Our History

In 2005, a group of small business owners, firefighters, union leaders, and elected officials took part in the inaugural Game of Hope basketball game. The idea for the event was to raise money to help improve the lives of local children who were battling chronic and/or terminal illnesses, as well as support the efforts of the Hole in the Wall Gang.

The event struck a chord with Anthony Spano, who sought to continue the tradition established by the Game of Hope, but on a wider scale. In 2007, Spano founded The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, which works with volunteers, funding and sponsorship partners, and its dedicated board of trustees to improve the quality of life for our community’s chronically and terminally ill children and their families.

Our Board of Trustees

The Hope Foundation is governed by the dedicated members of our Board of Trustees, who are responsible for establishing the policies for grants or donations consistent with the stated purpose for which The Hope Foundation was established. The Grant Committee of the Board of Trustees considers requests for grants from all eligible individual/families and/or organizations committed to using the funds within The Hope Foundation’s mission. (updated July 1, 2017)

Board Members (Term Expire)

Catherine Miller
Chair (2020)
Krista White
Co-Chair (2019)
Stacie Curtis
Secretary (2018)
Jena Baun
Treasurer (2018)
Deanna Fusillo
Board Member (2019)
Diane Vettori
Board Member (2019)
Jackie Rizer
Board Member (2018)
George Gabriel
Board Member (2020)
Jessica Szenborn
Board Member (2018)
Pam Stoklosa
Board Member (2020)
Rey Esparra
Board Member (2019)
Dr. Robert Naples Jr.
Board Member (2019)
Tonia Freeze
Board Member (2018)
Anthony Spano
Founder/Exe. Director

Doctors Advisory Board

Dr. Giorgio Vescera
Dr. Giorgio Vescera
Doctors Advisory Board
Dr. John Cox
Dr. John Cox
Doctors Advisory Board
Dr. Robert Naples Jr.
Board Member (2019)

Trustee Emeritus

  • Adam Tokash
  • Dr. Harold Yiannaki
  • Larry Ryan
  • Maria Constantino
  • Nick Graham
  • Scott Schulick
  • Sharon Schroeder