Brittany A. Schiavone, Founder
Brittany Schiavone is the founder of Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, since 2014. To date, Brittany has delivered over 610 baskets to families in 46 different states across the country and has spoken at schools, colleges, and conferences throughout Long Island. Brittany and her baskets of hope have been featured on FOXBusiness.com, The Mighty, Ditch the Label, Elephant Journal, and on News 12 Long Island, where she was selected as one of their “12 Making a Difference” in 2016.
Beyond her role with Brittany’s Baskets, Brittany currently holds several part-time jobs, including as a Sock Wrangler at John’s Crazy Socks. Prior to her current position, she worked as a sales associate at a clothing boutique and jewelry store. Brittany is also currently involved in Consolidated Support Services, and is leading a full, self-determined life.
Brittany graduated from Walt Whitman High School and holds an IEP diploma. In the fall of 2016, she enrolled in college courses for the first time through Hofstra University’s CMA Live Wire program and she now attends classes through Positive Behavior Support Community Foundation at Stony Brook University.
Rocco J. Schiavone, President
Rocco Schiavone serves as President of Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, since 2014. Prior to his involvement with Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, Rocco spent over 33 years with the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp., where he worked in Information Technology, servicing the Financial Industry on a worldwide scale. He is currently retired from this role. Rocco has also served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Children with Down Syndrome, currently known as ACDS. Rocco graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Susan A. Schiavone, Vice President
Susan Schiavone serves as Vice President of Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, since 2014. She also currently serves as the Parent Liaison for At-Risk Students for the South Huntington School District. Prior to her current position, Susan was professionally involved in special education for over 33 years, including multiple board positions in the South Huntington Special Education PTA. Susan graduated from Hofstra University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Education, Special Education, and Psychology, and a Master of Science degree in Special Education.
Justin R. Schiavone, Vice President
Justin Schiavone serves as Vice President of Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, since 2014. He is also a School Psychologist, with experience working with children from preschool through high school level. Justin graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He also holds a Master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology from Alfred University. Justin is currently working toward the completion of his doctoral dissertation.
Anthony J. Alizzi, Treasurer
Anthony Alizzi serves as Treasurer of Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, since 2014. Prior to his involvement with Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, Tony gained over 35 years of experience in public accounting, corporate finance, management consulting, and corporate real estate. Anthony graduated from Boston University’s School of Management and Graduate School of Management. He is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Ashley B. Asti, Secretary
Ashley serves as Secretary of Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, since 2016. Alongside her work with Brittany’s Baskets, Ashley is the author of three books, including I Have Waited for You: Letters from Prison and The Moon and Her Sisters. She is also the founder of ASHLEY ASTI, an organic skin and wellness line rooted in sustainability and love. Through her work, she continues to advocate for transforming the justice and prison systems. Ashley graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Legal Counsel to the Board
Joseph A. Fisher
Joseph A. Fisher, P.C. Attorney at Law