I was born in Miami, Florida but raised and educated in Italy, where I lived for 20+ years of my life. There I graduated with a high school diploma in education in the Emilia Romagna region. I studied two years at the University of Bologna in Italy prior to move back to the United States. In the U.S. I earned a doctoral degree in Romance Languages with a Major in Italian and Minor in Spanish at the University of Oregon. I taught Italian in several universities throughout the United State.