Member Highlights

October 2022 Member Highlight

October 2022 Member Highlight

This month we meet Erica Tiliacos
(by Joy Davenport)

Erica Tiliacos was born in Mexico City, Mexico to an American mother and a Danish father. Her paternal grandfather was a Danish diplomat in Mexico, which is what took her father’s family there; it is also where her mother met her father when she went from the U.S. one summer to study Spanish…

September 2022 Member Highlight

September 2022 Member Highlight

This month we meet Isabel Romariz.
(by Joy Davenport)

Isabel was born in Mozambique of Portuguese parents and lived there until the war broke out in 1974, at which time her family moved to South Africa. The move propelled her to learn English at age nine, and it was beneficial that her father had learned to speak English in the Army….

August 2022 Member Highlight

August 2022 Member Highlight

This month we meet Sharon Wake
(by Joy Davenport)

Sharon was born in Brisbane, Australia to a British father and Australian mother. She left Australia for the UK when she was 21, (1975) and began her career in accounting. She worked at Grosvenor House Park Lane in London for four years …

July 2022 Member Highlight

July 2022 Member Highlight

This month we meet Patricia Cavagnari
(by Joy Davenport)

Patricia was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, moved to the capital city of Tegucigalpa at age four, and lived there much of her childhood. Growing up in Honduras, she went to an American school, which was largely attended by children of expats and diplomats. Her mother often spoke English at home and stressed to her children the importance of learning a second language….

June 2022 Member Highlight

June 2022 Member Highlight

This month we meet Jane Thompson
(by Joy Davenport)

Jane was born in Akron, Ohio and did her undergraduate studies in Health Education and Physical Education at the University of Akron and finished her advanced degree at Kent State. Her first job was Physical Fitness instructor …

May 2022 Member Highlight

May 2022 Member Highlight

This month we meet Martina Dietrich Bonzom
(by Joy Davenport)

Martina and I chatted over coffee in her lovely home in the Murches area of Cascais. She is full of positive energy and hospitality. Born in Germany, Martina later studied business administration in Heidelberg and Cologne. She spent several months at a university outside of Paris for part of her studies with the “Program for International Management,” an exchange program…. 

April 2022 Member Highlight

April 2022 Member Highlight

This month we are talking with Cecile Verney
(by Joy Davenport)

Cecile was born on the Ivory Coast of Africa. When she was 12 years old she moved to France with her mother, who was an English teacher. Although named after patron saint of music, Cecilia, it wasn’t until early adulthood that Cecile found her passion for music…

March 2022 Member Highlight

March 2022 Member Highlight

This month we are talking with Maria Neves

Maria is the new IWP Executive Board Treasurer, replacing Barbara Schafer, who stepped down last month.

Maria was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, of Portuguese parents who had emigrated from mainland Portugal.  Maria moved around to different provinces of the country, ending up in Hillcrest, from where she emigrated… 

January 2022 Member Highlight

January 2022 Member Highlight

This month we are talking with Laura Kunze
(by Sandra De Haan)

Laura is an American from suburban Detroit. She started working straight after high school, eventually entering the field of Human Resources in 1989. In this role she was responsible for supporting employees on expatriate assignments. She could not have guessed that one day, she would be an expat herself! At the age of 45 she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business at Central Michigan University while working full time…

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