BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
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JULIANNE CALZONETTI

“Blessed are the hands that reach beyond every barrier of culture, religion and nationality, and pour the balm of consolation over the wounds of humanity.  Blessed are the open hands that ask nothing in exchange, with no “ifs” or “buts” or “maybes”: they are hands that call down God’s blessing upon their brothers and sisters.” Pope Francis'

My spiritual father made me promise him one thing: To make as many children as I can smile. Unbeknownst to me then, this very mission is the very reason I am in Rome; following a dream conceived the night of Pope Francis’ election to the pontificate in 2013.
4 years later- after fulfilling my collegiate years serving as coxswain and captain of the Michigan State Varsity Rowing Team- I moved to the Eternal City, where I now work in the field of integral human development for the missions of the Pallottine Fathers & Sisters. The Pallottines are a Catholic Order founded by St. Vincent Pallotti, present in 56 countries and continuing to expand to untouched peripheries in places such as Siberia.
On December 4, 2017, the idea of Piccoli Apostoli was born, so that all of God’s little ones may have a chance like our team did; through sports and education.

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ASABE DANPOLLO

I’m a young CPA candidate from the Midwest, receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Accounting from Michigan State University. During my time at Michigan State, I joined the varsity rowing team and competed on both the regional and national stage. After receiving my bachelor’s, I went on to receive a Masters of Science in Strategic Management Accounting at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. International affairs have always been one of my greatest interests, thus spurring the desire to travel to several countries during my time studying abroad. Currently, I hold a full time position with PWC as an Auditor in my hometown of Detroit.
I have always been a believer in the idea that education plays a vital role in the future success of and individual and a community. In addition to my current role at PWC, I takes time off to visit local schools to educate k-12 children about financial literacy and the importance of education. With close relatives in Nigeria and Cameroon, I’m particularly interested in the operational and financial wellbeing of Piccoli Apostoli, as the success of the Non-for Profit and the children in its care is a success for the world.

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LILLIAN THOMPSON

I’m enrolled in the School of Nursing at Concordia University, Ann Arbor; with an expected graduation date of May 2020. Recently, I began volunteering as a Unit Ambassador for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, also in Ann Arbor. I’m an alumna of Michigan State University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on health and society, as well as a minor in Bioethics. I was a rower on State’s Varsity Rowing Team.
I am faith-filled, passionate, empathetic, a person of integrity, a problem solver. No challenge is too big, and no task impossible, when we are determined without fear, positive in the face of adversity, cheerful to those in most need, and caring to those who need love.

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SHANNON SALDUTTI

I’m a special education teacher, currently finishing my Masters in Education at Widener University, where I also attended undergraduate. My passions are living to help and serve others, because in the grand scheme of things, that is all we are called to do. In an ever constant pursuit to attain this mission, I’ve worked with children of all ages who have severe disabilities.
An avid runner, I like to run for a cause, made possible by the generous donations of others. I also enjoy traveling and seeing new cultures, as well as reading inspiring books that keep me ever advancing on noble ideas.

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MEGHAN LINDSEY

I have been involved in international mission work since the summer of 2017, when I had the opportunity to travel to Môle St. Nicholas, Haiti. With joy I look forward to future mission work, and am most excited for the opportunity to become involved in Piccoli Apostoli as the Director of Education. My heart is for the children; always in awe of their constant tenacity and resilience. I firmly believe that the little ones are a strong influence in a country’s success, and I look forward to reaching out to others to share with them the power that education can have in young children’s lives.
During my collegiate years, I was a 4 year varsity athlete at Michigan State, and am currently in the process of completing a degree in Kinesiology, and minor in Health Promotions from MSU.

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JOANNA BEATON