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Our Board

Michel A. Perez - President

 Michel A. Perez is an expert in financial compliance and an academic. A dual citizen of France and the United States, he has retired from the banking industry where he has worked for more than three decades in France, Haiti, Brazil and the United States. He has worked on various consulting assignments in the Americas and Europe for Promontory Financial Group (now a subsidiary of IBM) and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris as well as INSEAD and is an NYU Law School Senior Fellow. He is the author or editor of various articles related to international law and has written his JD dissertation on The American Influence on the Fight Against Transnational Corruption. He is a “chevalier” of the French Legion d’Honneur and of the Ordre National du Merite. He lives in Larchmont with his family since 1985 and has taught at AFW.

Jean-Pierre Jabart

Jean-Pierre has joined our board in October 2015. He retired several months previously from L’Oréal. He has worked in France, in Canada and the US. He’s married, with two children. Born in France, he has lived in the USA since 1983.

Dominique Rivière

Dominique joined the Board in April 2018.

She moved  to the United States in 1982 when her husband was transferred from Paris to New York. She co-founded the Music School of Westchester in 1983. They have 3 daughters who have been students of FASNY. She and her husband live now in Rye.

Ghassan Bejjani

Ghassan Bejjani is a retired venture capital and information technology executive. He and his wife have lived in Larchmont since 1993. Prior to that, they lived in Tokyo, Japan; and New York City. They have two daughters. Board member since fall 2017.

Angela Eiref

Angela Eiref joined the board in October 2021.  She studies French at Alliance Française of Westchester and is an admirer of Francophile culture. Angela is an attorney and an artist specializing in impressionistic style paintings.  She is married with two sons.

François Chavel

François Chavel is a retired insurance senior executive who moved from Paris to the United States with his family in 1984. François and his wife Christine have been living in Westchester County since. They hold dual citizenship.

Domitille Marchal Lemoine

Domitille Marchal Lemoine is currently the Executive Director of Friends of Fondation de France, after a career in communications and advisory for nonprofits that led her to Paris, London and New York. She has lived in Westchester since 2014 with her husband and three bilingual children.

Nick Carlucci

Nick Carlucci joined the board in September, 2021. He is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual. Married, one grown son. Nick lives with his wife in Rye Brook.

Eli Mattioli

Eli joined the Board in 2017.  He is a retired lawyer now working as a commercial arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.  He and his wife Elaine are students at AFW. They reside in Scarsdale, New York, and Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France.

Andrew Massat - Treasurer

Andrew Massat heads the New York office of Massat Consulting Group, an international consulting and accounting firm located in several North American and European cities. He came back to New York in 2013, leading the automation workflows in a more and more digital environment. Just prior to NYC, he lived in Montreal and Toulouse where he studied and worked in aerospace engineering. Andrew grew up in Westchester.

Peter H. Gistelinck

Mr. Gistelinck is the Executive Director of the renowned Wharton Arts in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Prior to joining Wharton Arts in 2019, he served as the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s President & CEO (2014-2019) and Executive Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (2006-2014). Prior immigrating to the USA in 2006, Mr. Gistelinck was Director of Sales and Marketing and Co-Artistic Director for the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra in Belgium and General Manager of Business Affairs at Le Concert Spirituel in Paris, France.

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Wendy Vigroux

Wendy has a diverse professional background, having worked in finance for a decade, showcasing expertise in areas such as investor relations, business strategy, and fundraising. As an entrepreneur, she founded and currently manages a thriving yoga business, evolving it into a specialized school for yoga teacher training. She serves as Chairperson for the New Rochelle Sister City Committee, leading efforts to foster relationships and collaboration between New Rochelle, NY, and La Rochelle, France. 
Wendy’s professional journey reflects a unique combination of financial acumen, entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to community engagement and international collaboration.