The founders of the Belezza & Verita project are John & Ashley Noronha, professors and media experts from the US living in Rome for 9 years, who engage in various forms of Catholic media.
Ashley is a media personality and formerly the host of Voice of the Vatican on Shalom World TV. She is the Rome Correspondent for the Relevant Radio Network and a consultant of Crisis Communications and Media Training for Religious leaders and organizations. She has been featured on TV news networks like CBS, FOX and CBN as an expert on Vatican issues (click here for videos). She teaches Media Training for Priests at the Pontifical North American College and is an Instructor of Media Training at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. She was formerly the English Language Official at the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Ashley holds a degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Dayton, Ohio. She earned a Masters in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary, an STL in Communications and is a PhD candidate in crisis communications and journalism.
John is the former Producer of Voice of the Vatican on Shalom World TV. He is also a Professor of Art & Architecture and Theology. He brings a diverse cultural and academic background to Project, with a bachelors degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, and a Master’s in Computer Engineering and Information Systems. John worked for many years in the telecommunications industry leading the Technology and Initiatives Group at Verizon Global Telecommunications, before doing a Master’s in Philosophy and Theology. He is a Wilbur Fellow and is also pursuing a PhD in BioMedical Ethics at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum. Formerly a professional tap dancer, John loves to cut a rug with his wife and to teach ballroom dancing. John also shares the Eternal City through tours and enjoys integrating all these different fields and his expertise in Church and Roman History.
John & Ashley were married in February of 2008, and have been enjoying living "la dolce vita" in bella Roma ever since. Their passion is to evangelize through media and the arts to uplift hearts, minds and souls.
Click here for the videos of the Noronha's hosting EWTN's Vatican Reports series "Art & Faith."