Americans Helping Americans Abroad

Meet the AARO Board


Neil Kearney, President
Frank Priest, VP Operations
Victoria Ferauge, VP Communications
Fred Einbinder, VP Advocacy
Pam Combastet, Secretary
Jenifer Ehreth, Treasurer


Paul Atkinson

Paul AtkinsonPAUL 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. Outside the OECD during the 1980’s, Paul worked on macroeconomic policies and structural reform issues at the New Zealand Treasury in Wellington and spent two years at the Institute of International Finance in Washington, DC. 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 CarbucciaKATHLEEN DE CARBUCCIA is a founding member and former president of AARO, board member of the American Aid Society and the Association of American Wives of Europeans; AARO Citizenship Committee Chairman. A lawyer, and former diplomat, she is a 30-year resident of Paris and has three dual-national children.

Pamela Combastet

Pamela CombastetPAMELA COMBASTET was born in New York and raised outside of Paris and is the daughter of AAWE Member Rhunette Terrasson. After getting her literary Bac and spending a year at Sciences Po, she moved to Washington, DC to attend the Foreign Service School at Georgetown University. She worked in publishing at Random House and at Condé Nast, in the Special Events department at Macy’s and in the development departments at several New York City museums. In 2004, Pam moved back to Paris to live with her now-husband Jean-Paul Combastet. She serves on the Board of the American Aid Society and was president of AAWE from 2014-2016. She works as a translator and as a free-lance in corporate communications for banks.

Andy Coyne

Andy CoyneANDY 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

Charles CrouchCHARLES CROUCH Charlie 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.

Kathleen Davey Mistry

Kathleen Davey Mistry

KATHLEEN DAVEY MISTRY, founder and president of Mistry Enterprises, Inc., is an international consultant specializing in facilitating corporations and private investors in initiating and developing corporate alliances and investment projects. The geographic focus of the work is the Middle East and North Africa, India, Europe and the U.S. She has traveled to more than 195 cities worldwide and lobbies on Capitol Hill on various issues pertaining to expatriates. Mrs. Mistry is a founding Board member of Middle East North Africa Consultants Association (MENACA), and a member of 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.

Fred Einbinder

fred einbinderFRED 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

Ross FeingoldROSS FEINGOLD is a senior advisor at DC International Advisory, a consultancy that advises clients on political risk in markets throughout the world. Ross 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, he was previously an in-house counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan. Ross has lived in Asia for close to twenty years.

Victoria Férauge

Victoria FeraugeVICTORIA FERAUGE An American abroad for over 20 years, Victoria has lived in France, Japan, and Belgium. Married to an EU citizen since 1990. MA in International Migration from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (Thesis topic: Anglophones in Japan). Writing about and working on FATCA and US tax issues since 2011.

Alexandra Hughes

Alexandra HughesALEXANDRA HUGHES, who received a BFA from Bennington College, went on to receive a MM in opera from the Juilliard School of Music. She later apprenticed with Santa Fe Opera and retired in 2005. Alexandra is a member of several organizations including: the Council of Fellows at the Pierpont Morgan Library, Strathmore's Who's Who in America, Democrats Abroad, Human Rights Watch, etc. Alexandra has been involved with healthcare policy groups and is actively involved in the AARO Health Care Plan.

Neil Kearney

Neil KearneyNEIL 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

james kiginJAMES KIGIN has been in Paris for more than 25 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. 

Patrick Morrissey

Patrick MorrisseyPATRICK 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 and Hannah. Patrick is currently a member of the AARO Banking committee.

Frank Priest

Frank PriestFRANK 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.

Timothy Ramier

Timothy RamierTIMOTHY RAMIER was born in Lafayette, Louisiana into an Anglo-Cajun family. He is a US and French lawyer specialized in International Tax, Trust, and Estate law and has been practicing in Paris since 1990. Tim is active in a number of civic and arts organizations, including the American Club, Lacoste School of Arts, etc. He was visiting professor at the Paris Law School Sorbonne and has been a frequent lecturer on issues concerning art law, tax and citizenship. He received a BA from University of Louisiana and his JD from Loyola University Law School of New Orleans. Tim is the founder of Ramier Law Office located in Paris and has a Finno-Swedo-Franco-American daughter.

Marilyn Yakowitz

Marilyn YakowitzMARILYN YAKOWITZ Over several decades at OECD,  Marilyn led emerging market country and regional programs, managed one of the largest programs of work & budget, created regulatory reform, headed sustainable development, & 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, & the Smithsonian. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, GWU, University of Maryland & Yale, she holds a PhD, MBA, MPhil & BA.

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