Where we Meet
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Maria D’Andrea-Yothers is proud to be a first-generation Italian-American: her mother was born in Pacentro, Abruzzo and her father in Roccamandolfi, Molise. She has been an active member of the Society since it was founded by her father in 2000. She has served as a member of the Board, 1st Vice President-Programs, 2nd Vice-President-Membership and editor and co-editor of the AMHS Notiziario.
In her professional life, Ms. D’Andrea-Yothers is a Supervisory International Trade Specialist with the Office of Textiles and Apparel, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). She is responsible for domestic policy issues, and the textile and apparel trade portfolio for Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. Prior to joining the DOC, Maria worked on textile and clothing trade issues as a member of the Secretariat of the Word Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Maria dedicates her time and enthusiastic support the Italian American community in the Washington, DC area, and enjoys travel and spending time with her friends and her very tight-knit family (four sisters, one brother, their spouses, and 8 nieces and nephews). Most importantly, Maria is proud to carry forward the legacy of her father who served as the first President of the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society. She is married to Sam Yothers, and has two step daughters, Lauren and Mara.
Nancy DeSanti was born in Massachusetts and while growing up, lived in Athens, Greece for 4 years, and in Manila, the Philippines, for 3 years. For the past 11 years, she has been a legal specialist with Reed Smith LLP, a top-15 global law firm. Prior to that, she was an editor at The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., a legal publishing company.
As the daughter of immigrants, Nancy appreciates and loves her heritage and is interested in Italian genealogy, history, culture, and language. She is a member of the National Italian American Foundation and enjoys traveling to Italy each year. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Lynn Sorbara has been a member of AMHS for a number of years. She served briefly on the Board of Directors in 2008, but was forced to resign for family reasons. In 2002, she made a presentation at an AMHS general membership meeting on “Finding and Fighting Diseases in the New World of Bio-Terrorism.” She earned her doctorate in Molecular Pharmacology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since 1991, she has worked at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. Currently, she is Program Director in the Division of Cancer Prevention. Lynn is the Past-President of the DC Chapter of the Catholic Alumni Club and is a board member (term to 2015) of the Washington Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.
Carmine James Spellane was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, to which his maternal grandparents emigrated from Molise. He has lived in
Washington, D.C. since 1969, first as a student at American University, then as a 40-year communications professional, mostly for the trade union movement. Carmine was the Media Director of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 21 years before his
retirement in 2015. He has served on the governing boards of several organizations devoted to communications and education. Since his retirement, Carmine taught for a semester at John Hopkins University’s D.C. campus, taken classes in playwriting and acting, and continued his two-decade love of horseback riding, an interest he shares with his wife, Susan Noon and their daughter, Nora Spellane. He has had a lifelong interest in the culture, history and music of Italy and the Celtic and Nordic nations where he has roots on his father’s side.
Peter Bell is a lifelong resident of the Washington, DC area, growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is , on his mother’s side and has lived on Capitol Hill since 1974. He is retired from the Federal government with over 35 years experience as an auditor and financial manager with three different Federal agencies. Currently he heads his own consulting and training practice, providing support for the needs of the affordable housing industry. He has been a member of AMHS for four years.