GIULIANA MARPLE - FOUNDER/ HEAD DIRECTOR
Giuliana is a native Italian and currently a full-time teaching faculty in the Department of World Languages & Cultures at the University of Utah. She holds a Masters degree in Foreign Language Teaching and has been and educator for over twenty years. In 2002, Giuliana worked for the Italian National Olympic Committee in Salt Lake City and during the Winter Olympics of 2006 in Torino, she managed the logistical and organizational needs of Olympic volunteers and dignitaries.
Giuliana is the founder of several cultural organizations, including Frontier Education and the Italian Club of Salt Lake. She lectures on Italian Culture and Society all over the North West. She collaborates with the SLC mayor’s office and the Italian Consulate in SLC for Italian cultural exchanges. She is currently the director of the Siena, Italy Learning Abroad program at the University of Utah.
For the past twenty years Giuliana has conducted tours, held educational travel workshops and managed university study abroad programs to Italy. It is her love for art, history and people which has led her to become an international travel educator. She believes the immersive nature of cultural exchange remains one of the most effective mediums for the learning process.
KATHERINE CHIPMAN - Montepulciano PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Katherine is the music and choir director at Athlos Academy, a Kodály music specialist, Royal Conservatory piano teacher, and music education presenter. She received her master’s degree in music from the University of Utah, her Kodály certification from BYU’s InterMuse Academy, and her national teacher certification from Music Teacher National Association. She loves to travel and has been involved in various project abroad including running an afterschool kindergarten in Tainan, Taiwan and building a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. When she is not teaching, singing with the Mapleton Chorale, or studying music you most likely will find her somewhere in the mountains hanging off a cliff. Next to music, her biggest passion is rock climbing.
CONOR LONG - MONTEPULCIANO FILM PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Conor is a film director, writer, producer, and animator. Conor mixed an academic approach towards filmmaking with an intensely adventurous ten years of of guerilla filmmaking all over the world. With an insatiable desire to master his craft, he seizes every opportunity to learn and work in film. Conor holds undergraduate degrees in Film and Media Arts and Asian Studies from the University of Utah. In the years following graduation, Conor travelled the world writing and making movies, eventually returning home to study Animation in graduate school. Many of his projects including award-winning shorts and his first feature film, POINT B, were made during his time away. Since POINT B, Conor has been studying animation techniques and fiercely writing and to ensure that his follow-up project is of the highest quality he can produce.
jamie smith serrano - europe program coordinator
Jamie recently graduated from the University of Utah with majors in Film & Media Arts and Political Science. He first became involved with Frontier Education in the summer of 2014, when he traveled to Genova as part of the film program. It was a memorable summer during which he made a short film, a great group of friends, and countless memories. He looks forward to working with Frontier Education to ensure that future students are able to explore and thrive abroad.
freddie tellez - europe program coordinator
Freddie is a business management and film student at the University of Utah. Before attending the U, he went to school in his hometown of Boise, Idaho at Boise State University. He participated in the Genova film program in the summer of 2015 where he fell in love with the Italian culture, and was able to continue his dreams of traveling the world. Freddie wants to offer a study abroad experience for students that immerses them in a new culture, promotes a passion for learning, and leaves students with a new perspective. Freddie’s favorite quote is: “Traveling – first it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” –Ibn Battuta.