Meet the AARO Board
William Jordan, President
Frank Priest, VP Operations
Fred Einbinder, VP Advocacy
Pam Combastet, Secretary
Douglas MacKinney, Treasurer
PAUL ATKINSON held a number of positions at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for most of the period between 1981 and 2005, after which he affiliated for several years with the Groupe d’Economie Mondiale de Sciences Po in Paris. He worked primarily on macroeconomic policy issues, serving in various capacities including Secretary to the Group of 10 and editor of OECD Economic Outlook. In 2001 he became Deputy Director for OECD work on Science, Technology and Industry policy, overseeing analysis of enterprise issues, notably regarding SMEs. He is now semi-retired, remaining active as a consultant on financial market issues, likes to travel, still skis when he can and lives with his wife in Paris.
Kathleen de Carbuccia
KATHLEEN DE CARBUCCIA is a founding member and former president of AARO, a board member of the American Aid Society and the Association of American Women in Europe, and AARO Citizenship Committee Chairman. A lawyer and former diplomat, she is a 35-year resident of Paris and has three dual-national children.
PAMELA COMBASTET was born in New York and raised near Paris. After getting her Bac and spending a year at Sciences Po, she moved to Washington, DC to attend the Foreign Service School at Georgetown U. She worked in the development departments at several New York City museums. In 2004, Pam moved back to Paris. She serves on the Board of the American Aid Society.
ANDY COYNE from Hilton Head Island, SC, is an attorney working for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, specializing in project development and finance. Andy has previously lived abroad in Spain, the Netherlands, Argentina and France.
CHARLES CROUCH is a registered professional engineer with a BS in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and a masters in management from Purdue University. Growing up in North Carolina, he has lived throughout the US as well as the United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia and France. He has worked as a manufacturing manager for Morton Salt, a business manager for Apple, and with several startups in Belgium. Recently he has taught postgraduate courses in e-commerce and digital marketing at Boston University, the University of Tasmania and the Chisholm Institute.
Kristi Carroll Lorin
KRISTI CARROLL LORIN was born and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but completed her education at the Université de Paris X with a Master’s degree in American Literature and a Doctoral Thesis in American Civilization. She went on to earn a CAPES and become a teacher of American English with the French Education Nationale. In 2010, Kristi created the Anglophone Section at the Lycée Français in Johannesburg, South Africa. Two years later, it became the first American Section of the International Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB) in Africa. Kristi has been a volunteer at AARO for 30 years involved in Citizenship and Voting. She is Chair of the Membership Committee.
FRED EINBINDER a Chicago born and bred lawyer working in France since 1978. He has 30 years’ experience working as in-house legal counsel for major French infrastructure companies culminating as General Counsel of Alstom where he managed a worldwide team of over 220 lawyers. He presently is an Associate Professor of Law and business at the American University of Paris and a senior lecturer at the Paris XI and HEAD law schools and ESSEC, ESCP. He has degrees from Bradley University, the University of Illinois College of Law, and HEC. His wife, Martine Milliet-Einbinder is a senior advisor at the OECD center for tax policy and administration. They have two daughters, Emily and Mary.
ROSS FEINGOLD is a senior advisor at DC International Advisory, a consultancy that advises clients on political risk in markets throughout the world. Mr Feingold previously served as the Asia chairman of Republicans Abroad and has volunteered in the expatriate community for close to 20 years. Admitted to practice law in New York State and Washington, DC, Mr. Feingold was previously an in-house counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan. Mr Feingold has lived in Asia for close to twenty years.
ASHLEY HODGES is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of Howard University and the Georgetown University Law Center, and works as an associate at the law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed, in the firm’s Paris office. Ashley is both a US attorney (New York, Washington, DC) and an English solicitor. Her practice focuses on government and internal investigations and cross-border compliance, including regulatory matters related to corruption, economic sanctions, money laundering, and fraud. She has experience conducting legislative advocacy in the US at the national, state, and local levels. Ashley previously served as an award-winning Legislative Advocacy Specialist for the National Black Law Students Association, coordinating the organization’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and in the New York and California statehouses. During law school, Ashley served as a research assistant to Georgetown Professor/US Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Delegate, DC) and an intern for US Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-7). She is co-author of the “Ban the Box Model Legislation and Implementation Guide,” which served as the basis for the Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act, enacted by the DC City Council in 2014.
WILLIAM JORDAN was a US Foreign Service Officer for thirty years, starting as a consular officer in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and ending as deputy chief of mission in Algiers, Algeria. Although most of his career was spent in or dealing with the Arab world, William served twice in Paris, where he decided to establish residence in retirement. Since leaving the Foreign Service, William has been a private consultant, lecturer/speaker, and occasional media commentator. He was born in Maryland but lived in many places as the son of a naval officer before joining the Foreign Service. In addition to Paris, William is a part-time resident of North Carolina, where he and his wife have a home.
NEIL KEARNEY was born and raised in San Diego, California, and attended Deep Springs College with one semester at La Sorbonne before graduating from Yale University in 1983. After law school at U.C. Berkeley, Neil practiced in San Francisco for several years. In 1991 he was recruited to Paris to work on international arbitrations—particularly those concerning infrastructure and energy projects. Neil became a French avocat in 1994 and two years later married Françoise and currently lives in Paris. Interests include travel, music, sports cars, golf and baseball. For AARO, he would like to concentrate on improving the treatment of Americans residing overseas by the US taxation regime.
JAMES KIGIN has been in Paris for more than 30 years. James is co-chair of the Outreach/Membership committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint John’s University in Minnesota and a DEA from the Sorbonne. His professional career has been anchored in the education and language training field and he is a recognized expert in e-Learning. James participates in several different international organizations and is an avid networker. He loves the arts and particularly photography.
DOUGLAS MACKINNEY, a native of Virginia, but living in France for 30 years, started his professional life as an engineer after getting a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Virginia. But finding that engineering was not his thing, he used an MBA to switch to a treasury career. He started at Seagram in New York then moved to Paris and continued his career at Thomson which later became Technicolor, rising to his current position as SVP Treasury.
Kathleen Davey Mistry
KATHLEEN DAVEY MISTRYis the founder and president of Mistry Enterprises, Inc. and is an international consultant specializing in facilitating corporations and private investors in initiating and developing corporate alliances and investment projects. The geographic focus of this work is the Middle East and North Africa, India, Europe and the US. She has travelled to more than 195 cities worldwide and lobbies on Capitol Hill on various issues pertaining to expatriates. Kathleen is a member of MENAC, the Arab Bankers Association of North America, the American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and the American Chamber of Commerce in Doha, Qatar.
PATRICK MORRISSEY is a member of the American community in France since 1997 and is currently a business unit head at a US-based international bank. Prior to moving to France, Patrick served as an officer in the US Marine Corps. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from HEC Paris. Patrick lives in Paris with his wife Anne and his children Alexandre (14) and Hannah (10). Patrick is currently a member of the AARO Banking committee.
FRANK PRIEST is a Franco-American dual national living in Paris who has over thirty (30) years of professional experience in management consulting and auditing, fulfilling progressively more responsible positions with firms in the USA and France as Internal Auditor, Management Consultant, and head of a CPA firm audit department. Frank has also served as Treasurer for the American Club of Paris.
BRYAN SCHELL moved to Paris in 2013 after spending almost a decade working in banking, insurance and investments in Seattle and Denver. His father worked for the Department of the Interior, he moved around a lot during his life living in 10 different states. He served in the US Navy performing operations in the Caribbean and South America. Currently, Bryan helps expats and foreigners with real estate in France. Bryan understands the complexities of being an American overseas through personal experience, he is dedicated with AARO to helping make it easier for others.
MONTE SILVER, founding partner at Silver & Co, is a US tax attorney residing in Israel who specializes in representing Americans overseas on US tax and disclosure matters. Over the last two years he has been deeply involved in tax advocacy. His efforts have resulted in both temporary and permanent regulatory relief for small businesses relating to international provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He is the plaintiff in a lawsuit against Treasury that challenges the legality of regulations issued under the TCJA. He also actively lobbied for the coverage of Americans abroad under the CARES act.
LAURA SNYDER was born and raised in Central Illinois. She moved to Paris in 1995 and has lived in France since, save for two years (2007-9) in the UK. She holds a BA and JD from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and a DEA from the University of Paris 1. She is a graduate of the Trium Executive MBA program (an alliance of NYU Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and HEC School of Management) and recently completed a PhD with the University of Westminster (London). She is an attorney who has worked for international law firms and companies. She is the sole international member of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee to the IRS.
DORIS SPEER, born near Detroit, Michigan, has been working in France since 2004. Doris was with the Alstom Group for 17 years, culminating as Deputy General Counsel, Business Transactions, responsible for the Group's worldwide M&A activity. She started her career in New York at Shearman & Sterling, representing clients in M&A and corporate finance. Doris is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and earned an Executive MBA from HEC. She currently teaches M&A and international contracts for the Hautes Etudes Appliquées du Droit and the Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprise. Prior to the law, Doris was a professional percussionist and she continues to be active in music and dance.
Thomas C. Williams
THOMAS C. WILLIAMS is a clinical hypnotherapist specialized in Parts Therapy. He lives and practices in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Born in Texas, he has lived in France since 1989, excepting brief stints in Andorra, Spain and Gibraltar. Thomas is the world’s leading authority on Thomas Jefferson’s anonymous translation of Volney’s Ruins of Empires. He’s also authored two historical fiction novels.
MARILYN YAKOWITZ Over several decades at OECD, Marilyn led emerging market country and regional programs, managed one of the largest programs of work and budget, created regulatory reform, headed sustainable development, and consulted on foreign direct investment. She is president of a 501 (c) (3) charity. In the US, she held positions at the Wharton School, the US Department of Commerce, and the Smithsonian. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, GWU, University of Maryland and Yale, she holds a PhD, MBA, MPhil and BA.