Barbara has worked at the French Cultural Center for 24 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, until she took over the Director’s position in 2016. 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 is Vice-President 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.
Cultural Programs Manager / Head Receptionist / Office Manager
I love meeting new people, sharing tips and points of view. The French Cultural Center is a place which allows you to experience that every day.
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.
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 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.
Youth Programs Supervisor
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.
Being at the French Cultural Center allows me to be surrounded by new cultural experiences daily.