President and Executive Director
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 President and 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.
French culture is so rich that spending a year in France wasn’t enough to absorb all the knowledge it has to share with the world. And being part of the Center helps me get more of it on a daily basis.
Youth Programs Manager
Being multilingual profoundly marks every aspect of my life; from the ability to create unique connections with others, to understanding the nuances of different cultures, to enjoying the various pleasures associated with language production. It’s a journey of self-discovery and exploration.
The joys of learning French and experiencing French culture will last a lifetime. I hope you’ll consider joining us for a class or an activity soon!
Language and literature shaped my personality, imagination and entire inner life like nothing else. It's a constant joy for me to share this love of stories with our visitors!
Director of Education
Being multilingual has allowed me to travel to many different places and meet great people along the way!
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.
Being at the French Cultural Center allows me to be surrounded by new cultural experiences daily.