THE 2018 OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

JAMES RANIERI

PRESIDENT
A professional chef, Jim has demonstrated his expertise in the IAC kitchen for the past three years. With wife “ The Baker" Doreena, the cooking duo were married in 1984 and have sons Keith, James(JM), and Daniel. Jim served in the US Navy for two decades, retiring as Senior Chief, and now works as a civil servant for the past 15 years. This New York transplant was born in Smithtown NY and has lived in Jacksonville since 1989, currently lives in Middleburg since 2005. He is second generation Italian and first generation Welsh born in this country. His hobbies include fishing, gardening, model building and his passion is cooking. Jim's favorite things about our Club: "I love the stories I hear from people, sharing recipes and teaching what I can about cooking.” He decided to become the President as he feels he can make a difference and help move our club forward in the year ahead.

VINCENT ZAMMATARO 

VICE PRESIDENT

Vincent is known as "Tall Vinny" by some or "Skinny Vinny "by some others at the IAC. He is a native New Yorker, and his home town was Port Jefferson on Long Island. After his wife, Sonia,  passed away in 2015 he moved to St.Johns to live near his son Robert, daughter-in-law and his 2 grandsons. His oldest grandson, Thomas, is now in the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Another son John lives on his 100 acre farm in up state NY. Vinny retired from Grumman Aircraft as design engineer in the flight department. His hobby is fishing and also skied for 50 years. He has been a member of the IAC since March of 2016. He was Board Chairman in 2017 and now is the IAC Vice President. Vinny’s favorite thing about the IAC is the people. Vinny says, "Being a little shy, they made me feel welcomed and I also feel like they are family to me and I now have some very close friends here."

VINCENT FICARROTTA

TREASURER
Vinny came to the Jacksonville area in 1999 from New Jersey with his wife, Pat and two children, Vince and Lance.  He retired from the railroad with nearly 40 years of service and now spends his time with us at the club. He enjoys reading, numismatics and projects around the house. His uncle, Joe Sanfilippo, was one of the founders of the Italian American Club of Palm Coast. Vinny and Pat first came to our club during a Festa years ago with their, then, young children and were drawn back to become members in 2016. His favorite things about the club are the many events that are ongoing throughout the year and the variety of things to do.  Volunteering to help the charities we partner with also provide a feeling of purpose, particularly, the events supporting children with challenges.  He encourages you to get on board the IAC train!

OFFICERS

GINA MIELECH

ASSISTANT TREASURER
& NEWSLETTER EDITOR
As a computer support person, Gina brings IT expertise to our board. Aside from her role as Assistant Treasurer, she is the Club Membership Chairperson and Newsletter Editor. Another Jersey Girl, she has lived in Jacksonville for more than 20 years now. Married with two grown sons, Gina enjoys a variety of family activities. She is a fan of greyhounds, music and cabins in the mountains when not volunteering at the club. "The people...I just love them," Gina says about IAC, "feels like home when you are there!"

SANDY SMITH

SECRETARY

Sandy hails from Detroit, Michigan with her family name origin being “D`Aliessio” (later changed to Dallas). Sandy is a Jacksonville resident of almost 40 years now. She has 2 daughters of her own and 5 stepchildren, with two grandchildren and many step-grandchildren. She is a retired teacher and enjoys picture puzzles, knitting, illustrative drawing and anything to do with  arts and crafts. Sandy has been an active member of the IAC since 2004 and has served on the Board previously.  She loves the people at the Club she has met over the years, and the love and joy that exists as extended family and  -  of course - the food!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MELANIE MATRASCIA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Melanie is a Jacksonville native, but grew up in Hialeah, Florida. Four years ago, she returned to the River City. She and husband Mike have two children and four grands. Past jobs in secretarial and veterinarian techs, her most fun employ was meet and greet with Princess Cruises. Mel's interests include genealogy, birding and plants, especially orchids. A new IAC member, she stepped up to the plate last year to fill a Board vacancy, because she "loves the people."

MIKE MATRASCIA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mike is retired from the Fire Department with experience in Emergency Medicine, Firefighting and Administration. He joined the IAC in 2016 and immediately became involved and volunteered for many events.

This is his first year on the Board of Directors. He and his wife Melanie have two children and four grandchildren.Mike says: "The Italian American Club is a great place to visit and experience a variety of activities with good and decent people!"

 LUCY SANTOS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lucy and her (late) husband George moved to Florida from Brooklyn, NY with the company she worked with for 24 years. As a former member of the Italian American Club (rejoining in 2016) she is very happy to be catching up with old friends and making new ones. Serving on the Board and helping make improvements will be a goal she is looking forward to.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LINDA SPRINGSTEEN

BOARD CHAIRPERSON
Linda has been a member of the IAC for a number of years now. A natural volunteer, she loves heading up the Pot of Gold fundraiser and being the Bakery Chairperson at our annual Festa Italiana. She returned to the Board of Directors in 2018 and was nominated to Chairman of the Board.  Linda is a wonderful asset to both the Board and the Club.

ANNE STEPP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Anne is a transplant from far-away Aschoffenburg, Germany. She has lived in Jacksonville with her two lovely daughters for 25 years and enjoys being a stay-at- home mom. Anne is retired from jobs in retail management and personnel manager for an engineering company. Our Fraulein loves visits with family in her homeland. She admits to being a sci-fi novel junkie, especially works of Dean Koontz. You can find her at the club most days arranging rentals, decorating for events, and making sure things run smoothly. Her favorite thing about the IAC..."The people."

MENA VESCE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mena hails from the Big Apple with a charming Bronx accent, but lived most of her life in New Jersey. Married to hubby Lou, they have been active in IAC for 1more than 10 years. She has two children, three grandkids, and is great-grandmother to four. In addition to parenting, Mena has held many diversified jobs including administrative office assistant. This multi-talented gal sings with the voice of an opera soprano, Betty Crocker would envy her baking and she even has an interest in theater. Mena is happy to serve on the board again because of "...camaraderie, meeting new people and exploring our culture. I have made many good, loving friends."