Anthony Spano’s leadership skills, passion for service and community engagement began to take shape during his early days as a student at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio where he received a B.S. in Business Administration and finishing his Master Degree in Communication. It was during his undergraduate years as a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity that he led the organization’s philanthropic efforts to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Paul Newman’s “ The Hole in the Wall Gang” that benefits seriously ill children and their families.
His campus-wide achievements included spearheading a student initiative to erect a “9/11 Attack on America” memorial; assisting the American Red Cross in significantly increasing blood donations on campus; hosting two consecutive Student Leadership Summits; being selected as a “Who’s Who Among Students at American Colleges and Universities;” serving on the executive committee of Greek Campus Life; coordinating the local Great American Smokeout for the American Cancer Society; United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s Make a Difference Day; and the 10th Annual North Side Clean Up. From 2000-2004 Tony served as Coordinator of Student Programming.
In 2007, while employed by the YSU Parking/Vehicle Enforcement Department Tony founded The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to improve the quality of life for our community’s chronically and terminally ill children and their families through charitable support. He holds the position of executive director to this day while maintaining a full-time position at the university as purchasing coordinator. Over the last decade H.F.M.V. has raised over $300,000 in both donations and services.
Amazingly, he finds the time to serve on the board at Mahoning County Children Services.
Tony’s awards and recognitions include:
2009 YSU Distinguished Services Award
2010 North Eastern Ohio Education Association Positive Image Award
2010 Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley 40 Under 40 Award
2011 Certificate of Special Recognition from U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan
2011 Ohio Education Media Award for Public Service
2012 Ohio High School Athletic Association Meritorious Award
2012 Phi Kappa Fraternity President’s Citation
2013 Mahoning Valley Young Professionals 25 Under 35 Award
2013 Akron Children’s Hospital MV Children’s Advocate Award
2015 President’s Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement-Presented by President of the United States-Barack Obama