Meet our Staff!
We are currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Julie Ripoll.
Julie Ripoll moved to California, with her family, in 2012 after living in Austin, Texas. She went to UCSD to learn more about fundraising and development while volunteering in various organizations related to education or social justice. She worked at San Diego French American School, then opened her company “San Diego, c’est beau!” which helped newcomers settle in the Finest City of America and showed tours with historical and architectural sights.
Prior to living in San Diego, she worked as a computer scientist at Marine Nationale, at Mairie de Mougins as a geographical information analyst, and was elected in the city of Pegomas as a councilwoman. Julie Ripoll holds a Master of Law, Economics and Gestion from Université de Paris Sorbonne I, and an MBA from Institut des Administration des Entreprises de Paris (IAE).
She enjoys going on a walk or watching a movie with her family, and making her own sourdough bread or baguettes in her free time.
Amelie Chappaz is a native French speaker, and her teaching qualification is internationally recognized. 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. She is thus used to adapting her lessons to multiple audiences from children to students, adults, and senior citizens. She was also the school’s headteacher 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.
Christelle Win-Lime is a French entrepreneur based in San Diego. She has run a multi-industry portfolio of retail, real estate, and interior design investments. She is passionate about building an inclusive community and has volunteered to many non-profit organizations in the arts and culture in North America. She holds a Master of Laws from Sorbonne University in Paris and a Certificate in Social Justice from Stanford University. She is bringing her forward-thinking, versatile experience and skills to help the Alliance Française de San Diego with the organization’s Contracts and Business Development side.
Frank’s passion for the French language reified in adolescence after spending the Summer with a host family in Metz, in northeastern France. Being deeply interested in art history, Frank continued to major in French at Roanoke College, and then to obtain an MA in French Studies at Virginia Tech. He studied at the Université Lille III in 2017 and cherishes the city and the friends he made there. During his graduate coursework, Frank discovered a passion for second-language pedagogy as a teaching assistant for elementary and intermediate French. Through his thesis research, he delved into the shared oeuvre of Jacques Demy and Catherine Deneuve, approaching the works with a focus on gender performance, camp, and philosophies of seduction. After a six-month stay in Québec, Frank has returned to the United States to teach French. He is delighted to be part of the Alliance Française’s mission of the rayonnement of the French language through education. In his free time, Frank enjoys practicing the harpsichord, tennis, and discovering French cinema, literature, and music from the 1960s.
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!