Joanne Maioli retired from nursing after over 40 years of service as an RN in the operating room.  Her specialty was in cardiovascular/open heart surgery.  She met her husband Thierry Maioli in Santa Barbara, California where he was learning to fly, and they have been married now for 17 years. Both Joanne and Thierry hold dual citizenship in the US and France. Among her greatest personal accomplishments, she includes her five adult children, four grandchildren and one great grand daughter. She is currently enrolled at CSN, working toward a degree in commercial photography. She enjoys travel,  making art, listening to music and of course photography.










Founder

2013 to 2018 Executive Director

Current Teacher 


Eric Auger
Honorary Member
Surya Bonaly
Honorary Member


Eric Auger, Born in the North of France, Eric Auger built a successful business in real estate in Las Vegas over the past decade.  In 2010 he was appointed Honorary Consul of France in Las Vegas. Consul Auger’s bachelors degree in Hospitality Management has informed his philosophy of customer service in his field of profession.  He is a frequent speaker at international events pertaining to real estate and related topics.


Eric Auger

Honorary Member of the Board of Directors

Surya Bonaly

Honorary Member of the Board of Directors

Joanne Maioli

Member of the Board of Directors

Marc Zeman is a native of the Boston area and has lived in areas near Geneva, Switzerland, New York, and Chicago, before moving to Las Vegas in 2013.  His appreciation of French language and culture was reinforced with his time living near Geneva and working in Lausanne for four years. Marc began his French language classes with Académie Francophone de Las Vegas in early 2015, was invited to join the Board (Conseil d’Administration) in February 2016, and was elected president in July 2017.
Marc has worked his entire career in tax, specializing in international tax.  He has held executive tax leadership roles in various companies; including Deloitte, Philip Morris / Altria, Kraft Foods / Mondelez, and he recently retired from Las Vegas Sands where he was Vice President – Global Tax.  Marc earned degrees from Babson College, Bentley College, and Suffolk University Law School, all in the greater Boston area.  He is an attorney and a certified public accountant.

John Lovejoy

Vice President of the Board of Directors

Nathalie  Gottschalk
Member

Christelle Chamblas is the Founder of the Alliance Francaise de Las Vegas. She lead the organization during it's startup and grew membership during her five years as Executive Director while also teaching a majority of the classes.  She reported to the Board and serving as Executive Leadership  of the organization, Christelle was responsible for all aspects of the enterprise including all day-to-day operations and decision making. She excelled as the primary contact for the organization regarding classes, sponsorship, donations and all other matters.  Her remarkable efforts are appreciated by the Board of Directors, administration and students.

Honorary Board Members Bios

Margaret B. Harp is Associate Professor of French. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University in 1984 and 1991 and her B.A. from Newcomb College in 1982 She joined the UNLV faculty in 1989 She teaches courses on French literature, culture and language. Her publications have appeared in Aevum, Romance Notes, Romance Quarterly, Rocky Mountain Review, and Sixteenth Century Journal  In 2006 she was awarded the Delno West Award for the best paper presented by a senior scholar at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association.
Recipient of the 2003 Rita Deanin Abbey Teacher of the Year Award, Dr. Harp is the departmental advisor for majors and minors in French Studies at UNLV. 

Margaret Harp

Member of the Board of Directors

Harriet Gagliano has an extensive education and teaching background. Her teaching career spanned from 1967 through 2015. She holds a life teaching credential from the State of California and a current credential K-12 and English in the State of Nevada.  She has taught English Literature and Rhetoric for 30 years in the Clark County School District. Besides Las Vegas Nevada, she has wide-ranging experience in many jurisdictions including schools in Illinois, San Diego, Escondido, and San Jose California; as well as Pensacola.                                                         
She participated in a teaching exchange program in Nogales, Mexico.  Her studies include numerous Universities: The University of San Diego, Alcala Park; San Diego State College; U C Berkeley, San Francisco State College (Sunset District Campus),The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and Chicago Campuses, The Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Espana; The University of Utah, Salt Lake, and UNLV.  Her degrees include an undergraduate degree in Film studies and Film Production, Elementary Education, and doctorates in Secondary Education and English Literature. 
 Harriet passions include the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Guild.  She is the immediate past Director of Volunteers for the Philharmonic Guild where she held a position on the Board and a current Membership Drive ombudsman. 
She is currently enrolled in Académie Francophone beginning French Course and is a member of the Pétanque Club of Las Vegas.  She enjoys visiting France, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, cooking for friends, sharing recipes, understanding and enjoying wines of the world, art and museums and literature. 

Harriet Gagliano

Member of the Board of Directors

Board Members Bios

Reporting to the Board and serving as Executive Leadership of the organization, Claudine is responsible for all aspects of the enterprise including all day-to-day operations and decision making.  She is the primary contact for the organization for any questions regarding classes, sponsorship, donations and all other matters.

Harriet Gagliano
Member
Margaret Harp
Member

Executive Director of Alliance Française de Las Vegas

Honorary Board of Directors

Krist Walicky

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Krist is a Founding Family member of the Alliance Française de Las Vegas.  He attended college at Newcastle University, England and graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a bachelor degree in Economics and attended business graduate courses at Temple University, Pennsylvania.  He started with Boyd Gaming Corporation as a Senior Development Analyst in 2000 on the $1 Billion Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. He is now the Director of Strategic Planning and Development for Boyd where he contributes to the overall company strategic planning, new business growth and development, company acquisitions and operations strategy.  He also served on the Board of Directors for a Nevada Charter School with four campuses from 2013 - 2014. While studying and living in Europe for two years, he met and later married his French wife in a small village just outside the city of Cognac France.  Krist speaks French at an intermediate level and is currently enrolled in courses with the Alliance Française de Las Vegas.  In his leisure time, Krist enjoys hiking and kayaking Lake Mead with his wife and son.


Stamen has been a Nevada resident since 2003. Originally from Bulgaria, after receiving his bachelor degree in Business Administration, Stamen moves to United States to pursue a career in finance. After few years in Retail Management he obtains his MBA from UNLV in 2011. Since graduation, Stamen has been working at Merrill Lynch, heading a successful wealth management practice.

As a francophone for more than 20 years, Stamen has a passion for French language and culture. He has participated in exchange programs in France, UK, USA and China. He speaks Bulgarian, English, French and his latest linguistic adventure is Mandarin. He likes spending his leisure time outdoors with his wife, 2 children and his husky.

Stamen Matev

Member of the Board of Directors

Nathalie Gottschalk

Member Board of Directors

Nathalie Gottschalk, Esq, has been practicing in all areas of employment- and family-based immigration law since 2003. Nathalie was born in Paris, France and grew up in Quito, Ecuador were she attended a French Immersion School. At 16 years of age, she immigrated to the United States where she studied International Relations and French Literature at the City University of New York Baccalaureate Program. She attended Sorbonne University in Paris in 2001 through a summer program from Cornell University. She then studied law at the University of Utah School of Law. She has gained a solid understanding of other cultures and immigrants' hopes for a successful future in the United States.
Besides her law practice, she uses her legal skills to give back to the community.
She served as the Treasurer for the Nevada Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association from 2009-2012 and was a member of the Committee for the Client Security Fund at the Nevada State Bar from 2010-12. Nathalie is licensed to practice law in Utah, Nevada and Arizona.  She is also a founding member of the Academie Francophone of Las Vegas, aimed at promoting the French language and culture.  Nathalie is fluent in Spanish and French.

Surya Bonaly is a French-American professional figure skater who competed in three olympics. She is a three-time World silver medalist, a five-time European champion, the 1991 World Junior Champion and a nine-time French national champion. A resident of Las Vegas since 1998, Surya became an American citizen in January 2004. She has toured with Champions on Ice for many seasons.

In Las Vegas she teaches figure skating and is an advisor to the Honorary Consulate of the Principality of Monaco.

Renowned in the Francophone world, Surya is an Ambassador of AMADE Mondiale, a children’s charity headed by the HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover.

Marc Zeman

President of the Board of Directors

Although she was born and raised in California, Penny has lived half her life abroad, including 16 years in Paris, where she learned French the fun, easy way – in cafes with good wine, food and company – and later by working for different international organizations. Her passions include scuba diving and traveling, which is how she met her husband, Luca, an Italian living and working in Thailand. As she has 20 years of freelance experience as a French-English translator, Penny is able to combine her love of travel with work; but after bouncing a while between France, Asia and Italy, she and Luca decided on a fresh start together in the Far West, following in the footsteps of countless others. Six years on, Sin City suits them both as a laid-back place with city perks surrounded by spectacular nature. And now that she has discovered the joys of hiking and can share her love of France with others, Penny definitely feels that she is chez elle in Vegas!

Penny Yim-Barbieri

Secretary of the Board of Directors

Stamen Matev
Member
Krist Walicky
Treasurer

© 2017-2019 Alliance Française de Las Vegas All Rights Reserved

Claudine Escobar-Durand
Joanne ​Maioli
Member
Penny Yim-Barbieri
Secretary
John Lovejoy
Vice President​
Marc Zeman
President

Board of Directors 2017 - 2019