Meet the Board

Hello to you all from Milan. I am British but have been living in Milan for over 20 years and for most of them I have been a member of the Benvenuto Club. Being a member has helped me find new friends and a new life in Italy, learn the language and understand the culture. I firmly believe that you should also give back to those that have helped you. I have previously held the posts of Secretary and Vice President and now I am privileged to take on the post of President. I am looking forward to providing a fun year for our existing members and to welcoming newcomers to the club.

I was born in Merida, Venezuela where I began my professional career as a lawyer. In pursuit of a Master’s degree in law, I spent 11 years in the United States, graduating from Boston University in 2001. Soon after I fell in love with an Italian man from Milan and am now married with two children. I enjoyed my work in law firms and international companies in both Italy and US, but am now very happy to be a stay-at-home Mom raising my family. A friend introduced me to Benvenuto in 2016 and I am so glad she did.  It is helpful taking with other members about the challenges of integrating into the Italian culture and of course I enjoy the many activities offered. I am excited to be this year’s Newcomers Director and welcome others to this wonderful organization.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS

Vice President

Gail Snedeker

Secretary

Janet Eerenstein

Public Relations- Recruitment & Events

Sarah Tarves

Benvenuto Magazine Editor

Sule Bolgi

Special Activities

Lisa Vejcik

Membership Director

Alexis Swanson

Treasurer

Svetlana Pikuz

Community Services

Julia Waters