Barbara has worked at the French Cultural Center for more than 20 years. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in electrical engineering from her native Belgium, where she pursued research in biomedical engineering, and another in film production from Boston University, that led her to produce a number of independent films. Barbara has been at the very heart of the Center her whole career: from Film Assistant to Executive Director, Barbara has evolved through various positions such as Cultural Programs Manager, Director of Programs and Communications, and Chief Operating Officer. Her career has enabled her to forge many friendships and ties in the local Francophone and Francophile communities.
Barbara has represented the Center and Alliance Française of Boston throughout the years and has most recently been appointed board member of the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA. An avid reader and film buff, Barbara presents the Center’s monthly ciné-club and relishes discussions with each enthusiastic audience.
She is committed to pursuing the extraordinary mission of the French Cultural Center and believes that the Francophone world is worth exploring in all its different cultures. She wishes that visitors of the Center experience the welcome embrace of French and Francophone cultures together, as a community.
Cultural Programs and Business Outreach Manager
Every day brings an opportunity to learn from each other. The Center is rich by the experience, multiculturalism and multilingualism of its team.
Executive Manager of Operations
Wonders are built where cultures meet.
I love discovering different parts of France and the Francophone world because each region and its culture is so different. There is still so much I have yet to discover and that excites me.
My French journey has taken me across the ocean, across the country, across the Saint Lawrence, and now to Boston. I look forward to seeing where it will take each of our visitors!
Director of Development
Language is the gateway to appreciating culture and an openness to new cultures is both personally rewarding and key to international harmony.
Director of Marketing
Being multilingual can provide opportunities, create connections, and open minds. The francophone world is vast, and one we are happy to introduce you to.
Director of Education
Being multilingual has allowed me to travel to many different places and meet great people along the way!
I am consistently amazed by the people, opportunities, and joy that French has brought into my life. There is nothing better than sharing my love of libraries and language with our visitors!
Adult Programs Manager
If language is a positive factor contributing to a better knowledge of a specific culture, multilingualism is an unending source of great discoveries.
Special Events Manager
I fell in love with French language and culture on my first trip to Paris many years ago. Though I don't get to go back as often as I'd like, walking through the doors of the French Cultural Center every morning is like taking a red-eye to Europe, minus the jetlag.
There is a saying that “you live a new life for every language that you speak.” The Center provides opportunities to not only learn French, but also to exchange ideas and perspectives.
Marketing Associate / Graphic Design
Being at the French Cultural Center allows me to be surrounded by new cultural experiences daily.
Stories and languages have both taken me to far-off places. The resources and support that the French Cultural Center can provide are simply phenomenal!
Shari is delighted to be a member of the community at the French Cultural Center in Boston and to combine her passion for French culture with her business skills. She views the FCC / AF as a strong, dynamic, and welcoming environment where learning language and participating in cultural events is foremost and fun!
Youth Programs Manager
I like to think we play a small part in shaping the current and future global citizens of our community.