Sylvana Ehrman has a political science degree from L’Ecole des Sciences Politiques de Paris and a degree in literature from the University of Lisbon. She is a graduate gemologist and co-founder of the Brazilian Institute of Gemology, Sao Paulo and, in conjunction with Sao Paulo’s art museum, organized an exhibit on “Brazilian Gems and Jewelry.” She was Smithsonian Cultural Liaison for Italy and Portugal during the 1976 Washington, DC Bicentennial celebration. During her husband’s Foreign Service career, she assisted Peruvian anthropology Professor Amat with research on the Chavin civilization and was a docent at the Ayala Museum, Manila. She speaks French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Immediate Past President
John Kelly, our President, is an economist consultant in the areas of regulatory and utility economics and has worked for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress and the Council on Wage & Price Stability in the Executive Office the President. From 1984 to 2009 he served as Director of Economics & Research for the American Public Power Association, writing numerous articles and delivering presentations on economic issues and public policies affecting the electric power industry. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Italian Cultural Society, has served on its Board of Directors and speaks Italian.
Richard Marcis, Secretary, is a graduate of Wittenberg University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky. He served on the Economics faculty at Bowling Green State University, at Southern Methodist in Dallas and American University in Washington, DC. He is a former president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, served as a Senior Economist at a federal financial regulatory agency, was Senior Vice President at a savings and loan association, Senior Consultant for a national consulting company and has published on economic and financial issues in professional journals and trade publications. Now retired, he spends time on his avocation, publishing reviews of Italian wines and travel in Italy on his website, www.WineWordsWisdom.com
Member at Large
Lucy Falcone Hamachek, Member at Large, is our Development Chair. She is a graduate of Georgetown University in French and economics and pursued graduate studies in economics at the Universite' de Strasbourg as a Fulbright scholar. She served as an economist for Congress' Joint Economic Committee and in various capacities in the U.S. Department of Commerce, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy from 1977-1980. She is a student of Italian, having pursued studies both in Italy and the U.S. She has served on the boards of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Cultural Society (ICS) of Washington, DC. She is a volunteer teacher of English to adult immigrants. She speaks French and Italian.