Board of Directors


Stan Valerga


Stanislaus RP “Stan” Valerga is a retired U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer who spent much of his career in Francophone countries.  He has been a Sarasota resident off and on since 1991 and a AFS member since 2010.
“I am an unabashed francophile especially ‘à table’ and go to France at least  once every two years.  The attachment is me having a laugh with then PM Jacques Chirac in Lyon in about 1988.”

Chair – Club Littéraire

Emile Langlois

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Emile Langlois, born in Paris, an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, is a retired professor of French who has taught in France, in Tunisia, and in the U.S. at Mount Holyoke College and at Sweet Briar College where he was also the Director of its Junior Year in France program..






Chair – Education Committee

Jocelyn Van Tuyl


Jocelyn Van Tuyl is Professor of French Language and Literature at New College of Florida, the state’s public liberal arts honors college.  Dr. Van Tuyl earned her Ph.D. in French at Yale University.  A specialist in the works of Nobel Laureate André Gide, Dr. Van Tuyl co-chairs the North American Association Gide and is the author of André Gide and the Second World War: A Novelist’s Occupation.

Chair – Community Connections

Moniques Govostes

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Born in Grand Est (formerly Lorraine until 2016) Monique Govostes’ life has an international flavor. She worked for NATO first in Luxembourg then in Rueil-Malmaison, France for many years where she met her husband, Jim. They moved to Toulouse and she studied American History at Toulouse University. Then moved to Westlake Village, California for 16 years and upon retiring, moved to Lakewood Ranch which is now their home. Monique participates in French meet ups weekly and sings in La Chorale, the French / American chorus for L’Alliance Francaise. .

Chair – Casse Croûte

Charles Schlotter













Charles Schlotter is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a francophone from childhood. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in English and a J.D. from the School of Law. After spending many years in Los Angeles as a comedy writer, he moved to Bradenton in 2008 and has been a member of the AFS since that time. He currently organizes the Casse-croûte meetings..