Our Team

Our professionals are some of the most experienced in the business. Many other Italian genealogy research firms, Italian dual citizenship companies, professional Italian genealogists, and military and governmental agencies contact us for high quality research work. We have a reputation of being the firm that is able to find Italian records that other firms cannot locate.

As an Italian-American, Melanie brings her love of family and her Italian ancestry to every research project. She understands what it means to find your ancestors and reconnect with lost parts of your history. This is why she chose to name her business after her immigrating ancestor, Antonio Lo Schiavo.

Outstanding service, great teamwork, and excellent care throughout the process!
Joan A. - Former Client

Schedule your free discovery call today and speak with our owner to find out how Lo Schiavo Genealogica can work with you on your Italian genealogy research or help you secure your Italian dual citizenship.

MELANIE D. HOLTZ  (Owner and COO)

Melanie is the owner and principal researcher of Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC. She is an experienced professional genealogist specializing in Italian genealogy and reclaiming Italian citizenship via jure sanguinis.

Melanie has more than 20 years experience in Italian genealogical research and Italian dual citizenship. She lectures on Italian research, Italian dual citizenship, professional development, and genealogical standards. She’s prepared courses and articles on Italian research for Family Tree University, the National Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree Magazine, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and a variety of other organizations.

Our Team

COREY OIESEN
Chief Operating
Officer
RAFFAELLA GEROLA
Onsite Citizenship
Team Leader
MICHELE GIOVE
Italian Research
Specialist
LUCIA CUSIMANO
Research/Italian Citizenship
LISA BOEHM
Virtual
Assistant
Gina Carpinito
GINA CARPINITO
Italian Citizenship Specialist
RAMONA NICHOLS
Web
Manager

USE OF CONTRACTORS

Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC also uses subcontractors around the world to access some of the more unusual archives, help manage a client’s project expenses and enable research projects to move along more quickly. These researchers are chosen from lists of professional researchers maintained by such organizations as the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.

Corey Gerola was born in Milano. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the Silvio Pellico School for Interpreters and Translators and graduated with honors. Her more than 30 years experience and commitment in the field of translation and interpreting has led her to tackle first the electrotechnical sector and then her passions , namely art, archaeology, and modern history, both as a translator and a linguistic collaborator during various international conferences. For about six years, she has lived and worked in Parre, in the upper Seriana Valley (Bergamo province), an area that she and her family have enjoyed since she was a child.Corey is a professional genealogist with experience in Italian, French, U.S., and Canadian research. She earned an M.B.A. in international business from Georgia State University and a B.A. in international studies/French from Virginia Tech University. Corey holds certificates in genealogical studies from Boston University and Monterey Peninsula College and has completed the Excelsior University practicum in genealogical research. She completed the ProGen Study Group, an 18-month intensive study of the book Professional Genealogy.
Corey has worked with Lo Schiavo Genealogica since 2013 and manages the firm’s dual citizenship program. She enjoys helping clients throughout the dual citizenship process, both through the consulates in the U.S. and onsite in Italy. She is passionate about resolving challenging issues with client documents. In her spare time, she runs an Italian language conversation group in her town. She is a former board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Meet Corey!
Raffaella Gerola was born in Milano. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the Silvio Pellico School for Interpreters and Translators and graduated with honors. Her more than 30 years experience and commitment in the field of translation and interpreting has led her to tackle first the electrotechnical sector and then her passions , namely art, archaeology, and modern history, both as a translator and a linguistic collaborator during various international conferences. For about six years, she has lived and worked in Parre, in the upper Seriana Valley (Bergamo province), an area that she and her family have enjoyed since she was a child.
Meet Raffaella!
Michele joined the team in 2010 and has extensive experience in researching all types of Italian records. He manages our Italian office and handles the majority of the onsite research in Italy. Michele maintains a type of certification that allows him access to certain types of parish collections only available to professional scholars and those with this certification. This can be a valuable asset to our clients, as it often enables us to accomplish more for our clients then other research firms. Michele works exclusively with Lo Schiavo Genealogica, LLC and can communicate in several different languages.
Lucia Cusimano is a first-generation Italian American; she is Sicilian and Abruzzese.  Her parents were the quintessential Italian immigrants who worked hard, lived simply, and loved family. They always spoke of and shared stories of their Palermo and Abruzzo, and of course of their families. Lucia grew up a genealogist without even knowing it, as she asked them so many questions, and kept track of aunts, uncles, cousins, ages, what they did and where they were from. The family tree was a lifelong venture, and she finally visited her Italian family, and researched there in 2007 and 2019; and of course, plans to return.
Lucia holds a certificate in genealogical studies from Boston University, completed the 2020/2021 ProGen Study Group, an intensive fourteen-month study of Professional Genealogy, and has attended genealogical institutes, classes and webinars, focusing on traditional and Italian research.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the New England Chapter, along with other local and Italian genealogical groups. In March 2022 she retired after 33 years of service as a police/fire Supervisor /dispatcher and brings those skills to her research with LoSchiavo. She is new to the LoSchiavo Genealogica Team and hopes to play an integral part in helping clients reach their goal of Italian citizenship and reunite them with their roots.
Lisa Boehm grew up in Massachusetts, where she attended the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. She first contacted Lo Schiavo Genealogica as a client, looking to learn more about her own ancestry. The project gradually grew from information, into a journey to gain dual citizenship. Lisa is currently living in Clusone, in Italy, while pursuing this goal.  She joined Lo Schiavo in the Spring of 2022 because, as she says, “This experience has changed my life. I can’t think of anything I’d love more than to help others change their lives as well”
Gina is of Italian origin and holds a B.A. in psychology and a doctorate in pharmacy. In addition to managing an independent pharmacy for many years, she has also done research and teaching in pharmacy at her local university. She speaks Italian and some French, and served as the editor-in-chief of her college newspaper. Her diverse background provides her with a unique perspective to approach genealogy. In 2016, after years of informal research for friends and family, she became more serious about genealogy through a group at her local genealogy library, which led to a second career. She deeply values knowing her own family story and traditions and wishes for everyone to have that opportunity. She looks forward to helping you on your own journey.
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