Josh joined the AHCF board of directors in 2013, has served as Secretary and Vice President, and currently serves as President of the board. Josh and his wife, Laura, live in Connersville, Indiana, and have two children; Levi and Kathryn. Kathryn was diagnosed with AHC in February 2012, and the Marszaleks joined the list of families committed to helping other families and funding research to cure AHC. Josh is a licensed architect and owns his architecture practice in Indiana. Along with his service to the AHC community, Josh is the president of Levi’s swim club and is involved with Scouting in his region as a Troop Committee Member and Merit Badge Counselor. A passionate parishioner at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Josh finds joy in lifting up those around him to become beacons in their communities.
April Hawk rejoined the Board of Directors in 2022 in hopes of helping families on the AHC journey and aiding the AHCF. April lives in rural western Kentucky in Sebree with her husband, Mike, and their seven children, Glen, Michael, Hayley, Takoda, Joey, Elizabeth, and Annabelle. Since Joey’s diagnosis in 2017, April has been passionate about helping families navigate the AHC world.
April has a BS in psychology with specialties in counseling and life coaching. She also has a Human Services MA with a life coaching specialty. She has worked with various organizations, such as the Salvation Army and Focus on the Family, to help others in times of crisis. Currently, April works as a life coach and caregiver and homeschools all seven of her children.
Vice President of Research
Vicky supports the foundation’s research efforts by serving as the vice president of research, an executive committee member, and a director on the board. Vicky is a native of Illinois and has volunteered with the foundation since 2007. Her daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with AHC at 16 months of age and within two months of the diagnosis, Vicky attended her first AHCF Family Meeting. Vicky developed a strong sense of devotion to the AHCF during the 15 years of coordinating the annual AHCF Chicago Walk with the Andrasco family. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how the AHCF improves the quality of life for AHC patients and their families while being a driving force in AHC research. Vicky likes to spend her family time going to the movies with her husband, Andy, doing crafts with Emma, and watching her youngest daughter, Aria, compete in hunter/jumper horse shows. If she ever has some alone time, you’ll find Vicky ready to read a good book or work in the garden.
Gene M. Andrasco
Gene M. Andrasco is currently the Treasurer for the AHCF. Gene joined the ACHF Board of Directors in 2011 and has previously served as the Vice President and Co-Treasurer. Gene volunteers his time to the foundation in honor of his daughter Kiley who was diagnosed with AHC in 2003. Gene lives in Lake Zurich, Illinois with his wife, Kelly and two children, Ryan and Kiley. Professionally, Gene is the Finance Vice President at TMS in Chicago.
Stephen joined the Board of Directors in 2020. Stephen firmly believes in the Foundation’s mission, END AHC, and is actively assisting the Foundation in achieving its mission. Stephen lives in Pella, Iowa, with his wife, Lacey, and their five children, Elena, William, Adriana, Estella, and Engel. Estella was diagnosed with AHC in 2019. Since then, Stephen and Lacey have dedicated their time and energy to learning about the disease, raising public awareness, and fundraising to combat AHC. Stephen enjoys hunting, running, reading, and hobby farming while he is not working as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Division at William Penn University in Iowa.
Director & Race to END AHC Team Leader
Kate Byrne joined the Board of Directors in 2020. Her son, Connor, was diagnosed with AHC in 2019 at eight weeks old. Upon learning of Connor’s diagnosis, Kate and her husband, Tom, immediately decided to dedicate any time they could to increasing awareness and supporting fundraising efforts for the foundation. They live in Indiana with Connor and their young daughter Jane. Kate works in Human Resources for the University of Kentucky and is passionate about promoting AHC awareness through social media and website development. She is also committed to working with resources in the Chicagoland area to plan fundraising opportunities and events to increase rare disease awareness.
Director & Foundation Coordinator
Sharon became the AHCF Coordinator in 2010 and has previously served as the Medical Liaison. Sharon is a Registered Nurse and owns Ciccodicola Case Management and record review. She became interested in rare diseases while working in specialized maternal/child and pediatric nursing units. Sharon became interested in AHC through Richard George, the former AHCF President, whose son has AHC. Sharon is married to Pasquale Ciccodicola who volunteers as the Foundation Attorney. They have two grown children, Dominic and Katie, and enjoy being grandparents. Sharon and Pas live in Detroit where Sharon loves cooking for family and friends, enjoys good books and movies, and is interested in her family’s ancestry.
Director & Family Support Team
Cate rejoined the AHCF Board of Directors in 2018. She has been involved with the foundation since her son, Asher, now 14, was diagnosed in 2010. Cate currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Tobe and their two children, Asher and Flynn (9), and is navigating having two older children out of the nest and pursuing their own adventures in colleges back East. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home Mom, Cate enjoyed a career in Brand Marketing, first in the high-tech industry and later on the agency side of the business. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Rivier College. She looks forward to increasing awareness of this disease and raising funds to END AHC.
Director & Family Support Team
Heather joined the Board of Directors in 2017. She lives in Ohio with her husband J. and daughter Jocelyn (23), who was diagnosed with AHC at 3 yrs old. Heather home-educated Jocelyn from 5 yrs old until her graduation in 2017. Heather has a B.S. in Child and Family Studies and Early Intervention and has worked as an Early Intervention Specialist. She has also volunteered at a crisis pregnancy center, a home educators group, and Hospice. Heather enjoys connecting with families and encouraging them on their journey with AHC. She is interested in nutrition, the ketogenic diet, and alternative/holistic medicine, using these to help Jocelyn. She and her husband love to grow native plants, watch wildlife, and spend time outdoors.
Bill Gerber joined the Board of Directors in 2011. He joined the pursuit of treatment and a cure for AHC when his son Sean was diagnosed with AHC in 2004. He is actively involved in fundraising and awareness on behalf of the foundation, including aligning his company’s philanthropic mission and corporate social responsibility initiatives to support the AHC Foundation efforts. Bill lives in Hartford, CT with three children, Sean, 20, Shelby, 17, and Isaac, 15. He is also the co-founder of AccountingDepartment.com, an 18-year-old company providing entire virtual bookkeeping, controller, and advisory services to support scaling and growth-focused businesses nationwide.
Katelyn joined the board of directors in 2020. Katelyn lives in Springfield, MO, with her husband, Michael, and two daughters, Quincy and Landry. Landry was diagnosed with AHC in 2019. Following Landry’s diagnosis, Katelyn and her family committed their time, energy, and resources to share Landry’s story to spread awareness and raise funds to cure AHC. Katelyn is a pediatric physical therapist specializing in intensive therapies for children and an adjunct professor of physical therapy at Southwest Baptist University.
Medical Advisory Board
The AHCF Medical Advisory Board is comprised of recognized authorities of the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) disorder.