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Kelsey Roy
Interim Assistant Director

Kelsey Roy is completing her PhD in French at the UW-Madison. She came to us from Coon Rapids, MN, where she studied Spanish. Once at the UW, she certainly got her fill of French.  Kelsey has lived at the French House as an undergraduate, worked in the kitchen, and later served as our Resident Assistant. She currently manages all aspects of residential life at the French House.

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Bhavana Suvarna
Resident Assistant

Bhavana is a graduate student in the Professional French Masters Program. As an undergraduate, she was a resident assistant and so she comes with plenty of experience! As part of her French degree, Bhavana spent a trimester studying in Dakar, Senegal, and in 2018-2019, she was an English Language Assistant in Normandy.

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Fabien Siles
Assistant 2019-2020

Fabien comes to UW-Madison from Aix-Marseille Université where he is completing a Masters in Cultural Studies of the Anglophone World. His thesis focuses on a linguistic analysis of the communication of U.S. politicians on Twitter.  Living in Madison during the wind up to the 2020 presidential elections will be an exciting time for him!  When he is not helping out as an assistant at the French House and teaching French in the department, Fabien plans to spend some time investigating the music scene in Madison and hopefully join in.

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Karen Ladell
Head Chef

Karen has been our head chef since the fall of 2014. A Madison native, Karen has enjoyed traveling abroad to Central America and throughout Europe. Over the past 20 years of her career she has specialized primarily in natural foods and pastries.

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Andrew Irving
Financial Manager | Board Member

Andrew Irving was Director of the French House from 1995 to 2019. Originally from the Boston area, he received his PhD in French from the UW-Madison in 1997 where he taught French language and literature and was also an advisor for undergraduate majors. He now teaches French for Eagle School in Madison, a private K-8 school for gifted and talented students. For 2019-2020, Andrew will continue to manage the financial aspects of the French House, as well as consult and guide the current manager.