Meet the Board
Growing up in Germany and speaking foreign languages wired me for cross cultural awareness early on and my professional ambition allowed me to be part of a large variety of work environments, but the personal satisfaction of serving on several Benvenuto boards over the years, twice as newcomers director and for three wonderful years as the editor of the Benvenuto Magazine, could only be topped by accepting the final challenge of becoming the President of our distinguished Club.
Despite these Covid signed times, my terrific team and l are inviting you to be part of our endeavor to make your life in Milan joyful and memorable.
Together let’s make your time in Milan a journey of connecting to others, a journey of growth!
My name is Daniela Falcone, I was born, grew up and studied in Milan. Shortly after my degree in Architecture at the Politecnico, I married and started a new life overseas with my husband. We have been abroad for 13 years and raised two girls (today 19 and 16 years old) living in four different countries: Angola, Australia, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.
Although I have always loved traveling, shortly after my first relocation I realized that living abroad is not as easy as traveling on holiday. Even the “easiest” countries can be hard to adapt to. These years have enriched me and created a unique family like many of yours. We relocated to Milan nearly five years ago but I missed the international community and that’s why I joined Benvenuto. I decided to be part of the board as Vice President to help and give my contribution as a “foreign Milanese” to a group of strong and vital women. I would like to help them adapt and comprehend Milan, a city which has changed so much in these past few years. My aim is to give you my contribution to keep the Club alive and friendly, and through it appreciate your and my new city.
Hi, I’m Camille Mason from San Francisco, California. I have lived in Milan for 2 years, with a break in between when we returned to the US.
I am now happy to be back in Milan indefinitely, finding my way as an expat, with the support of the amazing women of Benvenuto. I live in Porta Venezia with my husband and daughter, who attends ASM. The Benvenuto Club has been an invaluable anchor for me as a newcomer and I love meeting new people and hearing their diverse stories.
As a new member of the board, I look forward to being a more active part of this community of dynamic women who make living in Milan all the better.
I’m American, born in New Mexico and raised in California. I’ve spent some time in the East Coast as well for school and work. We moved from Paris to Milan in 2019, which was my first time living in Italy despite being married to Edoardo – a Triestino – for more than 14 years.
I’ve worked in architecture and as a securities lawyer, but after having children I left work and eventually returned to one of my earlier passions – ceramic art, although due to some injuries and the pandemic I haven’t been able to get myself set up yet in Milan. Many of you are also aware of my keen interest in any food-related topics (Benvenuto cooking class anyone?). Nevertheless, above all, I love meeting and connecting with people from different parts of the world. And it’s for this reason that I joined the Benvenuto Club: to form friendships with like-minded members of the international community in Milan.
I look forward to assuming the responsibilities of the Treasurer and working with the rest of the Board to promote Benvenuto’s activities. I’m pleased to have this chance do something for Benvenuto in return for the opportunities Benvenuto has afforded me to meet interesting people (that would be you!), to discover Italy’s treasures and to make it that much easier to call Milan my home. Here’s to making it one if the best Benvenuto years ever, whatever obstacles may lie in our way!
Public Relations Fundraising Director
My name is Willemijn Zandt and I am from a small village in the far North of The Netherlands. I have an Italian partner from Rimini and we have 2 girls (7 and 11years old). I have lived in the USA, Belgium and London before we moved here in September 2019. Although I have found all of these moves difficult in their own way, the friendships that came from them are precious and made the moving around totally worthwhile. I am excited to join the board, because the club has made such a positive difference in my life but also so as to be part of something local here in Milan and to further make this city my home. I look forward to the rest of this Milanese adventure!
Public Relations Events Director
My name is Estefania Salado, and I am from Madrid, Spain. When we were living in Madrid, my husband came up to me one day (it was about 8 years ago) and told me that we were moving to Boston, US. Then, three years later, after the beautiful and amazing experience in the US, he returned from work one day and announced to me that we would be relocating to Milan, Italy. We are now living here for four years. We’ve been in Milan since then, and we are very comfortable and happy in this city. Being part of the Club help me to create new friends. I’m telling you this because I know how difficult it is for a woman to travel to a new country. This Club is designed to assist anyone who is starting a new life in Milan. I am a proud mother of three children, psychologist and a Spanish teacher who works in the American school of Milan.
Hi, I’m Eva Stock. Originally I’m American, but I’ve lived in Brussels for a year followed by 30 years in London.
My husband is Italian and we have two adult sons who live in London and New York. We moved to Milan in January 2021 and initially I found life in Milan very difficult – it was just after Brexit and during a full lockdown. But then I found Benvenuto Club and everything changed for the better! Professionally I have done many different things, initially working in financial services, then in the relocation industry and most recently I retrained to be an English language teacher. Given the extremely warm welcome that I received from Benvenuto, I’m very excited to join the board as Membership Director and look forward to welcoming new members and forging stronger relationships with the wonderful women who continue to make this club what it is.
Luciana Fioretti Callieri or "Lussi"
I am Italian and I am an Italian Teacher. I have an University Bachelor and Master degree in Italian language and literature and a Master in teaching Italianas a foreign language from the University of Siena. I also obtained a Master in Consulting Image at MBA Academy in Milan. I lived for 25 years abroad: Puertorico, USA, Canada, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand and now I’ve been in Milan for 5 years. I speak Spanish, English, Italian. I studied Turkish, Arabic, Thai, French but all with bad results! I love Interior Design, arts, photography, traveling, parties…. I am married and I have a 16 year old daughter. With my experience of living abroad I understand the difficulties people face in a new country and culture. Therefore I’d love to help anyone that arrived in Milan. This year I coordinated the much loved group Parliamo Italiano with very success!
The Benvenuto Club helps and supports me since I arrived especially because Milan is not my home town and now I want to help the Club and the Newcomers! Welcome to our place!
My name is Rachele Rutili, I’m Italian with a short experience of living abroad. First, in Argentina when I was 17 years old and later in Hungary, just a couple of years ago. These two international experiences made me aware of the incredible richness of the world in terms of adopting different points of view, cultures, habits and backgrounds. Coming back to Italy, I decided to join the Benvenuto club, to continue to be part of the international community. I have a University degree in Economics and I used to work for a Publishing Company. Now, I’m running my newborn small company (that has a great future!). I have spent the main part of my life in Rome where I met Roberto, my husband, and where my two boys were born. Milan is quite a new city for me too which I would love to discover with you. It gives me pleasure to live in Milan as Benvenuto Special Activity Director; to organise art tours, museum visits, active mornings, entertaining evenings, one-day getaway and many other joyful activities. I’m looking forward to enjoying the Milanese life with you discovering its hidden treasures.
I am Malinee Carnegie. We are somewhat new to Milan. We moved here in early September 2021 from Texas. My Italian is still very basic and I am not sure I will become fluent before we have to leave in 2 years. I was born in Thailand but adopted as a baby. My family is from Brooklyn, NY. My husband and I have been married almost 20 years and we have three children: May 14, Sen Lin 14 and Eve 10. We adopted our son from China and he is four days younger than our oldest daughter. This is our 2nd expat experience. We lived in Japan for 4.5 years until 2020. I am grateful to be a part of such a lovely and supportive group of women in Milan. I was lucky enough to discover the power of women’s groups when I joined a moms club after my first baby. Since then I actively search for groups and I find happiness in being involved and meeting new people.