Staff Directory

Syracuse Florence’s highly qualified staff is committed to helping students make the most out of their study abroad experiences in Florence.

Sasha Perugini


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-336


Dr. Sasha Perugini manages and leads the Syracuse Florence program and its staff and faculty; conducts strategic business planning and curriculum development; acts as the program’s legal representative; regularly consults and communicates with the home campus and the center’s legal team; represents the institution both locally and abroad; and fosters communication inside and outside the institution.

Kevin Barnett

Technology Manager


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-355

Kevin Barnett provides oversight for all technology operations in collaboration with and reporting to ITS and Syracuse Abroad. This includes technology architecture and design, hardware and software life-cycle management as well as the initiation of new projects. He is also responsible for ensuring compliance with data security and privacy regulations.

Julia Colchie

Field Trip Program Coordinator


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-331

Julia Colchie coordinates the Syracuse Florence Field Trip Program which includes all-school, course-specific, and optional field trips, in addition to short-term, summer, and faculty-led programs. She handles field trip scheduling and reimbursement approvals in the case of conflicting course field trips, as well as all course fee budgets for the center.

Cathleen Compton

Supervisor of Academics, Registrar


Work Phone: +39-055-5031323

Fax: +39-055-5000531

Cathleen Compton is a member of the academic team. She is responsible for advising students on curricular matters and overseeing academic administration, including registration processes; course changes; class and exam scheduling; deadlines; records management. and grades.

Rossana Degli Innocenti

Building Maintenance


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-337

Rossana Degli Innocenti oversees all ordinary maintenance of Syracuse Florence’s buildings and grounds and leased properties, and she is responsible for ensuring that Italian and American safety codes are met and respected.

Lucia Fantoni

Assistant to the Business Office


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-352

Lucia Fantoni assists the Business Manager with the collection and dispersal of funds, payments and general business operations.

Jennifer Haag

Assistant to the School of Architecture


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-345

Jennifer Haag handles budget transactions and bookkeeping operations for the Architecture department in cooperation with the Business Manager. She is responsible for organizing the architecture field study trips, cataloging new acquisitions and maintaining updated files in the Faculty Research Library. She also coordinates office operations and building maintenance for the Architecture Studios.

Sylvia Hetzel

Library Coordinator and Web Content Administrator


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-359

Sylvia Hetzel is responsible for library operations and academic resource services and provides digital information support, as well as research assistance, to students and faculty. She is the web content administrator for the Syracuse Florence website and a member of the 24/7 emergency phone team.

Melanie Honour

Student Life Advisor


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-321

Fax: 055-500-0531

Melanie Honour provides general information and support to students in the Student Life Office, including scheduling students’ doctor appointments and taking sign-ups for all-school field studies trips. As a member of the student emergency network, she keeps the 24/7 emergency phone on a rotating basis.

Amy Kleine

Assistant Director for Health and Wellness


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-324

Amy Kleine assists students with physical and mental health and wellness and handles accommodation requests for students with special needs. During the fall semester she teaches the First Year Forum course and coordinates the Discovery Florence Program, and during the spring and summer terms she teaches a course on cross-cultural studies. As a member of the emergency team, she keeps the 24/7 emergency phone on a rotating basis.

Fabio Landi

Network Systems Assistant


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-329

Fabio Landi assists the IT manager with maintaining the school’s extensive computer network and technical operations.

Silvia Landi

Front Desk Reception and Building Maintenance


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-372

Silvia Landi provides front desk reception services for students and visitors to Villa Rossa. She is also responsible for mail distribution, classroom and equipment upkeep, cleaning and maintenance services, and assisting with special events.

Roberta Mugelli

Housing Office Assistant


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-328

Roberta Mugelli assists with the placements of students in Italian homestays and apartments. She acts as the primary liaison with the host families and each semester organizes and leads a student-host weekend excursion. Roberta divides her time in housing with providing assistance to the Architecture department’s Survey of Italian Architecture program.

Aurélia Naso

Field Trip Program Risk Management and Administration Officer

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Work Phone : +39-055-5031-332

Aurélia Naso handles general risk management procedures and protocol for the Field Trip Program, and assists the Field Trip Program Coordinator with administrative duties, logistics, and quality control.

Francesca Picchi

Business and HR Manager


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-326

Fax: +39-055-5000531

Francesca Picchi is responsible for personnel management as well as all financial matters and business operations.

Gelso Sassonia

Facilities & Grounds Maintenance


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-337

Gelso Sassonia assists with the upkeep of Syracuse Florence building and grounds as well as with audiovisual equipment operations and maintenance.

Michelle Tarnopolsky

Assistant to the Director (Temporarily on leave)

Work Phone: +39 055-5031-336

Michelle Tarnopolsky provides administrative assistance to the director, including appointment scheduling, visitor itineraries, and events organization and promotion.

Robert Vallier

Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-386

Fax: +39-055-500-0531

Bob Vallier has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from DePaul University (2001), where he served as the Assistant Director of the Honors Program.  He previously worked with international programs in Paris, where he taught courses in Philosophy and the Humanities at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, University of California Paris program, the Sorbonne, and Columbia University in Paris. In addition to working in Study Abroad, he has also published and translated numerous books and articles.

Alessandro Verri

Student Life Assistant


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-372

Fax: +39-055-5000531

Alessandro Verri provides general information and support to students in the Student Life Office, including scheduling students’ doctor appointments and taking sign-ups for all-school field studies trips. He is a member of the 24/7 emergency phone team.

Jessica Volpe

Assistant Director for Student Life


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-327

Fax: +39-055-5000531

Jessica Volpe oversees the Student Life and Housing offices. She is responsible for organizing orientation and is also a member of the emergency team.