IWA Modena Volunteers

 If you would like to become more active in the Association, we would love to hear from you! Many of the activities and functions of the Association are carried out single-handedly, so just having some support in some of these areas would be extremely helpful.
Please contact Eva for more information and to discuss possibilities.

Email Eva

IWA Modena Volunteers

Sofia Angidou

Sofia Angidou

Charity Team

 Sofia is Greek and moved from London to Modena 7 years ago making Italy her new home. She has been working in the international development and charity sector over the last 17 years in numerous countries and fields. She has been an independent consultant for the last year, working with organisations across the globe as well as small grassroots ones here in Modena. Her work is based on empowerment and loves to work with associations who bring social change through innovative solutions. She is passionate about everything around food, travelling, meeting the world, new people, cultures and nature. 

Manon Bauer

Manon Bauer

Photographer

Manon is German but has been living for more than 30 years in Modena with her husband and daughter who are Modenese. She studied foreign languages and literature in Bologna, worked as language teacher, interpreter, export sales employee and actually as administration manager and export sales consultant. Manon is one of the IWA Modena’s founding members and she loves taking pictures of the members to immortalize the fun moments during the IWA Modena events. Her hobbies are yoga, walking, biking, travelling and cooking.

Chiara Botti

Chiara Botti

Events Team

Chiara is a multilingual Italian. Her hometown is Parma but she lived as an expatriate for 5 years in China (Shanghai) and Australia ( Adelaide). She is married to an Italian and has 2 sons who are now all based in Modena. In her free time she loves walking, reading, cooking and listening to music. She loves to share her expat experience and to help other extraordinary women moving to Italy, because as she likes to think “Home is not a place but a feeling”.

Tinamaria Colaizzi

Tinamaria Colaizzi

Newsletter Editor, Social Media Team & Charity Events Planning

Since moving to Italy from her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) in 2014, Tinamaria has had the pleasure of calling four beautiful Italian cities “home”; Milan, Parma, Ferrara, and her favorite – Modena. With family roots in Abruzzo, a strange love for airplane food, and a passion for travel, Tinamaria is always planning her next trip somewhere and can pack a carry-on bag in less than 10 minutes. When she’s not doing that, you can find her working in her office as a freelance Communications Specialist, carrying out international projects that combine her background and skills in writing, education and business.

Marisa Di Consoli

Marisa Di Consoli

Charity Events Planning & Photographer

Marisa is Italian, but grew up in Switzerland and moved to Italy with her family as a teenager. At University, she studied foreign languages and literature.
She currently works as an Executive Assistant and is a mother of two children. In her free time, she loves to cook, read and work on creating crafts. She is also passionate about taking photographs to capture precious moments otherwise gone.

Sam Frearson Tubito

Sam Frearson Tubito

Book Club, Hike Squad and Mentor

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.

Sandra Gabriele

Sandra Gabriele

Charity Events Planning

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. 

Aldonza González

Aldonza González

Website & Social Media

Aldonza is Mexican but has lived in France, Spain and now Italy. She moved to Modena in 2017 and became a full time mom after more than 15 years working as a creative in advertising and communication. In 2019 she started a project as a writer and will soon finish her first novel. She is now working freelance and with the local agency TopLife as an advertising consultant, graphic and web designer.

Francine Grace

Francine Grace

Charity Events Planning

Francine is from Michigan, USA and describes herself as a loving wife, mother and “jack of all trades, master of none”.
After spending many years raising her four beautiful children, she worked and volunteered for several non-profits bringing literacy and the arts to Detroit’s lowest performing schools and the homeless.
Her passions include traveling, boating, biking, hiking, cooking and watching sunsets with friends and family. She is thrilled to be living in the beautiful country of Italy!

Rebecca Midgley

Rebecca Midgley

New Member Mentor Coordinator

Becki is English and comes from York. She moved to Modena in February 2014 with her husband and three children.
She studied Politics with French at Loughborough University and has lived in Ajaccio, Corsica where she taught English. Prior to arriving in Modena, she was the Head of the Modern Foreign Languages Department in a secondary school in Oxfordshire. Becki has been an IWA member since the start, initially running the Little Ones Group until her own little ones became big. She is passionate about current affairs, education, environmental issues and loves meeting new people!!

Evelyn Montes

Evelyn Montes

Social Media

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.

Emanuela Moratti

Emanuela Moratti

Events Team

Emanuela comes from Turin and moved to Modena at the beginning of 2019. She is currently a freelance Event Manager, focused on organization, accountability and business development. During her 25+ years experience, she has managed and organized concerts, fairs, conferences, sport events and many others for global and international companies. For a while she has also been F&B supervisor for prestigious football teams.
She has lived in England, Turkey and for two years up and down from the US when her husband was relocated in Detroit. She stepped in to help the Events team in 2020 to share her experience. She is passionate about travelling, having a healthy life style and gardening.

Elisabetta Parente

Elisabetta Parente

Website Editor

Elisabetta is from Naples, but before University she lived in London and Siena. She went back to Naples to study Computer Engineering, only to take off again with her family, and since then she has lived in Bologna, Sweden and Modena. She loves living in an international environment, to experience different views of the world and different cultures. Right now she’s a stay-at-home mum with many interests including the cinema, reading and cooking.

Kelly Louise Rooker

Kelly Louise Rooker

Website Editor

Kelly is from England and came to Modena in Feb. 2016 searching for a happier life and to be an au pair. Within no time at all, she made friends with people from a range of countries, joined the state language school for foreigners (CPIA) and started her new life in Modena. With a background in art and teaching, she then studied online to teach English as a foreign language and now is a qualified and practicing English language teacher. She joined the IWA in May 2019 looking to connect with like-minded women in the area and started the Creatives group, hoping to start a creative community.

Claudia Zanolin

Claudia Zanolin

Events Team

Claudia is Italian Canadian and has been an IWA member since 2017. She speaks fluently in French, English, Italian and Polish. She is currently a marketing manager and writer and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University (Montréal) and an MBA from Luiss University (Rome). During her free time, she enjoys cooking, travelling and discovering new cultures along the way.