As the Paris Center Director, Melissa leads a multinational team of administrative staff and faculty, and is responsible for the management and administration of many different styles of programs including direct enrollment programs, island programs and hybrid programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Originally from New York, Melissa has worked with Ray Vernon since 1989. She has been the ACCENT Paris Center Director since 1998. Having studied with SUNY in Paris in 1986, Melissa returned to France in 1987 and made the City of Light her home.
Senior Programs Coordinator
Adrien works in the ACCENT Paris Study Center as the Senior Programs Coordinator. In this position, he aids the Paris Center Director with the daily management of the ACCENT Paris Study Center and the front office team as well as the many and varied programs that come through our doors. Adrien also organizes the classes held at ACCENT Paris, takes care of student enrollment at the Sorbonne and the Institut Catholique, and liaises with other partner institutions such as Novancia and the ESCP. He also works with ACCENT’s MBA students and special programs. He graduated in English and German from the Sorbonne and enjoys sharing French culture with the students, as well as encouraging them to discover France.
Cultural Activities Coordinator/Excursion Leader
Mirek works in the ACCENT Paris Study Center as the Cultural Activities Coordinator. In this position, he oversees all aspects of visits and excursions in and outside of Paris. As a guide conférencier, he also guides Paris groups through places such as the Château de Versailles, various museums in Paris, the famous Palais Garnier, or in French towns such as St. Malo, Avignon, or Dijon. Mirek is very familiar with study abroad as he has studied in many cities including Warsaw, Lille, Paris, New York City, and Edinburgh.
As Programs Coordinator Audrey is in charge of student and faculty housing as well as works at the front desk with the front desk team. Audrey has been working in exchange programs and study abroad for five years. She was an English and translation major from Sorbonne Nouvelle and studied abroad in Ireland, Galway where she lived for 11 months and passed her first certificate of Cambridge. Audrey loves American culture and is passionate about the world and how rich it is. She loves reading, walking and painting.
In her position of Homestay Coordinator, Corinne plays a key role when it comes to enhancing our students’ experience abroad and immersion into the French culture. A former host mom herself, she fully understands all the challenges that living with people from another culture can present and strives to find the best possible placement for each student by taking their wishes into great consideration. Corinne’s experience in the field, her love for traveling and her cultural sensitivity allow her to help the students smoothly adapt to their new Parisian homes – so much so that some of them find it really hard to leave what they have come to consider their second family!
Assistant Programs Coordinator
As Assistant Programs Coordinator, Marion works at the front office and helps the students in their daily Parisian life. She is also in charge of the evening cultural activities and social media. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Cultural Tourism from the Sorbonne Nouvelle and the other in Media and Cultural studies from the University of Lyon 3. Always curious about other cultures, she loves sharing with the students and talking about their French experiences. She also enjoys eating, going on long walks around Paris and visiting museums.