Alliance Française

Board of Directors

The Alliance Française de Charlotte is fortunate to have a talented and eclectic group of dedicated Board Members, each of them bringing something unique to the table. They generously give of their time and expertise for the benefit of our organization. We couldn't exist without them!


BOARD 2018-2019


Lydie Surget Rob Laumann Nathalie Laumann Loren Fauchier Mallane Dejong
President Treasurer Vice-President Events, Children - School Vice-President Festivals, Social Secretary

More information coming soon.

Monique Delavignette: Classes Director
Monique is originally from Belgium, where she was a teacher. She moved with her husband Gérard in Canada, where they lived many years close to Montréal and had two children. After those great years, they relocated to Colorado where her husband found a job opportunity. After more than ten years in that wonderful state and a short stay in Indiana, they settled up in Charlotte four years ago. Since then they have been members of the Alliance Française de Charlotte. Monique has been a French teacher at Alliance for three years and a Class Director for two years. In Colorado, she worked at an International Baccalaureate elementary school. She loves teaching French to adults who register with the Alliance.

Arlette Dupont: Teacher
Originally from Bordeaux I have lived in the US for several years, residing in several different states. I have also lived in Germany and in Quebec. I studied in Bordeaux in view of getting an English degree, but life decided otherwise. After arriving in Charlotte, I attended CPCC in the College Transfer program. I also obtained a diploma in Medical Assisting. I then worked in the medical field for 30 years. I taught French at the École du Samedi for 6 years , in the mean time, I also taught at the Alliance Française where I' m still teaching I also do private tutoring. Sharing the French language with people willing to meet the challenges of learning its complexity is a real pleasure for me.

Yvonne Kponou: Teacher
Yvonne comes from Freetown, Sierra Leone, where she worked as Director of Studies at the largest International school in the country and lectured French at the University of Sierra Leone. She later on served as external examiner to the same University. Although she was born and bred an anglophile, Yvonne had her tertiary education in Tours, where she gained a Masters degree as well as an Interpreter-Translator’s Diploma AIC. She has lived in Charlotte for the last 5 years during which she has given French lessons at AF, Queens University of Charlotte and specialized language courses to a doctoral student doing anthropological studies at Yale University. Yvonne is married to Dr Ahovi Kponou and together they have 5 children. She has been a member of AF for 5 years.

Viviane Gerges: Teacher
Viviane is originally from Egypt where she taught French at the French Institute of Egypt for 4 years. She moved to the US to live with her husband who works in Charlotte. She is currently teaching French at middle and high schools in Mecklenburg county and she has French AP students. She has been teaching French at the AF for a year. One of her most important passions in Viviane's life is to teach French to adults.