Board of Directors
Sue Hilger, Board Chair
Meghan McSwain, Vice Chair, Maryland Philanthropy Network
Samantha Benjelloun, Treasurer, Marriot International
Judith Thompson, Secretary
Tiffany Bassford - Live Chair
Ed Bosco - Verde Pizza
Fulvio Domenicali - Pompeian
Sue Hilger, Strategic Marketing Consultant
Carlo Iomini - Johns Hopkins Medicine
Armanda Ligabue - Governance Committee Chair
Paula Lopes - Pompeian
Diane Sancilio - Gilchrist
Morris Weinman - The Toby and Melvin Weinman Foundation
Gina Wheeler - International Gourmet Food.
Monica Lapenta, Be a Chef for a Day Founder, Executive Director, and CEO
Board Members Emeriti
Pier Massimo Forni*
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Gail Gray - Be a Chef for a Day Food Access Program - Bussie Bussie Driver
Maya Madanda, Be a Chef for a Day Specialist - Govans Elementary
DeAsia Meyers, Be a Chef for a Day Specialist
Monica E. Lapenta, Executive Director & CEO - Be a Chef for a Day Founder
Ramona Poblete - B-More Pasta Specialist
Miller J. Roberts III - B-More Pasta Chief Operating Officer
Robyn Schmitt - Be a Chef for a Day Food Access Program - Bussie Bussie Driver
Tyreek Smith - B-More Pasta Specialist
Erika Sorg - B-More Pasta Specialis
The BIT’s (formerly known as Italian Cultural Center) mission is to support an equitable prosperous Baltimore building community health and wealth for citizens of the world who call Baltimore home.
Always inspired by our Italian culture, we do so by empowering families through the Arts, building community access to affordable quality food,
providing food education,
promoting food justice,
creating international exchange opportunities, training, and jobs for young adults.
BIT stands for B-MORE ITALIAN.
TAX ID: 52-2169101
The Bit Center (formerly Italian Cultural Center of Maryland) was founded in 1955 by Professor Regina Levi-Bianchini Soria, Dr. Raffaele Canevaro, and Mrs. Helen Knipp as Circolo Culturale Italiano and incorporated in 1999 joining forces with ItalCultura, founded by Hon. Francesco Luigi Legaluppi.
This decision was made to be more incisive in promoting the contribution of the people of Italy, their descendants, and the immigrant's contribution to Maryland and especially to Baltimore City.
Since 2015 under Monica E. Lapenta leadership, all the community programs were created.
The BIT Community Center Inc. is a 501C(3) charity registered in Maryland, working every day to build community health and wealth for citizens of the world who call Baltimore home and promoting Italian Culture and Heritage in Maryland.
TAX ID: 52-2169101
About Prof. Soria
Professor Soria moved to the U.S. in 1940 and joined the Notre Dame college faculty in 1942, teaching Italian.
A 1979 article in The Sun described her as "a sturdy woman with a big smile, a living room populated principally with books and overstuffed furniture, a dedication to Italy and Italian culture, and a husky voice that gets a lot of exercises." Prof. Soria was the first to point out what Italians have done in Baltimore when she organized in 1979, "The Marble Door," a conference about the influence of Italians in early Baltimore. In it, she discussed Enrico Causici, sculptor of the George Washington statue atop Baltimore's monument to the first president in Mount Vernon Place. She said she wanted the lectures to offset the negative image of Italians brought by The Godfather novel and films.
A memento of Professor Soria, the Center established THE REGINA LEVI-BIANCHINI SORIA AWARD that recognizes excellence in Philanthropy.
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