Faculty & Staff AbroadThe IAU team is comprised of a group of faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to the success of students in all aspects of study abroad.
Dr. Ambeau has been the Director of Student Life since 2022. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and professional singer. Prior to moving to France in 2019, he was a Qualified School Social Worker in Louisiana public high schools, with years of experience as a psychotherapist in various psychiatric settings. His areas of expertise and practice include sexuality/gender, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, adolescent/young adult development, family therapy, and spirituality. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Loyola University, New Orleans, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Tulane University. He also completed 30 hours of post-graduate work in pastoral counseling at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Finally, he was a Licensed Massage Therapist for 15 years. Dr. Ambeau has taught psychology and social work courses, anatomy/physiology and kinesiology, and an array of continuing education seminars in his areas of specialty. Since moving to France in 2019, he has been teaching English, singing in the chorus of the Opéra de Marseille, and conducting and singing in his own vocal chamber ensemble (FAVA: French-American Vocal Arts). He speaks English and French.
Fleur Arella has been the Housing Coordinator at IAU since 2018. She previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at IAU in 2010 and 2012. Fleur previously worked as a Sales Manager for a medical device firm, as well as an administrative assistant in the environmental technology and education sectors. From 1999-2003 she worked in the tourism sector in the United Kingdom. She holds a Licence (B.A.) in tourism law and economics from Aix-Marseille University. She speaks fluent French and English and is proficient in Italian.
Pauline Bétrancourt has been an Art Professor at the IAU School of Art since 2013. She teaches painting, drawing, photography and a mixed-media conceptual art class. In 2014 became the extracurricular activities coordinator where her long cross-cultural experience helps her guide IAU students through local life. Pauline regularly exhibits her paintings and drawings. She has a Master's in Fine Arts with honors from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence. She is fluent in French and English.
Nour-Eddine Chabba has been a custodian at IAU since 2016. He provides maintenance support for IAU buildings and programs, helps ensure the physical plant is functional and secure, and provides event support. He has a background in construction. He speaks Arabic and French.
Nina Chauvin has been a receptionist and administrative assistant at IAU since September 2016, and began working at IAU as a part-time receptionist in 2014. She holds a Licence (B.A.) and M.A. in Anthropology from Aix-Marseille University, with the M.A. focused on sustainable development and humanitarian activity in Aix-en-Provence, and a M.A. in Visual Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. She speaks English, Spanish, and French.
O’Neill Cushman is an artist and educator based in France. An IAU alumnus, he joined the IAU School of Art faculty in 2016, after three years as a resident alumni fellow. He teaches drawing and painting, art history, and art criticism. He also acts as the School of Art’s artistic studies coordinator. O’Neill’s art practice focuses on the visible world, primarily in oil paint. Painting mainly landscapes and still-lifes, his vision is driven by a curiosity as to the relationship between perceivable phenomena and their effect on the interior landscape. He has shown his work in private and public art spaces in France, Germany, and the United States. His art historical interest is primarily 19th century French Impressionism and the personal artistic development of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh. O'Neill received a B.A. in Philosophy from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and an interdisciplinary MFA from Plymouth University’s TransArt Institute in New York City and Berlin. He is fluent in French and English.
Dr. Aurore Guitry has been the Coordinator of the Center for French Studies since 2022. She is a writer, translator, and has been a professor of literature, French and translation at ACM since 2016. She holds a Master's in Literature (Women and imagination in Shakespeare’s plays: King Lear, Richard III and Macbeth), and a PhD in creative writing from Aix-Marseille University. She has written six novels, some of which are translated into Italian, German and Russian. Her work and research explores the problem of identity and the relation between text and image. As a ghostwriter, she wrote several biographies for politicians or business figures. She has also translated a dozen American novels, biographies, art books, etc. She is fluent in French and English and speaks Thai.
Xavier Henry has been the information technology and telecommunications systems manager at IAU since 2016 and has advised IAU on IT matters since 2001. Prior to this he worked as an auditor for BNP Paribas before joining the Institute for Business Research at the Lyon Business School (l’Institut de Recherche de l’Entreprise de l'Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon) where he participated in a number of industrial marketing studies and developed a new approach to the financial analysis of the 40 largest French companies. After receiving a Maîtrise in Applied Economics (1984) from Aix Marseille University, he completed an International MBA (1986) from the ISG Business School (Institut Supérieur de Gestion), then a DESS (post-Masters) degree in Financial Risk Management (1992) from the Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management (IAE Aix). He is an airplane pilot, having received his Private Pilot License in 2003. He speaks French and English.
Dr. Yumna Masarwa is an art historian and an archaeologist. She joined IAU in September 2013, where she is the Dean of the School of Art and teaches Muslim Presence in Europe, The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Islamic Art in Europe, Medieval Art and Architecture, and Crossroads in European Art. She has taught at several academic institutions such as Princeton University, INALCO Paris (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales), The New School: Parsons Paris, CIEE Paris (Council on International Educational Exchange), and the Paris College of Art. Dr. Masarwa has a B.A. in Archaeology and History from Ben-Gurion University (Israel), and M.A and Ph.D. degrees in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. Her research focuses on combining medieval primary sources with material culture. She speaks Arabic, Hebrew, English, and French.
Kristin Mylander-Ouerfelli, IAU’s Chief Financial Officer, began her career at IAU in 1990. She previously was the Registrar at IAU. She manages French operations and administrative personnel. She is an alumna of IAU, having studied at the Centre d’Aix for the academic year 1986-87. She received a B.A. in Math and French from Wake Forest University. She is fluent in English and French.
Fatma Ouided has been a janitor at IAU since 2016. She maintains cleanliness in all IAU buildings in Aix, and provides IAU event support. She has a background in the food service and retail sector. She speaks Arabic and French.
Valerie Runfola began work at IAU as an administrative assistant in 2015, focused on aiding students with work-study, excursions, and administrative requirements. In 2018 she became the IAU Registrar. She worked for several years in the tourism industry in France and abroad, and for an American IT company in Ireland. She has a Licence (B.A.) in English and a M.A. (Master 1) in Teaching English from Aix-Marseille University. She speaks French, English, and Italian and some German and Japanese.
Pascale Schaaf has been a French professor at IAU since 2008, the Coordinator of Internships since 2010, and the School of Business and International Relations Coordinator since 2015. She teaches advanced and business French, and recruits companies for student internships. She organizes conferences and partnerships between IAU business students and other institutions, and supervises all student internship projects. Prior to coming to IAU Pascale taught French at Aix-Marseille Law School and the Institute for Politics – Aix-en-Provence and in Germany at Wiesbadener Fachhoschule and in private industry. Pascale has a DEUG (Bachelors 2) from the University of Strasbourg and a Maitrise (Master) in German from the Aix Marseille University. Pascale speaks French, English, and German.
Hakima Thomas has been the Assistant Director of Administration and Accounting since 2008. She has served in various roles at IAU, notably as Secretary to the President. Hakima first came to IAU as an intern in 2003. She has a DEUG (B.A.) in English Literature and Civilization from the University of Avignon, and a BTS Certificate in Bilingual Office Support. She speaks English and French.
Anthony Triolo has been a professor since 2005 and the ACM Wine Studies Coordinator since 2022. He teaches International Relations, Environmental Politics and Eco-gastronomy. His scholarly interests center on the relationship between international security and the global environmental crisis with a particular focus on sustainable agriculture. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has several years’ experience managing sustainable/organic vineyards and making wine in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA of California. He received a Bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in International Affairs from the American University of Paris, a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Université Paul Valery III, Montpellier in conjunction with the Institut d’Études Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France. He holds a WSET 3 Wines Certification and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and Diplomacy at Euclid University. He speaks English and French.