Erin Cinelli, Executive Director
I have been involved with Spannocchia on and off for 12 years. I started in the Fall of 1994 as an intern during a break between high school and college. After graduating from Middlebury College in January 1999 with a double Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art History, I returned to Portland, ME for one year before moving to Italy in March 2000. During my first year at Spannocchia, I restructured the Internship Program and worked with the staff to improve communication and organization within the guest operation. In my second year, I took on the additional responsibilities of Operations Manager, and continued developing the Internship Program while helping my family work on a vision for the future of Spannocchia.
In January 2002, I returned to the US, and assisted my family to develop the preliminary plans for creating the Spannocchia Foundation and have worked closely since then with other members of Cinelli family and the Spannocchia Foundation Board of Trustees to build Spannocchia into a multifaceted educational center focused on encouraging dialogue about preserving cultural landscapes for future generations, using Spannocchia as an example. I have been the Executive Director of the Spannocchia Foundation in Portland, ME, since its incorporation in 2002, and I have been involved with every aspect of the organization’s growth from filing the incorporation paperwork to participating in the development of a strategic plan that will guide Spannocchia through 2010. I completed a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management at the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine in February 2005, where I had the opportunity use my experience with the Spannocchia Foundation to better understand how organizations grow and develop over time, and how I can best make a contribution to Spannocchia now, and in the future.