Dr. John Caputo, Ph.D.
Founder, Faculty / Mercurio

Dr. John Caputo has been leading student groups to Italy for the past 18 years. He has taught in Cagli since 2002, and in 2016 helped create a Sister City between Spokane and Cagli. Dr. Caputo was a founder of the Communication & Leadership Studies department at Gonzaga University, where he has been a professor for nearly 30 years. His areas of expertise include media and social values, communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication, communication and culture. Dr. Caputo is the author of six books, and has been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, La Sapienza University of Rome, and the Masters Program in Media and Communication at the Università di Firenze, Italy. He and his wife, Joann, live in Spokane, have four children and one grandchild, and are devoted fans of the Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball team.

Dr. Gianni Ciofalo, Ph.D.
Faculty / Sapienza-CoRiS
Dr. Gianni Ciafalo is a research professor in Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes in the Department of Communication and Social Research (CoRiS) of Sapienza University of Rome. Born in Rome, Dr. Ciofalo graduated cum laude in Sociology, course of study Communication and Mass Media, at Sapienza, and achieved his Ph.D. at the University of Lecce. His interests include culture, transmedia storytelling, and media fictions. He has been active in the Cagli program for several years.
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Dr. Paul De Palma, Ph.D.
Dean of Students, Faculty
Paul De Palma, Ph.D. is a Professor of Computer Science at Gonzaga University and will serve in dual roles of Dean of Students, some cooking classes, and sessions in Travel Writing. Paul has an unusual background for a computer scientist. Until he discovered computers, he was thinking about 19th century American popular culture at Berkeley, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. His teaching interests revolve around artificial intelligence, especially computer processing of human language. His research interests include the development of speech and language and the social impact of computing. He has recently served as Visiting Research Fellow at the Walter J. Ong Center for Digital Humanities at St. Louis University, and as Visiting Research Professor at the Washington State University medical school. He holds degrees from St. Louis University (BA), the University of California at Berkeley (MA), Temple University (MA), and a PhD from the University of New Mexico. Though he has traveled widely— Japan and Morocco, most recently— he finds himself returning to Italy once, sometimes twice a year. Italy’s “indescribable beauty,” he claims, is irresistible, especially when paired with “a wood-fired pizza Napolitana and a glass of red wine.”
Giovanni Caputo, M.A.
Founder, Faculty / Mercurio
Giovanni Caputo is an Italian-American dual citizen and has been teaching in Cagli for over 10 years. He has taught numerous communication courses at Gonzaga University and Washington State University, and is currently an adjunct professor at Spokane Community College. Giovanni is fluent in Italian, French and Hindi, and holds a master’s degree in Communication from Gonzaga University. In his free time, Giovanni enjoys traveling, especially to India and Turkey, drawing and reading. He and his partner, Victoria, live in Spokane with a cat and tortoise.
David Maialetti
David Maialetti is a staff photographer with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News for more than 20 years, covering a variety of subjects, including news, sports, and long-term projects for print and online. He has taught in various study abroad programs and workshops in Italy, and has been with the Cagli program for more than 10 years. David’s recent work includes an in-depth look at the opioid crisis in Philadelphia, the Eagles Super Bowl run, and the papal visit to the City of Brotherly Love. His new book “Luzzara. Another Look” was published in Luzzara, Italy in October 2018 and re-examines the Italian village that American photographer Paul Strand photographed in 1953. David has received numerous national and international awards, and his work has been featured in several photojournalism textbooks and magazines. David has served an adjunct photography instructor for Temple University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1989. When David’s not making pictures he focuses on espresso. One day he hopes to grow his own coffee to roast and serve. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Kim.
Kris Morehouse, M.S.
Kristina Morehouse teaches media studies and communication theory in the Communication Studies Department at Gonzaga University. She also teaches master’s level writing for the MA in Communication and Leadership Studies program. Kristina graduated with honors with an MS in Journalism from the University of Kansas, one of the top journalism schools in the country. Her previous degrees include a BS in biology from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City – also with honors. Kristina worked 13 years as a reporter and editor at The Spokesman-Review where she earned several writing awards. Kristina joined the Cagli program in 2009, and she has also taught in Gonzaga’s study abroad program in Zambia. She and her husband, Terry, live in Spokane and have three children.
Rev. Bruno Segatta
The Rev. Bruno Segatta – or Father Bruno as he is fondly called – has served as a translator, ambassador and unofficial cooking instructor with the Cagli program for over a decade. A native Italian, Father Bruno is fluent in several languages. He has practiced and studied the mastery of art, language and travel since earning his degree from Northridge University in 1982. Father Bruno served as Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs at Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy, where he taught painting, drawing, design and fresco techniques for 25 years. Ordained in 1974, Father Bruno currently serves as a visiting priest with the Diocese of Boise. In addition to his participation in the Cagli program, Father Bruno leads art tours throughout Italy.
Bruno's Parish