Two Area Residents Named to Homeless Charity Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 6, 2016
Contact:  Michael Macchioni (717) 686-7503                    

Two Area Residents Named to Homeless Charity Board of Directors

(HERSHEY, PA) – Gemma’s Angels, a non-profit which buys and then distributes fresh produce free to soup kitchens, shelters and food banks in Dauphin and Lebanon Counties has named Alisha Gassert of Lebanon and Scott Schuyler of Hershey to its board of directors.

Gassert, a freelance tax consultant/preparer and entrepreneur, received her Bachelor of Science degree at Alvernia College in Reading, Magna Cum Laude, her M.B.A. at the University of Phoenix, also Magna Cum Laude and is currently a candidate for Doctor of Business Administration in Management at Grand Canyon University. She is active as a volunteer in a number of other area non-profit organizations including Relay for Life team, “Hope and Faith for Healing, among others. She is a graduate of Lebanon High School. Gassert will serve as Treasurer of the Board. Gassert and her husband Justin have two children.

Schuyler, a full-time houseparent at the Milton Hershey School for the past 16 years, has been a volunteer with Gemma’s Angels for the three years. Schuyler has a Bachelors Degree from James Madison University and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, also from James Madison University. He has involved his students in various community service projects including fundraising, apple gleaning and other service to benefit Gemma’s Angels. His Milton Hershey student home is slated to be awarded the “Heroes for the Homeless” honor for 2016. Schuyler and his wife Kimberly have two children who attend Hershey High School.

“Gassert and Schuyler are joining the Board at an exciting time for Gemma’s Angels," Board President and Founder Michael Macchioni said. Gemma’s Angels was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Dauphin County Gaming Advisory Board to be used to develop a combined mobile farmer’s market and an All-Kids Mobile Farmer’s Market. The mobile farmer’s market will be used to distribute fresh produce to Gemma’s clients. 

The All-Kids Farmer’s Market will visit school backpack programs and food banks and allow children to choose their own produce with some guidance and an educational component. “Sacramento, California is successfully operating such a program,” added Macchioni. “They’ve found that when children are being invested in acquiring the food, and then wanting to cook it, there is a greater interest in consuming fresh fruit and vegetables. This matches our mission of educating children about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.”
    
For more information about Gemma’s Angels, visit their web site at www.GemmasAngels.org.

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Note: Gemma is pronounced Gem-ahhs