Originally from Normandie, France, Mathilde Andrejko has lived in the United States for ten years. Mathilde holds a Master’s in bilingual journalism from La Sorbonne as well as a Bachelor’s in French as a Second Language. In Wisconsin for seven years, she worked in public broadcasting before turning to higher education at the University of Wisconsin. After moving to the Bay Area, she worked in the field of service-learning at the University of San Francisco, exploring issues of social justice; power, privilege and oppression; and how to build mutually beneficial partnerships with the community. Mathilde speaks French to her 7-year old daughter.
Frédéric O. Boulay, a native of France, came to the US to learn the English language and experience the American culture in 1990, and he is still learning! A founding family member with his wife Magda, they currently live in south Berkeley with their two young sons, Etienne and Théodore, who will both be attending Francophone starting in the 2016-17 school year. Frédéric holds a Master’s of Arts in the Theatre Arts from Western Washington University, and an Executive MBA from the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. A serial entrepreneur, Frédéric is the owner and founder of Oaktown Productions, LLC which provides production and design services to both performing arts organizations and local businesses since 2005. He is also the co-owner of Rooster Productions, LLC, a small employee-owned scenery shop located in Martinez, CA. Frédéric only speaks French with his two boys, and he is very passionate about bilingualism and education. He is very excited and honored to be part of such an important endeavor to provide free public bilingual education.
Co-Chair of the Board, Member of the Governance Committee
Taima Beyah is Director of Operations at Urban Montessori. She first joined UMCS as a parent, when her daughter enrolled as a kindergartener, and quickly became an active volunteer and then a member of the staff. Taima is a Bay Area native with deep roots in the fight for social justice and social change, and she has been committed to helping people improve the quality of their lives through her work in health care, mental health and substance use, and affordable supportive housing. She brings an extensive background in operations, employee training, risk management, human resources, family advocacy, organizational development, and systems policies and procedures in nonprofit and corporate organizations to her administrative role. Taima holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cal State University Long Beach and a Certificate from San Francisco State University in Human Resource Management. She enjoys laughing, exercising, cooking, and spending time with her large extended Bay Area family.
Chair of the Audit Committee, Member of the Finance Committee
Hervé Bruckert, a native of the Alsace region in France, son of educators, came to the United States in 1991. Hervé holds an EMBA from the University of San Francisco and has been working at UC Berkeley in Finance for the past 3 years as Divisional Finance Lead for the Division of Administration & Finance. Prior to this, Hervé worked in Financial Planning and Analysis at Johnson & Johnson as well as Kaiser Permanente, Chevron and Steelcase. Hervé is also an entrepreneur and co-owner of De Novo Wines LLC, a wine company based in Sonoma. While teaching students with challenges in his young age, Hervé realized how teaching changes people’s lives. He is honored to be a part of the Francophone Charter School of Oakland and looks forward to helping the school grow. As a bilingual parent, Hervé is particularly sensitive to the challenges and opportunities of raising biliterate multicultural children.
Annette Dennett is the daughter of an educator father from Ivory Coast and a business graduate mother from France. Since graduating with her Masters in Developmental Psychology, with a focus in at-risk education, she has worked advocating for equal opportunity to solid education; something so simple, yet unfortunately, so challenging. A director for an educational community based non-profit in San Francisco, her organization, PACT, Inc. has placed nearly 65,000 students in college since 1963; the majority coming from under-served low income families. Although her work involves primarily high school, motherhood has offered the opportunity to become involved at the primary level. Her children, along with her niece and nephew, are all bilingual in French and English. They’ve gone through Les Petits Francophones immersion preschool, and are in the first cohort at Francophone Charter School of Oakland. Joining the school’s Board offers new opportunities to advocate for more families who may not otherwise have the opportunity to take advantage of bilingual education; a probable correlate to higher academic success. I am honored to have the opportunity to be part of a grassroots effort promoting Francophone education in the Bay!
Amélie Dupont has over ten years of experience in business and finance and currently serves as a Process Excellence Manager of Gas Operations at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, where she leads process improvement initiatives. Prior to this position, Amelie spent five years in the Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance group at PG&E and three years leading Sarbanes-Oxley implementation engagements for various companies in many countries around the world (including the Gobi desert). Amelie graduated from the Rouen Business School with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Amelie and her husband moved from France to the Bay Area in 2008 where they enjoy living with their three young children.
Jean Johnstone is the Executive Director of the Teaching Artists Guild. She is also the founding Executive Director of the Applied Theater Action Institute, a non-profit that offers innovative community programs both in the SF Bay Area and internationally, and is on the advisory council for TASC of California. She spent several years teaching drama and applied theater, and directing new work at the Hong Kong University Graduate Association College, and was a delegate at the IDEA International Arts Education congress. She has created and implemented curricula for several year-long drama courses for hundreds of students, taught workshops for teachers on using Drama in Education, and facilitated the creation of original theater pieces by young people on topics that mattered to them most, including the 2008 Best Script award-winner from the EMI Drama Festival, on the topic of global warming, and works about the migration of Chinese in 1947-49. For the last several years she has directed productions at SFJazz by formerly homeless artists, pairing them with local artistic mentors. She served for four years as the theatrical director for the David Herrera Performance Company of San Francisco, a modern dance/theater company focusing on works related to the Latino Diaspora, and continues to advise them. She holds a Post-Graduate certificate in Theater Arts from University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a B.A. in Theater Arts from UCSC, and certificates from the Moscow Art Theater and Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
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