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About the IAHF


The Italian American Heritage Foundation offers many services to our members, supporters and the community.


The IAHF Cultural Center features a social hall, complete kitchen, research library, historical photo exhibit of Italians in Santa Clara County, and several offices.

We are governed by a Board of Directors that meets at the Cultural Center on the second Tuesday of each month.


The Italian American Heritage Foundation is one of the largest and oldest Italian cultural centers on the West Coast.


Our monthly newsletter includes upcoming events, current and historical information on Italian Americans in Santa Clara County as well as various special interest articles.


Scholarships are awarded annually to high school and community college students.

Major donation are given annually to Opera San Jose, the Salvation Army, and other charitable organizations.


Italian and American customs, culture, folklore, and traditions are promoted through the annual Italian Family Festa, language classes, cooking classes, opera, musical programs, art shows, and film festivals.


Membership is open to everyone aged 18 years or older. Our one requirement is an interest in and promotion of all things Italian.

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Italian American Heritage Foundation

425 N. Fourth Street

San Jose, CA 95112


Phone: 408.293.7122

Fax: 408-293-7154



Office Hours:

Tuesday thru Friday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Closed Saturday thru Monday

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IAHF Board of Directors


We'd love to hear from you. Just send us an email. You can also call the office at
408-293-7122. Leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.


IAHF Officers

  • Dana Zuccarello Aguirre - President 

  • Frank De Turris - Treasurer

  • Ken Borelli - 1st VP / IAHF Events (including Annual Italian Festa) / Cultural Activities / Grants

  • Azie Habib - 2nd VP / Building Administration and Maintenance / Hall Rentals / Bar

  • Sharon McCray - 3rd VP / Newsletter / Social Media / Marketing

  • Louis Lombardo - 4th VP / Human Resources / Volunteer Development / Library and Archives / Succession Planning / Websites

  • Mary Pizzo - Corporate Secretary & Newsletter Editor


IAHF Directors at Large

  • Marie Bertola 

  • Madeline Damiano

  • Paul Greco

  • Joe Lucito

  • Susan Monahan

  • Steven Ricossa  

  • Nanci Wilborn

  • Tony Zerbo - Parliamentarian

IAHF Other Offices and Chairs

  • Madeline Damiano - Librarian

  • Vacant - Membership Chair

  • Marie Dalldorf - Scholarship Chair

IAHF Advisory Board

  • Aaron Nicholson / Director of Marketing and Development,
    Opera San Jose, Opera Liaison

  • Cathy De Maria / Community Leader, Program Organizer

  • Doctor John Scandizzo / Retired Physician, IAHF Genealogy Program Leader

  • Emily Ray / Music Director, Mission Chamber Orchestra, Classical Music Liaison

  • Father Anthony Mancuso / Former President St. Francis High School,
    Professor Santa Clara University

  • Frank and Marilyn Dorsa / Owners of La Rusticana D’Orsa, Community Leaders

  • Hon. Salvatore Caruso / Consul of Italy and President of
    Salvatore Caruso Design Corporation

  • Lance Shoemaker / Co-President Hensley Historic District Homeowners Association, Neighborhood Liaison

  • Nancy De Vincenze Melander / Former IAHF President, Daughter of IAHF Founder, Little Italy Liaison

  • Pierluigi Oliverio / Former San Jose City Council Member, Community Leader

  • Professor Michele Santamaria, Ph.D / Italian Language Chairperson, San Jose State University

  • Rod Diridon / Former County Supervisor and Public Transportation Leader

  • Vera Girolami / National President of the Sons and Daughters of Italy

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Seated, front row: Tony Zerbo, Louie Lombardo, Dana Zuccarello-Aguirre, Azie Habib, Ken Borelli; second row: Mary Pizzo, Susan Monahan, Madeline Damiano, Sharon McCray, Nanci Wilborn; back row: Steve Ricossa, Joe Lucito, Paul Greco and Frank DeTurris.  Missing: Marie Bertola.

BOD Application

Interested in being an IAHF Board Member?

Submit an Application with the Qualification Requirements here.

IAHF Board of Directors Application Form

If you would prefer an application mailed to you, please call the office at 408 293-7122

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On June 29, 1976 the nonprofit organization became know as the Italian American Heritage Foundation. Its first officers were:

  • Don Lima, President

  • S.M. Sanfillippo, Vice President

  • Mary Lima, Secretary

  • Sal Flavetta, Treasurer


Founders who signed the Articles of Incorporation were;

Domenic Cirincione, Victor Corsiglia, John De Vincenzi, Joseph Di Salvo, Charles Falcone, Sal Flavetta, Joseph Guerra, Jr., Michael Guerra, Carl Lepiane, Don Lima, Larry Marsalli, Rocci Pisano, Murphy Sabatino, S. M. Sanfillippo, and Louis Solari.

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Ken's IAHF history Aug. 2020 news. pg 24

Contact Us


Italian American Heritage Foundation

425 N. Fourth Street

San Jose, CA 95112

Phone: 408-293-7122



If you have questions, requests or ideas, don't hesitate to contact us. We're always happy to hear from you!


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Directions to the Italian American Heritage Foundation


Italian American Heritage Foundation

425 N. Fourth Street

San Jose, CA 95112


From 87 North

Take the Julian Street exit

Turn Left - take Julian Street to 4th Street

Turn Left - on 4th Street, cross the railroad tracks

Italian American Heritage Foundation is on your left


From 87 South

Take the Santa Clara/Julian Street exit to Julian Street

Turn Right - take Julian/St. James Street to 4th Street

Turn Left - on 4th Street, cross the railroad tracks

Italian American Heritage Foundation is on your left

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