Italian Human Connections Association is proud to have onboard an international team that is committed to promoting Human Connections all over the world through the exchange of ever new human relationships and friendships.

Giulia Marchetti

Director of International Human Connection

Hi there, I am Italian and am the founder and President of Italian Human Connections (IHC).
I have a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and often deal with presentations or public conferences on historical and current topics.
I perfected my English at the Emerald School in Dublin and, in order to have better governance of this team, I successfully completed the Australia-based Human Learning Collective Discover RELISH program.
I write for the American online magazine Live in Italy and am often traveling the world particularly to the United States of America.
I am a blogger and have been dealing with international relations, and human relationships for years.

Thanks to my international friendships I now have the opportunity to establish a network of local contacts in many countries around the world that can help us pursue the mission of IHC.
I love my country and I like to spread its historical, natural and cultural beauties with the aim of inviting more and more people interested in discovering them.
International public relations are not only my commitment on behalf of the association, but they are also my passion.

Roy Heffner

Director of Cultural Exchange with the USA

Hi there, I am American living for the past 13 years in a small village in Tuscia with my wife Rita (Italian) and our wonderful dog and two cats.

My bloodline in terms of heredity or ancestry is quite multi-ethnic and this is one of the main reasons why I share the mission and vision of the IHC Association and love being part of its team.

My mother was 100% of Irish heritage, while my father was ¾ Irish and ¼ Cherokee Indian.  I was born in the New England state of Massachusetts and moved to South Florida when I was 11. I  graduated from college in 1967 with a degree in geography, which is why I had a career in computing as geographers were the original computer users.  Advanced through different computing related jobs (programmer, analyst, hardware salesman, Big 8 consulting, etc) until I started my own company in 1980 in New York City (up until this time I had been in Chicago).  Health care computer consulting.  It grew into a quite successful business.  It developed into a database application development company.  Had many Fortune 500 companies as customers.  I also developed the first microcomputer based system for politicians. That’s how I ended up visiting President of the United States in the Oval Office. I lived well for many years.  Living in Chicago, New York City and the Bahamas on a boat.  I met my now wife in July, 2001.  Rita was/is an artist who moved from Italy to the US in the early 1980’s.  Once I met her, I knew that I would love to have her as my life partner.  9/11 happened and we bonded.  We decided to permanently live here in Italy in 2008.

To describe what I love about Italy could take several pages to express.  The simple version is, it’s physical beauty, it’s ancient history, it’s unique people, the art and monuments that are everywhere, the love of family, great food…

If you want to discover more, please read my interview, watch the full video and get a copy of my handbook Roy’s Italy available for free download.

Eric Heffner

Director of American Italian Human Connection

I am American and I am happy to be part of the IHC team to give my support, ideas, and contribution in order to create new connections and friendships between Italy and the USA. I am also happy to share with you a bit of my background.

In 1987, I graduated from Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois. In 1989, I joined the United States Army Infantry as an enlisted Soldier. My 1st duty station was in Kitzegan, Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall. I deployed to the Gulf war for six months and saw combat in Iraq and Kuwait. I returned to Fort Stewart in 1992, and I met my wife Suzy in Savannah and we married five years later in May 1997. The same week of our wedding I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and was commissioned in U.S Army as a 2nd Lieutenant Aviation Officer. I graduated flight school in 1998, flying Blackhawk helicopters for the United States Army. Beginning in 2005 and through 2011, I deployed to Iraq 3 times and in 2013, I deployed to Afghanistan. In all, I had a total of 49 months in combat. I received three Bronze Stars for three tours of direct combat action as well as The Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Action Badge. Prior to my deployments, I was an airborne trooper with over 100 airborne jumps. I also earned my Aviation wings and parachute rigger wings. In 2007 I received my Master’s Degree in Education. In my last year in the Army, I was a Battalion Commander overseeing 1200 Soldiers. I retired from the Army in 2017 and went on to become the Senior Army Instructor at Statesboro High School. March 2019 COVID 19 closed our schools, and I went and obtained my commercial pilots license for airplanes and helicopters.

I also recently started a podcast “Hanging Out with Eric, Will and Dave” which you can also find on our Facebook page.

Alžběta Mrnuštíková or Elis Brunetti

Advisor for Prague and Czech Republic

Hello, my dear Human connections friends, my name is Alzbeta and I live in Prague. I am very happy to be part of the IHC’s team to work together on creating a network of friendships all around the world with chances of cultural exchanges and travel planning.

My work and greatest passion is working as a tour guide of Prague. I also own 4 apartments around the Czech Republic that I rent out to tourists. So if you want to get to know Prague or the rest of my country, it will be my greatest pleasure to be your first contact.

I love Italy and I speak Italian fluently. I have a passion for history, which is why a piece of my heart is also in Tuscia, the land of the Etruscans. Thanks to IHC I have created a bridge between my country and that part of Italy called Tuscia, and my goal is to reach many other countries in the world also through the work carried out by the association.

I am looking forward to welcoming you and helping you to get a first-hand local experience in Prague and the rest of the CR. Feel free to call me Elis and do not hesitate to contact me via my Instagram / or my website (Please use Google translate as my posts are sometimes in English and sometimes in Czech).

Rita Passeri

Advisor for International Artists’ Connection

Hello everyone, I am an Italian artist and I am happy to be part of the IHC team to create exchanges and connections among artists from all over the world.
I was born in Rome but I feel a bit Umbrian and a bit from Tuscia because of my parents’ origins.
Since childhood, I have developed an attraction towards Etruscan, Roman, and Renaissance art, but the artistic thirst early on pushed me towards new sources of inspiration and towards new research that led me to travel and discover new worlds.
At the age of 16, I left Italy to pursue my studies abroad.
New York in the 1980s was the ideal place for artists hungry for art and inspiration, so this city soon became my creative cradle. I spent 33 years in the United States where I explored various painting techniques in different schools such as SVA, Cooper Union, The Art Students League, The National Academy, and also the Japanese Sumi-e technique.
From 2004 to 2008 I also spent part of the year on the small island of Hope Town, Abacos, in the Bahamas, where I studied wood carving.
For several years I have returned to Italy where I continue to paint and create in my studio full of works of art produced throughout my life.
I am very involved in the Italian and international art world and I am happy to collaborate with IHC in order to give life to initiatives that involve artists from all over the world.
If you are curious to know more and want to take a look at my artwork, I invite you to visit my website.

Roberto Re

Advisor for Rome and Tuscia Area

Hello everyone, I was born and raised in Rome but now my life is divided between the Eternal City and the small village of Bomarzo (VT). Several years ago I fell in love with Tuscia and I also owe it a lot to Salvatore Fosci, my wife’s uncle, a passionate historian who brought to light the largest rock altar in Europe, the so-called Etruscan Pyramid.

I am an employee of the air flight company Alitalia and thanks to my work I was able to travel the world. Wherever I have been I have understood that you are able to fall in love with places only if you look at them with love. From these experiences, I had the idea of ​​creating the website to enhance the beauties of Bomarzo and make them known through my love for this place.

Over the years, I have managed to spread the beauties of the village of Bomarzo also involving numerous media including Sky Arte, Mediaset television programs, or newspapers such as Repubblica. In the past Bomarzo was known above all for its Park of Monsters but now they talk about the other attractions as well. The sale of houses has even increased as many tourists have decided to invest in this village.

The website I created also aims to be a web portal for travelers who come to Bomarzo, providing all the useful information on where to sleep, eat, and on local events to participate in. I often organize dinners with visitors and locals to practice cultural exchange and promote the creation of new friendships.

I fully embrace the mission of the IHC association and I am convinced that together we will make the world fall in love with Tuscia.