Arianna Caligiuri ~ Executive Director Inspirational Speaker, Educator, Mentor, Cultural Arts Philanthropist. She is a Mentor, Storyteller, Dancer, & Family Educator. Above all, a Mom, Wife, & Follower of Christ.
Arianna is Founder & President of TLC International, a non-profit organization dedicated to investing in Art, Culture, & Faith. As a Life Coach she mentors from her years of experience and her love of people. She is passionate about building global respect for God Culture, Community and Artistic Expressions of Faith. She and her family have lived in Europe since 1986. She is the Executive Director of Edge Project, which transforms lives from the inside out. Arianna is passionate about relationships and, connecting people with their own unique skills and creative ideas. She enjoys sharing the journey of life with people of diverse cultures. Her philosophy on leadership is simple: People first. Always. Before projects, programs or dollars and cents. She will inspire you to live out your passion and help you discover purpose. She is a mentor to those who want one, a mom to anyone who needs one and a friend to everyone.
Arianna has lived in Europe for over 25 years, raising her family in Greece, Germany, and Spain with her husband Steven. She is mother and friend to her beautiful daughters and she has two precious grand-children who hold her heart. When she's not in Europe, she spends her time in Southern California.
Arianna is a motivational speaker who challenges this generation to live with purpose. She loves to dance, travel, eat healthy food, enjoys good literature, lover of music, teaches family yoga, swing dance, is a childbirth educator, and speaks four languages.
Ray Basile ~ Associate Creative Director
In addition to being a visual designer, digital artist and part time philosopher, Ray Basile considers himself a new media guru of sorts. He has been working for the past twenty years defining unique in-store branding strategies for some of the worlds most recognizable retail brands.
Basile remains a committed artist, obsessed with evolving his own expression and passion for the creative process while indulging himself headlong into writing, new music and iPhone photography.
Ray began writing in early 2007 with the launch of MrBesilly.com then followed up with his iPhone Savior blog. That website has recently surpassed 7 million visits with Ray’s work being featured on CNN Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo and Cult of Mac.
Writing is Ray's number one guilty pleasure — second in line to his Jack Russell Terrier, Domino and taking long walks on a daily basis.
Ray lives outside of Seattle with his wife Terri and their
two children Rachel 23 and Jonathan 21.
Mr. Besilly has turned his heartbeat towards traveling abroad, focused on sharing his life and his passion for the creative arts.
Ray has served as the VP of TLC International since 2008 and is the Associate Creative Director of Edge Project, while Curating the Art Gallery in Spain during the summer projects.
He also facilitates Spiritual Formation for the students & mentorship. He currently works as creative director at Turfmine.com — a social media agency he co- founded in late 2011.
Xara Caligiuri ~ Assistant Director Lover of people, Encourager of all cultures, Community minded, Hospitable, Massage therapist, Professional Nanny, Esthetician, Speaks 3 languages, and is European at heart.
Xara has lived in more parts European than North American. She has spent more time on the Mediterranean sharing life with others than driving down the I-5 with a Starbucks to go. If you asked her (because I did) where home is, she would tell you Altea as much as it is Southern California.
Xara, known in America as Shyra, and has worked as the Assistant Director of Edge Project since 2009. In between finishing massage school and living out her own passions, she helps facilitate Edge each year.
A woman of deep empathy, rich faith, and cultural perspective, Xara leads by example, living her life by loving others wherever she is.