Staff

STAFF

Audrey Nikitine 
Executive Director

A native of France, Audrey fell in love with New Orleans during an amazing – and too short – trip in 2014. Before coming to New Orleans, she was a civil servant in France for more than 15 years, with roles in culture, education, languages and nonprofit organizations. Audrey is looking forward to promoting the French and francophone language and culture, for and with this warm and wonderful community.
 
 
 
 
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Cassandra Holbrook
Administrative Manager
Born and bred in rural Georgia, Cassandra arrived fresh from 17 years in New York City, with a background in Operations Management in Executive Office, Wine Import/Distribution, and Client Service fields.  An avid traveler, she’s lived in Mexico and Brazil, speaks Portuguese, and has studied French and dabbled in Spanish.  She collects old records, cooks, and looks forward to helping the Alliance grow.
 
 
 
 
Bérengère Sava
Programs Coordinator
A native of France, Bérengère first worked as a social worker in jail and community centers, managing cultural, athletic and educational projects. She loved teaching French at the University in Bolivia for one month in 2012 so much that she changed her career to become a French teacher.
After having passed the DAEFLE, she taught French in Ecuador for one year. When she went back to France last year, in her native Alsace, she worked at the french Alliance in Strasbourg. She loves teaching, but she also wanted to return to his first love: managing projects. So when she saw the proposal of an internship in programs coordination, she didn’t hesitate. Her goals is to develop the school’s offer and to be a resource person for the team of teachers. She just joined New Orleans’s badminton club and has been playing badminton for 20 years.
 


Rachel Brandsness
Events and Communications Coordinator

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Rachel is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN.  After touring the United States as a guitarist in rock bands and working in Nashville studios between 2009 and 2016, Rachel shifted her focus to web and graphics design and worked remotely while traveling in Canada and Europe. At the beginning of 2017, Rachel moved to New Orleans after having fallen in love with the city on multiple tour stops. A long-time student of Spanish, Rachel started taking French classes at the Alliance Française of New Orleans shortly after moving to the city and took the opportunity to join the team as the Events and Communications Coordinator without hesitation in September 2017. When not geeking out over French grammar and slangs, Rachel has taught Krav Maga, loves to ski back home in Oregon, and continues her ongoing search for the best of New Orleans’ spiciest foods.