2018-2020 Board of Directors
Stela Taneva was born in Bulgaria. She has been living in Italy for almost 30 years. The first ten years she lived in Milan where she graduated in psychology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan. She continued her studies in Rome where she specialized in strategic psychotherapy. She continued her training with Ericksonian hypnosis, sexology, legal psychology and effective communication techniques. She mainly works as a freelancer with clinical activities, psychotherapy, training and counseling. She commits herself with passion to create events dedicated to personal development and the improvement of quality of conscious life. She is interested in books (she reads over 200 books a year with different genres), art, music and travel.
She is a member of the American International Club of Rome for several years and she is part of other international communities. She has two citizenships. She speaks English fluently.
She aims to organize cultural activities for the club, events dedicated to socialization with the opportunity to make short trips outside Rome, to create contacts with other international communities in Rome and to share each other's events in order to enrich the culture, exchange knowledge and increase awareness of the members.
2017-2019 Board of Directors
Damiana was the “Dirigente” (executive) for the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, and attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Fulbright Scholar. She enjoyed living the American life in San Francisco, Boston, Washington, and New York and continues wonderful friendships with friends in the States.
She is now the President of the Associazione Italiana Fulbright (www.fulbrightitalia.it Italian Fulbright Alumni). She organizes prestigious events and presentations, with distinguished experts and government figures. When not working, she enjoys relaxing at her beach house, gardening and vibrant dance lessons!
2016-2018 Board of Directors
Scotti Rhodes is thrilled to be living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and feels fortunate to have been able to continue her work as a publicist for her New York theater clients since moving to Rome over nine years ago. Although her clients are primarily actors, playwrights and theater companies, she has worked with international artists over the years since starting her own business, including an engagement from a Rome based modern dance company known as Compagnia di Danza Vera Stasi which introduced her to the Eternal City. Her publicity involves strategies that garner opportunities for her clients in a highly competitive market, as well as writing press releases to elicit reviews, feature stories and listings. She has been a publicist for award winning New York International Fringe Festival productions in addition to a plethora of original plays and revivals. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of California Berkeley. Having grown up in Los Angeles with family in the film industry, she retains a passion for American cinema and is also an enthusiast of art, music, fashion, travel, cooking and yoga.
2017-2020 Board of Directors (Embassy Liason)
Loretta Dusini is a native New Yorker who has been living in Rome for almost 15 years. She graduated from City University of New York in International Business after having studied one year abroad at the University of Bologna in Italy. Loretta’s work experience includes the Chamber of Commerce in New York as Marketing Manager, followed by Trade Analyst at the Chamber of Commerce in Chicago. Loretta then began a new challenge in Rome at the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican as Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Mission followed by a Political Appointment as Special Assistant to Ambassador Jim Nicholson (also former Secretary for Veterans Affairs). She is currently at the U.S. Embassy in Rome as Global Employment Advisor.
Loretta’s mother tongue is English. She also speaks fluent Italian and studied Spanish and French. Her interests include art, history and politics. Loretta is fulfilling her fourth year on the American International Club of Rome Board of Directors. She loves the cinema, sports and is an avid kick-boxer.