Meet the Board

Welcome to all current and future Benvenuto members! I was born in Italy but when I was just 9 months old my family moved to the United States and I remained there, graduating from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, till December 1962 when I married and returned to Italy. I have been a member of Benvenuto for 16 years enjoying every one of them, and am honored to be serving as President for my second time. I look forward to a productive and fun year, enjoying our time together and fundraising for our charities,

I was born in Venezuela & began my professional career as a lawyer there. However, 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. The Benvenuto 2018-2019 year will be my second term serving on the Club’s Board, and I am very much looking forward to another year welcoming new members to Milan. 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. Hope to see you at a Drop-in Coffee or one of the Club’s many other events!


Vice President

Wanda Haynes


Janet Eerenstein


Svetlana Pikuz

Benvenuto Magazine Editor

Rose Gill

Special Activities

Lola Vazquez Ramos

Membership Director

Silvia Cossa