President – Beathe-Jeanette Lunde

Jeanette, a Norwegian citizen, fell in love with the French Riviera in the mid 80s, returned on annual holidays and bought a home in Nice in 2007. Throughout her life, Jeanette has had strong ties to the USA. As a senior executive with over 26 years experience in the travel and hospitality industry, Jeanette travelled to the US frequently and can boast having visited each of the 50 States. Jeanette has also lived and worked in Norway, Scandinavia, Europe and the USA. A second career brought her to The International University of Monaco where she teaches hospitality and event management to Master students. She holds an MBA in Business Administration and is also a Career Coach for the MBA classes at EDHEC Business School in Nice. Jeanette joined the ACR in 2012 and has served as Governor, Vice President, Co-President and currently as President since 2018. Jeanette and her Norwegian husband Johne, enjoy visiting places of interest, learning about different cultures, music and French cuisine, which led them to joining the American Club.

1st Vice President – Judy Nash

Judy Nash is an American holiday property manager living on the French Riviera as a permanent resident since 2006. She has been an avid volunteer since the age of 15 when she started helping children learn to ice skate (a needed skill in her native Shaker Heights, Ohio). At the age of 23, she organized and funded an Annual Charity Event in Chicago, IL for 7 years. She has been a Board Member on several local and national (USA) Fundraising Organizations, such as Semester At Sea Alumni Assoc, Midwestern Figure Skating Championships, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Assoc and the Junior League of Chicago, Sacramento and Dallas. Judy has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and lives in both Antibes, France and Oxford, England with her English husband Jonathan, who also enjoys helping the ACR when time permits.

2nd Vice President -Klara Doert

Klara Doert is President of International Business Development for a New York based stemcell therapy clinics group. A dual German/U.S. citizen, Klara lived in the U.S. for over ten years, during which time she acquired US citizenship. While living in Newport Beach, California, Klara was Director of Marketing & Education for a German cosmeceutical company. This led her to develop the AlphaBlu Cosmeceutical Skincare line, owned by her current employer. Klara eventually moved back to Europe to sit for a homeopathic medical degree in her home town of Cologne, Germany while also caring for her elderly parents. Klara subsequently relocated to Cannes where she has resided for the past 8 years. Klara is member of the Education/vocational training advisory committee of a lobbying group that works with UNESCO to formulate new training institutions that will produce true global citizens. Her interests and hobbies include hiking, scuba diving, sailing, snowboarding, and painting and sculpting. Klara has attended the last eight Cannes Film Festivals as an accredited member of her current employer’s movie production company “Industrial Motion Pictures”. Their latest documentary ‘Stemcells: The Next Frontier’ was shown last year in the Marche of the Cannes Film Festival, to which all ACR members were invited.

Secretary & Legal Advisor- Sandra van Essche

Sandra was born in New York City and raised both in the U.S. and the South of France/ Monaco. She is a U.S. trained corporate and securities law attorney with experience in international commercial transactions, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. She has worked both at law firms and in-house, spending ten years at a global satellite telecommunications provider and three years at a publicly traded hedge fund. Sandra moved back to Monaco about seven years ago, where she is an independent business development consultant. She has worked with a variety of clients, including most recently, a private healthcare investment fund (part of a Swiss pharmaceutical group) that invests in biotech and medtech startups. She is on the Board of the Princess Grace Foundation USA – a US charity that supports emerging artists in theatre, dance and film. She has a B.A. from Smith College and a J.D. from New York Law School and is a member of the NY Bar. &

Treasurer – Richard Leblond

Richard was born in Montreal, Canada. He worked as a Consulting Actuary successively in Calgary, Alberta, Chicago, Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky and New York City. While in New York, he was Consulting Actuary to the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and to several international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, to name but just a few. In 1986, he moved to Brussels for 3 years, then to Madrid for 6 months and finally to Nyon, Switzerland where he spent the last 13 years of his career. While in Switzerland, Richard continued to provide actuarial advice to several International Organizations based in Europe, such as the OECD, NATO, the European Council, the European Patent Office, etc. After his retirement in 2001, he moved to the South of France with his wife Michelle. Their main hobbies include going to operas and concerts, meeting friends and travelling. They also enjoy going on cruises. Michelle and Richard joined the American Club in 2014. Richard became Governor in 2016 and has been the Club Treasurer since January 2017.



Governor and Membership Coordinator

Cynthia “Cy” Todd

Cy Todd is an American native from Michigan living on the French Riviera as a permanent resident since 2008. She has spent her entire professional career of 40 + years working for non-profit organizations. She enjoys all the behind the scenes work as Membership Coordinator for the American Club of the Riviera. Cy has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Northern Michigan University and lives in Cagnes sur Mer, France.

President Emeritus and Governor

Burton Gintell

New York born and bred, Burton was President of the American Club of the Riviera from 2010-2011 and mid 2013 through 2017, as well as head of the Steering Committee of the Association of American Clubs.

A past Board Member and Treasurer of Sophia Business Angels (SBA), Burton actively participates in its Entrepreneurship Programme as a mentor/ coach to early-stage companies. Burton was also a Director/Founding Shareholder of Innovation Europe S.A., an investment vehicle created by SBA to invest in a portfolio of innovative young companies. Burton is presently active in the management of two Riviera-based early-stage companies: Comte De Grasse – which produces sustainable luxury spirits, and Hydrogène Hélix – which invests in alternative energy solutions. Burton was also Vice-Chair of the Côte d’Azur – Monaco Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in France.

A U.S. trained Certified Public Accountant, Burton has formed/headed companies in seven European countries, including in emerging markets in Eastern Europe, mainly in the consumer products and media areas.
Two of his businesses received the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in the U.K. during his tenure as Chief Executive. Resident in Cannes for the past 19 years with Jackie – his wife of 25 years, Burton continues to explore and support music and art in Europe. After his first visit to France in 1959, he was inspired to live and work in Europe, especially Mediterranean France. Burton’s own words best describe his attraction to the region: “Perhaps it was the light or the topography or the music or the art or the gastronomy or the wine, but I knew that the Riviera was where I wanted to be.”


Kathy Seid-Eriksson

Kathy Seid-Eriksson is originally from Great Neck, New York. She received her Sc.B. from Brown University and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University. Kathy worked as a psychologist specializing in family therapy prior to relocating to France from Princeton NJ due to her husband’s job. Kathy and Mikael, originally from Sweden, lived in Toulouse for 14 years and in Manhattan Beach, CA for 4 years prior to moving to Cannes in 2017. Kathy’s interests include travel, art, long walks and gastronomy.


Laurent F. Paty

Laurent Paty, is a Business and Corporate Development Executive with 20 years of experience in the US and Europe in information technology, electricity distribution, renewable energy, industrial manufacturing, chemicals and travel technology. His business expertise includes strategy, sales, acquisitions, divestitures, operations, process improvement and program management. After starting his career in management consulting, he was responsible for business and corporate development activities for global manufacturing companies in industrial gas, specialty chemicals, renewable energy, high-tech electronics and travel technology. He currently heads hospitality content strategy at Amadeus for travel agencies. He is also a supervising professor at EDHEC Business School in Nice.

Laurent holds a Master of Electrical Engineering in Management of Information Science from Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, and a Master of Business Administration, in Strategy and General Management from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. A dual citizen of the US and France, Mr. Paty is fluent in English and French, and conversant in Spanish and German. After over 20 years in the US, he has returned to France and lives in Mouans-Sartoux with his wife and two sons. He enjoys tennis competition, international travel and cuisine, and Bordeaux wines.


Robert Levitt

Robert is a historian at Via Nissa, an enterprise which prepares historical studies and selected visits in France and Italy. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Robert has been a resident of the South of France since January of 2008 and currently resides in Le Bar-sur-Loup. He has completed three degrees in French universities focusing on the local patrimony, local languages, literature and history and is currently completing his doctorate at the Université de Lyon2 writing his thesis on the Geopolitics of the Avignon Papacy during the 14th century. Robert was formerly the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Levitt Capital Management, LLC, a global investment manager.


Danielle Pellay Adams

Danielle, who is French, spent 30 years in Germany working for British Airways and Air France as a Traffic Assistant at Cologne Bonn Airport where she spoke three languages – English, French and Spanish while learning German.

Danielle enjoys classical ballet and other types of dance, tennis, and other sports as well as cinema, gastronomy and travelling.


Cynthia Milani

Cynthia is a corporate anthropologist with over twenty-five years of experience providing intercultural training and seminars for multinational corporations throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East. She has been a Board member of The Institute of Directors, The American School of Paris, Biblioteca Alexandria (Egypt), Dena Foundation for the Arts, among others. Cynthia received her B.A. from Columbia University, has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and did post graduate work in Semiotics at Columbia University’s extension in Paris. She is author of Brand Italy: A Guide to the Italians (Olive Mill Press: 2009), and writes on a wide range of cultural issues.

Originally from the Midwest, Cynthia is a dual citizen of Italy and the U.S. She moved to Italy with her Italian husband and two children 30 years ago. They came to France in 2000 and spent many years renovating an historic 16th Century olive mill in Le Rouret. She maintains a home and office in France as well as Milan, Italy. Cynthia is an extensive traveller, with interests in history, culture, ethnology, and life on the Riviera.


Percy Beck Roervig

Percy, a Danish citizen, first travelled to United States when he was 16 years old (1961) with his parents. He spent a year at the United Nations International School in New York. In Denmark, he trained as an air force pilot, which included a stint in the Canadian air force as part of a cooperation arrangement between the two countries. In 1969, Percy joined Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and has a total of 37 years of flying experience which includes flying the F100 Supersabre, F104 Starfighter, DC-8, 747, DC-9, MD-80 and MD-90 and last the 767. He retired in 1999 as a Captain.

Percy considers New York his second home (he recently sold an apartment he owned for seven years) due to the many stop-overs and friends he made there. Throughout his career, Percy was involved in a variety of businesses, (a women’s fashion agency and retailer, a hotel and real estate business, a watch and spectacles company and a restaurant business). Percy has a keen interest in architecture and designed and partly built his home in Denmark. His hobbies include horseback riding, tennis, skiing, sailing and recently golf. He and his wife, Lena moved to France in 2007, and initially lived on their boat in La Napoule. In 2009 they bought the apartment in Cannes they still reside in. Percy is excited to be part of the American Club both in France and in Denmark.

C/o Mr J. Jallad
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06150 Cannes – La Bocca