At SAI we are proud of our highly qualified, experienced staff and most have been part of SAI for many years. SAI is as committed to our staff as we are to our mission and we know you will feel yourself in capable hands.
Every SAI program has a dedicated Admissions Counselor based in the U.S. offering full admissions services, and an on-site Program Coordinator at each of our program locations. All of our on-site staff are fluent in English and the local language, have lived or studied in the city in which they work and are trained by the SAI Program Director. For 24 hour emergency contact at each program location click on Resources at the top of this page.
Take a moment to read our monthly Staff Spotlight feature.
|Edna Wilson, BSW, MSW Administration, Ed.D Education
Vice President of Academic Affairs
|Rodney Harris, MA in Business Administration
Director of Research
|Ben Strevens, MA International Education
Director of Communications
Monthly SAI Staff Spotlight: Ben Strevens
|Micaela Cruciano Kliegl
Director of Program Development
Director of Institutional Development
Monthly SAI Staff Spotlight: Molly Cain
International Relations Manager
Director of Admissions
Admissions Counselor, Florence and Rome programs
|Chiara Cruciano, MA International Relations
Admissions Counselor, Paris and Barcelona programs
Admissions Counselor, Florence programs; (Apicius International School of Hospitality & Florence University of the Arts)
Admissions Counselor, London, Milan, Sorrento, Siena and Italiaidea (Rome) programs
Monthly SAI Staff Spotlight: Jamie Ronsheimer
Student Visa Director
Student Resources Coordinator
Monthly SAI Staff Spotlight: Denise Day
Business Office Coordinator and Financial Aid Advisor
Web & Technology Administrator
Assistant Web & Technology Administrator
Administrative Assistant and Student Insurance Coordinator,
|Lisa Guido, MA Art and Culture Management
Director of European Programs, based in Rome
Rome Assistant Program Coordinator
Rome Assistant Program Coordinator
Barcelona Program Coordinator
Paris Program Coordinator
Florence Program Coordinator
|Camilla Fabiani, MA Communication
Florence Assistant Program Coordinator
Florence Internship Advisor & Housing Coordinator
Milan Program Coordinator
|Juan Carlos Ruiz Coll
Siena Program Coordinator
Sorrento Program Coordinator
|Kim Di Nunzio
London Program Coordinator
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At SAI we are proud of our highly qualified, well trained staff, many of whom have been with SAI for 10+ years! We think this sets SAI apart and makes it a very unique company. Our staff truly make SAI. We are, therefore, excited to announce our new “Staff Spotlight” feature. Each month we will be highlighting one of the members of our staff so that you can get to know us a little bit better.
Monthly Staff Spotlight: Lisa Guido
What’s your name and title?
Lisa Guido, Director of European Programs
How long have you been at SAI?
Almost 5 years!
What do you love most about working at SAI?
I love the staff and how we are able to be connected and have fun despite the long distances that separate us. I also really love working with college students and watch them grow and blossom during their time abroad. College students are fun and bright, so curious and in awe of being in a new and different place – this helps keep Italy new for me even though I’ve been here for a long time.
What is your favorite place you have ever visited and why?
This is a tough question! I love Italy and I moved here. I love the food and the beautiful and diverse landscapes all just a drive away. I recently went to Turkey and I think that is a close second for its warm people, amazing culture, history and its landscapes.
Do you have any memorable traveling stories to share?
Uh, too many to tell. Most recently I went to Kerala, India. After an overwhelming first couple of days of traffic and cows, we decided to go to the zoo, where we thought it would be relaxing to just walk with no traffic. Well, there were so many people, it wasn’t so relaxing. We were the only Westerners at the zoo and everyone just loved us and wanted to take our picture or be in a picture with us, including school teachers and their students. Everyone pointed and stared. Children snapped photos with their phones. That day was a glimpse of what it might be like to be famous and a zoo animal. We decided that neither of these were things we were interested in aspiring to become!
What’s your favorite Italian food/meal?
All of it! I love a good bruschetta with olio nuovo. I also love a good pasta dish, especially with mussels. For a secondo I really enjoy a nice grilled fish, like sea bass. I love vegetables so for the contorno, it could be artichokes, chicory, kale or anything green with a bit of garlic, oil and peperoncino. For dessert, my absolute favorite is a Piedmont tradition – a small chocolate torte with a warm, gooey chocolate middle. YUM!
What’s your favorite thing about Italian culture?
I love the way they socialize…sitting around a table, enjoying good food and company and just talking about things. I doesn’t have to be an organized big event or at a special venue, it just sort of casually happens on a regular basis.
What is your best advice to students embarking on their first study abroad experience?
I think there is a lot of pressure to have the best time of your life while studying abroad, which isn’t really always possible for every hour of every day for four months straight. The most life changing experiences are not always the easiest or the most fun. There may be conflict, frustration, and sadness mixed with joy and curiosity and a whole another array of emotions, but if you persevere and keep an open mind about others and yourself, you will grow in ways you never knew were possible. Another piece of advice I use regularly is: Be good. If you can’t be good, be safe.
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