Michael

Michael is a first-generation Italian American born and raised in Yonkers, NY to parents who  emigrated from Caserta, Italy.  He has been a member of ICC since 2009 and has taken all the grammar classes at least twice and some, three times.  His goal was to learn the language in order to speak to his cousins whom he would meet for the first time on his maiden journey to Italy in 2011.  Michael is actively involved in the Italian American community in San Diego as a board member of ICC, a board member of the House of Italy, a member of the San Diego Italian Film Festival and a participant in Cinema Little Italy.
Michael earned a BS in chemistry from Fordham University, a DO (doctor of osteopathic medicine) from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and an MPA (master of public administration) from Oklahoma University.  He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as an adult psychiatrist, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a forensic psychiatrist.  He held a board certification as a healthcare executive from the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Michael pursues a sports medicine interest as a certified ringside physician for professional boxing and mixed martial arts with the CA State Athletic Commission and amateur boxing nationwide with Olympic boxing USA Boxing.
Michael recently retired from a combined 40 years career (24.5 active duty, 15.5 civilian service) with the US Navy.

Silvia

Born and raised in Italy, she obtained her “Laurea” degree from the University of Genova where she worked as a researcher until she moved to California. She has traveled extensively. She has worked as an interpreter and translator and has been teaching Italian for over 20 years at all levels in institutions and Universities in the San Diego area and in Australia and Italy. Silvia has been involved with the Italian Community Center since the beginnings of the organization and has served on the Board as Vice President and President for several years. She particularly enjoys teaching at the Italian Community Center, where she finds the students very interesting and stimulating because they are motivated and eager to learn the Italian language and culture. She has been teaching Italian at ICC since 1989.

Robin

Born and raised in Ohio, Robin is a second-generation Italian-American whose family is from Colobraro, a small hilltop village in Basilicata. Robin received her degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Although her career path has taken her to book editing and wildlife rehabilitation, she has never lost touch with her love of international relations and culture, especially her own. She has been fortunate to receive her Italian citizenship and to pass it on to her children. Robin is grateful to the dedicated staff at the ICC for teaching her Italian, thus enabling her to maintain family ties with her people in Basilicata. She is passionate about learning the language, embracing the culture, making l’arancello, and dancing, particularly swing, Lindy Hop, and cha-cha.

Paul

Born and raised in New York to the parents of Italian immigrants from the Madonie region of Sicily, Paul has always felt a strong connection to Italy. He graduated from Boston University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology, with a focus in Classical civilizations, and moved to San Diego where he obtained his juris doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2005. Paul has been a licensed attorney in California since 2006, specializing in real estate, real property, construction, land use and land development. Paul became a student at ICC so he could finally learn his family’s native language. In his spare time, Paul is passionate about calcio, cooking and traveling to Sicily to spend time with his parents harvesting their oranges and olives.

Patrick

Born and raised in the village of Melrose Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He is proud to be a third-generation Italian-American, with family origins between the coastal towns of Napoli and Bari, Italy.  He is a 20-year Navy veteran with extensive experience in leadership, administration, and organizational development with the ability to liaison and build relationships. Patrick has his Bachelor’s in Science, Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University. He currently serves as a Military Liaison and a Project Management Analyst for the Naval Health Research Center in Point Loma. Patrick finds great pleasure enriching his life and others through volunteerism and service to the Italian community here in San Diego.

Carol

Carol Gratzke-Patterson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles with a major in Italian and a minor in German. After five years working with the Internal Revenue Service, Carol returned to the University and received a second degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting. She earned her Certificate of Public Accounting, passing the CPA exam and working three years for Peat Marwick Mitchell. Subsequently, Carol worked for Cherokee, Inc., for 20 years and spent the last ten as Chief Financial Officer. Carol is currently retired and spends her time as a volunteer for the San Diego Italian Film Festival, treasurer for the House of Italy San Diego, President and Chairman of the board for the Italian American Academy of San Diego, serves on several boards in the San Diego and Riverside Counties and teaches Italian. When she has time she likes to travel. Carol reconnected with her Italian roots after retiring and has taken Italian classes in San Diego and in Italy. She has spent time in Italy, traveling twice annually to fully immerse herself in the Italian Culture and has made many new friends, reunited with Italian relatives and through her Italian grandparents has received her Italian Citizenship. Carol enjoys teaching Italian and sharing her love of all things Italian.

Donald

Born in San Diego and raised in the back country of Julian. Graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Don is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. He operates  his own private practice in San Diego specializing in taxation, financial planning and investment advisory services. Don has been a regular student at ICC since 2002. He has also attended language school in Italy. In his spare time, Don is passionate about golf, tennis and the Italian language and culture.

Angela

Angela is a long time Real Estate Broker and Certified Escrow Officer. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a Minor in Economics. 
Her grandfather was born in Tricarico, in the region of Matera in Italy. Angela joined the Italian Cultural Center in 2012 to brush up on her rusty Italian in the hopes of being able to communicate with her family for the 3 week trip. It was a success!  The family harvests olives and bottles olio d’oliva under the family name, as well as several, natural, olive oil based beauty products like soap and lotion. 
Angela serves on several Boards, including the San Diego Escrow Association, the California Escrow Association, the American Escrow Association, as well as ICC and two condo association boards. 
She is very interested in serving her communities. 

Michela

Michela was born and raised in a small town in the beautiful Madonie’s park, Alimena, located in Palermo province. She studied at the University of Palermo. After she got married, she left the beloved Sicily and moved North, to Magenta. She worked in Milano for many years writing software programs. She came to San Diego for a family vacation, fell in love with the place and has now been living here with her family since 1999. She started teaching Italian for Poway Adult Education in 2000 and for the ICC in 2005 and she LOVES it! She shares with her students all the passion and love she has for Italy and for Italian Culture and Art.

Andrea

Born and raised in Bologna, Andrea has an Italian Degree in Engineering Construction & Land surveying and in Public Works Management degree from Palomar College. In Italy he was a production manager for three leading fashion firms in swimwear (La Perla, Argentovivo and Parah) and currently he is working for the County of San Diego in the Department of Public Work as Assistant Resident Engineer. Teacher, former Vice President and active board member since 1999, Andrea enjoys sharing the beauty and culture of his Italian heritage. During the last fifteen years, he has developed a passion for Italian cuisine and he graduated from Grossmont College in Culinary Arts. He is a wine and food connoisseur with a special interest in extra-virgin olive oil and Italian I.G.P., D.O.P. and D.O.P.G. products especially from the Italian region of Abruzzo. He owns a farm in Notaresco (TE), Italy with about 10 acres of land where he produces Extra Virgin Olive Oil, wine and organic grains (Farro, Orzo and different type of durum wheat). In the future Andrea is planning to finish remodeling the old farm house and create a Bed and Breakfast.es.

Gabriella

Born and raised in Italy, she obtained her Laurea degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures. In Napoli she was teaching English in High School and Elementary school.
After moving to Maryland, she started teaching Italian Language in Washington D.C.for adults and US diplomatic and Military Personnel, and she also taught Italian in adults classes in Maryland.  After her daughter was born she moved with the family to San Diego. Since then she has dedicated herself to raise her daughter, but not for a second she forgot about her passion, teaching. She is currently teaching Italian to children and adults at the ICC. Her passions are reading and cooking. “I consider myself lucky to work in the friendly atmosphere of the ICC. Everytime I have classes my spirit gets happy, I meet new and interesting people who enrich my life and at the same time I help promoting my Country.”

Barbara

Barbara was born and raised in Florence, where she studied languages (English, French, German and Spanish) and obtained a Diploma of Specialized Translator. She started her career in tourism by working for a prestigious line of hotels in Florence and Sardinia.
Her love for travel took her pretty much to every continent; but her favorite experience was in South America, Venezuela, where she worked as a guide for international tourists, spent some time living with the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon rainforest and consolidated her love for flying small airplanes. She arrived in San Diego in 1995 and obtained her private pilot license and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. degree from Embry Riddle University in Technical Operations. After working for many years selling Italian single-engine airplanes, she completely changed her career, obtained a Master and a Doctorate in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture and opened her own acupuncture clinic.
She is one of the longest serving Board Members of the ICC having covered every aspect of this organization from Event Coordinator, Vice-President, Secretary, and Class coordinator. She’s currently serving as President.