BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Andy is a former Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has more than 35 years of experience as an audit and health care consulting partner. Andy serves as the Chairman of the Board for Andrew’s Gift and Chairman of the Board for Vista Adult Services Organization, whose mission is to create a more effective living environment for adults with autism. He has served as the President of the United Cerebral Palsy of the Capital Area. Andy has two children and resides in Harrisburg with his wife, Dorothy. Andy and Dorothy Ward are Andrew’s parents.
Grant Review Committee
Dorothy is Andrew’s mom who has contributed considerable time into the planning, development and operation of Andrew’s Gift. Dorothy is a member of our Grant review committee, does our follow up with those who request grants and purchases the items for the grants approved by the Board of Directors. Dorothy also is our Facebook administrator. Dorothy has a BS in Nursing from College Misericordia and a
Masters in Public Health from Penn State University.
ANGELA D. ORTENZIO
Angela is a South Central PA native. She has held varied positions in multiple fields including: dental hygiene, Account Manager at AMP Incorporated (now Tyco), and President of Delmar Property Management, Inc. After having three children, Angela became active on various boards including Harrisburg Helpline, West Shore School district PTO, Vista, Field of Dreams, Bishop McDevitt’s Fulfilling the Promise. Serving the Autism community has remained a priority as she has channeled profits from fitness endeavors to help families in need, through teaching aerobics and yoga. Angela is the proud mother of Bryan, Kevin and Madeline Ortenzio and is grateful to her husband, Bob for his loving support.
Donna is a professional trained across the disciplines of education, speech and language pathology and behavior analysis with over 30 years of experience working with individuals with communication disorders and behavior challenges. Her work has been with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings, specializing in those who have autism spectrum disorders. Over the years, she has provided assessments and implemented plans for individuals in need of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. She has had an iPad since they first arrived in 2010 and continues to explore their potential for supporting individuals with a range of needs.
MARK B. GLESSNER
Mark is the Retired Office Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Harrisburg, PA. He spent his career in the assurance practice in Philadelphia before transferring to Harrisburg in 1984, with a focus on healthcare and property/casualty insurance. Mark has served on various Boards in the central PA area. He has served on The Foundation of Hospice of Central PA, The Church of the Good Shepherd and Trinity High School Finance Councils in addition to PA National Insurance and UPMC Pinnacle. Mark has three children and four grandchildren and resides in Mechanicsburg with his wife, Susan. He has known Andrew since he was born.
Gary is a shareholder in the Jenkintown, PA headquartered law firm Friedman Schuman P.C. He is licensed to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and concentrates his work in the Corporate and Business Law, Trademarks and Intellectual Property, and Tax practice areas. Gary provides counsel on issues ranging from general commercial matters, strategic transactions, tax planning, to brand protection. Gary has extensive experience forming and operating charitable organizations and private foundations. He sits on the Board of several private foundations and provides critical strategic and legal advice to charitable organizations throughout the northeastern part of the country. Gary’s son, Steven, is on the autism spectrum. In his honor, Gary and his family formed "Steven’s Supporters”, a fundraising foundation that provides financial assistance to other charitable organizations that treat people or provide services and benefits to persons affected by autism, or raise awareness.
Barb is a speech/language pathologist and a board certified behavior analyst with more than 30 years of experience working with people with autism and their families. She has extensive experience in using technology to support communication and is co-author of a book about helping families with young children with autism. Her work focuses on collaborative processes to help people with autism communicate within their families, community and daily life.
Amanda Pendleton is an educator, trainer, consultant, and board certified behavior analyst. She has worked with individuals with autism and their families for over 15 years in Central Pennsylvania. Amanda had the opportunity to live and work in France for 3 years, providing consultation and behavior analytic services to several schools and professionals; she continues to work with colleagues there to further Applied Behavior Analytic practices. Her most recent endeavor has her delving into Social Emotional Learning with Emotional and Therapeutic Support work. Amanda loves traveling, is an amateur potter, and can’t imagine life without cats or superheroes.