Our Team

Meet Our Team

Rebecca Boyd Executive Director 

Rebecca, originally from Austin, has over 9 years of experience working in France in higher education while volunteering for nonprofits on the side. As a dual citizen of France and the United States, she has a passion for all things French. She enjoys connecting people as well as learning about other languages and cultures. When she's not working, Rebecca loves running, hosting dinner parties, discovering new films, learning Spanish, and volunteering. 

Joanne Symmonds Office Manager

Joanne is originally from Chicago, Illinois.  She attended Illinois State University, studying Political Science and French.  She participated in a semester long study abroad program at Grenoble University while at ISU.  She moved to Colorado in 1989 and worked in the legal field for 15 years.  Most recently, she has worked as an Office Manager for a small language group and a construction company.  She is married with two children in college.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at animal rescues, gardening and taking walks with her family and rescue dog, Liam.

Alex McDonald Education Coordinator

Originally from Atlanta, Alex fell in love with Colorado while studying French at Colorado College. She returned to Atlanta to earn her master's degree in French and teaching. After 5 years in Atlanta, she returned to Denver to continue teaching high school, until she joined AF Denver. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, baking, and spending time with her family on walks around her neighborhood.

Sonya Larocque Administrative Assistant 

Sonya is originally from Quebec, Canada, and has lived in the United States since 2002. In 2003, she completed her doctorate in geography from the University of Victoria (British Columbia).  She worked as a professor at the University of Wisconsin for a few years, after which she focused her energy on raising her two children, now in 8th grade and college. After many moves, she settled in Denver with her family 11 years ago. To relax, she loves kickboxing, cycling, gardening, playing board games, watching K-Dramas, and doing art with her daughter

Flo Chaidron Administrative Assistant

Floriane was born near Paris and studied English and German translation as well as history of art. After working for 6 years as a tour guide and then as an administrative assistant in France, she moved in Denver with her family. She is passionate about French culture, history of art and drawing. 

Linda Maich Administrative Assistant

Linda was born in Denver, Colorado, and she took her very first French lesson at the Alliance Française de Denver many years ago. She continues to be enamored by the French language and culture. She has lived in London, Paris, and Morocco. Linda worked at Denver Botanic Gardens for fourteen years in visitor services and learned so much about the magic of plants. She is also a musician, potter, and gardener. She volunteers at the Temple Grandin Equine Center where she spends enriching time with horses and people. Linda adores raspberry macarons and walks in the gardens of Paris.

Our Teachers

Anne loves the arts. She studied Art History at the School of the Louvre and worked in the movie and TV industry for Canal Plus before moving to Canada and the United States.
Aline Guilmin Teacher

Aline was born and raised in Belgium. She moved to Denver in 2021 after spending 3 years in India and 3 in Paris. She holds a Master's degree in Translation in English and Dutch and worked in Human Resources for about 10 years before making the decision to start a new career as a French Teacher, and she enjoys it a lot!

He has taught French at the AFD for 6 years and enjoys helping those achieve literacy. Before the AFD, he lived in Paris teaching high school science and mathematics.
Jean-Claude likes going to the movies, traveling and watching soccer. He has been teaching French for 27 years (12 years at the AFD) and truly enjoys sharing Francophonie with others.
Danica Guerrero attended Seattle Pacific University where she earned her BA in European Studies/French with a minor in English literature. She earned her MA in French in 2020 through the University of North Texas, and thanks to her husband's military service, she has taught French in high schools in Washington, Colorado, North Dakota, and Texas.
Blandine graduated in sciences in London (UK) where she also trained to become a French teacher. She says: “More than anything else, what I am trying to convey in my classes is the love of learning.

Céline’s passion is teaching French, which she has been doing for 15 years. She values a good rapport with her students and listening to their needs.

Christian has taught science and French to junior high school students. He enjoys teaching French at the Alliance Française de Denver.

Claudia’s professional focus has been in the field of environmental education. She has taught French and Spanish for many years. She teaches adult classes in Centennial.
LUIGINA CERRI Teacher (Boulder)

Luigina holds a Master’s degree and has been teaching both French & Italian in various schools & universities across the Front Range including CSU, UNC, and the University of Denver. She has also studied in Bordeaux, Avignon, and Carcassonne, France.

LISE ROUSSIN Private Teacher (Boulder)
Lise has taught French at the Alliance Française de Denver since 1998. She now only teaches private classes in the Boulder area and loves what she does.


The Alliance Française de Denver is grateful to our dedicated supporters and advisors from the local business, academic and cultural community. Our Board of Trustees consists of both French and American members who are actively involved in AFD's growth. We thank you for your vision and your support!
Don't hesitate to contactthe AFD's Board of Directors for questions regarding our organization: AFDBoard@crofoottravel.com

Christophe Poulet, President
Linette Hayat, Vice President
Christian Roche,Vice President
Hank Windmoeller, Treasurer
Fritz Bart, Secretary

Emma Glass, Marketing Committee Chair
Danielle Badler, Board Member 
Catherine Bedard, Board Member
Reynald Bodeux, Board Member 
Jeff Richards, Honorary Board Member


Lir M.

I'd like to start this off by thanking you for teaching me so much French. You were a great teacher and you helped me learn so many new things. I'd also like to apologize for missing a lot of lessons, although I'm sure that I would've rather gone to them. Again, you are the best teacher I've ever had, and it's sad to say goodbye to you.

Lir M.

Stephen G.

Alliance Française de Denver created a wonderful virtual environment where I spent my Summer vacation; visiting the winemaking area of Bouzy; celebrating Bastille Day; learning how to cook with flowers; touring historic châteaux and beautiful villages; all in the safety and comfort of my home.

A real treat for any Francophone person; especially having a daily place for French chat to try out and maintain colloquial skills.

Stephen G.

Sue T.

Anne is fantastic! The material is fast paced for this "old dog" to learn new tricks, but we could not go slower. It has been very helpful to prepare me for my trip to France.

Sue T.

Cristina G.

A great place to learn and practice French while getting acquainted with French culture and interesting people. I definitely recommend AFD and their events. Je parle français! Et vous?

Cristina G.


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