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Mr. Joseph Long

Managing Director

A citizen of both the US and Italy, Joe’s passion is European history and culture. Joe founded ProRome in 2014 while finishing an MA in Church History at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy. When Joe’s not leading tours through Europe he is home with his wife Rachel and son Xavier.

Mr. Sean Finegan

Tour Director

A native Dubliner, Sean Finegan is one of Ireland’s finest tour directors. Sean brings a wealth of knowledge and love for the Emerald Isle to his tours. Sean masterfully combines decades of experience with a great sense of humor making him a one-of-a-kind guide.

Mrs. Laura Enrici Bellom

Tour Director

Laura brings great knowledge and passion to her tours. A native of Turin, Italy, Laura speaks fluently Italian, English, Spanish, French and German and loves sharing her beautiful homeland with others. Laura has a BA in Tourism and Foreign Languages from the University of Turin.

Maurizio Rossi

Tour Director

Maurizio studied International Law (BA) at the prestigious Paris West University Nanterre La Défense and went on to study Diplomacy (MA) at the University of Bologna. Since 1997 Maurizio has led trips all around the world, having visited more than 150 countries in his time as a tour director. When not on tour Maurizio can be found at home with his wife and children in Bologna.

Mr. Brian McDermott

Tour Director

Brian holds an undergraduate degree in Drama and Theatre and a post-graduate degree in Education. He is a Blue-Badge certified tour guide in the UK and for nearly two decades Brian has traveled extensively as a tour director, managing, guiding and directing all levels of groups on a very wide range of tours through Europe, Ireland and the British Isles.

Mr. David Martinez

Tour Director

In 2008 David moved from his home state of Texas to Rome, Italy, and has since been leading tours through the Eternal City and beyond. David holds a BA in Theology from Ave Maria University and is currently completing an MA in Archeology in Rome. David speaks fluently English, Italian and Spanish.

Mr. Liam Silke

Tour Director

With a BA in Hospitality and Tourism together with many qualifications in Education, Tourism and Marketing, Liam leads unique and dynamic tours throughout Ireland. Liam’s effervescent personality and wealth of local knowledge makes each tour he gives a unique experience, catering for the visitors he leads. Liam truly brings history to life.

Dr. Mark Clark

Summer Program Faculty

Dr. Mark Clark has a PhD from Columbia University and is a world-class Medieval Historian, Latinist and Paleographer. Dr. Clark was instrumental in launching ProRome’s summer programs in 2015 and plays an important role in developing the curricula and organizing important guest lecturers.

Mrs. Carol Long

Summer Program Faculty

Carol Long is an Art Historian specializing in Renaissance and Baroque Art, with an MA in Art History from the Villa Schifanoia School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Carol assists in course development and also organizes museum visits and special lectures.

Ms. Bethany Bateman

Summer Program Staff

Bethany Bateman serves as an RA on the ProRome summer programs. Bethany has a BA from Ave Maria University and has 10+ years of experience working with the youth. Bethany’s hobbies include travel, sports and music.

Mr. Robert Long

Summer Program Staff

Robert “Bob” Long has served as an RD at the ProRome summer programs since 2015. Bob lives in Dallas, TX where he works as an athletic director at a K-12 school. He has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Dallas.

Mr. Andrew Goyer

Summer Program Staff

Andrew Goyer serves as an RA on the ProRome summer programs. Andrew  has a BA in Theology from Providence College and is currently completing an MA in Theological Studies. Andrew’s passion for his faith brings great joy to the programs.

Ms. Fiona Wirth

Summer Program Staff

Fiona serves as an RA on the ProRome summer programs. Fiona has a BA in Art History from James Madison University and is currently completing an MA in Art History at the University of Florida.

Mr. Patrick McKenna

Summer Program Staff

Pat McKenna serves as an RA at the ProRome summer programs. Pat holds a BA in Theology from Christendom College and has served as an active duty member of the United States Coast Guard for two years. He currently teachers and coaches at Benedictine College Preparatory, an all-boys military school in Richmond, VA.

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