Benvenuti! The Italian Cultural Center - Il Punto connects diverse communities in the greater Seattle area and beyond through a common passion for Italian arts and culture. We organize events and offer Italian language instruction in a friendly, fun environment that builds on strong bonds between Italian expatriates, the Italian-American community and all enthusiasts of Italy.
Il Punto is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID 47-2538399. Our programs are open to everyone, but members receive discounts. Please consider becoming a member, volunteering, and donating to support our programs. Contact us for more information. Ci vediamo presto!
The Italian Cultural Center - Il Punto is operated and managed by its member-elected Board of Directors. Directors are confirmed at the annual business meeting of the members held on a specified date during the last quarter of each year. Any remaining open board positions are supplemented by Board election throughout the year.
President Bo Salvadalena - Bo is a recent graduate of Mathematics from the University of Washington. During his studies he was an officer for UW Bothell Society of Mathematics and a volunteer for Il Punto. In his free time, Bo likes to exercise and spend time with family and friends. Bo joined Il Punto to involve himself in and give back to the local Italian community by sharing his passion for books and history and to kindle the tradition of volunteerism. Bo joined the board in 2021 serving a two-year term.
Treasurer: Giovanni LaManna - Giovanni is a retired geologist who has lived in Seattle for 40 years. He was born in Syracuse NY and is the grandson of immigrants from Molise and Campania. In the past, Giovanni has been an officer in the
local chapter of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and a member of the
board of directors of the Northwest Geological Society. He enjoys Italian language and culture, geology,
doing volunteer work, and spending time with friends and his wife Ann. Giovanni has been a volunteer for Il Punto's Italian Language Program for the past year. He joined the board in 2022 serving a three-year term.
Secretary: Emma Inge - Emma is from Seattle and is currently studying at Linfield University in Oregon. She is double majoring in Media Studies and Digital Art, and minoring in Sociology. In her free time she likes to cook and exercise. She is serving her first term as a a board member with Il Punto.
Tiziano Recchi - Tiziano is the son of Luigi M. Recchi and Bianca M. Sarno, two Italian painters living in Rome, Italy. Tiziano was born in Rome and grew up between Rome, Naples, Milan and Turin. He graduated from the University La Sapienza in Economics and Business. He moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1995 where he began working for Microsoft Corporation as a translator of software. Tiziano moved to the USA in 2000, and lives in Mercer Island. He’s is married with Laurie Gerson and father to two sons, Milo and Matteo Recchi. Tiziano’s passions are playing music, baking bread and coaching soccer. He joined Il Punto in 2021 and is serving a two-year term.
Lorenzo Iovino - Lorenzo was born in Southern Italy in the mid '80s. He grew up with his family in his small hometown until he was 18, then he moved to Tuscany, where he graduated from Med School and became a blood doctor. To pursue his dream of also becoming an immunologist, he got the opportunity to do an internship at Fred Hutch: he was supposed to spend only 12 months in Seattle, but he then decided to stay. Lorenzo has a passion for research, medicine, music, and cycling. He joined the board in 2021, serving a two-year term.
Giulia Tedeschi - Giulia is a native of Italy from the Emilia-Romagna region and holds a Master's degree in International Relations and Affairs from the Universita` di Bologna. Giulia has experience as a tutor of children of all abilities, including special needs, and as a teacher in a classroom setting, as well as managing course enrollments, payments, and finances for local Italian language instruction outfits. Giulia is Il Punto's director of NOI, the children's language program. She has worked hard to develop a high-quality, fun curriculum for children of different ages and Italian language abilities, as well as directly teach the classes. Thanks to her hard work and dedication, the NOI program has weathered the Covid-19 storm and has adapted to the new reality of virtual education. Giulia is serving her first term as a board member with Il Punto.
Immediate Past President: Emanuele Valeriano
Immediate Past Treasurer: Margherita Conti
Immediate Past Secretary: Serena Capozi
Chair: Bo Salvadalena
Members: Giovanni LaManna, Emma Inge
Chair: Giovanni LaManna
Members: Margherita Conti
3) Membership Services
4) Italian Language
5) NOI – Not an Ordinary Italian School
6) Italian Music
Chair: Tiziano Recchi
Members: Lorenzo Iovino, Margherita Conti
7) Biblioteca Italiana Seattle (BIS)