Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

Charles Matt, President

Charles is a native of South Louisiana.  His love of French began when hearing his father conduct business in Cajun French.  He studied French in Tours, France prior to attending graduate school at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) where he earned an M.A. & S.T.B. degree.

Charles is a financial advisor with over twenty-five years of experience.  He and his wife & daughter have travelled to France frequently over the years.  Charles was elected President of the Alliance Française in July of 2017.

Mitch Millar, Membership Coordinator

Mitch is a native of central Illinois who has lived in San Antonio for over 16 years.  His love of French began in the early 1990s while studying on his own, and more recently, making great progress by attending the local Meetup French conversation group over the past six years.  He enjoys traveling to France, and has visited Aix-en-Provence and surrounding towns in the summers of 2013-15. Michael is also conversational in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian – studying Modern Greek as well.  He is the facilitator for the Meetup French conversation group at Blanco and 410, and serves as administrator for the Facebook group “Language Diary Journal”.  Michael joined the Alliance Française de San Antonio’s Board as Membership Coordinator in 2017.

Mary Cardenas, Treasurer

Mary is a third generation descendant of Belgian-American immigrants from Couesmes who settled in Belgium, IL. She is an advocate of languages and Francophile culture, believing that they link us to our past, present, and future. Mary obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Purdue University, and completed a year of study abroad in Strasbourg, France. She also holds a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Texas, San Antonio. Mary is C.P.A. and Director of Tax for Clifton Larson Allen, LLP. She contributes her professional expertise to help L’Alliance Française de San Antonio, and views her support as an opportunity to weave French into the cultural fabric of our historically vibrant city through contact with other Francophones.