Raphael (Ralph) Ferraro graduated from American International College with a major in English Literature. At Springfield College, he received a Master’s in education and did graduate work in the fields of psychology and counseling. He has conducted workshops and lectured on various topics such as stress-management, spiritual healing, and self-actualization. He was a founding member of the former Western Massachusetts Writers’ Guild. Mr. Ferraro has written three novels and a text on spiritual healing. Additionally, he is the founder and former director of The Italian American Press, a website promoting Italian Americans authors and their books. In 2006, he retired from American International College as an instructor in their Supportive Learning Services Program.