Christine Toretti could soon be moving from Indiana to Malta to represent her country.
President Donald Trump and the White House have announced plans to nominate Toretti as ambassador to Malta.
It is an island nation of nearly 437,000 in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, located between Italy and the North African coast.
“It’s a huge honor, but it’s also a big responsibility to represent the United States in that region nationally,” Toretti said this morning.
“It’s been 15 months. It’s been a long process. It’s not over yet.”
Toretti, 61, is an accomplished Indiana County businesswoman and has been the state’s Republican National Committee woman since 1997.
She said she still needs Senate approval for the post and must attend a nearly month-long ambassador school class to help her prepare for the job and the pending move.
“I don’t know how long the whole process is going to take,” she said. “It could be months, it could be this summer, it could be Christmas.”
Toretti, a member of Trump’s transition team, will replace Kathleen Hill, who was appointed ambassador to Malta in January 2016.
Toretti led a Women for Trump statewide leadership team formed in September 2016 and has focused on raising money for female Republican candidates in recent years.
She served for more than two decades as chairman and CEO of S.W. Jack Drilling Co., of Indiana, which was founded by her grandfather.
She also has served as vice chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as a member of the National Petroleum Council, and on the advisory board for the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Toretti also served as a director of the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She founded the Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series, to educate, empower and advance women in politics.
According to her biography, Toretti is on many nonprofit boards, including the International Medical Corps, an NGO that has been lauded as the most fiscally efficient in the world while serving those distressed with distinction.
Toretti has been chair of The Andy Warhol Museum, founding director of the Gettysburg Foundation and has served on the boards of numerous higher education institutions and systems.
Former Gov. Tom Ridge appointed Toretti to the State System of Higher Education, and he adopted her plan to fund investments.
In 2002, Indiana University of Pennsylvania awarded an honorary doctorate of laws degree on Toretti.
Former Gov. Mark Schweiker appointed her as a representative on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
President George W. Bush appointed Toretti to the Rural Telephone Bank, where she served as vice chair.
In 2007, Toretti was elected chair of the Committee of 200, an organization of the most influential female CEOs in the world.
She was a founding member of the Belizean Grove and recently was elected to the Board of Directors of CEO.
Toretti received her B.S. from the University of Virginia. She has three sons: Joe, Max and Matthew.