BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Born in Sora (Frosinone) in 1978, Luca has always been fond of nature and animals. He got a degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pisa in 2005. Soon after, he started working in the sector of medicine and surgery of domestic animals in a Vet Clinic in Viterbo province, where he stayed for 5 years. In the meantime, he attended several specialist training courses in different branches of the vet medicine. In 2010, back to Sora, he collaborated for a few years with a vet ambulatory in the area. In the last years, moved by a deep passion for animals and environmental protection, he took many training courses about wildlife and the Marsican brown bear.
Since 2016, he has been a member of Salviamo l’Orso and decided to actively contribute to the conservation of Marsican brown bear – a treasure of our mountains and everybody’s heritage – by becoming the Medical Vet of the association for the Abruzzo and Lazio regions. He has collaborated and is still collaborating with the Vet Service of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park and with some Nature Reserves in Abruzzo.
He dedicates his free time to his dogs, mountain trekking, his passion for natural agriculture, music and photography.
Stefano was born in Chieti in 1964 and he lives in Spoltore (PE). After graduating from LLB (Hons) in law at the University of Bologna, he got a PhD at the University of Florence. He became an associate professor in 2001 after winning a selection at the University of Ferrara. Since 2007, he has been holding a public law chair at the Department of Legal and social studies at University of Chieti-Pescara.
Over the years, his profession often took him overseas, both for brief periods and more extended research and teaching stays. In particular, between 2011 and 2014, he lived with his family in England, in the beautiful city of York, which hosts a vibrant academic community. The relationship with the UK is still strong for Stefano, as he haa been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor until 2026 at the York Law School.
Among the research stays that in Canada at the British Columbia University, Vancouver in 2008 stands out for making him understand what a correct relationship between human society and the environment means.
Since he was a child, he has been fond of nature and the wilderness and he is passionate about watching wild animals (he would define himself as an amateur ornithologist). He was a member of the Board of directors of the Abruzzo, Lazio, and Molise National Park between 2007 and 2012 and the WWF’s national council from 2008 to 2011. He is a founding associate of the Abruzzo Institute for Protected Natural Areas, which manages several natural reserves throughout the Abruzzo region.
He crossed the path of “Tata Urze” for the first time back in 1985, in what was and still is his favorite amusement park, the Ernici Mountains. The hidden hope of being able to repeat that fleeting encounter led him to travel far and wide a large part of the central Apennines. The wealth of knowledge and skills he has been acquiring during this never exhausting research is an essential part of his understand. And even if the vicissitudes have led him to undertake a career path that apparently has nothing to do with that world – he is a nurse who works in the oncology field – incredibly some things he learned in the woods, today have proved useful in the fulfillment of his duty. For this and a thousand other reasons, he thanks a lot “Tata Urze”.
Caterina was born at Vasto (CH) in 1983. She graduated in Forestry and Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Molise, where she even got a PhD about the climate changes and their effects on the high-altitude ecosystems. She has also a MSc in designing and promotion of cultural landscape. The university career, constantly led by a huge interest in ecology and the interrelations amongst the living organisms, allowed her to develop a major awareness on the themes of Agenda 2030 and on how the anthropogenic actions are determinants for the natural ecosystems’ resilience. Strongly motivated to spread her scientific knowledge to other people, she had the opportunity to take training courses and summer schools in Italy and abroad in order to deepen the dynamics of animation and involvement of local communities. Since 2017 she has been working for the Soc. Coop. ETICAE Stewardship in Action on the sustainable management of natural resources and she is convinced from ever that the volunteering represents a useful tool to take care of nature and learn to live in balance with it, which is one of the most important missions that she shares with Salviamo l’Orso.
Born in Rome in 1986, she graduated in Animal Welfare and Protection, at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Teramo. She has always loved nature and its inhabitants. Since an early age, the contact with “her” mountains and with the animal kingdom has been strong, deep and sincere. After working in the veterinary clinical field, she becomes Environmental Guide for AIGAE Abruzzo. She collaborates with the Sirente Velino Park, as a Coornata Guide in the Life Coornata project, for the protection of the Apennine chamois. She has carried out small environmental education projects for some municipalities and small businesses in the Marsica area. She takes part in voluntary wildlife population counts and animates for children, and loves writing fairy tales, painting and devoting herself to manual activities. One of her greatest desires is to protect, make known and respect every form of life. She firmly believes in the protection of the Marsican brown bear as a voluntary, common and cohesive action.