Preserve Saint Germain

About Preserve Saint Germain

American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to fund the restoration of Paris' oldest church, garnering donations in the pursuit of preserving history. For more information, visit

About David Sheppe

David Sheppe has enjoyed a long career in international banking and now works as a financial and risk management consultant. It was while living in Paris in the 1980s that he first took an interest in the church of Saint Germain des Prés, and he has been a frequent visitor ever since. From 2013 to 2016, he was once again a Paris resident, and it was then that he became acquainted with the work of the “Fonds de Dotation,” the Paris-based fundraising arm for renovating the church. Following his return to the US in 2016, David did volunteer work for the US-based American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés, before joining its board in 2017. He is now leading the charge on the current Adopt A Saint Germain Star™ Campaign in the United States. David is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell University. He resides in southwest Connecticut. For more information, visit

About Brian W. Smith

Brian W. Smith is an acknowledged expert in bank regulation and regulatory transactions involving complex, interindustry, or first impression issues as well as payment systems/products and financial product development and distribution. Brian serves as director and treasurer of American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés and has over 45 years of experience as a senior executive in an international financial services company, as a senior federal bank regulator, and as a senior partner in a multinational law firm. During this period, he has been associated with many of the major developments in financial services. Brian is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Business and St. John's University (BA and JD). He resides in Gulfstream, Florida. For more information, visit

About Pierre-Antoine Gatier

Pierre-Antoine Gatier is the architect who is supervising the preservation efforts at Saint Germain des Prés. A student of École du Louvre in 1981 and a graduate of museology in 1983, Gatier became architect DPLG in 1984 in Paris. In 1990, he became Chief Architect of Historical Monuments (Domaine de Chantilly, Theatre Lyrique de l’Opera Comique, Le Corbusier Foundation, Villa Medici and French buildings in Rome). In 2003, he was appointed Inspector General of Historical Monuments in the Rhône-Alpes, Lorraine and DOM regions.

Gatier has conducted several expert missions abroad in the United States, Congo, Haiti, Mali and Morocco. He also carried out a special mission in New Orleans as part of the assistance provided by the Ministry of Culture and Communication after Hurricane Katrina.

Gatier is a member of the Academy of Architecture, former president of Icomos France, laureate of the “Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship” (American Architectural Foundation Scholarship and the Friends of VMF, Washington, United States, 1991) and Honorary Fellow of AIA. For more information, visit
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