Meet the Board

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Thomas Lienhard

PRESIDENT

Thomas is a dual citizen born to a Swiss father Robert who's father and relatives came to the United States in 1909 to continue the family business of Embroidery begun in the St. Gallen region of Switzerland.  Originally from Sulgen, Oetlishusen and also Bischofzell.

As a child thomas lived in Colombia, Peru, the United Kingdom, Milan Italy and has traveled extensively throughout Germany, Switzerland and Europe.

Thomas is actively involved in several aspects of the Society including Finance Committee, Target Shooting at August 1 as well as coordinating a target shooting competition event. Thomas helps with the Samichlaus event quite personally (his identity is secret to the children) and enjoys helping with the many activities throughout the year.

Thomas is responsible for reviewing electronic communications that the Swiss Society produces (Email, Website, Social Media etc.) and was directly involved in the  redesign of the new website and re-branding of the Swiss Society with new logo, fonts and graphics.

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John Willis

TREASURER

John was President of the Swiss Society of Boston from 2014 to 2020.  John is a dual citizen of Switzerland and the United States and travels often to Switzerland where his mother's side of the family still lives close to Geneva. John spends weekdays in downtown Boston where he is a real estate litigation attorney and most weekends at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and organizes the Swiss Society of Boston's hiking and skiing trips there.  He climbed Kilimanjaro in 2017 and finished New Hampshire's 48 4000-footers in 2019, shaping him into a an effective Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) hike leader. John is also a member of the board of Friends of Switzerland (FOSI), and has been a member of the Swiss Societies of New Orleans and New Hampshire. John graduated from Stanford University and Tulane Law School.

David Metraux

David Metraux

BOARD MEMBER

David Metraux holds dual citizenship in the United States and Switzerland. David deeply values his family heritage in Switzerland, which is centered around the city of Lausanne. With a career spanning over two decades in the public sector, he currently works in Boston where he is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). This allows him to combine his expertise in technology with a passion for community service.

David lives alongside his wife, Angela, and three children in Newton, MA. He is actively involved in celebrating and exploring their Swiss-American heritage. He has traveled to over forty countries, which has given him a broad worldview. David is also committed to coaching youth sports, highlighting his dedication to the community. He has maintained a disciplined running streak for over eight years, demonstrating his commitment to personal health and perseverance. David's interest in groundhopping marries his love for sports and exploration. Metraux is currently pursuing a goal of visiting every Swiss Super League and Challenge League stadium. He is a proud alumnus of Syracuse University with a degree in Information Management and Technology.

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Paulette Cardinaux

VICE PRESIDENT

Paulette has been on the Board for over 30 years. She manages several aspects of our First of August celebration every year.  Paulette runs the raffle and coordinates donations coming in from many retailers.
Paulette also helps with the Fondue, Raclette and other Events throughout the year.

Her Swiss Roots :

"I am a dual citizen of Switzerland and the United States. My father was born in Bern . His father was born in Tour de Paix - Canton de Vaud - I am also In the Society of Bern from my Grandmother’s side who is a Gerster. My Swiss Uncle, Oscar Bidder, was the first person to fly a plane over Switzerland 🇨🇭. My father had  dual Citizenship was in the US State Department ( American Embassy in Rome).  He also was a Liason with the Swiss Embassy and also worked with The World Food Program in Rome.  I went to High School In Rome Italy. We also traveled and I also lived in Africa Asia
and Europe."

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Marco Perucchi

VICE PRESIDENT
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Andrea Grealish

BOARD MEMBER, MEMBERSHIP

Andrea was born to a Swiss father (Hans Mueller) and Australian mother (Pam), Andrea grew up in the Swiss Society of Boston, and has been a member for most of her life. As a board member, Andrea now takes care of the Membership and Mailings.

"I am married to Kevin, and have 2 children, Aly and Katey. I work as a Physician Assistant in Women’s Health, and my passion is playing soccer. One of our best family vacations was a 2-week trip to Switzerland, showing off my homeland."

Angela Metraux

Angela Métraux

BOARD MEMBER

Angela Métraux brings a deep cultural connection and personal commitment to the Swiss Society of Boston. With a strong appreciation for her family's American and Swiss heritage, Mrs. Métraux has undertaken the rewarding journey of working towards acquiring her Swiss citizenship. She is dedicated to strengthening the bonds between the Swiss community and Boston. Angela has immersed herself in Swiss culture through her exploration of Switzerland and her close family ties to Lausanne. Passionate about preserving Swiss traditions, Angela blends her artistic sensibilities with her digital communications background, contributing to the board's mission of assisting members, families, and Swiss immigrants in need.

As a proud mother of three children who hold dual citizenship in the United States and Switzerland, she enriches the multicultural fabric of their American and Swiss identities. Inspired by her husband's father, Professor Emeritus Daniel Métraux, and grandfather, Alfred Métraux, a distinguished anthropologist and renowned scholar known for his groundbreaking work, Angela continues their legacy, contributing to the board's excellence. She, together with her family, actively promotes Swiss culture in the greater Boston area, fostering a vibrant and interconnected Swiss community in New England.

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Michael Gloor

BOARD MEMBER

 

 

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Brigitte Falke

BOARD MEMBER
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William Haggard

BOARD MEMBER
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Claude Abacherli

SECRETARY
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Olivia Engl

BOARD MEMBER

Olivia is a real estate agent, working in the Boston North Shore area. She was born and raised in Ticino, the Italian region of Switzerland. In 2013, she graduated from École Hôtelière de Lausanne with a Bachelor in International Hospitality Management.

"I was very lucky to have the opportunity to work in several stunning Swiss cities, including Basel, Bern, Lucerne, Olten and Ascona. In 2017, my husband and I moved to Cambridge, for what was supposed to be a temporary adventure. We fell in love with the North Shore and finally settled down in Swampscott, where we are now raising our three young children. We will always have a strong connection to our home-country and are excited to be part of a great community that shares the same love for Switzerland."