Color photograph of fortysomething members of the American Academy in Rome staff in the Villa Aurelia Gardens in two standing rows
The Rome staff of the American Academy, September 2022


The Academy is a private residential community located on the Janiculum Hill in Rome, Italy. AAR also maintains a home office in New York, on East 60th Street near the southeast corner of Central Park.

New York Office

The Academy’s office in New York conducts the annual Rome Prize competition, maintains Trustee relations, and manages the Academy’s financing and fundraising efforts. The New York office also organizes the Rome Prize Ceremony and annual events that benefit the American Academy in Rome.


Mark Robbins, 1997 Fellow
President and CEO
m.robbins [at]


Siobhan O’Grady
Administrative Support Manager
s.ogrady [at]


Catie Heitz
archives [at]

Communications & Programs

Christopher Howard
Communications Manager
c.howard [at]

Shawn Miller
Programs Director
s.miller [at]

Andrew Mitchell
Director of Communications
a.mitchell [at]

Jacob Rivers
Curatorial and Programs Manager
j.rivers [at]


Cristina Bianchi Nixon
Manager of Board Relations
c.bianchi [at]

Rachael Edmonston
Development Operations Coordinator
r.edmonston [at]

Elizabeth Harris
Director of Development
e.harris [at]

Eve Orenstein
Senior Manager of Development, Special Events
e.orenstein [at]

Dinah Seiver
Special Projects
d.seiver [at]

Micah Trippe
Associate Director of Institutional Giving
m.trippe [at]


Henry Eng
Staff Accountant
h.eng [at]

Tara Mia Paone
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
t.paone [at]

Rome Office

A list of Rome office personnel by department is below.


Aliza Wong
a.wong [at]


Sara Argentieri
Deputy Director for Finance and Administration
s.argentieri [at]

Anne Coulson
Deputy Director for Programs and Administration
a.coulson [at]

Marina Lella
Executive Assistant to the Director
m.lella [at]


Lindsay Harris (2014 Fellow)
Interim Andrew Heiskell Arts Director
l.harris [at]

Marla Stone (1996 Fellow)
Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor
m.stone [at]

Giulia Barra
Stephen Kieran & James Timberlake Permissions Associate and Programs Associate
g.barra [at]

Lexi Eberspacher
Programs Associate for the Arts
l.eberspacher [at]

Laura Cabezas
Programs Assistant for the Arts and Communications [at]

Residential Services

Gianpaolo Battaglia
Residential Services Manager
g.battaglia [at]

Sofia Ekman
Assistant for Residential Services
s.ekman [at]

Fabiana Ciccone
Residential Services
f.ciccone [at]

Claudia Tonetti
Services Coordinator
c.tonetti [at]


Tina Cancemi
External Affairs Officer
t.cancemi [at]

Inga Clausing
Senior Development Officer
i.clausing [at]


Fabrizio Lucati
Senior Accountant
f.lucati [at]

Giovanna Pazzini
Cashier/Administrative Assistant
g.pazzini [at]

Library and Archives

Sebastian Hierl
Drue Heinz Librarian
s.hierl [at]

Paolo Brozzi
Library Assistant
p.brozzi [at]

Denise Gavio
Assistant Librarian
d.gavio [at]

Kristine Iara
Classical Studies Librarian
k.iara [at]

Paolo Imperatori
Assistant Librarian
p.imperatori [at]

Tina Mirra
Acquisitions Assistant
t.mirra [at]

Lavinia Ciuffa
Curator, Photographic Archive
l.ciuffa [at]

Valentina Follo
Curator, Norton-Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection
v.follo.ext [at]


Francesco Cecchetti
Operations Assistant
f.cecchetti.ext [at]

Buildings and Maintenance

Tommaso Musa
Head of Maintenance
t.musa [at]

Giorgio Cei
Cristophe Dell’Ospedale
Fares Mountassir
Glauco Muolo

Gate Reception

Luca Zamponi
Head Gatekeeper
l.zamponi [at]

Riccardo Palma
r.palma [at]


Fabrizio Lambiti
Head of Housekeeping
f.lambiti [at]

Luana Di Marzio
Wenura Manathrige
Fabio Stocchi
Elena Tinaburri


Alessandra Vinciguerra
Bass Superintendent of Gardens
a.vinciguerra [at]

Marco Casani
Head Gardener, Villa Aurelia
m.casani [at]

Luigi Cocozza
Head Gardener, McKim, Mead & White Building
l.cocozza [at]

Bruno Crocicchia
Enzo Donati
Andrea Francini

Rome Sustainable Food Project

Fausto Ferraresi
Head Chef
f.ferraresi [at]

Sara Levi
Sous Chef
s.levi [at]

Giorgia Lauri
g.lauri [at]

Valentina Montrone
v.montrone [at]

Georgia Davies

Jaja Colognese

Gabriel Soare
g.soare [at]

Tiziana del Grosso
Wait Staff
t.delgrosso [at]

Alessandro Lima
Wait Staff
a.lima [at]

Andemariam Kidane
a.kidane [at]

Tesfaldet Libsekal
t.libsekal [at]

Tewolde Woldekidan
t.woldekidan [at]

Villa Aurelia

Paola Gaetani
Villa Aurelia Manager
p.gaetani [at]

Dario Intorrella
Assistant to the Manager
d.intorrella [at]

Yvonne Wijemuni