About Us

Get to know your local Italian Club

The Italian Club of Salt Lake

A number of Italian scholars and professionals living in the Salt Lake City area ensure a strong pool of teachers, presenters, and seminar leaders that help share their knowledge and passion within the ICSL.  Past and present University of Utah students and staff also ensure the maintenance and proper functioning of the Italian club. Students often volunteer their time and energy for various activities making the ICSL successful in all its endeavors.

Giuliana Marple

joined the ICSL as a teacher in 2008. Her enthusiasm for teaching has carried over to her leadership of the club. In describing her goals, she says, “I love to see a piece of my Bel Paese in Salt Lake City, a place where people can get a sense of Italy, read Italian books, watch Italian movies, eat together and share inspiring stories”.

Giuliana holds a Master’s in Foreign Language Teaching from the University of Utah where she teaches Italian and Italian Civilization. Her favorite period in Italian history is the “Risorgimento”.

Heather Coates Hamblin

Is a graduate of the University of Utah, having studied English and Italian. An insatiable explorer, she has traveled extensively internationally and domestically.  Professionally, Heather works as a Strategy Writer for University of Utah Health. She has also worked as a freelance writer for publications like The Culture Trip (London), and Outdoor Sports Guide Magazine (Utah).

When she isn’t writing or studying, you can find Heather cooking, doing yoga, or exploring the hiking trails and ski runs in her native state…and sneaking away to Italy whenever she gets the chance. Heather has been co-teaching the Beginning Italian I class since August of 2015.

Taylor Hahn

Is a graduate of the University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, with a Marketing B.A., and an Italian Minor. After three years of Italian language and literature at the University of Utah, she was able to enjoy her first international adventure through a study abroad program in Siena, Italy. She loves the diversity, history, and fascinating places that Italy has to offer and is excited to help promote its presence in Salt Lake. Taylor has been part of ICSL since 2015, with duties as the club’s secretary, treasurer, and co-teacher for the Beginning Italian I class.

Daniel Meza Rincon

Was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He’s lived in the beautiful state of Utah since he was 11. He has always had a passion for education and languages.  He graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with a Business Administration degree, an International Studies minor, Italian Minor, and TESOL Certificate.  He taught English and Spanish for three months in the small town of Montecosaro Scalo in Italy. His passion for the Italian language and language teaching/learning has motivated him to join our Italian Club.  He loves to travel, learn from other cultures, and hike whenever time permits.

Wayne Leavitt

Graduated from mere Italian food enthusiast to bonafide Italophile in 2001 when he made the first of many trips to Italy. Since 2004 he has taught Italian at various institutions including Brigham Young University, the University of Pittsburgh, New York University, and currently the University of Utah. Aside from teaching, his short list of Italian-related passions include dialectology, Renaissance theater, cinema, children’s literature (for his two daughters), and most recently, opera. Wayne oversees the the organization of the events the Italian Club of Salt Lake hosts for students and the community each year.

Gaetana Cummaudo

Originally from Catania, has a M.A. in Linguistics and a TESOL Certificate from Brigham Young University, where she also taught Italian for 5 years. She’s had various experiences as a translator, interpreter and voice recorder. Some of her passions are good food, dance, environment, natural healing and transformative conversations. She is a true Italian proud of her homeland flavors, culture and language. After teaching at Salt Lake Community College for many years, she is now involved in spreading Italian language and culture in public schools. She loves being part of the ICSL team as the Intermediate Italian II teacher. One of her favorite quotations is “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way” (Frank Smith).

Laura Marone

(Gelato Conversation Coordinator) is from Napoli,  where she worked as a pastry chef and cake designer in her small catering company. She moved to the States in 2005,  trained with international cake decorators and earned an associate degree in Culinary Arts in St.Louis, Missouri She also completed her Bachelor degree at the University of Utah and is enrolled in the M.A. Languages and Literature program with an emphasis in Spanish. She taught Culinary Arts for 9 years at St. Louis Community College, Salt Lake Community College and Art Institute, and is now teaching Spanish at the University of Utah. She also works at the Salt Lake City Library downtown. She loves traveling, reading, cooking and photographing landscapes.

Felipe Perrotti

is originally from Brazil and his genealogy goes back to Italy. In 2013 he moved to the United States to study and follow his career passion. He is a Finance student at the David Eccles School of Business and additionally taking Italian classes. He enjoys cooking and baking, especially homemade pizza. Felipe helps coordinate events for the Italian club.

Beatriz Perrotti

is from Brazil and her family immigrated from Italy. She always had a special love for Italian culture, as her family passed down Italian traditions through the generations. In 2014 she graduated from Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) with an Elementary Education degree and had worked in schools. She moved to the United States in 2014 to start a new chapter in her life with her husband, Felipe. Now she is a full-time mom of a beautiful daughter. She loves to spend time with family and friends, cook and, travel. Beatriz assists with Event Coordination for the Italian club.