Alessandra, a junior at Jackson High School, is no stranger to community service. The 17-year-old is a member of the F.U.S.E. (Friends Unite Students Everywhere) Club, which organizes inclusive social events for typical teens and their peers with special needs. Gesiotto, who was born with a heart defect, participates the yearly heart walk for the American Heart Association. She has worked with her family to raised more than 25,000 dollars in one night for the Wounded Warrior Project, and she has participated in and helped organize the Love, Andrew fashion show, Light Up the Runway for Autism. She currently holds the title of Miss Ohio High School America.
“I am honored and delighted to be chosen as Teen Ambassador for the Love, Andrew Autism Foundation,” said Gesiotto. “It’s because of Andrew. His genuine outlook on life and ability to be himself in all situations is a message that needs to be shared with today’s teenagers.”
Chief Financial Officer of the Love, Andrew Autism Foundation, Heather also currently serves as the top “Executive Administrative Ninja” for Schumacher Homes, Inc. She continues to generously donate numerous hours to the development and creation of the Love, Andrew Autism Foundation. She works closely with Nicole Schumacher on The Star Room project for public schools. Her strong passion and dedication to the project is powered by the energy and excitement of the extraordinary children with autism who experience the Star Room every day!
Mary began her career after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a BSN. She has worked as a nurse in special care nursery and as a surgical instructor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Following her career in nursing, she has been with Schumacher Homes, America’s largest custom home builder, where she currently holds the position of Vice President of Sales & Marketing. The National Housing Quality award winning company operates in 32 markets and 14 states.
Mary was first introduced to autism when her nephew, Andrew Schumacher, was diagnosed. She has seen the positive impact of support from the community and schools as we work together to help children and their families overcome the obstacles from autism. She truly believes in the personal potential of each child and the power we have as a society to help children and their families.
With more than 25 years of fundraising expertise, Beth Schumacher brings her talents to the Love, Andrew Autism Foundation. Beth’s been a top fundraiser for the Aultman Hospital Women’s Board and Junior League of Canton, yet her true love is child-centric organizations. As a fundraising chair, Beth has raised more than a million dollars for Canton Country Day School. Now Beth is pledging her time and talents to Love, Andrew.
“My nephew Andrew has been an inspiration to our entire family. I am excited to share my talents with his foundation, so that I can help deliver the fiscal resources needed to help children with autism live their best lives.”
A successful entrepreneur and businessman at the young age of 9, Harrison was voted one of Stark County’s most interesting people at age 16. Harrison has been a DJ and now runs a successful concert and entertainment promotion business while studying Business Development at The Ohio State University. Harrison brings his energy, creativity and entrepreneurial expertise to the Foundation’s endeavors. As a lifelong friend of the Schumacher family, Harrison witnessed firsthand Andrew’s struggles and the profound success of the treatment that changed the course of Andrew’s life.