Ezio Martinelli: His Hands Built the City, His Eyes Watch it Change

Ezio Martinelli’s skin crinkles around his eyes and seeps into two distinct crevices that flow from his nose to the corners of his slightly upturned mouth. A white and black Panama hat covers his thinning white hair. Outlined by espresso-colored glasses, his eyes carefully scan the piazza in Cagli, Italy; Ezio has looked out over the piazza countless times in the 60 years Cagli has been his home. But he owes his greatest success to his hands, which rest in his lap. Calloused and rough to the touch, Ezio’s palms show wear from years of pounding nails, pouring concrete, and laying stones – they tell the stories of a laborer, a job title he regards with pride. Read More>>


Sara Baughman lives in Iowa and graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, in 2007 with a B.A. in communication. Currently, she’s pursuing her M.A. in communication and leadership through Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Sara has worked in the fields of public relations, journalism, fundraising and marketing. Watching people interact in the piazza while eating gelato or drinking caffé is her favorite pastime in Cagli, Italy.


Linda di Zepponi: Painting Passion into Profit

Linda di Zepponi found her passion creating ceramic works of art.

“When you have a passion, you have to do it,” she says. “You have to do it your way, and you cannot be under anyone else’s rules.”

That passion dominates her life. Linda now owns a ceramics store in Cagli, Italy, but she took an indirect route to the life that she leads.

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Crissy Benage lives in Spokane and is working on her Communications and Leadership Master’s degree on campus at Gonzaga University.  She grew up in Spokane and moved to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Business.  She loves the relaxed Cagli lifestyle and looks forward to her daily affigato.


Mimi Bartoli: L'età è Soltanto un Numero (Age is Only a Number)

Mimi Bartoli’s no-nonsense manner contrasts her smile and energy as she moves purposefully in and out of Caffee Del Commercio. She enjoys a drag off her thin, delicate cigarette.

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Tim Churchill a former resident of San Diego, CA moved to Spokane, WA to pursue his Masters in Communications and Leadership at Gonzaga University.  He works on campus as a Graduate Assistant as well as an Exam Proctor.  This fall, he begins his position as COML Representative for the Graduate Student Association.  He also coaches soccer and basketball for a local youth program.   His hobbies include:  watching movies, being outdoors, and exploring new restaurants with his wife.


Romano Romanini: A Man About Cagli

Romano Romanini smiles as he sucks in a breath of fresh, mountain air.  Before he exhales, he pauses to savor it.  “This is the life,” Romanini says, gesturing to the cobblestone streets and tiled, pointed rooftops of the ancient town he calls home.  “This is the real Italy.” 

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Vanessa Dunham has a B.A. in print journalism from the University of Montana and is currently pursuing her M.A. in communication and leadership studies through Gonzaga University.  She also studied communication arts at Bangkok University International College in Thailand.  Vanessa has experience in journalism, marketing, corporate communications and public relations.



Ivana Carpineti: Not a Garden Variety Florist

People who walk the terra-cotta colored cobblestones of Via Lapis cannot miss Ivana Carpineti’s fioreria. The bright assortment of flowers and a sweet perfume greet visitors as they walk past, beckoning them to stop. As Ivana welcomes each customer, her smile lights her face, her love for her job apparent. As she prepares a single rose for a customer, her hands fly like butterflies. Ivana cuts and folds netting and makes each bow by hand to create a beautiful presentation. Florist spray makes the petals and each leaf glisten as though glazed in fine dew.

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Lisa Emig is from Cincinnati, OH. She received her BA in Organizational Leadership from Ashford University December 2009 and began the master’s program in Communication and Leadership studies at Gonzaga in early 2010.  For the past eight years, she has worked as a Project Coordinator for a mid-sized contract research organization and is a mother of two.

Manuel Marini: The Depth Behind the Smile

The local teens of Cagli gather in the sunlight between the gelateria and the door to where a friend works. They are quick to notice the activities around them. They laugh and make comments about everything and everyone. They are difficult to photograph. Like a curious litter of puppies, they are too interested in the camera.

One such local teen is Manuel Marini, whose expressive brown eyes and flashing grin draw friends and strangers alike into easy conversation. Manuel, “Call me Manu,” he says, takes a genuine interest in all that happens around him, especially what is going on with people and his town.

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Lynne Green first experienced inter-cultural communication when she moved from the rural Southeast to the urban Northeast to complete her undergraduate studies in Biology and Anthropology at Tufts University. After graduating in 1982, she married her husband of 27 years Scott. They trained for the ministry in Boston and re-located to Hong Kong in 1987, where they served at the Hong Kong church of Christ for 10 years, returning to America in 1997 . They now live in Seattle, WA. Lynne is the mother of two, Stephen 21 and Ariel, 19. She has served  for 15 years on the board of HOPEworldwide, an international charity that serves the needs of diverse populations globally.


Patrizia Scaglioni: Salute; To Your Health

story and photos by Danielle Gruden

The bright sienna-colored building near Italy’s Cagli tower is home to the town’s only  “Erboristeria” or herbalist’s shop. This is where Patrizia Scaglioni provides alternatives to modern-day medicine, dispensing medicinal herbs, herbal prescriptions, and specialty products to the town’s people.

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Danielle Grunden currently resides in Boise, Idaho where she gained her BBA in Marketing from Boise State University in 2009. She is currently attending Gonzaga University for her MA in Communication and Leadership. Her favorite activities include: running in the Boise foothills, coffee and/or vino accompanied by good conversation, seeing sites unseen, and eating amazing home cooked meals.


Fabricio Ridolfi: Cagli's Karate Kid

Just off the piazza in Cagli, Italy, a rack filled with postcards invites customers into a small shop. A colorful mix of books, magazines and children’s toys are visible through the window.  “Giorno” says the gentleman behind the counter.  His name is Fabricio Ridolfi, but he’s known as “Bicio” – a name given him in childhood by friends.  His surroundings demonstrate his passion. Bicio thirsts for knowledge, and reading is his enterprise.

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Steve Hertz is currently an Associate Athletic Director at Gonzaga University, and former Baseball Coach there for 24 years.  Steve lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife, Vicki.  They have 5 daughters;  Sarah, Christine, Heather, Gretchen, and Jessica (all Gonzaga grads), and son, Stephen, a current sophomore at GU.  His hobbies are golfing and traveling with the family.  “I am proud to be involved with the Cagli Project for personal and professional enhancement and intercultural experience with wife, Vicki, a Master’s degree candidate.  This has been a “life-changing” adventure for both of us.


Roberta Martinelli: Professoressa

Roberta Martinelli’s title of Professoressa commands respect in Cagli, Italy. She says that her students call her "Senora Martinelli." Then with a smile, she quickly clarifies, "Actually, they call me 'Prof.'"

Roberta's greatest joy in teaching is being with her students, and her unofficial title suggests her students enjoy learning in her classroom. Her voice nearly sings as she talks about them and their learning.

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Vicki Hertz is a student in Gonzaga University’s Communication and Leadership program, Vicki “walked” on Mother's Day 2010 – sharing the special day with her daughter, Gretchen, who will complete her studies in Organizational Leadership this winter. Vicki graduated from Gonzaga in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in English and married her husband Steve two weeks later. In Spokane, the couple raised five daughters – all Gonzaga graduates -- and one son, who is currently a sophomore at GU. Vicki has worked as a middle-school English teacher, Lamaze coach and special education teacher. Vicki is continuing her to work as an educator, mentoring and supervising student teachers and field experience through Gonzaga University's Teacher Education Department.

Matteo Susini: Salon Boy to Salon Owner

Hairdressing has always been a part of Matteo Susini’s life.

“I was a salon boy,” says Matteo, who spent his weekends during high school helping at his mother’s salon. “I washed people’s hair and swept the floor.”

Now 37, the owner of Cagli’s Loft Parrucchieri is a bit of hometown celebrity.  Walking through the piazza, the life-long resident is constantly greeting the people he passes.  “Everyone knows me,” Matteo says. “Everyone knows you when you grow up here, especially close to the center of town.”

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Christine Syptak Hinrichs is a native of Texas, Christine currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she is employed as a graphic designer for Lockheed Martin.  Christine is pursuing her M.A. in Communication and Leadership through Gonzaga University.  She received her B.A. in Mass Communication and Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University in 2005.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her church, traveling, and photography. 

Angela Corradi: Home is Where the Heart is

It is late afternoon as Angela Corradi walks through Piazza Matteoti. She passes Cafe d’Italia and waves to her friends, who sit around a crowded café’ table and enjoy an appertivo. She does not stop to discuss the happenings of another warm day in Cagli but gives a friendly “Ciao!” to the ladies who gaze across the piazza. She knows they will be there again tomorrow, and she must hurry home with her groceries. For Angela, the best things in life happen inside the walls of her home, and she is eager to see her husband Paulo Corradi who waits for her in their home library. They have been married for 50 years.  

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Jackie Kerns is a native to Southern California, Jackie lives in Spokane, Washington and is pursuing a graduate degree in Communication and Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Her appreciation for the European slow-food movement and passion for gardening, nutrition, and teaching has spurred recent efforts to found a nonprofit organization in the inland northwest aimed at combatting childhood obesity. When not working Jackie enjoys traveling, speaking french and planning itineraries with her family for future adventures overseas.

Loris Mandolina: A Pharmacist in Cagli

The bells in the Cagli’s Piazza Mattoeti chime three times in the middle of “riposa” while a steady stream of deliveries arrive at the pharmacy's back door office. The pharmacist, Loris Mandolina, greets each delivery with pleasantries and politeness. Packages with medicines and inventory -- as well as the soft hum of a computer -- prove this enterprise is connected to the global village. While this pharmacy could be anywhere, it is nestled in the mountain village of Cagli, a 13th century town with 21st century technology. In some cultures, technology often removes the human element, but Loris shows how it can be used to strengthen relationships.

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Bob Kunkle lives in Raleigh, NC by way of Orlando, FL and Pittsburgh, PA. He received his BA in Organizational Communication from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He is currently employed by Charles Schwab as a product manager for their performance management software product – PortfolioCenter. Bob specializes in internal corporate communications and software releases. In his free time he enjoys billiards, photography, and watching his beloved Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins.

Michele De Sanctis: Why Cagli Rocks

On a Sunday afternoon, in the depths of a small, dark basement in Cagli, Italy, the sound of music escapes. And these are not the operatic tones of Bocelli and Pavarotti wafting up through an open garage door.

The voice of Michele De Sanctis counts out the opening beats to a Beatles’ cover. “I feeeel fine,” he wails on perfect pitch. Bass and rhythm guitars follow in sync to the driving pulse of the drums. The combination of the lyrics provides a contrasting soundtrack to the surrounding, quiet streets of Cagli.

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Angela McNutt would like to returnin a second life as an Italian and live la dolce vita. For the time being she resides in Spokane, Washington. Angela has prepared for her future Italian lifestyle with a B.A. in International-European Studies from Gonzaga University. At Gonzaga she spent a year abroad in Florence, Italy. Thus far she has managed to ski, hike, bike, eat, swim, sled, bungee jump, and walk her way through 21 European countries, and South Africa. Angela is currently a program assistant for the Gonzaga University Study Abroad office. She is on track to complete her M.A. in the Communication Leadership Studies program spring 2011.

Mauro Antonacci: From Soccer Star to Restaurant Owner

In the quaint Italian town of Cagli in the Apennine Mountains sits the small restaurant Squaqua where the new owner Mauro Antonacci strives to make taste the most useful of the five senses.

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Justin Ortman is working towards his Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership at Gonzaga University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University in the field of Communication Studies with a Minor in Sociology. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he now resides in Spokane, Washington.

Giovanni Bartoli: From One World to Another

If Giovanni Bartoli were to write his autobiography about his long life and varied adventures, he says he would title it “From One World to Another.”

Some days, Bartoli misses his life traveling the world searching for liquid treasure as a natural gas and oil engineer for Eni, Italy’s largest industrial company. Other days, he’s happy sitting at the café he owns with his wife, Mimi. The café overlooks Cagli’s Piazza Matteoti, and from here, Bartoli watches life and listens to people’s stories as the local reporter for the newspaper Corriere Adriatico.

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Leslie Simmons: Los Angeles native Leslie Simmons is the National Manager of Communications for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, working on her masters from Gonzaga University in Communication and Leadership. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Long Island University, Brooklyn. Before turning to the “Dark Side,” she spent 15 years as a print reporter covering several beats, including civil and criminal courts, Hollywood unions and the film industry. Her favorite thing to do in Cagli is to sit in the Piazza Matteoti at Caffe D’Italia and eat gelato.

Gian Luca Caselli (Seven): A Different Kind of Businessman

Nestled in the hills of the Le Marche region of Italy resides the picturesque, ancient town of Cagli. Just around the corner from the lively main piazza is Caffe del Corso, a place where many Cagliese come to relax and socialize. The cafe is owned by a Cagli native who goes by the name “Seven,” which is a nickname handed down from his father who was one of seven children. Seven has a passion for people, and his zest for life is evident as he greets each customer by name and delivers service with a smile.

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Jessica Stauffer lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband and two cats. She spent nearly all of her working career in the insurance industry and now works as a marketing specialist for regional insurance company. Currently she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. She enjoys boating, travel, movies, family and friends.
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