The FAWCO President is responsible for FAWCO's strategic development in consultation with the Board based on FAWCO Mission Statement, approved Resolutions & Recommendations as well as current Board goals. In addition, the President coordinates the work of Officers, U.S. Liaison and UN NGO Director. contact:
Monica Jubayli (AWC Lebanon) spent one year abroad at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon studying Ancient History and Archeology in 1972 and forty-two years later, she is still in the Middle East. A Californian, she graduated with a double major in History and Geography from the University of California, Davis, and then earned a Master’s Degree in Education (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) at the AUB and continued to teach throughout the years, from middle school to university. She married a Lebanese graduate student in 1974 and they have four children living all over the globe. Since 2001, Monica has been teaching scuba diving and is an IANTD Instructor Trainer. She has been the President of AWC Lebanon and held other board positions as well, and while a member of AWA Dubai, she was the FAWCO Rep. Her FAWCO experience began after attending her first conference in Lyon in 2007 where she volunteered for various committees. This will be her third Board term, having served as Third Vice President in 2011-2013 and First Vice-President in 2013-2015.
First Vice President
The 1st VP is responsible for communications - the FAWCO website (www.fawco.org), our semi-annual newsletter the FORUM, advertising and sponsorship, and public relations. contact:
A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Sallie Chaballier (AAWE Paris) has lived in Paris for nearly 30 years. After earning a B.A. in Russian Studies from Yale University and an M.A. in Soviet Studies from Harvard University, she worked for many years as an analyst of Soviet politics in Munich, Paris, and Washington. She and her French husband have two bilingual, bicultural sons now living in the US. Sallie has long been an active volunteer in the Anglophone community in Paris, and above all with AAWE where she served in a number of roles, including President from 2008 to 2010. Sallie has been involved in FAWCO since 2007 as part of the Education Task Force, Finance Committee Chair, member of the Archives for the Future Committee, member of the Resolutions and Recommendations Committee, as Third Vice-President (2010-2011), and as Second Vice-President (2013-2015).
Second Vice President
The 2nd VP is responsible for member clubs relationship management - she liaises with club presidents, club FAWCO reps and regional coordinators. She manages service offerings for our member clubs, publishes the monthly FAWCO electronic newsletter "News-in-Brief", and attends regional meetings. contact:
Rebecca DeFraites (AWG Paris) has lived in Paris since 2004 when she and her husband left their home in New Orleans to become voluntary expats. Since 2006, she has served many roles in the American Women’s Group in Paris, including President from 2010-2012 and FAWCO Rep from 2014-2016. Rebecca has been to many FAWCO conferences, from Marrakech to Frankfurt. She is also a member of AAWE Paris. Although she lost her husband to a long illness in 2013, Paris remains her permanent home. Her other volunteer work includes being a docent at the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris and being President of the American Catholic Women’s Group of Paris. Rebecca graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1978 and received her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1980. After several years in the public sector, she entered private practice where she worked as a psychotherapist in Mississippi and Louisiana. In addition to the practice of individual therapy, she did group therapy with adult victims of childhood sexual abuse and with adults suffering the consequences of industrial accidents. She has one indefatigable step-daughter, Emily, a psychiatrist (like her dad) who lives in Santa Monica with her husband, a builder, and their two small children.
Third Vice President
Born in Japan into a career military family, Johanna Dishongh (AWC The Hague) earned a BBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She worked with an international engineering company in all aspects of human resources, including employee development and international administration, which was extremely beneficial in 1998 when her life as an expat began with her husband, Frank and their three daughters. Since leaving the corporate environment, she has been an active volunteer in both education and community services. Johanna served as President of AWC The Hague, Board Secretary of AWEP (Saudi Arabia) and Chair of FAWCO Target Program 2013-2016.
The Treasurer performs all of FAWCO's financial duties which include collection of fees and other income-related items, disbursements for expenses, management of the budget, and monitoring and reporting of financial status to the Board and to all member clubs at FAWCO's annual general meeting. Contact:
Like many FAWCO-ites, Patricia Aeby (AWC Bern) caught FAWCO fever during her involvement with a FAWCO conference. Patricia served as Registrar and Finance Chair for the 2013 FAWCO conference in Bern. That conference made her more aware of what FAWCO offers, and inspired her to become more involved. She had served as Treasurer for AWC Bern from 2005 to 2009, as Membership Chair from 2009 to 2012, then assumed the financial administration of the Bern conference. She became Treasurer once again in 2013. Patricia works part time for a tax consultancy in Bern, and serves as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for her family’s importing business. Patricia earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1987 and has been a member of AWC Bern since 2003.
Lesleigh Rizzi (AIWC Genoa) lived in Macon, Georgia until she moved to Italy in 2003. After graduating from Valdosta State University, she worked over 20 years in the construction business where she met her Italian husband, Leo. Together they opened and operated a successful Italian restaurant introducing Macon to authentic northern Italian food. In 2003, they married and moved to Genoa, Italy with her two daughters, Amanda and Meredith. For the last eight years, she has enjoyed being a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Lesleigh has been an active member of AIWC of Genoa since 2005 and has held many positions on the Executive Board including President (twice), Vice-President and Membership Chair. Leslie has attended four FAWCO conferences, beginning with Vilnius in 2009.
Cora Lee Findley (AW Eastern Province) graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Accounting and shortly thereafter obtained her CPA license. She started her overseas life in 2000 when her husband, Jim, accepted a job with Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Cora Lee became actively involved with AWEP, shortly after arriving in Saudi Arabia as AWEP's Treasurer and then President. While living in Saudi Arabia, Cora Lee worked as a tax consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche/Al Juraid Company. Cora Lee and Jim have recently retired to Boise, Idaho. Cora Lee enjoys running, traveling and family time. She served as Treasurer on the past two FAWCO Boards.