Gemmas Angels Announces Additions to Board, Advisory Board

Gemma's Angels, a non-profit based in Hershey which provides fresh produce to soup kitchens, shelters and food banks in Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, announces the addition one member to their board of directors and three new members of its advisory board.

The new member of the board of directors is Amy McCloskey Tobin of Cortez Vil, Florida. The three new advistory board members are Michael Baer, M.D. of Carlisle, PA, Tina Hornberger, LDN, Harrisburg, PA and Nelva Wright, M.B.A. of Harrisburg, PA.

Ms. Tobin is Founder of Blue Sea Content of Cortez, Florida and Reading, Pennsylvania. Blue Sea creates compelling, well researched and valuable content for a variety of clients. As a content and strategy professional, she has extensive experience in copywriting, editing and blogging. Amy graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with a Bachelors of Arts and Master of Arts in English and Art History. She is a graduate of Milton Hershey School and sits on its alumni association board.

Dr. Baer is the Network Medical Director at AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania and AmeriHealth Caritas Northeast in Carlisle, a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, The Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine and Gettysburg College. AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the largest Medicaid managed care organizations in the United States. He is also an alumnus of the Milton Hershey School.

Ms. Hornberger is a Licensed Dietician/Nutritionist who graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. She is employed by Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg. Tina grew up out in the country on a dairy farm.  Tina says that her parents planted a huge garden every summer and, she noted, "I took for granted the fresh vegetables and fruits that were always available.  After graduating from college with a degree in nutrition and dietetics, I understood in a scientific way the importance of fruits and vegetables for overall health." 

Since 2004, Tina has worked with the PinnacleHealth System as a Registered Dietitian and sees first hand the effects of poor nutrition.  Ms. Hornberger also stated that she "is thrilled to be a part of the work that Gemma's Angels is doing to provide access to healthy foods for people who need them."

Ms. Wright is Executive Director of The Fair Housing Council of the Capital Region, Inc. of Harrisburg.  She received her M.B.A. in Marketing from St. Joseph's University and her Bachelor of Arts, Temple University.

Nelva also serves as the Vice President of the Yeadon, Pennsylvania Borough Council and the PA Association of Boroughs in Harrisburg, PA. In addition to being an elected official in the borough, she is currently Chair, of the Finance Committee, member of Public Safety, Code and Public Works Committees. She also serves on the contract negotiation team. 

Prior to her election to Borough Council, she served on the Zoning Hearing Board. Her oversight of special legislative projects focused on community and business leader education related to Health.

Prior to her current position, she was employed with Astra Zeneca where she was appointed AstraZeneca Ambassador as part of a nation-wide health care advocacy initiative involving regional healthcare providers, hospital administrators, community leaders and patients. She developed educational programs addressing health care disparity and lack of access 

Michael Macchioni, President and Founder of Gemma's Angels, said, in announcing the appointments, "All three of these new members will bring their individual expertise to the table in furthering our mission to developing long-term solutions to food insecurity to the areas we serve."

Gemma's Angels, Ltd. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 charity recognized by the IRS and received Guidestar's Bronze transparency level. More information on Gemma's Angels can be found on their website at www.GemmasAngels.org.