Rita Richardson, President
Rita is the founder and president of Friends of San Filippino. A dual citizen of the United States and Italy, she is an experienced language teacher, business owner and nonprofit board member.
Rita earned a B.A. and M.Ed. in French Education from the University of Georgia. She has taught French to students of all ages, including pre-school children, middle and high school students, college students and adult learners. In 1989, Rita founded French For Fun, a private business that provides French language instruction to pre-school, kindergarten and elementary school children.
Rita served as a board member of the Nashville, TN chapter of Alliance Française from 1998 - 2006 and was president of that organization from 1999 to 2001. She has been a board member of Sister Cities of Nashville since 2000 and serves as the chair of the Crouy, France committee since 2008. Rita is fluent in French and Italian.
Rita’s mother Maria DiRaimo Morgan was born and raised in Naples, Italy, and her maternal grandmother was born and raised in Vinci, just outside of Florence. Rita has many relatives and family friends throughout Tuscany and enjoys visiting them regularly.
Rita and her husband Tim live in Nashville, TN. They also have an apartment in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy, just steps away from San Filippino.