Members of the PAAC United States

John Meyers '86 (New York, NY)

John Meyers is Managing Director – North America for Swisscontact and Executive Director, Swisscontact North America. In these capacities, he represents Swisscontact, a Swiss-based NGO working in 33 countries, to North American constituencies and to the UN Economic and Social Council.

John serves as Co-President, Microfinance Club of New York, a membership organization focused on microfinance and impact investing, and is on the Board of Directors, Community Foundation for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Active internationally for much of his career, John administers; and was appointed twice to the United States delegation to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Human Resource Development Working Group. Further, he served as Executive Director of Lawyers Without Borders; and was a founding editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education.

John received his B.A. in International Relations from The American University of Paris; MLS from Rutgers University School of Communication & Information; and M.A. in History from Columbia University.

Jeffrey Durgee '64 (Loudonville, NY)

Jeffrey Durgee was recently made Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). At RPI, he teaches Consumer Behavior and Product Design as well as Advertising and Branding. He also taught at the Helsinki School of Economics and the International University of Japan.

His research has been published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, the Journal of Advertising Research, Psychology and Marketing, the Design Management Journal, The Design Management Review, and MSI Working Paper Series. He has three books – one on branding and two on entrepreneurship in the Maghreb.

Jeffrey has consulted for many companies including Procter & Gamble, Kodak, and Enterprise Rental Car. Previously, he worked in the Creative Research Department at Young and Rubicam in New York City. Jeffrey’s Ph.D. is in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, his undergraduate degrees, from the University of Pennsylvania and The American University of Paris.

Leslie Reed '80 (Fairfax, VA)

After leaving the American College in Paris in 1980, with a BA degree in International Affairs, Leslie switched her focus and went on to earn an MA in Information Systems. After working for several software firms, she settled into a 25-year career with IBM. Leslie’s experience at AUP has served her well in her work with conference calls, typically with colleagues in Ireland, Israel, and Japan. Further, her closest colleagues in the US represent a dozen or more nationalities. In keeping with being a "world explorer", the bulk of her work has focused on designing user interfaces and providing user assistance that is conducive to cultural and linguistic translation. On the personal side, Leslie lives with her partner and two dogs in Fairfax, VA, where they spend their spare time hiking with the dogs, bicycling, and enjoying the many events and exhibitions offered by the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art.

Shaunna Spalten Prissert '96 (New York, NY)

Shaunna Prissert is a Communications and Marketing Executive in wines and spirits focused on creative brand building, strategy, and innovation. Most recently Shaunna was VP Communications & Marketing for Pasternak Wine Imports, owned and operated by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). Previously, Shaunna held several strategic business development and marketing positions with other importers, including Freixenet USA, and most notably over ten years with Moet Hennessy USA, a division of LVMH.

Shaunna sees her role in brand development as a professional story-teller, and her greatest strength in bringing to life the unique differences and rich, often generational histories of the estates with which she works. Under her marketing leadership, Veuve Clicquot and its iconic Yellow Label Champagne, grew to become the #1 best-selling champagne in the United States.

As an Art History major at The American University of Paris, Shaunna’s introduction to the wine world was daily life in Paris. Returning to the U.S. for a position at the Guggenheim Museum, Shaunna soon decided to turn her passion for wine into a career. It has since been her ambition to help make learning about wine and the French art de la table both accessible and fun.

Shaunna has two young daughters, Lucca and Mika, with her French husband, Thierry, and lives in New York City.

Elan David Garonzik '70

Elan David Garonzik is Vice President for Program Administration at ELMA Philanthropies, which focuses on improving the health, education and livelihoods of vulnerable children and youth in Africa. Previously, he was a program officer at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, one of the USA’s largest foundations, where he handled grantmaking that strengthened the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in the U.S. and internationally. From 1991 to 1997, he was the deputy director of the European Foundation Centre, in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to that, Elan worked at the Foundation Center in New York. He served on the board of the Michigan AIDS Fund and was a board member and board treasurer of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE). Advisory committee service has included the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the International Committee of the Council on Foundations.

Elan is also an accomplished playwright. His play Scenes and Revelations was produced at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, off-Broadway at The Production Company and on-Broadway at Circle in the Square, with numerous regional productions. A drama, The Blue Mercedes, was produced at Actors Theater of Saint Paul. A recent comedy, Eternity, has had some 20 productions, broadly in the USA as well as in the Philippines, Scotland and Wales. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Center.

Elan holds an AA from The American University of Paris from the class of 1970, a BA from George Washington University, an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Sean Casey '04 (King of Prussia, PA)

Martin Avidan '80 (New York, NY) 

Julian Bivins '80 (Charlottesville, VA) 

Sharon Faccinto '87 (Larkspur, CA) 

Carey Kluttz MA '09 (Washington, DC)

Michael Miller '95 (New York, NY)

Jennifer Friar '02 (Richmond, VA) 

Jean-Marc Quach '82 (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)

Benjamin Rowbotham '00 (New York, NY)

Stephanie Razzeiri Hughes '02 (New York, NY)

Maryland Swensen '63 (Sausalito, CA)

Gina Torry '98 (New York, NY)

Bradlee Berk '06, MA '07 (Reno, NV)

Charles A. Miller III ‘82 (Newport, RI)

Sarah Finnigan MA '12 (Santa Rosa, CA)

Monica Heslington '97 (New York, NY)

P. Alice Maguire MA '10 (New York, NY)

John Chamberlain '81 (Silver Spring, MD)

Silver Miller '68 (Colleyville, TX)

Peggy Montgomery '75 (Falls Church, VA)

Alan Peterson '89 (Irvine, CA)

Andrew Seid '71 (New York, NY)

Peggy Tierney '92 (Terre Haute, IN)

Howard Fisher ’71 (Beverly Hills, CA)

Sarah Burns ’05 (Brooklyn, NY)

Luke Laumann ’05 (Brooklyn, NY)

Michelle Breslauer ’02 (Brooklyn, NY)