Get To Know Us!

GIULIANA MARPLE

President

joined the ICSL as a teacher in 2008. Her enthusiasm for teaching has carried over to her leadership of the club. In describing her goals, she says, “I love to see a piece of my Bel Paese in Salt Lake City, a place where people can get a sense of Italy, read Italian books, watch Italian movies, eat together and share inspiring stories”. Giuliana holds a Master’s in Foreign Language Teaching from the University of Utah where she teaches Italian and Italian Civilization. Her favorite period in Italian history is the “Risorgimento”.

ISABEL ZAVALA

Administrator - ICSL Social Media Coordinator

Ciao! I am Isabel, I am a pre-nursing major at the University of Utah with a minor in nutrition. On my free time, I like to bake cakes and treats. I love to decorate them and share them with family or friends.

Simon Logue

UofU ICSL President

Hi, my name is Simon Logue. I am the President of the Italian Club at the University of Utah. I have a huge passion for Italian Culture and trying to bring Italian culture to the students at the U of U. My family is Italian from the region of Abruzzo. My family has always kept many Italian traditions, for example, every Lenten my family gets together and makes Pizzelle.

CAROLINA GANDOLFO McKENNA

Italian Teacher

Carolina is from Sicily and was raised in Palermo where she studied law. In 2018, she moved to the United States, and in 2021, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. She minored in European Languages, studying Spanish and French, and she had a cluster in Ancient Languages (Latin and Ancient Greek). She has a passion for linguistics, art, and good food. She enjoys singing (although she is bad at it), going to the beach, visiting museums, cooking, but mostly eating good Italian food. She goes back to Italy every year to visit her family and friends. Forza Italia!!!

GAETANA CUMMAUDO

Italian Teacher

Originally from Catania, has a M.A. in Linguistics and a TESOL Certificate from Brigham Young University, where she also taught Italian for 5 years. She’s had various experiences as a translator, interpreter and voice recorder. Some of her passions are good food, dance, environment, natural healing and transformative conversations. She is a true Italian proud of her homeland flavors, culture and language. After teaching at Salt Lake Community College for many years, she is now involved in spreading Italian language and culture in public schools. She loves being part of the ICSL team as the Intermediate Italian II teacher. One of her favorite quotations is “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way” (Frank Smith).

LAURA MARONE

Conversation Lab Organizer

(Gelato Conversation Coordinator) is from Napoli, where she worked as a pastry chef and cake designer in her small catering company. She moved to the States in 2005, trained with international cake decorators and earned an associate degree in Culinary Arts in St.Louis, Missouri She also completed her Bachelor degree at the University of Utah and is enrolled in the M.A. Languages and Literature program with an emphasis in Spanish. She taught Culinary Arts for 9 years at St. Louis Community College, Salt Lake Community College and Art Institute, and is now teaching Spanish at the University of Utah. She also works at the Salt Lake City Library downtown. She loves traveling, reading, cooking and photographing landscapes.

WAYNE LEAVITT

Graduated from mere Italian food enthusiast to bonafide Italophile in 2001 when he made the first of many trips to Italy. Since 2004 he has taught Italian at various institutions including Brigham Young University, the University of Pittsburgh, New York University, and currently the University of Utah. Aside from teaching, his short list of Italian-related passions include dialectology, Renaissance theater, cinema, children’s literature (for his two daughters), and most recently, opera. Wayne oversees the the organization of the events the Italian Club of Salt Lake hosts for students and the community each year.

MELIA BILKISS

ICSL Social Media Coordinator

Ciao! My name is Melia, and I am a psychology major and criminology minor at the University of Utah. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, reading, and painting.