About Us

Elected members of the Board of Directors

EVE CHAUCHARD

President
evechauchard@gmail.com

Eve Chauchard is the current president of the Comité Tricolore.

She has been an active member of the Francophone community for more than 25 years.
Eve was a volunteer at the FIAFE Accueil in Brussels from 1993 to 2013, and for Washington Accueil Association (WAA) since 2013. She was president of WAA from 2015 to 2019. She worked for 10 years in scientific research.


JEAN-PHILIPPE KRUKOWICZ

Vice President in charge of events
jpkruko@gmail.com

Jean-Philippe has been in the hospitality business since 1980. He graduated in 1982 from a culinary school in France finishing 3rd of its promotion. He then worked in several restaurants in France (2 stars Michelin), Switzerland and USA ( Miami, Boston, San Diego and Washington, D.C. ) . In 1996 he opened his company in Washington, D.C, JPK Enterprises inc d/b/a KRUKO selling Kitchen uniforms, small ware equipment and the top brands of the industry for plates, glasses, silverware and Linens.
Jean -Philippe Krukowicz was named President and CEO of Garnier Thiebaut Inc in 2010. He is also the President of HALIFAX MILL, who operates 2 Outlet boutiques in Crystal City in Arlington VA and in South Boston VA


ANNIE SEYS

Vice President in charge of solidarity
seysamc@gmail.com

I moved to Washington, D.C. from France in 1971 for a career at the World Bank until I retired in 2012.
My involvement in the French/Francophone non-profit community started in the early 80s. In the mid-90s, at the initiative of a French consul, we created the Comité Tricolore (CT) – a society of French, Francophile and French-American associations of the Washington, D.C. area. After serving as president from 2007 to 2012, today I am still a member of the executive committee of the CT. The Alliance Française de Washington, D.C. is a member of the CT where I am currently serving as Vice-President of the Board of Directors, after being President from 2014 to 2019.


MICHEL LAUDIER

Tresorier
mlaudier@hotmail.com

Michel has been an active member of the French-American community since 1971. After many years serving on the board of different non-profit associations he has been elected Treasurer of the Tricolore Committee in 2017. He spent over forty years in the restaurant business and is now a real estate agent in the state of VA.
He successively worked in France, Germany, Switzerland and the USA where he has been living in Fairfax County for the past forty five years.


CHRISTIANE CICCONE

Secretary
christiane.ciccone@gmail.com

Christiane has been a teacher of mathematics at the Lycée Rochambeau for nearly 30 years and has been active in many French associations of the Washington area for all these years. Elected Advisor to the Assembly of French Citizens Abroad from 2009 to 2015, she defended the interests of her compatriots. As such she was appointed Knight in the National Order of Merit in 2015.


YAHNE MIORINI

Board Member

Yahne Miorini, former president of the Comité Tricolore, has started her law firm, Miorini Law, PLLC, 6 years ago. She concentrates her practice in estate planning, probate, international tax, and elder law. She has been involved in the French Community for many years. She is still an advisor of the Comité Tricolore’s Executive Committee.
She also volunteers in several legal non-profit groups and was named Pro Bono Lawyer of the year by Fairfax Bar Associations in 2006.


MARIE-HELENE ZAVALA

Board Member
Marie-Hélène Zavala a commencé sa carrière professionnelle en France dans le marketing et le lancement de produits dans le secteur des assurances et de la gestion de patrimoine. Elle est actuellement directrice des événements et réceptions à l’ambassade et à la résidence de France. Elle a participé à la création du Kids Euro Festival dont elle a été la première directrice et aussi responsable de la coordination du Festival de la Francophonie jusqu’à récemment. Depuis son arrivée aux Etats-Unis en 1998, elle a toujours été très impliquée dans la vie associative franco américaine. Elle a été présidente de Washington Accueil et membre actif du Comité Tricolore depuis plusieurs années.


Honorary Chair

FRANÇOIS PENGUILLY

Consul Général de France à Washington DC

François Penguilly entered the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001, where he served successively as desk officer at the United Nations and International Organizations Department, as first secretary at the Embassy of France in Algiers and as deputy Consul General in Jerusalem.
He was then assigned at the Human Resources Department in Paris, and as deputy head of mission at the Embassy of France to the United Arab Emirates.
Born in 1975, he holds diplomas from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and from the Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris and is graduated from the Regional Institutes of Administration. He speaks English, Spanish and Arabic. He is married and has two children.


Members of the Events Committee:

  • Jean-Philippe Krukowicz, VP
  • Annie Boutin-King
  • Hugh Cossard
  • Yahne Miorini
  • Marie-Helene Zavala

Members of the Solidarity Committee:

  • Annie Seys, VP
  • Roselyne Chang
  • Christiane Ciccone
  • Father Pierre Henri
  • Cyrille Payot

Past Presidents

YAHNE MIORINI

2013-2019
See bio and picture above


ANNIE SEYS

2008-2012
See bio and picture above


MARIE-CHANTAL DUMONT

2007-2008


VICTOR OBADIA

1997-2007

Victor Obadia was an active member of the French-American community for more than 30 years. He was one of the founders and former president of the Comité Tricolore. He then served as Vice-President and played an integral role in managing events, such as Bastille Day, for the past 10 years. As a result, he was awarded l’Ordre National du Mérite and French Légion d’Honneur, two of the most prestigious awards presented by the French government, for his long-term dedication to building relationships between the French and American cultures in the Washington, D.C. area.
Under his leadership, Mr. Obadia created "Le Club Philosophique Lafayette 1989". He also formed the "Association Américaine de l’Ordre National du Mérite". Victor Obadia passed away on 27 October 2019.


General Consuls of France in Washington, D.C. since the CT’s founding:

  • 1989-1994 Jean-Yves DEFAY (Founder)
  • 1994-1997 Claude FAY
  • 1997-2000 Alain KEGHEL (Premier président du CT Victor OBADIA)
  • 2000-2003 Gilles MONTAGNIER
  • 2003-2007 Jean-Michel ALLEX LYOUDI
  • 2007-2011 Michel SCHAFFAUSER
  • 2011-2015 Olivier SEROT ALMERAS
  • 2015-2019 Michel CHARBONNIER
  • 2019 François PENGUILLY