As Center Director for Rome, Anna Felberbaum is responsible for office administration and the day-to-day management including staffing, student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, and student evaluations. Anna advises students on issues related to academics, cross-cultural information and health and safety.
Anna was born in London, England, but has lived most of her life in Rome with brief periods in the UK and the U.S. for both study and work. Anna has over 11 years of experience in all aspects of study abroad. Before joining CEA, she worked for John Cabot University for four years as the Coordinator of Student Services. Previously, she managed Rome's main English bookshop.
Anna has a BA in English Literature from John Cabot University and is fluent in both written and spoken Italian.
As Academic Advisor for the CEA Rome Center, Chiara Ortolani serves as the primary contact for students and faculty regarding everyday academic issues. In addition, Chiara works with the Italy Assistant Academic Dean in all aspects of course registration, the coordination of class schedules, classroom use, and academic facilities management.
Chiara is responsible for keeping the Italy Assistant Academic Dean informed on a regular basis of the progress of the academic program and any issues that need her attention. A native of Rome, Chiara has many years experience working for American multinational companies such as Microsoft, Hertz, and Merck Sharp & Dohme. She earned her MA in Marketing and Product Management from Il Sole 24 Ore Business School in Rome, and holds a BA in Business Studies from Staffordshire University (UK). In addition to her native Italian, she also speaks English, Spanish and French.
Caterina is a native of Rome. Passionate about Italian culture and the arts, she pursued her studies in classics. After university studies in law school, she completed her education by getting her license as a coach and as a counselor.
Caterina's curious mind brought her to England, where she worked as a tourist assistant. In this role, she organized and administered language courses and cultural activities all over Europe. Fond of anthropology and different cultures, she travels extensively, thus far visiting Europe, the U.S., and Africa.
Caterina has significant experience in office management and communication and media relations. She loves teamwork and contributes with enthusiasm and creativity, motivating colleagues to achieve their goals.
In her free time, Cate works as a literary consultant and freelance proof-reader, and enjoys music and swimming. She is sensitive to social cultural issues and she is an active member of voluntary groups.
Andrea graduated from the Department of Literature and Philosophy at the Università di Pisa with a degree in the History of the Church. He subsequently earned a master's degree in Human Resources. Soon after graduation, Andrea worked as a social worker, focusing his attention on adolescents and the needy. He then moved on to the field of Human Resources in managerial development and hiring for a multinational company.
His many cultural interests (cinema, theater, art, music, and travel) and his varied work experiences have enabled Andrea to develop unique dexterity in communication, a strong sense of responsibility, and strong organizational skills. These qualities allow Andrea to cultivate and maintain strong social, working, and personal rapports.
In 2009, Andrea conceded himself a important "life experience": he left his native Italy to spend 18 months in Australia, where he traveled, worked in the hospitality sector, and took an intensive course in English. His experience abroad strengthened his mastery of the English language and offered him the opportunity to work in a multicultural and dynamic environment. Upon his return to Italy, Andrea found a place for himself in Rome.
Andrea was born in Viareggio, Tuscany, a beach city famous for its vibrant and cheerful Carnival celebrations. Sun, water, colors, and cheer: Andrea's personality traits reflect these qualities in his positive attitude, his welcoming respectfulness towards those of different culture, ethnicities, faiths, and identities. Everyone is different, and diversity is a treasure!
As Student Services Assistant, Cecilia is the first point of contact for all students when entering the center. She supports them in their everyday requests, helping them make the most of their time abroad by assisting them on everyday questions, travel plans and even tips on the Roman culture. She considers this job very important and values the interaction with students as a great opportunity for cultural and personal enrichment.
Cecilia worked at CEA Rome as a University intern while getting her Master’s degree in Linguistics and American literature, before that she travelled extensively throughout Brazil, where she taught English and Italian to local students. She is passionate about foreign cultures and arts and in her free time she enjoys writing and talking about music and movies.
Luca Micheloni was born in Marino, a small town close to Rome, and he graduated with a degree in Sociology and Social Sciences from the University of Rome, ”La Sapienza.” While at university, he worked within the hospitality sector, and his thesis was about the learning process within a working community connected to the hospitality industry—a great subject for a future Student Services Advisor at CEA!
Luca moved to London to focus on his language skills, and a few months later, he won a scholarship through the Leonardo Project in Crete, Greece, where he worked as a researcher in the economic department of MaiCh. Luca considers interacting with people an important part of his life, whether personally or professionally, and he often seeks out this interaction. He enjoys travel with the goal of learning a new language and culture, and he finds Spain and the Spanish language fascinating.
When Luca is not at work, you can find him trekking around the Castelli Romani area or playing soccer. As a child, he used to dream of being a professional soccer player, but he ended up being a professional AS Roma fan instead.
Half French, Half Italian raised in the Middle East, Rebecca considers herself a true citizen of the world. This sparks in her an immense curiosity for all the wonders our planet has to offer, which led her to travel with nothing but a backpack for two years in the pursuit of the unknown.
Throughout her experiences, she has met people and seen things far beyond her imagination and most importantly, gained an even bigger appreciation for Rome, which she now happily calls home. She is very eager and determined to show and tell students all about its iconic attractions as well as it’s lesser known gems.
Rebecca graduated from The American University of Rome with a Bachelors degree in Communication and most recently obtained a Masters in Fine Arts from LUISS Guido Carli University.
Prior to joining the CEA team, Rebecca worked at The United Nations, RAI RadioTelevisione Italiana as well as various art galleries. These work experiences helped forge her belief that she belongs in an international environment where different cultures, social backgrounds and religious beliefs are valued and shared, making CEA the ideal place.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys anything creative that allows her to express herself while learning new things and people: painting, photography, ballet, traveling, hiking, the arts, and jewelry forging...the list goes on!