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

Michele Olston – Treasurer

Charles Bernstein – School Development

Patrick Consorti – Development

Raf Howery – Growth

Hélène Laroche Davis – School Advisor

Eddie Leblanc – Communications

Catherine Plottier – Events

Jacqueline W Stewart  – Literature

Jean-Baptiste Su – Development

Vincent Tauzia – Growth

Bernadette Theisen – Book Club & Literature


Virginie Zenero – Registration for all centers & general information


Florence Thomas – School Director

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

Virginie Zenero – Library