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For specific enquiries, email one of our Board members whose profiles and details are listed below.

The Board meets on a monthly basis (excluding the summer) to monitor progress, make decisions and plan for the future. If you have an issue that you would like discussed at a board meeting, please email our secretary at least 3 days before the meeting.

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Our Board Roles and Responsibilites

In March 2022, we held our annual AGM and a new board was elected. Along with the results of the poll questions posed during the AGM and with the skills and ambitions of each new board member, we decided that this year we will focus on the following objectives:

  • Walk the talk: Bring the IWA Modena Vision to life and get ALL our members actively involved within the association
  • Back to the roots: Programming of events and activities first and foremost for OUR members will be the core of what we will do
  • Treasure the past and embrace the new: Focus on knowledge transfer and onboarding to ensure a solid basis for volunteers and new members alike upon which they can develop new ideas and put them into action

In order to properly live those goals, we saw the need to change the setup of the IWA Modena board by reallocating responsibilities and introducing new board roles. Read about them below then learn about the woman or women in the role

President

Legal representation of IWA Modena, responsible for the overall IWAM Strategy and its implementation, for inspiring and leading the IWAM Board and ensuring the knowledge transfer between volunteers (Board Handbook 3rd edition)

Membership Director & Secretary

Responsible for everything related to our members. This role is the first point of contact for our members when they join the association but also during the membership for any questions our members have. The secretary role is also responsible for keeping track of our board and member meetings, the membership base and everything that’s related.

Programming Co-Director(s)

Responsible for managing and coordinating all IWA Modena lead events and activities. These roles will manage all internal events and activities – social and personal development ones – as well as the external events and activities we organize for our community partners (fundraising events, etc). The management of our charity partnerships also fall under their responsibility.

Digital Media Director

Responsible for guiding our successful digital media activities. This role will lead our digital media team and manage our social media activities (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, our website (which is growing in importance) and our fabulous newsletter.

Treasurer & Vice President

Responsible for finance and cash management of the association. This role keeps a close eye on our expenses, prepares our budget and manages all income and other cash related activities of the association like fundraising. In her function as vice president she legally steps in when the president is not available to fulfil her duties.

Membership Experience Director

Responsible for an active and memorable experience of all our members. This role will overlook the onboarding and mentoring process of new members as well as introduce us to our new “paying it forward” program.

Outreach and PR Director

Responsible for liaising with local entities and associations. This role not only establishes relations with the commune and other local organizations but also is responsible – together with the president – for spreading the word and shaping the image of our association to the world around us.

Marketing and Communications Director

Responsible for our internal communication strategy and its realization. This role is furthermore responsible for our marketing material, our legendary merchandising products and our long-awaited welcome book project (3rd edition is in the making).

Our Board Members

2022

Simone Zaminer

Simone Zaminer

President

Simone is a strategic business consultant and project manager, who worked all over Europe before moving from her native town Munich to Modena in 2013 with her Italian husband, whom she met during her MBA at SDA Bocconi Milan, and her two children. Although fluent in Italian and having great support from her family, she struggled with trying to socialize and integrate into her new environment. Thus, her idea of founding a network of like-minded women, who support each other in all aspects of life was born! Simone was President of IWA Modena for the first 3.5 years and returned to this position in 2020. She is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the association and all its engagement activities. In her free time, she loves travelling and meeting new people, mountain sports (skiing, trekking), all kinds of dancing; especially Tango and finding her core with Pilates and Mindfulness.

Deniz Aydoslu

Deniz Aydoslu

Vice President and Treasurer

Deniz moved to Italy in the summer of 2018 after marrying an Italian from Sassuolo, Modena. She joined the IWA and has assumed treasury duties since February 2019. She used to work as a Freelance Investment Advisor to companies and family offices investing in Turkey and Turkish companies investing abroad. She is passionate about travelling, keeping an active lifestyle and Camilla (her in-laws dog).

Sam Frearson-Tubito

Sam Frearson-Tubito

Programming Co-Director

Sam is as global a nomad as you can get. She grew up all over the world. She’s lived in 14 countries in 18 cities… so far.
She is fluent in Italian, French and English and has learned 4 more along the way. You could say her story is one of movement. She’s also a mother of 4, an avid reader and a dog lover.
Since moving to Modena in August, she has embraced her husband’s home country with enthusiasm and looks forward to discovering more of Modenese life.
She is passionate about supporting women in need and supporting local initiatives and looks forward to supporting previous and future partnerships with community associations within the local Modenese community. She also heads the IWAM Book Club and co-leads the Hike Squad.

Sandra Gabriele

Sandra Gabriele

Membership Experience Director

Daughter. PR/Marketing Guru. Cosmetic Junky. Luxury Lover. Terrific Traveler. Wife. Mom. Sandra grew up in Connecticut, USA. After graduating in Economics from Boston University she started her career in New York City at the prestigious cosmetic company Lancome, Paris. Her responsibilities often took her to places such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Paris and Tokyo.
Today she happily lives in Italy with her husband and daughter.

Quyen Ha

Quyen Ha

Programming Co-Director

Quyen is a Vietnamese Canadian living in Italy with her family since 2019. Prior to this she lived in Toronto, London, Dublin and Paris where she worked in international PR and Communications for food and drinks brands. This allowed her to bring together her passion for food and drink and work across many languages and cultures.
Besides the corporate work she does, she’s excited to be part of the IWA board to help support and empower women in the Modena community.
When she’s not at her desk, you can find her in the kitchen running Living Italianly, a series of online cooking classes born during the pandemic.

Evelyn Montes

Evelyn Montes

Digital Media Director

Evelyn was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a professional transcreator and copywriter specialized in marketing and advertising, providing cross-cultural consulting for the Latin-American markets. Since moving to Italy in 2009 following the love of her life, she’s become a full-time freelancer, wife, mum, fluent Italian speaker and a passionate cook and lover of the local food.

Lavinia Nitu

Lavinia Nitu

Membership Director and Secretary

Lavinia is a documentary family photographer based in Italy who has been photographing people across Europe since 2005. She grew up in Bucharest (Romania) where she studied economics. She met her husband in Venice and decided to follow the passion that brought them together and become a photographer. They have continued to travel the world, documenting communities and photographing nature.

Sabrina Sattler

Sabrina Sattler

Marketing and Communications Director

Sabrina is from Germany and moved to Modena in 2015 after spending more than ten years in the United States. She studied International Business in Germany before moving to Texas where she graduated with an International MBA and an M.S. in Business Administration. She has worked in various industries in Egypt, Germany, France and the United States and now works as a freelance research consultant. Her areas of expertise are qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and statistical data analysis. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, scuba diving, skiing and discovering the beautiful Italian countryside.

Rosy Stainer

Rosy Stainer

Outreach and Public Relations Director

Rosy has been an IWA member since 2017 and since then, an active member of the Events team, organizing IWAM events including the charity gala.
She is Italian and first moved to Modena in 1983. She is married to a Brit; David, and has two daughters.
Rosy currently works as a financial consultant at Banca Carisbo Intesa Sanpaolo. She likes meeting up with friends and amateur theatre; she is also on the Board of the Modena Theatre Workshop.

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