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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”.

Chris Sciarretta

Is a graduate of the University of Utah and a current medical student at the school of medicine. Chris is from Connecticut and was raised in an Italian-American household with his family being from Central and Southern Italy. He lived  in Northern Italy for a few years where he met his wife, Viola, who is from Bergamo, Italy. Chris also has a passion for Italian food.

Sabrina Baldassari
Sabrina Baldassari

I was born in San Francisco and moved to Utah when I was younger. I attend the University of Utah and am currently pursuing a degree majoring in Mathematics and minoring in English, both with an emphasis in teaching. My dream is to teach at an international school abroad, hopefully in Italy (Finger crossed). Half of my family lives in the Tuscan region of Italy and I’m very passionate about my roots, the culture, and the language. I’m an outdoor enthusiast – I love to hike, rock climb, ski, surf, and pretty much anything that gets me outdoors. I have a horrible case of the travel bug, and so I visit la mia famiglia in Italy as often as possible. My duties with ICSL will be Event Coordinating and Media Management.

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.

Keaton Grizzell

Is a recent arrival from outside of Chicago, Illinois. He is a student of International Studies and Political Science at the U with minors in Italian, French, and Arabic. Keaton spent a couple years living in central and southern Italy, and is very passionate about Italian culture and language. He looks forward to being able to contribute to the growth of the club and promotion of Italian culture in the Salt Lake area in his capacity as an administrative assistant of ICSL.

Luca De Bellis

Born and raised in Bergamo, just outside Milan, Luca left Italy in 2012 to work and study abroad. Since then he lived in London, Dublin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seoul and finally Salt Lake City. Here Luca is attending his last year in college at the U majoring in Communication while helping the club grow. In the club Luca has found the perfect way for him to express and share his passion for the Italian culture.