THE 2021 ELECTIONS REPRESENT A MAJOR OVERHAUL OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO REPRESENT ITALIANS IN THE ST LOUIS REGION
The Italian Community of St Louis congratulates the new leaders of our local Comites, including CRISTINA GARIZIO-TINNIRELLO of Torino (Turin) in northwestern Italy, who obtained the most votes. Cristina lives in Chicago and works as an experienced and certified translator and interpreter from English and German into Italian. She graduated from the translation and interpretation program at the Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori in Turin, Italy. She then specialized in business, legal and technical translations. In 2011, she obtained her M.A. in Didactics of Italian as a Second/Foreign Language from the Universita’ del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and then moved to the United States, where she trained and specialized in teaching her native language to young students (kindergarten through 12 grade) in the Chicago area. Cristina is involved in the promotion of Italian language and culture programs throughout Chicago and the Midwest.
Also elected to the the Comites was Dr. Michelangelo Giampaoli, a native of Perugia in the central Italian province of Umbria and a university professor at the University of Illinois. Renowned academic, Dr. Pietro Lorenzini, professor at Loyola University Chicago, was also elected as a representative.
Notable losses from the Comites include the following individuals: Mr. Frank Galati of St Louis, Mr. Anthony Gandolfo of St Louis, Mr. Angelo Sita of St Louis, and Mr. Luigi Sciortino of Chicago.
The Italian Community of St Louis congratulates those who have won the election and is eager to work with our new representatives in promoting authentic Italian culture and especially the Italian language in our region. Moreover, we are thrilled that there are so many newer and younger candidates who deeply understand the situation of Italians living abroad. We are confident that the new members of the Comites will represent Italian expats in the St Louis region and we are excited for this new chapter in our relation with the Consulate of Italy in Chicago. We also thank our Consul Thomas Botzios for his continued support.