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Board of Directors

Jean Allegrini

Founder and President

Jean founded the Joe Allegrini Children’s Hero Fund after the death of her husband Joe because she saw the need to talk about child abuse from a child’s wants to hurt them, rather than solely relying on adult intervention. Jean’s mission is to educate and empower all children - regardless of age, zip code or socioeconomic status - so they have the information necessary to make informed decisions when they suspect someone someone wants to hurt them. She believes this will go a long way in ending child abuse and is a method not currently utilized on a bread spectrum. Jean received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/PR/Marketing minor from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has worked a s a media and communications specialist for more than 30 years. She has served on IUP’s government relations board, UPMCPinnacleHealth’s Children’s Resource Center Advisory Board, Derry Township Parks and Recreation Board and on the board of Pennsylvania Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Ross Santangelo

Founding Member and Vice President

Ross helped Jean develop the Children’s Hero Fund and has served as its vice president since its founding. He advocates for children at risk and continues to carry out the work first started by his friend Joe Allegrini. Ross received a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from Lehigh University, is president of the Trojan Foundation, co-president of the Susquehanna Valley Lehigh Alumni Association and is past president of the Rotary Club of Hershey. Ross is owner of Room One Corporation in Hershey.

Sheila Hoover

Founding Member and Secretary

Sheila has devoted much of her 20-year career to victim advocacy and victim services, having formerly worked for the PA Office of the Victim Advocate as Victim Assistance Coordinator. She also wrote a graduate thesis proposing that the commonwealth adopt best practices for school districts to incorporate child sexual abuse prevention education in existing curricula. Sheila received an Associates degree for paralegal; a Bachelor of Arts degree inn criminal justice and a Master’s degree in public administration. She volunteers with the PA Office of the Victim Advocate as a victim/offender dialogue facilitator, Hershey and Lower Dauphin High Schools’ Youth and Government Programs and with the PA Keystone Crisis Intervention Team (KCIT).

Amy Speece

Founding Member and Treasurer

While Amy’s career has focused on the financial sector as an accountant, she joined the Children’s Hero Fund Board of Directors to help create better foundations for children statewide. She also volunteers as a board member of Messiah Lifeways, is a past member of the board of Hershey Youth Basketball Association and has membership in the Chamber of Commerce. Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Penn State University and is owner and president of Aspire Financial Services in Hershey.

Hon. Ed Marsico

Founding Member

Ed is a Judge on the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. Prior to his time on the bench, Ed was the longest serving District Attorney in Dauphins County history. As DA, Ed implemented many programs including the Child Abduction Response Team. He has served as president of the PA District Attorney’s Association and received its Distinguished Faculty Award. He has also received the Linda K.M. Ludgate CJAB Excellence in Leadership Award as well as the Children’s Resource Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award - named in honor of his friend and colleague Joe Allegrini. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University fo Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law. He is a member and post president of the Notre Dame Club of Harrisbrug and is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association, and past president of that association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Hon. Mauree Gingrich

Founding Member

Mauree is a former member of PA House of Representatives, representing the 101st Legislative District in Lebanon County for 16 years. She served as chair of the House Labor and Industry Committee for the 2015-16 legislative session and served not he House Again and Older Adult Services Committee. Throughout her career she focused significant attention on protecting Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, including children. Her legislation shedding light on in-school programs for children on child abuse passed the legislature and was signed into law. She is the recipient of the Children’s Resource Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of her friend Joe Allegrini and the Children’s Hero was from the Lebanon County Sexual Assault and Resource and Counseling Center.

Michael Luci


Mike began his work with the Children’s Hero Fund as a supporter and contributor because he fundamentally believed in the cause…to provide education and empowerment to children, to help guide and assist them in providing a resounding voice against child abuse. Feeling he needed to do more, he joined the board of directors to further the work his friend and founder, Jean Allegrini, had begun. Mike’s background includes degrees in both Marketing and Biology from Clemson University and a long and diverse career in the medical technology space. Mike leads the Hero Fund in fundraising initiatives and outreach. He is senior district manger, cardiac rhythm management division at Medtronics.

Chris Zarek


Christina is communications director with Lincoln Learning Solutions in Harrisburg, serving K-12 educational clients’ public relations and media needs, interacting often with parents, students and school administrators. She previously worked 25 years for the PA General Assembly where she was responsible for a communications team that provided multi-media services to legislators across the commonwealth. That’s where she met Jean Allegrini, and later began volunteering to help her raise money for Hero Fund initiatives. She is still an integral part of fundraising today with the board. She has worked to bolster those efforts and leverage her experience to help the Fund achieve its mission.

Kimberly Turner-Dixon


Kim works as senior advisor to U.S. Representative Dwight Evans (PA-02), and most recently as his chief of staff. Kim and Jean have been colleagues and friends for more than 30 years, having worked together in the PA House of Representatives. Her reach in the Philadelphia community is impressive and she has worked to connect with stakeholders whose values and mission align with those of the Children’s Hero Fund. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University and sits on the board of Jack and Jill of America, Philadelphia Chapter, serving as recording secretary.

Hon. Brandon Neuman


Brandon sits on the Washington County Court of Common Pleas. Prior to his time on the bench, he served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for three terms, representing the 48th Legislative District in Washington County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Richmond, an M.A. in law from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Mario Allegrini


Tom Brier


Scott Cooper


Consultants to the Board

Beth Flack, Administrative Executive

Andy Patel, Technology

A. Jose Delerme, Ph. D., Psychologist

Stephania Olson Bucciarelli, Fundraising/Events

Kathy Geller Myers, Public Relations, Media Relations, Social Media

Carl Conrad, Social Media

Rich DePietress, Golf Tournament