Anna Comis was born in Casada, Santo Stefano di Cadore, and currently resides in Pieve di Cadore via Tai. She graduated from the Magistrali di Belluno and subsequently graduated from the University of Padua in 1976 with a degree in literature after which she taught early and higher level education. She has published several articles in the local monthly magazine Il Cadore and has done several interviews for publication in Veneto from the volume Rientro degli emigranti e territorio published by the Istituto Geografico Italiano. After researching her family origins, she published Casada on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of her parents.
Isabel (Belle) Comis Degenaars was born in Old Bethpage, New York and lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. Belle is the designated scholar and story collector of her family. She has spent years gathering stories of her father’s family, the Comis and Doriguzzi histories, in an endeavor to preserve these memories for future generations. She pursued a similar project for her mother’s family: the Knapps, Giebels, and Cullens. With the blessing of Anna Comis, Belle undertook the American version Casada as gift to her father.