Lead Faculty Italian Department at CSN
Director of Marketing & PR
Francesca Comelli was born in Rome and spent her early years in Udine in the Friuli region. After a few years in New York where she attended a Graphic Design school, she moved back to Rome to finish her studies and it is here that her passion for the Hospitality Industry began. Because of this passion she moved to Vancouver (Canada) and afterwards to Newport Beach (California), and since 2007 she has lived in Las Vegas. She has a degree in Hotel Management and Hospitality from Cornell University and a certificate in Human Resources from Cornell as well. Francesca is a single mom of Matteo who is 4yrs. old. For Francesca free time is very rare as everything is always organized between educational activities for Matteo, volunteer work, family and friends. Francesca loves to cook and this passion is second only to the love she has for animals (horse and dogs in particular).
Morena Ferrari Hill was born in Livorno, Tuscany, on April 18, 1964. Se had a great childhood spent growing on stage performing as a piano player, singer, actress and dancing. She was three and a half years old when she walked the stage for the first time. Competing for many years she won many trophies. Morena started her piano school at the Conservatory “Pietro Mascagni” of Livorno 1969 and graduated in 1988 in Cosenza at the “Stanislao Giacomoantonio” under Carlo Dominici’s guide, one of the latest students of the great Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Also under his leadership she specialized in piano performance at Offida before her graduation. Se began to teach piano and singing very young, she was fifteen years old. Meanwhile Morena joined several music groups playing different style of music. In 1982 she opened her own Music Studio, the A.R.C.A. , a wonderful experience, in which she will gained lots of professional achievement through her many students. In 1989 Morena had taken i the biggest adventure of her life that will change her destiny forever. She sign a big contract with a very famous music group and traveled on various cruise ship for three years around the Caribbean Islands and the American east coast . On the ship she met Charles, the big love of her life, her husband. Together they moved to Italy, Livorno, where she will play with several music groups and back the teach piano . Morena moved to to France , after a while ,following her husband Charlie that was hired at the Casino Royal in Mandelieu-La Napoule and she gave birth to their daughter Electra in Cannes in 1991. In ’94 the Hill family moved to Las Vegas where they live since then, Morena went back to her teaching and performing music for several years. She never stop teaching but after few years she followed in love with the art of the Concierge and spent eleven years in the position of a Concierge at the Venetian / Palazzo Resort and Casino. She loves the Las Vegas’s social life but most of all Morena loves spending time with her family and her dear friends.
I was born and raised in Genova. In 2007 I earned my Bachelor degree in Arts, Literature and Business Entertainment at The University of Genova. While at University, I also started my performer experience in a Musical Theater company as singer, actress and dancer. I performed on stage for over seven years with hundreds of live events and many theater contests. I became Assistant Director for musical theater productions and workshops. In 2011, I worked for a training company in Genova teaching Italian for foreigners, communication and public speaking.
In 2012 I moved to Las Vegas and I started to work as private tutor teaching Italian language and culture with students of all ages and skill levels. In January 2017 I started to teach Italian at CSN- College of Southern Nevada. I love being able to share with my students the passion and the love I have for my country, its culture and history. I love cooking and I’m doing my best raising my little boy Massimo with 100% Italian cuisine at home. The two mottos I love and live by are “Non mollare mai” (never give up) and “Non si finisce mai di imparare (you never stop learning).
Valeria Sabatini was born in Cosenza and raised in Terni. After graduating as elementary teacher she pursued the career of freelance reporter and collaborator for several local TVs in Umbria, Emilia Romagna and Calabria, national press agencies, and international newsmagazines. She moved a first time to USA in 2003 traveling for a whole year from California to the East Coast. From 2006 to 2010 she was correspondent from South Italy for the Italian language daily newspaper America Oggi. She was also called to teach techniques of writing news in a high school in Terni. Alongside the practice of journalism she taught in a preschool in Reggio Emilia and has been the curator of art’s catalogues for the painter and scenographer Franco Bonetti, an international recognized Emiliano-Romagnolo artist. She moved definitively to US in 2012 after marrying an Air Force officer. They have a five year old boy called Leonardo.
Marta Soligo is PhD student in Sociology at University of Nevada Las Vegas and is Research Assistant at the International Gaming Institute (UNLV). She is also Heritage and Cultural Studies researcher at Università di Bergamo (Italy), where graduated (Master’s degree) in Planning and Management of Tourism Systems in 2012. In 2013 the Theater, Film, and Television department at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) invited her for a semester as a visiting scholar. She presented her academic work at several conferences promoted by international organizations, such as UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) and ICOM (International Council of Museums.) Soligo is also working with Italian websites and media, publishing articles on her research topics. She collaborates with Lecco-Lombardia Film Commission (Italy) and with the creative hub Mediars (Italy – Los Angeles).