Our Amazing Volunteers

Our amazing, dedicated volunteers are what make Gemma's Angels the success it is today!

Volunteer Awards

Each year at our Annual Spirit of Gemma Fundraiser Breakfast, we honor not only our valued partners and members of the community, but our volunteers as well.

Last year, we added a new award called New Volunteer of the Year Award to recognize a new volunteer who joined to help within the past year who has performed exemplary service. You can find more about them and the rest of those recognized by clicking here.

Very special thanks to Advisory Board Member Tina Hornberger for the trailer concept. Tina and her family singlehandedly built the garden using the commercial trailer. The results of their work is amazing!

2019 Spirit of Gemma Award Recipients

Humanitarian of the Year

Chuck Welsh

Heroes for the Homeless

Vickie Shutt, Penn State Hershey

collected filled purses for women in recovery for christmas

LionCare Penn State Hershey

Free Clinic in Harrisburg for the poor and homeless

The Gap Outlet & Employees

Free Clinic in Harrisburg for the poor and homeless

Volunteers of the Year

The Spencer Family

Julie Hunter

Guida McGuire

New Volunteer of the Year

Sara Vaca

Spirit of Gemma Award


Backpack program in Hershey

Lisa Capellii, Lisa’s Cafe

Certificates of Appreciation

  • First National Bank (car washes)

  • Lynn PetersTina Hornberger, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Harrisburg, PA
Volunteer of the year - 2018


All of our volunteers are unpaid!

Manager - Social Media
Melissa Fritchey

Office Manager
Julie Hunter

Manager - Volunteers & Training
Lorie Fisher

Manager - Marketing & Events
Sherri Shiflett

HersheyPark Volunteer Program Coordinators
Deb Spencer &

Events & Activities Photographer
Eugene Pasquale


Grants & Donations
Jeremiah Jones - Jenny Murphy-Shifflet

Database Entry
Adrienne Mohn - Eleanor Leo - Ruth Hansen - Deanna Weber

Manager - Volunteer Engagement
Jeremiah Jones

Website Maintenance
Jason M. Macchioni - Matthew Macchioni

Backyard Fruit Harvest Coordinator
Vacant - Call us!

Farmer's Market Recovery Team Coordinator
Vacant - Call us!


Fundraising Committee

We need your help! Contact us!


Tina Hornberger, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Program Coordinator - Nutrition Education Project

Spanish Translators
Dalmar Acevedo - Alex Cruz

Program Coordinator - Truck Farm Trailer Project
Tina Hornberger, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Panera Bread Program Volunteers
Deb, Harold & Matt Spencer - Ruth Hansen - Aran Rhoades - Jeff Stoudt

Donate-a-Tomato Volunteers
Jim & Cheryl Goldman

Mobile Farmer's Market Drivers


Jeff Stoudt
Ruth Hansen
Mike Reid
Scott Mateer
Matthew Macchioni
Mike Macchioni
Nelva Wright
Mark Allwein
Mike Slabonik


Bob Shifflett
James Goldman
Jill Hunter
Stephanie House
Harold Spencer
Diane Lenovich
Jon Bellem
Nick Pelino

Mobile Farmer's Market Attendants

Guida McGuire - Tracy Brown - Mike Macchioni
Gino Pasquale - Judy DeBor - Lynn Laymen - 


Guida McGuire
Mrs. Santa Claus - North Pole Hotline

Gabi Phillips - Lynn Peters
Homeless Women's Thanksgiving Meals Program

Lori Silar Zarefoss
Santa Bus Coordinator - Interfaith Family Shelter

Brenda Scott
Lourdeshouse Party Coordinator


Michael J. Macchioni, President & Founder - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Entrepreneur & Advocate for the Poor and Homeless

David A. Allwein, Vice President & Treasurer - San Antonio, Texas

Jon Bellem, Member - Enola, Pennsylvania
Co-Founder & President
Hospitality Operators & Professionals Society (H.O.P.S.)

Melissa Fritchey, Member - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Director of Marketing and Special Events, York Builders Association.

Michelle Wiliard Hoffer, Member - Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Hershey Company

Jason M. Macchioni, Member - Portland, Maine
Assistant Transportation Coordinator, Logisticare Solutions

Matthew J. Macchioni, Member - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Enterprise Project Engineer, Fusion Storm

Scott Schuyler, B.S., M.Ed., Member - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Houseparent - Milton Hershey School

Nelva Wright, M.B.A., Member - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
City of Harrisburg Health Officer


Dr. Michael Baer, M.D.
Research Medical Director
Cotiviti Healthcare
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Dr. Daniel George, Ph.D.
Penn State Hershey
College of Medicine
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Tina Hornberger, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Harrisburg, PA

Kimberly L. Jacobs, PA-C
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Christopher Keelty
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Director of Individual Giving
New York, New York

Gary B. Macchioni
Manistee, Michigan

Dr. Patricia Verdon, PhD
CFO The Vista School
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Marlene M. Welden
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Benjamin Masters
San Francisco, California

Dr. Philip J. Masters, M.D.
American College of Physicians
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hon. Michael H. W. Pries
Dauphin County Commissioner
Hershey, Pennsylvania

James Pronio
Lidl US
Pronio's Market
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Benjamin Masters
San Francisco, California

Casey Saylor
Older Adult Project Manager
Mental Health Association of Maryland
Glen Rock, Pennsylvania

April C. Schneider
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Jenny Murphy-Shifflet
President/CEO, Lebanon SARCC (ret.)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Volunteers helping load up at the Manheim Produce Auction. Over 1,000 pounds bought in one night!

Volunteers helping load up at the Manheim Produce Auction. Over 1,000 pounds bought in one night!