Marco Circelli, Executive Director

Marco was born, raised and educated in Milan, Italy. He holds a Master’s Degree of Music in Saxophone at Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” Milano and a Masters Degree of Economics, with a major in Management of Commercial Enterprises, from the Bocconi University, Milan.

Marco spent his entire life in Milan, Italy and moved to Philadelphia in 2011, where he currently lives with his wife Agnese and his little son Jonathan. Prior to joining IABCN, Marco held the position of Logistics Assistant Manager in an Italian furniture company and partner in a housing management firm, all located in the province of Milan.

Before joining Filitalia International, Marco was Executive Director of the Italy-America Business Council & Network, developing projects and programs with members, partners and other non-profit organizations in order to foster the relationship between Italy and the Greater Philadelphia area.

Marco is also a Clarinet Teaching Artist for middle schools, under the program of Tune Up, Philly!, an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music in communities that have little access to music education.

Nicholas Santangelo, Assistant Director of Foundation

Nicholas Santangelo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in the neighboring communities across the Delaware River in Cherry Hill and Medford, New Jersey. After moving to Medford, Nicholas was accepted to Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, a prestigious private co-ed High School in the Tri-State area. While at Eustace, Nick won the Bishop Eustace Leadership in Music Award & The John Philip Sousa Award. The second being a national award to honor the top student in high school band as it recognizes musicianship and outstanding dedication of the senior year member of the band.

Mr. Santangelo graduated from Rider University, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with Cum Laude Honors after successfully pursuing a Bachelors Degree in History and a Minor in Film and Media studies. As of April 2019, he had been appointed as the Assistant Director of Filitalia Foundation, a position he has strive to grow himself into. He looks to further strengthen the bound with his familial ancestral homeland through the study of the Italian Language as well as social & cultural events, many of which are aimed at inspiring & allowing the younger Italian Americans to embrace their roots & place in the city of Philadelphia.

Aside from his accomplishments in history, archival studies, & Filitalia International, he has taught Italian students Business English & resources to produce a resume & acquire a job. He is also a freelance session & gigging musician, who also teachers across the tri-state area at such locations as The Pinelands Music Academy in Medford, NJ.

Ann Marie Beato, Secretary & Administrative Assistant Intern

Ann Marie is a life-long resident of Pitman, New Jersey. Growing up, she loved exploring museums and studying various cultures from around the world. During her career at Pitman High School, Ann Marie was a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and served as the secretary for the Pitman High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee. Ann Marie was also a twelve-varsity letter athlete. As a senior, Ann Marie received the Female Athlete of the Year award.  

Ann Marie is currently a senior at Rutgers University-Camden studying Art History with a focus in cross-cultural Art History. In May 2019, Ann Marie received the Excellence in Art History Award at the Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation of Rutgers University-Camden.  She is currently working on her undergraduate research thesis, The Influence of the Japanese Kimono in Art and Fashion of Europe and the United States (1858-1910). February 2020, she was selected to receive the Arts and Science Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Grant. Ann Marie is on track to graduate in the spring of 2020 Summa Cum Laude.

Ann Marie is a first-time intern for Filitalia International working out of the History of Italian Immigration Museum. Ann Marie felt drawn to this position, as she is the great-great granddaughter of Pasquale Beato from Terramo, Italy who sailed on the Aquitania to Ellis Island in 1929. Her great great grandfather worked to bring his family to the United States of America settling in Philadelphia. Ann Marie’s ultimate goal is to work in a museum setting where she can focus on cross-cultural research in effort to unify people around the globe through works of art.