Kristy Giacomelli-Feys and Dimitri Feys

Finding love after a divorce can feel like a fool’s errand. But for Kristy Giacomelli-Feys and Dimitri Feys, their first meeting – and their subsequent first date at Alex’s Pizza – happened on April 1, 2016.

“We both came from hard divorces,” she shares. “He was a faculty member and I worked at the registrar’s office. In this day and age, it is very hard to meet people. We ended up meeting online and realizing that we were basically next-door neighbors.” 

Kristy Giacomelli-Feys and Dimitri Feys
Kristy Giacomelli-Feys and Dimitri Feys

Married in May 2019, the pair has shared many memorable campus moments together. Today, Kristy is the acting associate registrar and Dimitri is an associate professor in civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

“We have both gotten to be there, support, encourage and experience all of our successes in our careers, from Faculty Excellence Awards to promotions,” she says. “It has been so neat to be able to do that with each of us by the other’s side.” 

When it comes to relationships, Kristy encourages people to not give up.

“It is hard,” she says. “We tried it once and it just didn’t work out for us. But don’t give up. Your person is out there. Give yourself grace and time and you will be open to new things. And if you are patient as cliche as it might sound the right person will come along. And it will probably be what you least expected. I never thought a small town country girl would marry a Belgian man!” 

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