Italian Staff 

Davide  - President of the Board Davide was born in Napoli and moved to Milan at the age of 13 where he attended high school and also university where studied and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. He works as the Marketing Manager in the cardiovascular department of Sanofi. Davide is actively involved in music and is a “Contemporary Gospel” singer, and is the lead singer of the Sanofi Cover Band - a group that promotes a message of hope through music against cardiovascular diseases. From his marriage with a Dutch girl, Davide has two wonderful children, Karen and Alexander.

Davide  - President of the Board

Davide was born in Napoli and moved to Milan at the age of 13 where he attended high school
and also university where studied and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. He
works as the Marketing Manager in the cardiovascular department of Sanofi.
Davide is actively involved in music and is a “Contemporary Gospel” singer, and is the lead
singer of the Sanofi Cover Band - a group that promotes a message of hope through music
against cardiovascular diseases.

From his marriage with a Dutch girl, Davide has two wonderful children, Karen and Alexander.

Karen - Vice President of the Board Karen was born and grew up in Italy, but when she was 14, together with her family, she returned to the UK where she finished her studies and took a degree in Italian Studies. After university she discovered the world of EFL, specialised and started her career in a multilingual school in Yorkshire, meeting and working with Swiss, Norwegian, Japanese and students of many other languages. In 1989 she returned to Italy to work in Milan with the British Council. In 1992 she married Marco (whom she'd met during an Erasmus year) and she has now lived in Verona for over 25 years. Their three children are bilingual and one of the girls is studying at university in Bristol. She loves her job and the opportunity it gives her to meet and develop friendships. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and walking the dog.

Karen - Vice President of the Board

Karen was born and grew up in Italy, but when she was 14, together with her family, she
returned to the UK where she finished her studies and took a degree in Italian Studies.
After university she discovered the world of EFL, specialised and started her career in a
multilingual school in Yorkshire, meeting and working with Swiss, Norwegian, Japanese
and students of many other languages. In 1989 she returned to Italy to work in Milan
with the British Council.

In 1992 she married Marco (whom she'd met during an Erasmus year) and she has now
lived in Verona for over 25 years. Their three children are bilingual and one of the girls is
studying at university in Bristol.
She loves her job and the opportunity it gives her to meet and develop friendships. In her
free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and walking the dog.

Emma - Executive Director and Secretary British born Emma first came to Italy as a teenager and fell in love with the country. After graduating from the University of Liverpool, in History, she moved to Verona in 2011 to teach English. She has since made Verona her home and thoroughly enjoys living in Italy and experiencing life in a different country. Especially driving around on her Vespa. She has a passion for meeting new people and learning about different cultures. Through university she taught at an English Summer camp in Moldova in 2009 and returned in 2010. She is a keen traveller, visiting many parts of Europe and Brazil, and is often planning trips to visit new places. She is also an enthusiastic musician and runner.

Emma - Executive Director and Secretary

British born Emma first came to Italy as a teenager and fell in love with the country. After
graduating from the University of Liverpool, in History, she moved to Verona in 2011 to teach
English. She has since made Verona her home and thoroughly enjoys living in Italy
and experiencing life in a different country. Especially driving around on her Vespa.
She has a passion for meeting new people and learning about different cultures. Through
university she taught at an English Summer camp in Moldova in 2009 and returned in 2010. She
is a keen traveller, visiting many parts of Europe and Brazil, and is often planning trips to visit
new places. She is also an enthusiastic musician and runner.

 

U.S. Staff

Ralph - President of the U.S. Board Ralph and his wife, Vicki, became passionate about Verona after living there for three months in 2012.  They enjoy traveling as well as experiencing other cultures. Ralph has traveled to Mexico, Eastern Caribbean, British Columbia, Canada, Caracas, Venezuela, through out the US as well as Ireland, and Italy. More important than site seeing, he desires to live amongst the communities he visits. He craves learning about their cultures, lifestyles and traditions.  His views on life are expanded as he comes to understand other cultures.  Verona, Italy has especially captured his heart.  He fell in love with the people, lifestyle, culture, and history of the area. Ralph has a passion for travel and street photography.  He also enjoys outdoor activities, especially mountain/road biking, hiking, and kiting.  Ralph lives for being stretched and enjoys adventure.

Ralph - President of the U.S. Board

Ralph and his wife, Vicki, became passionate about Verona after living there for three months in 2012.  They enjoy traveling as well as experiencing other cultures.

Ralph has traveled to Mexico, Eastern Caribbean, British Columbia, Canada, Caracas, Venezuela, through out the US as well as Ireland, and Italy. More important than site seeing, he desires to live amongst the communities he visits. He craves learning about their cultures, lifestyles and traditions.  His views on life are expanded as he comes to understand other cultures.  Verona, Italy has especially captured his heart.  He fell in love with the people, lifestyle, culture, and history of the area.

Ralph has a passion for travel and street photography.  He also enjoys outdoor activities, especially mountain/road biking, hiking, and kiting.  Ralph lives for being stretched and enjoys adventure.

Jeremy - Vice President of the U.S. Board Jeremy Cook is excited to join the ultimateXchange team and be a part of something so globally exciting. Jeremy grew up in a small family in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.  He attended the University of Memphis and Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville Tennessee - where he currently resides with his wife Brooke, and their six wonderful kids. Through the years he has gained wonderful experiences meeting many different nationalities beginning as he worked in Yellow Stone National Park in Wyoming and Denali National Park, Alaska.  In 2009, Jeremy took a trip to Turkey that ignited in him a deeper interest in world cultures. Upon returning from this trip Brooke and Jeremy began hosting international students in their home and have had dozens of students learning the English language live with their family from over twelve different nations. Jeremy has worked with FLS International since 2009 helping host students, is also serving with International Friends on the campus of Tennessee Technological University, and has been a teacher and servant at a church since 2009. Jeremy has traveled to 15 different countries, has visited Verona, Italy twice, and enjoys learning about cultures around the world. 

Jeremy - Vice President of the U.S. Board

Jeremy Cook is excited to join the ultimateXchange team and be a part of something so globally exciting. Jeremy grew up in a small family in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.  He attended the University of Memphis and Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville Tennessee - where he currently resides with his wife Brooke, and their six wonderful kids. Through the years he has gained wonderful experiences meeting many different nationalities beginning as he worked in Yellow Stone National Park in Wyoming and Denali National Park, Alaska. 

In 2009, Jeremy took a trip to Turkey that ignited in him a deeper interest in world cultures. Upon returning from this trip Brooke and Jeremy began hosting international students in their home and have had dozens of students learning the English language live with their family from over twelve different nations. Jeremy has worked with FLS International since 2009 helping host students, is also serving with International Friends on the campus of Tennessee Technological University, and has been a teacher and servant at a church since 2009. Jeremy has traveled to 15 different countries, has visited Verona, Italy twice, and enjoys learning about cultures around the world. 

Lisa - Secretary of the Board Lisa was born and raised in the US midwest but has always had a passion for Italy. She and her husband, Matt, enjoy traveling the world. They visited Verona for the first time Summer of 2016 and immediately fell in love with the people and the city. She has also spent time in London, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Haiti, Israel and the Caribbean.  Lisa also has a passion for students that was ignited in Knoxville, Tennessee where she was a mentor in schools and a small group leader at church. Her passion expanded into Haiti, where she founded a non-profit to bring hot lunches to schools in Port-Au-Prince, and into Verona, Italy with ultimateXchange. Lisa lives with her husband Matt and 3 children Nathan, Annalise, and Charlotte in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their 20 year marriage has taken them to quite a few cities, living in Chicago, Nashville, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Phoenix. She loves her job and volunteers in the community quite a bit so their plan is to stay in Knoxville until all 3 children graduate high school. And then who knows - maybe retirement in Verona.

Lisa - Secretary of the Board

Lisa was born and raised in the US midwest but has always had a passion for Italy. She and her husband, Matt, enjoy traveling the world. They visited Verona for the first time Summer of 2016 and immediately fell in love with the people and the city. She has also spent time in London, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Haiti, Israel and the Caribbean. 

Lisa also has a passion for students that was ignited in Knoxville, Tennessee where she was a mentor in schools and a small group leader at church. Her passion expanded into Haiti, where she founded a non-profit to bring hot lunches to schools in Port-Au-Prince, and into Verona, Italy with ultimateXchange.

Lisa lives with her husband Matt and 3 children Nathan, Annalise, and Charlotte in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their 20 year marriage has taken them to quite a few cities, living in Chicago, Nashville, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Phoenix. She loves her job and volunteers in the community quite a bit so their plan is to stay in Knoxville until all 3 children graduate high school. And then who knows - maybe retirement in Verona.

Darlene - Director of U.S. Operations Darlene’s world began to expand when she spent a summer in Denmark while in college. As a young adult she lived in Germany for around two years. From there, she and her husband hosted 37 exchange students from 17 different countries within a span of 30 years.  She worked as a trained representative for two different organizations and attended US and international conferences.  Darlene’s responsibilities included interviewing and training host families, checking their backgrounds, and orienting newly arrived students. With the students she led them on trips and learning activities and then trained them through a re-entry process into their own culture prior to their return home. Darlene is currently a facilitator for an expat group in the US that focuses on adaptation to American culture and English improvement. Darlene and her husband, Eric, have three grown children and currently reside in the Silicon Valley in California. When not entertaining, Darlene likes to craft handmade greeting cards, make party decorations and do volunteer work at their church.

Darlene - Director of U.S. Operations

Darlene’s world began to expand when she spent a summer in Denmark while in college. As a young adult she lived in Germany for around two years. From there, she and her husband hosted 37 exchange students from 17 different countries within a span of 30 years. 

She worked as a trained representative for two different organizations and attended US and international conferences.  Darlene’s responsibilities included interviewing and training host families, checking their backgrounds, and orienting newly arrived students.

With the students she led them on trips and learning activities and then trained them through a re-entry process into their own culture prior to their return home. Darlene is currently a facilitator for an expat group in the US that focuses on adaptation to American culture and English improvement.

Darlene and her husband, Eric, have three grown children and currently reside in the Silicon Valley in California. When not entertaining, Darlene likes to craft handmade greeting cards, make party decorations and do volunteer work at their church.