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Robin DeVito: Robin has lived in Rome since the summer of 2008. She is married to Tim DeVito, a career U.S. Army Officer currently working with NATO. Robin teaches at the American Overseas School of Rome where their 3 children attend school. The DeVito family is actively involved in the scouting programs in Rome, as well as the Santa Susanna Parish.

Tara Giorgini: Tara has lived in Rome for 14 years, where she practices as a specialist in foot, leg and hand surgery. She is married to Dr. Michele Calderaro with whom she has two children, Margherita and Renato. Tara’s religious experience at Santa Susanna started with Father Greg’s pre-cana conference instruction followed by the Baptism and First Holy Communion of Margherita.

Jane Wietsma Gudgeon: Jane has lived in Rome for over twenty-four years. Her husband, Scott, works for the Multinational Force and Observers, a peacekeeping force in Sinai, Egypt, headquartered in Rome. They have two grown boys. Jane came to the parish when her eldest son received First Communion at Santa Susanna, prior to the institution of the Family-Based Religious Education Program. Jane served for three years as the DRE of Santa Susanna and continues to help with the program.

Gregory Kendrick: Greg works at the U.S. Embassy to Italy. He has lived in Rome since 2007 with his wife and three children. Greg has been on the Santa Susanna Parish Council since 2008.

Barbara Lents: Barbara Lents moved to Rome and joined Santa Susanna parish with her family in July of 2009. She is the proud mother of Philip, John and Christy and just celebrated her twentieth wedding anniversary to husband Mike, who is active duty Navy working at the U.S. Embassy. She originally hails from the Midwest, United States. After three years in Naples in the 1990’s where her oldest was born, she and Mike were anxious to return to Italy. Barbara enjoys gardening and history, and of course, Father Greg’s famous church tours!

Joan Lewis: Joan has lived in Rome for 31 years, and has been a parishioner and lector at Santa Susanna for almost as long! After 15 years working for the Vatican, she became Rome Bureau Chief for EWTN, the global Catholic TV and Radio network in 2005. Joan has a blog, “Joan’s Rome” at and does daily radio news shows and has a weekend radio show called “Vatican Insider”. She also hosts “Joan Knows” on Vatican Radio.

Matt Montavon: Matthew Montavon moved to Rome in 1991 to work at FAO and has been a member of the parish since then. He and his wife Marjorie received pre-cana counseling through Santa Susanna. Their two children, Matthew Adam and Kiara were baptized and received their religious education and the sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation through the parish. This is Matthew's second time on the Parish Council having served during the '90s. Santa Susanna has been a big part of his family's life in Rome.

Stephan Notarianni: Stephan arrived in Rome in July of 2009 to serve as the Deputy Chief, Military Liaison Office at the U.S. Embassy for a five year posting. Stephan and Sylvia have four children: Carlos, 22 serving in the US Marine Corps, Lia, 19 a Freshman at the University of Dubuque in Iowa and a U.S. Army ROTC Cadet, Nathalie, 15 and Sophia, 7 attending AOSR in Rome. Sophia had her First Communion in May 2010 at Santa Susanna. The Notarianni’s are lifelong Catholics and have been active volunteers in their parish communities in all their postings.

Nichole Parker: Nichole has been living in Italy for over 11 years and has been increasingly involved in the Santa Susanna parish over the years. She and her husband, Alessandro, were married at Santa Susanna in April 2008. Nichole is an expatriate tax specialist focusing on both the Italian and U.S. tax systems. In her free time, she likes to swim, practice yoga, read and explore Rome.

Gabriella Castelli Pregoni: Gabriella was born in Italy and raised in Los Angeles, CA where she completed her schooling at U.S.C. in the Dental Hygiene Program. While living in Italy again fifteen years ago, she met and married a dentist! They have two beautiful children who attend Marymount International School. A former vice-president of the American Women’s Association of Rome, Gabriella is active in the school community as well as our parish. She has been a member of the parish for 5 years and joined the Parish Council in 2009.

John Preissing: John and his wife Peggy are relative newcomers to Rome and Santa Susanna having arrived in late 2008. John works at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and Peggy teaches at Ambrit School. Before coming to Rome, John worked for the University of Wisconsin Extension as a Director in the Extension Program and Peggy taught elementary school. They have three children and one grandson, and their youngest daughter studies in Rome at John Cabot University. Prior to coming to Rome, John also served on his Parish Council in Wisconsin and is looking forward to contributing to Santa Susanna.

Peggy Scalise: This is Peggy’s second tour in Rome. Her husband, Joseph, is assigned here with the UN World Food Programme and daughter, Alessandra, attends university in Scotland. Peggy is a teacher/reading specialist with 35 years experience teaching in Catholic and International Schools in Africa, Asia, Italy and the USA, and now teaches at Ambrit International School. Peggy and her family joined the parish in September, 2004.

Susan and Louis Seliquini: Louis, an employee with the U.S. Government in Rome, has been a life-long Catholic and active in his parish communities since he was an altar boy at age 10 and the president of his parish youth organization through high school. He is married to Susan Seliquini and they have three children (Sky, Star and Stormy). In September of 2008, Susan became our Director of Religious Education (DRE). They have been members of Santa Susanna Parish since their arrival in January of 2007. The Seliquini family has lived in Europe and the US off-and-on for the past 14 years, and transferred to Rome from their home in Glendale, Arizona. Their hobbies include traveling, camping and sightseeing.

Rosanna Shedid: Rosanna was born in Cairo, and is fluent in English, Italian, French and Arabic. She has been a member of the parish of Santa Susanna for the past 25 years and has been working as Parish Secretary for the past 8 years. She loves the numerous aspects of her job with the Paulist Fathers in Rome.

Stephanie Simone-Mahaney: Stephanie arrived in Rome in August, 2009 with her husband, a U.S. Army Colonel and their four children, Stephen, Eliana, Sophia, and Patrick. They have been parishioners at Santa Susanna since their arrival and recently had the joy of seeing their son Stephen confirmed in Rome. She has spent the last several years leading Family Readiness Groups for her husband’s military units, working closely with the families of the fallen and teaching economics at a university in North Carolina. She enjoys the pleasure and privilege of exploring and photographing Rome, volunteering as a docent at the American Embassy and sharing in her family’s adventures. Although far from their native New York City, she and her family are at home at Santa Susanna.

Silvia Walewski-Morrill: Silvia is a native of San Jose, California. She has been a military spouse for 18 years and has lived in California, Arizona, and Tennessee. She has been in Rome for one year and is enjoying her time keeping the house in order for her husband Brian and their three children, Collin, Theodore, and Josephine. She has taught Grades 3-4 Religious Education last year at Santa Susanna. She loves teaching children, exploring the country and her favorite tours offered in Rome are the spiritual walks offered by Father Greg. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve in this parish.