03 Apr New Member Monday: April 2017 Edition
Francesca Petronio grew up speaking Italian with her nonna, who emigrated from Trieste with her father and grandfather. At Smith College, she studied Psychology and Italian studies, culminating a thesis about the application of gender studies to the Italian canon. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Liberal Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center.
Lisa Dittmeier is the Executive Assistant to the Pastor, and Coordinator of Parish Life for Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, DC. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, EdM, and Pace University, BBA. Spending her early career on Wall Street, Lisa followed her passion and spent 20 years teaching first grade and then middle-school math. She enjoys traveling, musical theater, organizing events and meeting new people.
Vanessa Racci is a Singer, Producer and Senior Manager of Communications of Craft Soda at PepsiCo. Born in Thornwood, New York, Vanessa learned the songs of the Italian American song book from her grandfather and found her passion for singing. She has held many successful roles throughout Advertising and Marketing and has embarked on a hybrid-life journey of marketing and music making. Connect with Vanessa on her website, Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.
Amanda Beagle is a professional singer, voice teacher and teaching artist from Astoria, NY. A former Miss Ohio, she was a talent award winner at Miss America singing “Quando m’en vo.” She holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Entertainment Business and studied Italian and opera at the Opera Theater of Lucca, Italy. Connect with Amanda through her website, CDbaby, & Facebook.
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