Our Team

The Alliance Française is the official center of French Language and Culture in Silicon Valley whose mission is to promote and enhance the knowledge and appreciation of French and Francophone culture, to increase the knowledge of the French language, and to encourage interaction among French, Francophone and American people through programs in education and the arts.

The Alliance Française Silicon Valley adheres to a non-discriminatory policy for all students and members. All Donations are Tax-Deductible under section 501(C)(3).


Upi Struzak – President

Gwladys Louis-Marie – Secretary of the Board &  Library

Michele Olston – Treasurer

Patrick Consorti – Development

Raf Howery – Growth

Douglas Hull – Marketing & Fundraising

Hélène Laroche Davis – School Advisor

Bernadette Theisen – Book Club & Literature


Shivani Sharma  – Reception, registration for all centers & information.  Email


School Director of AFSCV – Florence Thomas –  Email
Campbell Center Manager – Florence Thomas –  Email
Menlo Park Center Manager – Nacer Chambi –  Email
Santa Cruz Center Manager – Delphine Houssin – Email

Action Committees

Sylvie Legon – Bulletin Editor

Glenn Merys – Café Conversation

Upi Struzak – Website & Communications

Stella Tan – Luncheons

Bernadette Theisen – Book Club in Los Gatos

Jane Murdoch and Marie Mathevon – Book Club in Menlo Park

Gwladys Louis-Marie – Campbell library