring in Political Science. I’ve grown up and I’m currently living at home in San Diego, California. I’ve studied French for 2 years at MiraCosta Community College in Oceanside, California. I then had the opportunity to study abroad in France twice in both Paris and Lyon. I’m passionate about the French language and the Francophone World and hope to one day live in a French Speaking Country such as France or Quebec in Canada.
My name is Brian and I am currently an undergraduate sophomore majoring in Economics and minoring in both Developmental Psychology and Information Technology. I have a great passion for a range of arts including film, cinematography, photography, music production, and digital imaging. I absolutely love traveling internationally, understanding the way companies do business, and learning the cultural differences in which art is produced. Being a part of San Diego’s Alliance Française will further my cultural understanding and I am more than privileged, and excited, to be able to work within such a diverse, educational organization!
Salut tout le monde! My name is Harley and I am currently a senior undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley double majoring in French and Political Science. After also obtaining my Associates in both French and Spanish at Mesa College, leading their Club Français, and even picking up Portuguese last year, it is no surprise that I have a deep love for language education. I am excited to now be a part of l’Alliance to promote the importance and beauty of multilingual and multicultural learning, which will help me pursue my future endeavor working in a career with International Development. J’ai hâte de vous tous.te.s rencontrer!
Bonjour! My name is Becca Howard. I’m from Roseville, California, and I currently study International Business at UC San Diego. My goal is to earn my Master’s degree in International Management. I hold a position as a Student Marketing Strategist for UC San Diego’s competitive marketing team, where I’ve learned skills in teamwork, market research, and survey development and analysis. I’m passionate about nature, hiking, travel, and learning about other cultures.