Aundrea Cika Heschmeyer

Board Chair

Aundréa Cika Heschmeyer is the president of Marquee, a boutique strategic communications and special events firm. She is a former staff member of ASMV and serves as its current representative to the Board of the Autism Society of Ohio.

A native of the Youngstown area and a graduate of the former Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, PA., Heschmeyer started her career as a journalist on television, for newspapers, and as a magazine editor in Ohio, South Dakota, Connecticut, and Washington, DC. She later worked in public and media relations agencies for firms in Washington, DC, and Ohio.

Upon returning to the Youngstown area, she felt compelled to invigorate the Polish-American community in the Mahoning Valley in order to share some of her childhood experiences with her children. To this end, she founded PolishYoungstown in 2008. As executive director of this active nonprofit, she has developed, promoted, and supported a wide variety of classes, workshops, and events that have raised awareness of the culture throughout the region. A second organization and festival, Simply Slavic, for the larger Slavic community, was created soon after.

In addition to her Polish and Slavic activities, Heschmeyer is active with the Rotary Club of Youngstown, the Youngstown Press Club, and Youngstown Business & Professional Women. She has been married to her husband, Mark, for more than 30 years and together they have five children, any number of beloved exchange students and a houseful of spoiled pets.