Meet our Staff!

We are currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Marie-France Sanderson.

Marie-France Sanderson
Cultural Events Director and Certifications Specialist
Office: (858) 550-0144

Our Staff

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Lindsay McNicol
Executive Director

Lindsay Reva McNicol was born and Raised in San Diego California and spent most of her vacation time traveling to French Polynesia where her mothers family is from. She took an immediate interest in her Tahitian roots, dedicating herself to the culture and dance that is so unique to French Polynesia. In 2009 she was crowned Miss Pacific Islander of San Diego and shortly after founded Reva Tahiti Productions and Heiva San Diego Cultural Festival that attracts people from all over the world. She is currently the Executive Director at Alliance Francaise de San Diego with the intent of sharing and learning the Culture of France.

Elisabeth Bergman
Educational Director

Elisabeth Madeleine Bergman was born in France in Britany and moved to Portugal when she was 15. She started teaching French in Portugal as a teenager for pocket money as she learned the Portuguese language and culture. In 1991, after finishing a Linguistics degree at the University of Lisbon, she was offered to teach Portuguese at UCSD where she met a future husband. Elisabeth enjoys teaching French, mostly evening and week-end as she also is a full time employee at CDG, a Boeing Company since 1999. Teacher (and just recently School Director) at the Alliance Française de San Diego since 2009, this is where she share the love of the French language and Culture to everyone who wants to speak that beautiful language.

Marie France
Marie-France Sanderson
Cultural Events Director and Certifications Specialist

Marie-France came to Las Vegas in July 2014 and moved one year later to California. She’s been working previously in Chile in South America for five years and in Washington DC for three years in French schools. She enjoys doing yoga and hiking and spending time with her husband and son. Since October 2015, she’s very happy to be part of Alliance Française de San Diego as Cultural Events Director and Certifications Specialist promoting the French language and culture in San Diego.

Helene L.

As a child I have always heard that my father’s dream was to have a bookstore. He had a lot of them some even rare; this love for books must be genetic as I inherited that from him.

When we moved from Toulouse 3 years ago to San Diego, we had my husband and I many boxes of books and French comics and after a while I started to look for a library where French books were available and found L’Alliance Française de San Diego.

I volunteered in June last year for the library and since September I have organized the book club.

This is a lot of fun as I discover new authors or classics ones, French of course, and try to communicate my passion to other passionate.

L’Alliance Française is a great place to share our love for the French culture, history, and language and to make new wonderful friends.

Poeti Bordes

My name is Poeiti, and I am 21 years old. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Tahiti in French Polynesia. As Tahitian and French, I grew up not only being surrounded by white-sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons but also by fields of lavender and the song of the cicadas of my beloved Provence. This has influenced me a lot regarding my passion for travels, other cultures, arts, food and outdoors activities. I came to the US about three years ago for my Bachelor’s degree. I recently graduated and decided to join the Alliance Française of San Diego for my internship. The Alliance is a great and powerful organization that promotes and represents the French culture perfectly. I’m looking forward to learning a lot from this experience and people I will have the pleasure to meet.


Office hours:
Mon-Wed- Fri: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Mon-Tues-Wed-Thu: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

School location: 
6640 Lusk blvd suite 104
San Diego, Ca 92121
Free parking

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