The board of the North Seattle French School is organized into two main segments: an executive board that manages the core functions of the organization, and an operational board that helps organize and execute the day-to-day activities. Decisions are made democratically through a voting process. Each member has a single vote except for the advisory board which has no voting rights.  The board is made up of elected volunteer members from our community including current parents, former parents, and volunteers. Current parent members do not receive any compensation for their time whatsoever.

Executive Board

  • Jennifer Thiebaud, Chair
    Jennifer Thiebaud, Chair

    Jennifer is native to the Seattle area and fell in love with France when she was an exchange student at 16 years old. Her husband is a French national, and their two children are at NSFS. Jennifer has a degree in international relations, and her career has included school admissions, teaching, academic advising, and event planning. For over 10 years, she has worked in the field of corporate social responsibility, first at a Fortune 500 company and currently as a director for a consultant company, working to protect human rights globally in manufacturing.

  • Abby Hook, Vice Chair
    Abby Hook, Vice Chair

    Abby grew up across the U.S. and moved to Seattle in 1994 for college. After earning her undergraduate degree in forest engineering from the University of Washington, she spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa. She returned to the states in 2001 and earned a dual master’s degree in public administration and hydrology from UW. Abby now runs her own consulting practice and works with local tribes and other watershed partners to improve conservation planning. She and her husband live in Ballard with their two children. Their family enjoys hiking, reading, clamming and skiing.

  • Virginie Volpe, Founder & Finance Chair
    Virginie Volpe, Founder & Finance Chair

    Born and raised in France, Virginie first came to Seattle to attend Shoreline Community College. She then attended Seattle University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in international business and also met her husband, a Seattle native. After several years working in the semiconductor industry, Virginie acquired a Six Sigma Certification, and in 2008, became president of Volpaia Consulting LLC. Virginie is the mother of two NSFS students.

  • Ufuk Ince, Treasurer
    Ufuk Ince, Treasurer

    A dual citizen of Turkey and the U.S., Ufuk divides his time three ways: in the academic world at Pacific Lutheran University, as a portfolio manager/partner at a wealth management firm, and as a volunteer in community organizations. His background–including an MBA, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in financial economics-allows him to teach, do research, practice investments and finance, and delve into all things capital markets-related. Ufuk has two children at NSFS and feels lucky to be part of the Ecole Bilingue de Seattle community.

Operational Board

  • Gregory Block, Strategic Chair
    Gregory Block, Strategic Chair

    Gregory’s goal on the board is to identify and implement strategies that improve board and staff productivity. In his day job, he is the vice president of corporate development of Universal Cells, Inc., a Seattle-based biotechnology company. He holds a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from Tulane University and a masters in biochemistry from the University of Toronto, as well as a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Washington. Previously, Gregory combined his science background with nonprofit work at Friends of FSH Research. His older son attends NSFS.

  • Claire Lundberg, Fundraising Chair
    Claire Lundberg, Fundraising Chair

    Claire grew up in Berkeley, CA but spent most of her adult life in and around New York City, where she worked extensively in theater, film and television, including on the film No Country for Old Men. In 2010, she and her husband moved to Paris, where their two daughters were born. Claire’s passion for bilingual education began as she watched her children absorb and integrate both French and English from birth, and when the family moved to Seattle in 2015, they joined North Seattle French School. Claire founded and runs CTL Scouting, a literary scouting firm, and she has written a popular series of articles for Slate magazine on being an American parent in France.

  • Vivian Sovran, Community Chair
    Vivian Sovran, Community Chair

    Vivian grew up in Sudbury, Ontario, and loved French in school, but it wasn’t until she attended McGill University and immersed herself in Montreal’s bilingual culture that she realized she was a true Francophile. In 2007, Vivian earned a doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and has practiced primary care family medicine ever since. She is passionate about bilingual education and believes that a second language is one of the greatest gifts a parent can bestow on a child. She and her husband live in Ballard with their daughter, who attends NSFS. When she gets the chance, Vivian loves making wearable art, singing and dancing, learning about different cultures, and relaxing in the great outdoors.

  • Erin Papworth, Marketing Chair
    Erin Papworth, Marketing Chair

    Erin grew up in Portland, Oregon. She has run safari lodges in Botswana and worked for Doctors without Borders in Sudan, Malawi and Central African Republic. She earned a master of public health degree from Tulane University and went on to manage large development teams, run multi-million dollar development programs, work with populations affected by HIV and other diseases, and consult for groups including the United Nations and the U.S. government. Erin moved back to the U.S. in 2015 and recently co-founded a company dedicated to utilizing cognitive psychology to increase financial literacy within a population. Her son is a student at NSFS.

Founders

  • Celia Beasley, Founder
    Celia Beasley, Founder

    Born to an American father and French mother, Celia is a native of Oakland, CA, where she attended Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley for nine years, including as a student in the school’s pioneering middle school class. The global perspective Celia acquired and the lifelong friendships she fostered there made her passionate about giving a similar experience to her own children, as well as others. Her daughter was part of the pioneering class in 2013. Celia works as a multimedia professional, producing and editing film, television and video.

  • Virginie Volpe, Founder & Finance Chair
    Virginie Volpe, Founder & Finance Chair

    Born and raised in France, Virginie first came to Seattle to attend Shoreline Community College. She then attended Seattle University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in international business and also met her husband, a Seattle native. After several years working in the semiconductor industry, Virginie acquired a Six Sigma Certification, and in 2008, became president of Volpaia Consulting LLC. Virginie is the mother of two NSFS students.

  • Paul Olivier, Founder
    Paul Olivier, Founder

    Paul is a dual citizen, born and raised in Toronto, Canada to an American mother and French father. He spearheaded the committee to find a permanent home for NSFS, and his older daughter was part of the pioneering class in 2013. As a professional, Paul splits his time between working as a scientist and inventor and as an entrepreneur raising funding in a start-up biotech company. Paul enjoys family outdoor time, cooking, parenting, and making lattes for his wonderful wife every morning. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in molecular biology and genetics.

  • Dana Short, Founder
    Dana Short, Founder

    Prior to joining the NSFS team in the spring of 2013, Dana worked in the fashion industry for 28 years, most recently as a regional account coordinator and customer service trainer for a Fortune 500 company. If asked, Dana would tell you that the highlight of her career is when she began working at the Ecole Bilingue de Seattle, where she happily gets paid in hugs. Dana served on the Executive Board of Directors for three years, with a focus on communications, administration and the launch of the maternelle program (preschool). In her spare time, Dana likes to dream up crazy adventures for her husband and daughter.