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

Sasha Perugini

Program Director
Work Phone: +39 055-5031-336
Dr. Sasha Perugini manages and leads the Syracuse Florence program and its staff and faculty. She 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. As a member of the SU Florence faculty, Dr. Perugini teaches a 3-credit course in cross-cultural management and communication.

Patrizia Aurilia

Business Office


Work Phone: +39 055-5031-326

Patrizia Aurilia is responsible for overseeing budget analyses and forecasts, data entry, and financial management.

Andressa Bavaresco

Student Support for Student Health and Wellness


Work Phone: +39 055-5031-324

Andressa Bavaresco is responsible for student health and wellness services by helping students with the kinds of personal, social, and cultural concerns that can arise during their time in Italy.

Kevin Barnett

IT Services 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.

Olimpia Bozza

Internship Programs and Experiential Learning


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-332

Olimpia Bozza is in charge of  the Syracuse Florence Internship Program. She also handles matters related to course budgets and acquisitions for studio arts courses, and collaborates with the Field Studies Office on the Experiential Learning component of the Arts and Sciences program. She keeps the student 24/7 emergency phone on an occasional rotating basis.

Silvia Brandi

Field Studies Program


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-331

Silvia Brandi is in charge of planning, scheduling and budgeting field trips for Syracuse Florence’s I-Explore program and course-related field studies. She also handles budgets and logistics for the signature seminars and assists with faculty-led summer programs. She responds to field trip-related emergency calls on the dedicated field trip emergency cell phone.

Claudia Delli

Manager for Safety, Compliance, and Operations


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-337

Claudia Delli is responsible for ensuring compliance with all health and safety protocols relating to facilities and general operations throughout the Syracuse Florence campus, including oversight and enforcement of student health and welfare protocols; she also keeps the student 24/7 emergency phone on an occasional rotating basis throughout the semester.

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 all library operations, including collections management, research and reference assistance to faculty and students, and resource loans and returns. She oversees Syracuse Florence’s Villa Rossa Archive and makes content updates to the website.

Melanie Honour

Student Life Advisor


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-321

Melanie Honour provides general information and support to students in the Student Life Office, including scheduling students’ doctor appointments and taking sign-ups for student life activities. As a member of the student emergency network, she keeps the student 24/7 emergency phone on an occasional 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

Building Maintenance


Silvia Landi is responsible for campus mail distribution, classroom and equipment upkeep, cleaning and maintenance services, and receptions for special events.

Zama Mbense

Community Engagement Consultant


Roberta Mugelli

Housing Office Assistant


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-328

Roberta Mugelli assists with the placement of students in Italian homestays and apartments. She acts as the primary liaison with host families and each semester organizes and leads a student-host weekend excursion.

Gelso Sassonia

Facilities & Grounds Maintenance


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-337

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

Rachael Smith

Academic Manager


Work Phone: +39 055 5031322

Rachael Smith is the Academic Manager responsible for coordinating academic operations and ensuring they run smoothly.  She liaises closely with the Student Life and administrative teams, as well as providing support to faculty and students.

Erika Soncin

Assistant to the Director


Work Phone: +39 055-5031-336

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

Kamila Subko

Human Resources Administrator


Work Phone: +39 055-5031-333

Kamila Subko is responsible for overseeing HR administration tasks and people management focusing on communication and effective teamwork.

Michelle Tarnopolsky

Academic Office Assistant


Work Phone: +39 055-5031-381

Michelle Tarnopolsky provides program assistance to the Academic Office and is the lead staff member for program-related publications.

Bob Vallier

Curriculum and Pedagogy Specialist


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-386

Bob Vallier has a D.E.A. from the Université de Paris and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from DePaul University, where he also 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 (Sciences-Po), the Sorbonne, and Columbia University in Paris. At Syracuse University Florence, he is responsible for curricular development and pedagogy and teaches the CAS200 Mapping Italy course.

Alessandro Verri

Front Desk and Logistics Support


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-320

Alessandro Verri works at the front desk of Villa Rossa providing logistical information and assistance to students and visitors. He oversees the SU Florence soccer team and keeps the student 24/7 emergency phone team on an occasional rotating basis.

Jessica Volpe

Assistant Director for Student Life


Work Phone: +39-055-5031-327

Jessica oversees staff and operations within the Student Life team, including the Student Life Office, Health and Wellness, Community Engagement, and Housing. She is responsible for semester planning, budgeting, and housing protocols in collaboration with the business, risk management, and SUAbroad offices. She coordinates arrivals and orientation and serves as backup to Emergency Team staff outside of office hours. She also keeps the student 24/7 emergency phone on an occasional rotating basis during the semester.