As the Senior Director of Regional Programs and Director for the CEA Paris Center, Alexandra is responsible for overall programming and operations for CEA sites in France, maintaining CEA standards across all educational programs. There's a lot to keep her busy on-site, including long and short-term Program Development, managing Finance and Human Resources, overseeing Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, and working with students in and out of the classroom.
Alexandra earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and French at Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) and completed a DEA after earning a Master of Arts in Art History at the Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne (France). As a student, Alexandra was drawn to study abroad straight away. A high school travel program in Western Europe inspired her to complete study abroad programs in Florence, Italy and Caen, France as an undergraduate.
Before joining CEA, Alexandra started her career as a one-person office Program Coordinator for CAPA International Education in Paris, where she gained experience in hands-on programming. Through experience and professional development, Alexandra has taken a particular interest in questions of health & safety abroad, and how meaningful integration can help students better understand their host environment and, consequently, stay safer while studying and travelling abroad.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Alexandra also lived in the U.S. for many years, as well as France, Italy, and Greece. She often tells students that, "studying abroad is not easy, but when home starts to feel foreign and your host country starts to feel like home, you know that you have been profoundly marked by your experience."
- APUAF: Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France, President, 2013 and Executive Board Member 2008-2013
- Washington University in St. Louis APAP (Alumni organization)
- OSAC France: Active member of OSAC Steering Committee, U.S. Embassy in Paris (Overseas Security Advisory Council)
- “After the Paris Attacks: Education Abroad & the New Normal”, co-presenter, Forum Webinar, January 2016
- “After the Paris Attacks: Working with Students Facing the New Normal”, co-presenter, Forum Post-Conference Workshop Athens, Greece, October 2016
- “Post-Paris: Study Abroad in the New Normal”, co-presenter, AASAP Workshop, London, England, March 2017
- Status Report on Gender Studies in France : Resources for Accommodating LGBT Students in France, APUAF Annual Meeting of US Program Directors in France, March 2011
- Homestay and Apartment Living Arrangements: APUAF Annual Meeting of U.S. Program Directors in France, March 2011
- Participation at Resident Director's Fireside Dialogue, Forum European Conference – Dublin, Ireland, December 2012
After a 3-week summer program in the U.S.S.R. with homestays in Leningrad and Moscow, Susan attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. She spent her junior year studying at Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France with the College of William and Mary. After a rough start, she didn’t want to leave so moved to France after graduation to teach English at a Parisian middle and high school through the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program In France (TAPIF). She broadened her international perspective while working at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Following a Master’s in French at Université Paris VIII, Susan earned a dual doctoral degree in Comparative Literature and French from Paris VIII and Rutgers University. This led her to return to the U.S. where she taught French and Francophone studies for 15 years. Leading experiential study abroad trips to France and facilitating student development in this way was one of her favorite experiences and it’s now part of her daily work at CEA!
Susan loves to discover cultures from the inside and has had great homestays of at least a week in Argentina, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland, in addition to her other global travels. She dabbles in baking and gardening and is a registered yoga teacher.
Christopher oversees academic programs offered through CEA Paris. His responsibilities range from curriculum development to faculty training, as well as student advising and partner program oversight. He has developed an extensive working knowledge of academic approaches to topics ranging from world health care systems to global management information systems.
Christopher holds a Masters of Arts in French from New York University (N.Y.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French from Auburn University (Ala.). Prior to joining CEA, Christopher was an Instructor of French at Clemson University (S.C.). In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he facilitated study abroad programs for Clemson's College of Art, Architecture and Humanities, and directed a summer language program in Paris.
As a long-time U.S. citizen living overseas, Christopher thinks that "students should be increasingly aware of the monumental competition they will face in an increasingly globalized job market. Learning languages and developing an ethical and responsible contact with non-U.S. cultures through structured study abroad programming is one way in which to do so."
* Phi Beta Kappa
* APUAF : Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France
* Facebook training for study abroad professionals, APUAF Annual Meeting of U.S. Program Directors in France, March 2010
* Student travel abroad: ensuring your student's safety, APUAF Annual Meeting of U.S. Program Directors in France, March 2013
* Digital Video Conference (DVC) Presentation, U.S. Department of State, Africa Regional Services, Paris, France (with US Embassy in Cotonou, Benin). Activism and the LGBT Community. June 2013.
Digital Video Conference (DVC) presentation, U.S. Department of State, Africa Regional Services, Paris, France (with US Embassy in Brazzaville, Congo). Study in the US. November 2013.
Anne-Cécile's role at CEA is to accompany students through their time abroad, helping them adjust and adapt to their new Parisian lives and host culture. She organizes orientations, excursions, and social activities throughout the program, and is an excellent resource for things to do in France.
As a professor of French as a Foreign Language, Anne-Cécile also teaches at the CEA Paris Center.
Anne-Cécile holds a Master of Arts in French as a Foreign Language from the Université de Paris X–Nanterre. Prior to joining CEA, Anne-Cécile coordinated the cultural programming for Northwestern University (Ill.) students at l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
After receiving her M.A., Anne-Cécile moved to Amsterdam for six months; however, her experience lasted four years. Even though she stayed in Europe, Anne-Cécile encountered many cultural differences which she overcame with patience and an open mind. Her fondness of travel and discovering new cultures took her to Romania, Croatia, Uzbekistan, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Canada, and the U.S. Her next dream destination is Iceland, with its magical landscapes, self-empowered people, and delightful traditions.
Anne-Cécile also taught French as a foreign language in France, UK, Hungary, and the Netherlands. In addition to her teaching and administrative positions, Anne-Cécile has been a contributing author for several French Language textbooks, developed and published by Clé International. Her dedication to humanitarian work has also led her to positions teaching literacy as a volunteer for non-profit organizations throughout her career.
* Pixel 2 – Guide pédagogique with Stéphanie Callet / Clé International
* Pixel 2 – Cahier d'exercice with Stéphanie Callet / Clé international
* Pixel 4 – cahier d'exercices / Clé International
* écho Junior 1, 2, 3 – Guide Pédagogique – with Jacky Girardet / Clé International
As Academic Coordinator, Elisa liaises with local academic institutions in Paris, including the Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne, the Institut Catholique, and the Novancia Business School. She also manages registration, course and co-curricular scheduling, and student advising for all CEA Paris academic programs.
Elisa supports the Academic Dean, faculty, and students at the CEA Paris Center, and acts as the main contact for Custom Program visiting faculty. In this capacity, she often finds herself working with faculty to integrate the city of Paris into their curriculum and bring the course to life.
Elisa earned an Associate Degree in Tourism and Hospitality from the Lycée de Tourisme du Val de Loire, after which she spent two years studying at Westminster College in London. Elisa has 15 years of experience in academic administration for Study Abroad programs; prior to joining CEA, she held administrative positions in the hotel and tourism industry, taught English to children in Cambodia, worked as a Tea Lady in London, and as an extra on a film set in Hong Kong.
Elisa spent several years traveling and living throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the West Indies, and would love for her travels to take her to the North Pole or Northern Scandinavia to see an Aurora Borealis. Elisa's motto and advice for students is: "Wherever you are, go with the flow!"
As Program Administrator, Isabelle provides administrative support to the CEA Paris office and is responsible for human resources, legal, facilities, and financial administrative processes. Isabelle also assists the CEA Paris team with event planning and tasks that span all aspects of CEA programming.
Isabelle comes to CEA with extensive experience in business administration, having worked for over 20 years in human resources and general administration for international companies, mainly in the petrol industry. She has held different positions from Executive Assistant to Human Resources Specialist, and has a particular interest in law. She studied law at the Université de Paris XIII – Saint Denis, before spending two years in Montréal, Canada where she participated in the launch of a French grocery store. Isabelle is a born and raised Parisian and still lives in the city with her husband. She has two sons: one who is a chef at his restaurant in Paris and one who is studying psychology in Montréal, Canada.
As a parent, Isabelle believes that she had two precious things to give her children: roots and wings. She says “it is never easy when they go away from the roots, but if they use their wings to study abroad, it is fantastic!”
Jacqueline, the newest addition to our CEA Paris team, is a true global citizen, who has lived, worked, and studied in Washington DC, Montpellier, and London before moving to Paris. Jacqueline is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and completed a B.A. in History, Political Science, and French at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities prior to earning a Master’s Degree in Human Rights at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Jacqueline will be replacing Colin Maunoury as Internship Coordinator in Paris. She will brings tremendous energy, knowledge, and experience in various fields to the team and to her new role helping our students develop their life goals in their Parisian internship placements.
She is passionate about literature and cinema. She loves to read a book at home in Montmartre when it is rainy and cold out, in the company of her cat, Olga Picasso.
James Benn rejoins the CEA Paris Office this summer as a Program Coordinator, specializing in Housing and Student Affairs. He will support the Paris team through the busy summer months and help get us started with Fall semester. James brings with him a deep knowledge of Paris and passion for study abroad, having worked in the study abroad sector here for over two decades. James studied abroad three times in Quebec, Canada; in France; and in Sochi, Russia. He loves learning languages and speaks Russian, French, and other languages too (but a spy never tells).
James enjoys cooking Bœuf bourguignon from scratch on a Sunday afternoon.