Originally from Florence, Tommaso came to the United States in 2003 to study for a PhD in Economics. He moved to Massachusetts in 2011 and he is now an associate professor of economics. His kids started attending Scuola PIB in Fall 2022, and he was immediately impressed by the Scuola PIB’s environment and by the dedication of the teachers and of the Board members. Thanks to Scuola PIB, his kids are exposed to the Italian language and Italy’s culture together with their peers, rather than – less effectively – through their “babbo”.
Giovanni moved to America in 2005 and currently works at Sanofi-Genzyme, where he leads a group of clinical researchers in oncology and immuno-oncology. In March 2009 he co-founded Professional Italians in Boston (PIB) to promote activities related to Italian culture. In 2014, he founded the Scuola Piccoli Italiani di Boston (PIB school) to support a new generation of Italians in America, who maintain their links and understanding of Italy through language and culture.
Andrea moved to the United States in 2007 to attend the MBA program at the University of Chicago. In 2014 he moved to Boston to work on the Dell EMC Enterprise Technology. The PIB school is for him a fantastic opportunity to keep alive Italian language and culture in his family. For him it is especially important, he says, as his wife is not Italian.
A frequent visitor to the US ever since 1961, Guido moved back to Cambridge in 2010 after his 2006 retirement from 37 years of transnational legal practice which started in NY
upon his 1969 graduation from HLS and, after experiences in Paris and Hamburg, continued (with some 10 yearly visits to the US) from an Italian base. Guido supported Scuola PIB
since its inception and values its allowing kids naturally to practice Italian and explore Italian heritage and its fostering a friendly community among parents rooted in shared interest in Italy
and its culture
Salvatore first came to Boston in 2007 to spend part of his Ph.D. at the Physics Department of Northeastern University, and then came back again and settled here in 2011 to work as a postdoc at Boston College and at Harvard University. In 2014 he co-founded TetraScience, a software startup that develops cloud based products for accelerating R&D in the life science industry. As of the beginning of 2022 he is the CTO of another Boston based software startup called Elemental Machines.
His wife Rita is American-Armenian and with his two daughters, Anya and Elise, they speak both Armenian and Italian.
The PIB school has been instrumental for keeping a solid connection with the Italian culture and the Italian language for him and his family. Additionally, it enabled his daughters to be exposed to the typical Italian sense of community that cannot be found elsewhere.
Valentina moved to Boston in 2002 finishing her Hematology/Oncology medical training in a research laboratory. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, she pursued a residency in anatomic pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital followed by a fellowship in hematopathology and in molecular diagnostic pathology. She is now an associate professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and an associate pathologist at the MGH. Valentina has a son who has been coming to the Scuola PIB since it was founded. This school has been a wonderful opportunity for him to maintain and improve the Italian language (particularly given his father is American), and foster interest and love for the Italian culture. Valentina and Rafael very much enjoy being part of the scuola PIB community.