Andi has 20 years of professional and volunteer experience including working for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service, The U.S. Department of Defense, Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve and several private companies.
She has lived in many countries which gives her a great appreciation of other cultures and lifestyles.
While overseas at Embassy Lisbon, Andi coordinated the Marine Security Guard Sponsorship Program and was an active volunteer for the International Bazaar Fundraiser and the American Members of the United States Embassy (AMUSE). She was recognized by the Ambassador with multiple awards for her community service and “Esprit de Corps”.
In Portugal, she volunteered many years as a Girl Scout Leader for Daisy Scouts, Junior Scouts and Cadettes, participating in conferences for the Europe region of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in Adelboden, Switzerland.
Andi earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in public communications at Syracuse University, where she was a University Telethon Fundraiser, President of the Alumni Association, a “University Top 100 Student” and an Ambassador to the Chancellor. Additionally, she was the Events Chair and Fundraising Chair for her sorority.
Prior to Syracuse, she studied at La Universidad Santa Maria in Caracas, Venezuela. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
A philanthropist at heart, she has a long history of helping others. While living in New York City, she tutored underprivileged children with the “Two Together” program in Harlem. She raised funds and organized multiple walks and drives for The American Diabetes Association, The American Red Cross, The American Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The American Cancer Society and The March of Dimes. She’s also a Secure Member of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security’s Infragard Connecticut.
In March, 2004, Andi received the American Red Cross’ Community Impact Award for her efforts with Give2TheTroops.
In June, 2006, Andi received the President’s Call to Service Lifetime Award for volunteering more than 80,000 hours to charities throughout her life and inspiring others to engage in volunteer service. That same month, she was recognized for her efforts by President George W. Bush during her visit to the White House.
In November, 2007, she received the National Award and George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
In 2009, she received three U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute Commendations from General George W. Casey, Jr. (Chief of Staff), Secretary of the Army, Pete Geren, Secretary of the Army, John M. McHugh, COL Robert M. Cosby, CPT Peter Aleria, and SGT Jose Acevedo for her contributions and commitment to our U.S. Army community.
In July, 2009 she was presented with The American Legion Department of Connecticut 2009 Americanism Award for her service, dedication, patriotism and support of all Veterans in Connecticut and abroad.
Andi is very passionate about supporting all branches of our military. She participates in many community activities throughout the nation including the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon and Stephen Siller’s Tunnel to Towers Run and welcoming home the troops at Dallas Ft Worth Airport. Additionally she supports the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, The National Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation (Andi is a lifetime member), The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Disabled Veterans and several other military-related organizations and foundations.
Andi wants our military members to know they’re never forgotten. She will always appreciate and remember our troops, our veterans and our POW’s for their selfless sacrifices and she will always refer to them as “heroes.”
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