Meredith, aka Mereditta (her favorite made-up Italian name) is from beautiful Charlotte, the “Queen City”, North Carolina. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management, from Johnson & Wales University. She has always had a passion for travel and culture, traveling with her family throughout the United States and many European countries. She has a bubbly and playful personality, bringing a bright ray of sunshine to our office on a daily basis. She’s been with Nada’s Italy since 2013 and will be happy to assist you with extra hotel nights and any special arrangements during your trip with us.
Ron is originally from Michigan and has been calling Charlotte home since relocating with his family here in 2012. Ron is the epitome of a “Jack of all trades”, a trait he is very proud of, a natural ability that allows him to figure things out quickly and find the best solutions to just about anything. His professional background ranges from Accounting and Inventory management to being an entrepreneur, starting and eventually selling his own successful businesses. But his passion always takes him back to dealing with numbers. Ron is always on the move doing things with his family (wife and 2 boys), and spending some of his free time with his oldest son honing his baseball skills for the 2 different teams he plays for.
Martina is a native Italian from Padova and has lived in the USA since the late 90’s. As a trained chemist, Martina worked in the Italian leather business for many years and then in academic research in Boston. Looking for a new lifestyle and experience, she relocated to Charlotte with her husband in 2011. In the Spring of 2013 Martina joined Nada’s team to develop Nada’s Italy ByDesign program to provide custom travel itineraries and trip packages for our clients. Martina enjoys “wearing multiple hats” and diving into diverse projects that keep her in tune with her passion for travel, design, and metaphysical sciences.
Scott is originally from Western Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!!), but has called Charlotte his home for 20+ years. Having spent time in the United States Army as a combat medic, the attention to detail that was instilled in him during that time has carried over into his 15 years of sales and managerial experience. Nada’s Italy is excited to have Scott as our Operations Manager, as he brings a lot of enthusiasm, positivity, and a spirit of collaboration to our team every work day. Scott oversees customer service procedures, while ensuring that both company values and quality standards are respected throughout the organization at all levels. Besides a lifelong passion for all things Italian, Scott enjoys cooking (especially Italian cuisine), singing “a capella” in a barbershop chorus, camping, and watching all types of sports.
Simona was born and raised in Catania, Sicily. Few years after she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures she moved to United States and jumped into the travel business right away and worked as a travel agent for almost 15 years. She loves to share the love for her country, its culture, the smells, and the food with all the travelers who enjoy exploring the world as much as she does. Simona is part of the ByDesign team and the World Travel Program at Nada’s Italy. On her days off, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two children and dog.
Kit is originally from the Jersey Shore but has been calling the South home since attending college in Virginia. She is an avid traveler, chef, and mom to three. Her energy level is higher than most and she is often seen dancing in our Charlotte office, singing, or just cracking jokes. Kit loves Europe and travel in general and cannot wait to retire and tour the world with her husband. Most weekends Kit can be found in the kitchen creating, at softball practice or out on a run. She’s traveled extensively throughout Italy and joined the Nada’s Italy team about four years after taking the “Wine, Food and Traditions of Tuscany” tour with us as a client.
Susan is from Michigan and has lived in Charlotte since 1997, when she, her husband Mike, and their three daughters relocated. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing and worked as a nurse for many years. Susan is also an artist who loves to cook, travel, and create! She is passionate about her family and her Italian heritage. Her husband is also Italian and together they continue the traditions that were handed down to them. Of course, it primarily centers around food and sharing family time together. In 2008, Susan and her husband took a cooking class from Nada, a gift from their daughters. After this first interaction, Susan was “hooked on Nada’s Italy” and has followed her many adventures. She is an enthusiastic, positive, and happy person with a permanent smile on her face – we’re proud to have her on the Nada’s Team, as she helps our customers plan their perfect trip to Italy.
Betty was born in the Southern Italian region of Puglia (or Apulia in English, the heel of Italy’s boot!) and lived in the Friuli region up in the North East (way up north!). Besides being perfectly bilingual in Italian and English, Betty holds a degree in translation studies, including Spanish and Portuguese. Betty supports Martina with Nada's Italy ByDesign services. She is very detail oriented, sweet, and has a warm, accommodating personality. In her words: "I enjoy cycling in my spare time, especially through green ways, and spending time with my family, my dog and my soul mate."
Jesse grew up in Northeastern Maryland, and has spent much of his life traveling around the Eastern United States with his family. In 2014, while studying Italian in Orlando, this on-the-go lifestyle inspired him to sell his car, pack up his belongings and travel to Italy to tutor English to Italian children. After eight years of Italian Language studies, Jesse speaks the language fluently. He loves to share his passion for Italy and its language, culture, and way of life with everyone he meets. Jesse supports Martina, Simona, and Betty with Nada’s Italy ByDesign services, and lovingly creates a Welcome Box for every traveler on Nada’s Italy tours!.
Eufrasio (pronounced ay-oo-fruh-zee-oh) a native of Italy born in the village of Montella, province of Avellino, in the Campania region. His family came to the United States in 1972 and settled in Philadelphia. He is an easy-going "social butterfly” who loves sharing his knowledge and passion for Italy with anyone he meets. He believes that travel and knowledge are the keys to opportunities for growth and self-discovery. With a bachelor in Organizational Management and Business Policy and a Master of Science in Education for Leadership, Eufrasio spent the last 20 years as an Italian teacher and mentor to young people. Eufrasio lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where he is considered the local Italian connection. He supports Italian scholarship funds and many non-profits focused on raising awareness of the beautiful Italian culture, such as Il Circolo, Sons of Italy, and many others. Eufrasio is an avid cyclist and will say “I get in at least an hour of cycling every day so I can enjoy my delicious pasta!”.
Born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, OH, she lived in Connecticut and Illinois before settling into the snowy hills of Rochester, New York for two decades, where she raised her two children. With a whole lot of energy and passion, Jamie has an extensive experience with marketing, working in media sales, and developing strategic advertising campaigns to increase brand awareness. Most recently, Jamie has worked for New York State’s largest Canadian tourism campaign and can now expand her passion for the travel industry with Nada’s Italy. Jamie loves to help people out any way she can and enjoys reading about politics and current events. She’s also a history buff and travel is her means to connect the dots of a country’s culture and heritage.