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For any information: +1 940-584-1501  info@thesicilianproject.com

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FOR ANY INFORMATION:

Alfred Zappala - Sicilian Address

Via Ulisse No. 18 Aci Catena Sicily, Italy 90522 

Giovanni Lanza - American Address

1225 Armadillo Trail Argyle, TX 76226 USA
​Telephone + 1 940-584-1501

 

Alfred Zappala - Sicilian Address

Via Ulisse No. 18 Aci Catena Sicily, Italy 90522 

Giovanni Lanza - American Address

1225 Armadillo Trail Argyle, TX 76226 USA
​Telephone + 1 940-584-1501

 

We are a 501-C3 tax exempt organization that raises money from people throughout the United States and all over the world then we issue academic grants in Sicily in order to teach students how to speak, think, and write in the English language.

We are a 501-C3 tax exempt organization that raises money from people throughout the United States and all over the world then we issue academic grants in Sicily in order to teach students how to speak, think, and write in the English language.

Meet the Team


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Alfred M. Zappala

Chairman of the Board and Founder

Attorney Alfred M. Zappala is the Chairman and Founder of The Sicilian Project. Mr. Zappala has seen first-hand the devastation that the current economic crisis has afflicted on Sicily, and has gathered around him many people from America who love Sicily and want to help stem the flow of students and young college grads leaving the Island.

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Giovanni Lanza

President & Treasurer

Giovanni Lanza is a telecommunications executive with over 30 years of industry experience. 
At the age of six Giovanni and his parents migrated from Monreale, a small town South of Palermo, Sicily to Brooklyn New York. Giovanni quickly grasped the English language and would often interpret letters and documents for his non-English speaking parents and relatives

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Joseph D. Monticciolo

1st Vice President

Joseph D. Monticciolo, FAIA, is President of The Monticciolo Company, a housing consulting firm providing consulting services for architecture, construction, housing development, budgeting, cost estimating, and feasibility analysis expertise.

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Gaetano Cipolla

Director

Gaetano Cipolla is a well known authority on Sicily. He is a Professor Emeritus at St. John’s University and President and Editor of Arba Sicula an international organization that promotes Sicilian culture. He has translated “L’origini di lu munnu” Don Chisciotte and “Sanciu Panza and Moral Fables” by Giovanni Meli, the Poetry of Nino Martoglio “Malidittu la lingua-Damned Language” by V. Ancona A. “Provenzano’s Tornu-The Return” A. Veneziano’s Ninety Love Octaves.

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Celia Milano

Trustee

Celia Milano was born in New York City and raised in Westchester County New York. She has several degrees, including a Masters of Science in Management from the College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ.

Before retiring to Florida, Celia worked as a computer software engineer for over 30 years in the military, and petroleum industries.

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Eszter N. Vajda

Public Relations & Social Media Director

Eszter Vajda is an Emmy-nominated international journalist, host, and producer with a passion for inspiring dialogues and a talent for "igniting fires" that spur interest, extract information, inspire. Enpower people worldwide. Eszter was born in Hungary and holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and E.U. Her passions are politics, travel and storytelling.

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Peter  Malaguti

esq. - Corporate Counsel

Peter M. Malaguti serves as the Sicilian Project’s legal counsel. He has been a full-time professor at the Massachusetts School of Law (MSL) in Andover, Massachusetts since 1989. He has taught Property, Constitutional Law, Land Use Law, Local Government Law, Landlord-Tenant Law, and Conveyancing. 

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Sue Giallombardo Walker

Secretary and Marketing Director

An economic development professional for more than 30 years, Sue Walker brings a unique range of experiences to a variety of marketing initiatives. Her economic development activities in both large and smaller communities have generated great success throughout her career.

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Vivian Cucchiara

Director

Vivian Cucchiara lives in a suburb north of Boston. Born in Somerville, she is the daughter of two Sicilian Immigrants.

They are both from a beautiful place called San Vito Lo Capo, a fantastically picturesque place in the northern part of Sicily.

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Bea T. Green

Director

Bea Green is a retired Healthcare Administrator who started off in the Medical Records field and was certified as an Accredited Records Technician. After several years as Director of Quality Assurance/Utilization Management, Bea was promoted to Hospital Administration as Vice President of Administrative and Clinical Services, where she spent the next twenty years. 

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James Ingram

Director

LCDR Ingram joins us from Orlando, FL. He served during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He has lived in many places in the US and has traveled to Sicily many times as it is his mother's family ascestoral home. His grandparents are from Contrata Spangola near Marsala. He's organized tours of Italy including one during the Millennium.

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Stefania Cammarano

Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors

Stefania Rita Cammarano is the first native Sicilian of the Sicilian Project, she serves as the Personal Assistant to the President of the Board of Directors. Born and raised in Sicily, she has studied languages, ​​in 2003 she graduated in Political Science at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Catania with full marks, in 2005 she obtained a II Level Master Degree in E-Business Process Management at the Faculty of Economics and Commerce of Catania. She got TEFL Certificate for teaching English as a foreign language.

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Rosario Faraci &

Agata Cavallaro

Executive Commitee members

Rosario Faraci, 56 years old, is a Professor of Business Economics and Management at the University of Catania where he also serves as Deputy Rector for academic entrepreneurship. Agata Cavallaro, 50 years old, studied Law at the University of Catania. Formerly an Insurance Agent, she got certificates of English as Second Language (ESL) at Texas A&M University and the University of Florida. She serves as a volunteer in several charity organizations.   

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William Marino

Education Coordinator and Consultant

I am William Marino, a USA based Educator who teaches English as a Second Language. In the early 1900s my 4 grandparents emigrated from Sicily to the USA. As I was growing up, Sicilian, Italian, and English were spoken in my home.  I have been teaching English to adults and children from around the world since 1972, and I enjoy helping students make progress as they gain confidence with their ESL skills.

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Rosemary Intili Ferdinand

PhD - Director

In 1898, Dr. Rosemary’s grandmother, Rosa Anello, was born in Cerami, Sicily. At 13 years old, Rosa left her ancestral home and boarded a ship for a new life in “America”. Thanks to her uncle’s gift of a tutor, she knew how to read and write when she arrived in the United States. Her humble education kept a community of emigrants connected with their families back in Cerami and inspired her female descendants to pursue their education

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Jennifer Chiarenza

SHRM-CP, PHR Senior Human Resources Executive - Director

As a senior human resources executive, Jennifer has over 30+ years of strategic human resources experience in private and public sectors, specializing in small- to mid-size organizations and non-profits. Throughout her career, Jennifer has held several corporate senior level HR leadership positions across a diverse range of industries including non-profits, consumer goods, healthcare, distilled spirits, and hospitality.

Fundraising is on going for the Sicilian Project and we need your help to sustain our mission.

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