Board Appointed Positions



Nan de laubedere








Development Grant Administrator, Nan de Laubadére, AAWE Paris, FAUSA

Nan de Laubadère, from Toledo, Ohio, earned a B.A. in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed a year of graduate studies at the University of Chicago. She then went to Florence, Italy, where she spent two years working at the Palazzo Pitti and teaching English. After moving back to the States for a short period, she worked at the St. Louis Art Museum. She came to Paris in 1980 and continued art-related work with a brief stint in the catalog department at the Louvre. That ended when she met her French husband while vacationing in Spain. They have three children, all now pursuing career and studies in the U.S.  Nan enjoys reading, golf, travel, crafting and patchwork quilting.

She has been very active in her club, AAWE Paris, holding various board positions, President among them. Nan caught the famous FAWCO Fever at the Washington, D.C. 2000 conference and has been feverish ever since!


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Education Awards Administrator, Shelly Schoeneshoefer - AWC Hamburg

Shelly Schoeneshoefer was born in Evergreen, Colorado and has a double degree from the University of Colorado. She attended the Cleveland Art Institute in their program abroad in southern France for one year. Later she met her German husband in Tibet in 1996 and has lived the last 23 years in Hamburg, Germany. She has been very active in the AWCH these past years, holding many different positions. Due to the nature of her husband’s work, she has travelled to many third world countries and has been involved in several projects helping hard to reach local communities. For the past four years, she has been working on selection committees for the FAWCO Foundation Education Awards program and has decisively chosen to take on a bigger role in the Foundation by being the EA Administrator. She is looking forward to meeting many new faces and making friends in FAWCO.


Carol Lyn







Silent Auction Coordinator, Carol-Lyn Mckelvey - FAUSA

Carol-Lyn caught FAWCO Fever while living in Cologne, Germany, from 2013 - 2017. An educator for over 30 years, she left her life as a middle school principal and pivoted to the expat life with the help of the AIWC Cologne and the amazing women therein. While in Cologne, she was co-chair of the AIWCC Social Committee with Janet Davis, assumed the role of FAWCO Education Team co-chair and became involved with the Foundation via the Silent Auction in Frankfort. Carol-Lyn, with husband Steve, repatriated to the US in 2017, rejoining their daughters, Laura (Chicago) and Kristen (Detroit). She has coordinated the Silent Auction since 2018, shepherding it through on-site, paper bidding to the current age of virtual auctions. Carol-Lyn, now a member of FAUSA, lives in metro Detroit, where she works as an educational consultant.   








Donor Development Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.IWC Sorrento

Originally from California, Kristin Melia is the founder and CEO of the Sauced & Found Hospitality Group, a provider of culinary travel, private chef and event planning services based on the Amalfi Coast and the Cycladic Islands.  Prior to founding Sauced & Found, Kristin served in a variety of capacities at the Department of Homeland Security eventually becoming a protocol officer for Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security.  She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Masters degree in political science from Federico II University in Naples, Italy.  She currently serves as the president of the Georgetown Alumni Club of Italy.  She loves making anything that consists of flour, water and yeast, and is the proud parent of a Boston Terrier named Bella. 


Suzanne Wheeler 2021







Counselor Liaison, Suzanne Wheeler - AAWE Paris, FAUSA

Suzanne has lived the expat life ever since she graduated from university and traveled the world in her capacity as an Air Force Officer. She has many years of experience within FAWCO and The Foundation having served on numerous committees and as FAWCO Rep, The FAWCO Foundation Secretary, Education Awards Administrator, VP Fundraising and as President (2017-2019). She now resides Stateside and is continuing her association as a member of FAUSA and as Counselor Liaison for The Foundation.


 Patti Meek 2021






 Archivist, Patti Meek - AWC Dublin

A native Californian, Patti graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1977 with a BS in Environmental Design. She met her Irish husband in San Francisco and their two sons were born in Berkeley. In 1997, when the boys were small, they moved "back" to Dublin where they have settled happily. Patti is a member of AWC Dublin and has held a variety of positions on the Executive Board including co-chair of the 2012 FAWCO Conference Committee. She served as Secretary to the FAWCO Board from 2013-2015 and was then elected President of The FAWCO Foundation in 2015, serving for one term. After serving the following term as Parliamentarian for The Foundation, she had a brief retirement, active only as a Foundation Counselor and member of the Archive Team. Refreshed and revived, Patti is delighted to have been appointed as Parliamentarian to the FAWCO Board of 2021-23 and as The Foundation’s Archivist.


Archives Team

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Margaret Hilditch

Born in N Ireland, Margaret grew up on a farm but her mind was set on teaching as a career. She graduated from Queen's University, Belfast, with a  B.Ed. degree with Commendation specialising in Music and Mathematics,  An additional piano teaching qualification from Trinity Music College, London, equipped Margaret to pursue her dream as she accompanied her soulmate, military pilot and test pilot on numerous tours in the UK, a year in Maryland, and a total of 16 years in Germany.  Her desire to learn German became a reality.  With the opportunities to give piano lessons privately, teach and tutor IB students in   the Bavarian International School alongside participating in the Munich International Women's Club, Margaret has felt fulfilled and humbled to work with so many nationalities. 

A people person, Margaret has always been keen to meet new people, wherever home turned out to be.  During her second move to Munich, she joined the Munich International Women's Club in 2003. As President of the club, 2006-2009, she was invited to attend the FAWCO Conference in Vilnius, in March 2009.  FAWCO fever hit and she was smitten with the global impact of clubs working together. Munich became a member of FAWCO.  In 2012, Margaret was invited to join The FAWCO Foundation as secretary to the Board. She served until 2015 and has been proactive ever since, helping to digitise the legal and historical records required for TFF archives. She has attended most FAWCO bi-annual conferences ever since. " Staying Connected with my FAWCO friends has been very important to me." 


Barbara Bühling   

Janet Davis (ex officio)