Governance

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AFC is governed by a Board of Trustees in compliance with 501(c)3 requirements.  The Trustees are charged with legal obligations to ensure that the organization’s assets serve a public benefit.

Board of Trustees:

Servane de Layre-Matthéus, Honorary Trustee

A native of the Eure-et- Loir region in France, Servane was raised near Chartres and continues to be based there, attending the Cathedral and being nurtured her entire life by its spiritual, historic and aesthetic values. In 1992, she and her husband, Jean, joined with Pierre Firmin-Didot to establish Chartres, sanctuaire du Monde (CSM), which works with the French government to safeguard the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres. Over the last twenty five years, CSM has received donations from thousands of individuals, as well as corporations and foundations. By the invitation of Servane and Jean, American Friends of Chartres was founded in 2005.

Monika Riely, Trustee Emerita, Founder and first President

Monika is an international expert in development and marketing in the arts and education with
experience in Japan, Germany and the United States. Responding to Jean and Servane’s invitation, she created American Friends of Chartres, brought together its first Board of Trustees, and identified its inaugural project. By end March 2013, nearly $250,000 had been raised from approximately 100 people and four foundations, the five lancet windows of the south portal had been restored, and cultural and educational projects had begun. For this “significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural heritage”, Monika was awarded the distinction of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture of France in 2012.

Dominique Lallement, President

Dominique is an economist with a MPA degree from Princeton University and over forty-five years of experience in international development, including in policy design, strategy and project development and financing in agriculture, energy and infrastructure development in developing countries, primarily at the World Bank. Since 2006, she has focused her consulting activities on issues related to gender equality and social inclusion, employment, energy, and climate change. As a student in France, she walked the last 40km to Chartres in the annual student pilgrimage. Dominique joined the Board of AFC in 2010 and became its president in March 2013. Passionate about architecture, stained glass, manuscript illumination, and cultural heritage, Dominique sees in Notre-Dame de Chartres a unique haven for universal understanding, respect, and peace amongst people of all cultures, faiths, and artistic interests. Having adopting the US as her second home, joining AFC is also an avenue for Dominique to strengthen the friendship and cultural ties between the US and France. She led the development and completion of AFC’s second project, the restoration of the Bakers’ Windows (Bay 140), as well as several cultural events. She lives in Washington D.C.

Kai P. Chan, Vice-President

Kai, a former executive of Corning, Inc. who specialized in international business development in China and other parts of the world, is one of three founding trustees of the American Friends of Chartres (AFC) when it was established in 2005. He helped AFC successfully complete its inaugural project in 2013 – the restoration of the five lancets of the South portal of Chartres – as well as AFC’s second project, the restoration of the Bakers’ Windows. He succeeds as Vice-President Pierre-Louis Roederer, who passed away in January 2015. He resides in New York City.

Damien Balsan

Damien is a French citizen and Bostonian, Damien is an international businessman with information technology expertise. His career spans over continents from Mexico with FRANCE TELECOM, to Eastern Europe with GEMALTO, and other countries in South America, launching mobile banking and mobile commerce applications. In the US, he has held positions with Nokia and PayPal, co-created LoopPay, and now works with Samsung. Damien graduated from the Sloan School of Management of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Damien has spearheaded AFC’s cultural and fundraising activities in Massachusetts.

Craig Kuehl

Craig is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer who served in Mexico City, Tunis, Geneva, New York City (United Nations), Durban, South Africa, Nicosia, Paris (special assignment after retirement) and Istanbul in positions ranging from Political Officer and Public Affairs Officer to Consul General and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO. Craig is an inveterate Francophile, particularly of its churches, monasteries, cathedrals, and…cuisine. Craig is spearheading AFC’s multi-media communications strategy. He lives in New York City and travels to France as often as he can.

Anne Sullivan, Acting Treasurer

Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Anne practiced law in New York City. A life-long passion for medieval art inspired her turn to art history, and she received an MA from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. After serving as AFC’s Executive Director, Anne currently practices law in Washington D.C. Anne leads all the legal aspects of AFC’s institutional responsibilities and activities. AFC for her combines concrete restoration and conservation endeavors, and cultural, humanistic and aesthetic pursuits.

 

Advisors:

Dennis Aubrey

Dennis founded and served as CEO of Altamira Group, the company that created software for scalable high-resolution digital imagery. He is a photographer of sacred art and has undertaken a long-term project to document Romanesque and Gothic churches in France and Spain, Via Lucis. This work is characterized by an understanding of the technical accomplishments of the medieval builders and a desire to discover the spiritual underpinning of the structures. Dennis graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and has been named a Distinguished Alumnus. He is a member of the International Association of Architectural Photographers. Dennis resides in Ohio.

Professor Madeline H. Caviness

Madeline H. Caviness is a renowned scholar of medieval art, particularly medieval stained glass. She is the Mary Richardson Professor and Professor of the History of Art Emerita, Tufts University. Her ongoing research explores feminist theory in the context of medieval art objects. Her awards are numerous, most recently: Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Tufts University Award for Distinguished Research and the Seymour Simches Award for Teaching and Advising (2005); and the Distinguished Senior Scholar Award, American Association of University Women Educational Foundation (2005). She has served as President of the Union Académique Internationale, which fosters international collaboration for humanities projects organized by academics, such as language atlases, dictionaries, archaeological inventories and maps, and text editions. She is also a former President of Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi, US. Madeline lives in Boston.

Cécile Coisne

Cécile Coisne is a stained-glass artist who worked for several years at Jim Anderson’s studio in Boston. With an Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from IGS, France and a certificate in HR Management from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Cécile spent several years in the banking industry. She advises AFC on fund-raising opportunities.

Jill K.H. Geoffrion

The Rev. Jill K. H. Geoffrion is well-known for her work and seven publications on the labyrinth, two of which focus on the Chartres labyrinth.  She has published a guide for pilgrims and retreatants at Chartres and spends a considerable part of each year in residence there. Her work as a professional photographer points to the unique character and inspiration of this church, as well as other sacred sites around the world. As a guide, workshop leader and retreat facilitator, she enjoys connecting the spiritual needs of those who come to Chartres. She also enjoys guiding visitors in enhancing their photography skills to get the best possible shots of this glorious edifice.

Ellen Shortell

Ellen Shortell is a historian of medieval art whose work focuses on stained glass and Gothic architecture and their interrelationship. She is Professor of Art History at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Vice President of the international board of the Corpus Vitrearum. The subjects of her research and publication include the former collegiate church of Saint-Quentin, one of the great Gothic churches of Picardy, whose 12th- and 13th-century architecture and stained glass are closely related to those of Chartres Cathedral.  Ellen lives in Boston.

Anne Marie Woods

Anne Marie Woods has Masters Degrees in French Literature from the University of Chicago and in French and comparative literature from the University of Strasbourg, France. Anne Marie worked for the Alliance Française in Chicago and the Chambers of Commerce of Strasbourg and Chartres. She is working with well-known guide Malcolm Miller and is the only full-time American guide in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres. Anne Marie is AFC’s liaison in Chartres with Chartres, sanctuaire du Monde. She resides in Rambouillet, France.

Volunteers:

Prasadini Bogollagama and Charlotte Lallement-Klaus periodically volunteer with the administrative work. Prasadini also featured in the promotional video for the first fund-raising campaign on Razoo.

George Collinet, renowned radio broadcaster and video film-maker, has donated his talents and time for the production of AFC’s promotional video.

Luis Fernando Hurtado Roa is a website designer. With a BA in information technology, he has helped re-create and maintain AFC’s website. He resides in Bethesda, MD.

Olivia Kiers recently joined AFC as a volunteer on social media, website and YouTube communications. With a Master’s degree in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University, she is very interested in preservation projects and works as the assistant editor with Art New England magazine. She also holds a BA in French, and loves French culture and history. Olivia resides in Brookline, MA.

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