Our Board of Directors

Patrice Melançon President

Patrice joins the board after a 33 year career in the United States Air Force. She served as the Executive Director of the Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida Reconstruction Program Management Office. Patrice was commissioned through the ROTC program at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette in 1988, graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

She spent nine years on active duty prior to entering the Air Force Reserve in 1997. Patrice has been a commander twice, has experience at base level, major command, combatant command, field operating agency and Air Staff levels. She has served stateside, as well as in Europe and Southwest Asia, and has experience in both peacetime and wartime contingency operations.

In her civilian career, Patrice served as a Senior Project Manager and Engineer with CDM Smith for 15 years, overseeing projects for various federal clients and programs. She served as the Watershed Engineering Department Manager for the San Antonio River Authority where she led a team of 27 to protect and enhance the creeks and rivers of the San Antonio River Basin.

Josephine Hurtado Secretary

Josephine joins the board after a thirty-year career in Engineering and Construction Management. Her work history includes extensive experience in estimate development, project and operations management for power generation and industrial projects in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Colombia. She started as a Project Construction Representative and subsequently served in various positions as Vice-President.

She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering. She began learning French at L’Alliance Française in Dominican Republic, her parents’ home country, and continues her French education through her AFSA membership. She enjoys traveling with her husband and daughters and serving in various community organizations supporting education.

Mitch Millar Membership Coordinator

Mitch is a native of central Illinois who has lived in San Antonio for over 19 years.  His love of French began in the early 1990s while studying on his own, and later, he continued study, participating in periodic meetings of a local French-language conversation group. 

He has enjoyed traveling to France, having visited Aix-en-Provence and surrounding towns in the summers of 2013-15. Mitch is also conversational in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian, and studies Korean through online courses. He enjoys participating in weekly language exchanges with friends, and serves as administrator for a Facebook group dedicated to writing in different languages.

Mitch joined the Board of the Alliance Française de San Antonio as Membership Coordinator in 2017.

Sylvia Rascoe Cultural Events Director

Mary Cardenas Former 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. 

Katarina Rome Treasurer

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