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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 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.


Ross Santangelo

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.


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 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).


Amy Speece

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.


Hon. Ed Marsico

Founding Member

District Attorney, Dauphin County


Hon. Mauree Gingrich

Founding Member

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.


Joan Mills

Founding Member

Director (Retired), A Child's Place - Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh


Michael Luci

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 causeā€¦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.


Chris Zarek

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.



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