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Founder and President
Jean founded the Joe Allegrini Children's Hero Fund after the death of her husband because she saw the need to talk about child abuse from a child's perspective, rather than solely relying on adult intervention. Jean's mission is to educate and empower all children - regardless of age, location or socioeconomic status - so they have the information necessary to make informed decisions when they suspect someone wants to hurt them. Jean received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and public relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and also serves on the IUP government relations board; the PinnacleHealth Children's Resource Center Advisory Board, and the Derry Township Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.
Founding Member and Vice President
Owner, Room One Corporation, Hershey
Ross joined the Children's Hero Fund Board of Directors to help to continue to advocate for children at risk and carry out the work first started by his friend, Joe Allegrini. Ross, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from Lehigh University, is also president of the Trojan Foundation; co-president of the Susquehanna Valley Lehigh Alumni Association, and past president, Rotary Club of Hershey.
Founding Member and Secretary
Sheila has devoted much of her 20-year career to victim advocacy and victim services, having formerly worked for the Pennsylvania 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 Associate's degree for paralegal; a Bachelor of Arts degree in 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).
Founding Member and Treasurer
President, Aspire Financial Services, Hershey
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; sits on the board of Hershey Youth Basketball Association (HYBA) and has membership in the Chamber of Commerce. Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Penn State University.
District Attorney, Dauphin County
PA State Representative, Lebanon County
Rep. Gingrich was elected to represent Lebanon County's 101st Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Nov. 2002. She served as chair of the Labor & Industry Committee for the 2015-16 session where she was able to focus on business development, job creation and advancing the role of women in business. In the current 2015-2016 legislative session, Rep. Gingrich is continuing her service on the House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee. Throughout her career she has focused significant attention on protecting Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens, including children. She is the recipient of the Children's Hero Award from the Lebanon County Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center.
Director (Retired), A Child's Place - Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh
Northeast Area Manager, Surgical Valve Therapies - Medtronic Corporation
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, Mike joined the Children's Hero Fund as a Board of Directors to further the work that his friend and founder, Jeannie 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 lives in Haddonfield, NJ with his wife Allison and daughters Kathryn, Chloe and Sophia and spends most of his free time attending his children's sporting events and activities.
Communications Director, Lincoln Learning Solutions, Harrisburg
Christina currently serves K-12 educational clients' public relations and media needs, interacting often with parents, students and school administrators. She previously worked 25 years for the Pennsylvania 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. As a board member, she hopes to bolster those efforts and leverage her experience to help the Allegrini Children's Hero Fund achieve its mission. She is the proud guardian of her teenage nephew.
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