Robert BaldinoRobert Baldino
Robert is French and works as a Finance Director at Amazon. He has a long experience of living and working in France and the USA. After graduating in Finance from a French business school he obtained his MBA in International Business in New York. He and his family moved to the Pacific Northwest seven years ago and are happily settled here. He enjoys working in an international environment, is well connected with Seattle’s French community and has travelled extensively throughout the USA. He has had the pleasure of attending events organized by the Alliance Française and this has led him to want to become more directly involved in supporting our organization, leveraging his experience, networks and belief in the benefits of multi-cultural activity.

Thierry RautureauThierry Rautureau
Award winning chef/owner, Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s restaurant in Seattle, is originally from the town of Saint Hilaire de Clisson in the Muscadet region of France.
At fourteen, Thierry started a cooking apprenticeship and at sixteen went on a Regional Tour de France and trained in the cities of Le Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, Chamonix in the French Alps, and Hendaye in the Pays Basque.  At twenty already with six years of traditional French training behind him, Thierry headed for the United States. After three years in Chicago, Rautureau moved to Los Angeles.
While visiting Seattle in 1987, Rautureau dined at Rover’s and discovered that the restaurant was up for sale.  Tired of Los Angeles, he decided to buy the restaurant so that he could express his culinary creativity as the chef/owner while enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Thierry still considers his biggest accomplishments as being married to his wife Kathy for 26 years and being the proud father of his two gorgeous boys, Ryan, 22, and Adrian, 18. He also enjoys eating, drinking and cooking with his friends, and can often be found either playing soccer or tending to his garden.


Patrick CalliariPatrick Calliari
Patrick Calliari is a French Entrepreneur. Born and raised in Paris, he created his first enterprise in France and then embarked to new business ventures in South America, Canada and the United States. As a resident of Kirkland, Washington, for the last 13 years, he owns and operates a variety of enterprises between France and North America. He advocates the French culture and fosters trade with France.

4e153c8c039b72ade22d6c33bef86414_400x400Jean-Claude Beck
Jean-Claude Beck is a French native and is the winemaker at the Woodhouse Wine Estates. He has 25 years of experience as an accomplished winemaker and wine business professional with an established history of broad-based and distinguished achievement in the wine industry in France, California and Washington. Jean-Claude has a solid track record in boutique, medium sized and large scale wineries, of surpassing business and production goals while raising the quality and distinctiveness of wines. He is charismatic, skilled and motivated working with business partners, growers, co-workers, staff and clientele. In joining the board of the Alliance Française de Seattle, Jean-Claude is looking forward to applying his excellent leadership, analytical, organizational and planning skills to help further the organization’s mission, and strengthen its role in the greater Seattle community.


Olivier Fontana
Olivier Fontana is French and is a Director of Product Strategy in the AI+Research division of Microsoft. Olivier, his wife Tanja and their three children have lived in the Puget Sound for the past 14 years, and he has always been very active in the French speaking community or the region. As a founding member and the president of the Seattle chapter of UFE, a world-wide French-speaking expatriate nonprofit organization, he has been involved in all things French in Seattle for many years. He also supported Seattle French Fest by acting as its MC from 2012 to 2016. By joining the board of the Alliance Française de Seattle, he hopes to help it continue to be a driving force in promoting the French language and Francophone cultures in the Seattle area. Previous to Microsoft, Olivier worked for Philips Electronics (Netherlands). He started his career in France and holds both a MSEE from the ESIEE School of Engineering (France) and an MBA from RSM Erasmus (Netherlands). His blog where he publish articles on many topics, from business to cooking, science to technology, can be found at