Who is Libby Cataldi?
Libby Cataldi is a mother, grandmother, teacher, former Head of School, and writer. She has two sons, Jeff and Jeremy. Jeff is a recovering heroin addict, who suffered a fourteen-year addiction. He is sober today and lives a productive, healthy life. Together with her sons, Libby wrote Stay Close: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction, a story of hope and redemption.
Libby and Jeff speak throughout the United States and Italy about the hope of recovery. They’ve presented at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, and in New York City. Libby works closely with San Patrignano recovery community in Rimini, Italy.
Living most of the year in Florence, Italy, she is a proud member of the American International League of Women, a group dedicated to raising money for charity, and the Florence Dragon Boat Ladies, who are breast cancer survivors and row as a sign of hope after cancer. She also served on the board of the International School of Florence, and holds a doctorate of education from the University of Pittsburgh.
Most of all, she is grateful every day that her son came back to himself and his family.
Book: Stay Close: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction
(St. Martins Press, Macmillan, NYC; translated and published by Rizzoli, Milan, Italy)