Born as an identical twin, Rebecca was never lonely throughout her childhood. Ironically, she was also born under the Gemini star sign and is a natural communicator (luckily for her – she always had someone to talk to) and adept at juggling multiple activities. At an early age, she was organizing her own singing performances with her twin, crafting lyrics to original music, writing poetry and leading the way with events and activities which transformed into a career of marketing, special event coordination, public relations and communication after finishing her television and film degree at the University of Oregon. Rebecca is true to her sign (if you believe in zodiac descriptions) with interests in many things, tires of the mundane, day dreamer and always willing to lend a hand to friends and family. By staying on the “bright side” she has been successful at community building throughout her professional and personal life.
With a consistent positive attitude and desire to support those with great ideas, she has helped launch several businesses, increase traffic and revenue for retail outlets and raised money for non-profit organizations throughout her adulthood. To site a couple of examples, her non-profit work included generating awareness for motorcycle safety and successfully managed the media campaign to put the helmet law into place in the state of Washington in the late 80’s. In the early 90’s she managed all marketing components for a 750,000 square foot shopping center, Jantzen Beach Center, resulting in the creation of special events and community involvement that were continued for years following the inception of her programs. As Auction Co-Chair for the Montessori School of Beaverton she and her team surpassed previous profitability and raised $175,000 for the school. She helped create regional and local awareness and built community relations for the Ponzi family’s restaurant, The Dundee Bistro, in Oregon wine country. With more than 200 special events organized and numerous clients through the years, Rebecca uses her “old school” public relations know-how with “new tech” social media and distribution for consumer and media awareness.
Curiosity and communication are key attributes to her adventurous desire to see the world and use those experiences in work and play. Rebecca continues to use her communications experience from her home in Italy to launch and manage publicity for Casal Cristiana. Modern technology has launched thousands of careers for those who wish to work remotely or to support a creative lifestyle. Here, she utilizes her skills to tell stories of this beautiful culture, its people and adventures in olive oil through her blog at www.casalcristiana.com.
Moving to Italy was never a childhood dream, but she fell in love with an American-Italian. Her youthful interest for all things French soon turned to all things Italian upon her first visit 15 years ago in 1998. With eyes wide open, this experience changed her life forever. After spending time in Ireland, Scotland, Israel and other European visits, it was Italy that stole her heart, along with her husband, Michel.
With a love of singing, she started performing at a young age with her twin sister Brenda. Their musical talent helped pay the bills for college and singing continued to be a personal and creative outlet for her. Rebecca sings with the Corale Cantate Domino in Torre di Palme, Italy, where she is expanding her voice capabilities from contemporary and jazz influences to classical. She also collaborates with her husband, writing lyrics to his original melodies.
When she’s not writing, Rebecca is caring for her two boys, collaborating with her husband and enjoys cooking, singing and taking long walks on the beach with the family dog, Santino. And of course, studying the Italian language is one of her other challenges as she has immersed herself in a region where English is not frequently spoken.
Her motto in life is the following and hopes she can always continue to support those with creative ideas that have a positive impact on others.
“Those who wish to sing will always find a song.”