Fabrizio Ricciardelli was appointed Director of the Kent State University Florence Center in 2012 after serving in leadership and teaching roles at Georgetown University at Villa Le Balze. Ricciardelli joined Georgetown University in 2004 and served for six years as Professor of History. Between 2010-2012 he was also selected as Academic Director and in 2010 he became the chairman of the scientific committee “Villa Le Balze Studies”. After serving as Co-Secretary Treasurer, in 2021 Ricciardelli was elected President of AACUPI, the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy. His main field of study in which he has many publications is the Italian city-states in the social, economic, political, and cultural landscape of Medieval Europe. A native of Florence, Fabrizio Ricciardelli earned his undergraduate degree in Medieval History at the University of Florence and his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick in England.
Kelly Bohan is the Program Coordinator the Middlebury College School in France where she manages cultural programming, pre-professional and alumni relations, communications, and learning technology. Kelly was born and raised in the US and she earned an M.A in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she also coordinated activities and tutoring for the French Summer Intensive Language Program. In her work in international education in France, she works closely with students on intercultural sensitivity and competency while abroad and she supports faculty with digital learning tools.
Mark Barneche is the Associate Director of the Lausanne Program and is treasurer of the American Associate of Colleges and Universities in Switzerland. Before coming to Switzerland, Mark studied at Pepperdine University (Religion) and spent a year studying abroad with Pepperdine in Heidelberg, Germany. After graduating from Pepperdine, Mark spent time teaching in Japan, conducted cellular biology research at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and worked as a Christian minister in New York City. Mark completed his M.A. from Abilene Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology, and is interested in spiritual formation in the study abroad context, international education, and Christian theology.
Ariadne Ferro is an adjunct professor at IE University. She has experience teaching at numerous universities in the United States and Spain. Her previous research examines languages in contact, in particular, Spanglish as it is spoken by Cuban U.S. Americans in South Florida, USA.
She is executive director of APUNE (Association of North American University Programs in Spain), an intercultural and inclusion facilitator, and an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator. Professor Ferro also participated in the design and delivery of Coursera’s MOOC, Diversity with Inclusion in Organizations.
Ariadne is a certified ADHD coach and a board-certified ADHD educator, who coaches clients through her consultancy, The Zunzún.
Gian Franco Borio
Gian Franco Borio is an attorney at law and former CPA, Legal Counsel to the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy and to the European Association of Study Abroad. He graduated with cum laude at the Law School of the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Florence), continued his graduate studies at SAIS of Johns Hopkins University in D.C., at the London City Poly, in Germany and in France. He served as Technical Counsel at the Italian Federation of EUCPAs (FEE) to the European Commission on Corporate Law, Tax Law, SMEs. He is a member of the Florence Bar, professional association of lawyers in Italy.