Miles4Migrants is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity (see our IRS letter and most recent tax filing) formed in September 2016. Our goal is to use donated frequent flyer miles and money to book flights that bring refugees to their new homes and reunite families separated by conflict and persecution.

Our team

  • Seth Stanton

    Seth Stanton is an eye doctor in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Chairman/CEO of Miles4Migrants. An unabashed frequent flyer miles junkie, he has worked hard to create a charity that can fill an unmet need in the current worldwide refugee crisis. In his spare time, Dr. Stanton spends time with his daughters and brews strange beers. He is also an annual volunteer for VOSH eyecare missions  in Honduras.

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    Nicholas Ruiz is a spoken language translation and natural language processing research scientist at Interactions. Nick used his own miles to arrange flights to reunite two Pakistani Christian refugee families who were close personal friends while he and his family lived in Europe. He shared this idea with other online reward point enthusiasts, and a movement was born. Nick is interested in technologies that cross cultural boundaries and language barriers to improve lives. He currently lives in New Providence, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

  • Andy Freedman

    Andy works with early stage global technology companies. Most recently he was CMO at Riskified, a global fraud prevention platform with headquarters in Tel Aviv and NYC. In his search to identify measurable ways he could support the refugee crisis, Andy stumbled upon the likeminded and fellow miles reward-obsessed team at Miles4Migrants and is working to help drive the mission however possible. Andy has spent time living in Israel and is now back home in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

  • Jen Schroeder

    Jen’s love of travel allowed her to find Miles4Migrants through r/churning. Since learning of Miles4Migrants, Jen has avidly followed and supported the organization by donating miles and cash. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and thinking about traveling. Jen works in the financial services industry and resides in Chicago.

  • Annette Ross

    Annette is a Washington, D.C. transplant, now living in the Tampa Bay area with her teenage daughter and husband. She has a diverse background in sales and marketing, and enjoys conceptualizing and producing events ranging from independent film festivals to multi-day trade shows. Her most treasured experience was time spent working as an International Adoption Consultant, helping to place orphaned children from countries around the world with loving families in the U.S. Annette’s continued interest in the safety, security, and well-being of families led her to volunteer with Miles4Migrants.

Our volunteers

  • Dan Moore

    Dan Moore is an award travel aficionado and through his many travels has developed a passion for humanitarian work. Previously a neuroscience researcher, he decided to step away from the lab to make a tangible difference in underserved global communities. Since then, he has worked rebuilding homes and schools in disaster-stricken regions including Peru, New Jersey and Nepal. He discovered Miles4Migrants on /r/churning and has been an avid supporter from the beginning, using his own miles to reunite 3 migrant families in the UK. Currently living in London, he will likely be off on another humanitarian adventure in the near future.

  • Jason Gauthier

    Jason is a 31 year old New Orleans native. He's a banker for a local bank and has a family of his own (wife and daughter). He went to college at the University of Alabama. His hobbies are credit card churning and traveling. He was originally a donor to Miles4Migrants, reuniting both a Congolese family and an Iranian family in the UK through our partner Together Now.

  • Amy Yu

    Amy is an analyst with Accenture Consulting, currently based in Boston. As an avid traveler and amateur points hacker, she has studied, volunteered and worked in Japan, Korea, Argentina and Hong Kong. Her experiences abroad and her own immigrant background led her to Miles4Migrants, where she has had rewarding experiences as a miles donor, and is dedicated to bringing the group's mission to life. In her spare time, she is an avid camper, hiker and coffee junkie.

  • Sam Lent

    Sam is a biostatistician in the Chicago area. She started credit card churning as a way to travel during graduate school and discovered Miles4Migrants in the process. After being a donor for two cases, she decided to put her data science skills to use to do more for the organization.

  • Frank Fairbanks

    Frank Fairbanks is a New Orleans native, graduate of Tulane University, and a professional musician. Favorite quote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
    —Mark Twain

  • Heather Montei

    Heather is an attorney whose passion lies in journalism and the travel industry. She works as an editor for a sports magazine when she is not traveling. She has traveled to 47 states, 13 countries, and 4 continents. Her goal is to one day say she’s traveled to all 50 states and 7 continents. She was introduced to Miles4Migrants when it was in the building stages and has been a huge supporter from the first day.

  • Erika Vazquez

    Erika is an engineer working at an aerospace company in Chicago. She discovered Miles4Migrants through her school friend Jen and was inspired by such a noble & brilliant mission. She was born and raised in Mexico and helping the less fortunate has always been close to her heart. Her greatest passions are travelling and triathlons.

  • Frank Musella

    Frank Musella is a financial analyst from Falls Church, Virginia. He discovered credit card churning through work, and eventually stumbled across Miles4Migrants on the /r/churning subreddit. After donating miles to book four cases, he decided to put his knowledge to good use as a volunteer. In his spare time, Frank enjoys running, hiking, craft beer, and bourbon – four hobbies that all cancel each other out.

  • Mark Ayoub

    Mark Ayoub is a political pollster at Change Research who spends his days providing fast, accurate, affordable public opinion data to forward-thinking political campaigns and causes. His main passion has always been travel however, where he's used credit card points and miles to travel to over 50 countries on six continents, including hotspots like North Korea and Turkmenistan. Mark first got involved in Miles4Migrants when President Trump attempted to implement his Muslim ban, and donated 52,000 miles to help a family of three escape from Syria in search of a better life, just over 100 years after his own family had fled Syria in search of new opportunities in America.

  • Mitch Coleman

    Mitch Coleman is a former schoolteacher, speechwriter, and advertising copywriter. He was a freelance contributor to National Lampoon Magazine, and The Bozo Show. Yes, the Bozo Show. His plays have been performed in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Currently, he teaches yoga classes through his virtual studio, White River Yoga, in Montague, Michigan. Mitch, his wife Lori, and their dog River, lead quiet lives in West Michigan.

  • Josh Shapiro

    Josh is a student at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, MA. In the fall of 2019 he will be joining the freshman class at Emory University. He travels extensively with his family and enjoys following the airline industry. He heard about Miles4Migrants from his father, who also became involved. Josh plays tennis, sails, and does tech theater for school plays.

  • Rebecca Yang

    Rebecca is a medical student based in New York, originally from California. She discovered credit card churning as a way to travel on a student budget, and has been to 28 states, 25 countries, and has lived on three continents and four states. As a first generation American, she is passionate about immigrant and refugee health. She was an English tutor for a Burmese refugee, and currently helps draft legal affidavits for asylum seekers following pro-bono forensic medical evaluations. In her free time, she enjoys fashion, design, and skiing.

  • Alex Barragan

    Alex Barragan is a fashion executive based out of New York City and Los Angeles. He was tired of seeing the images families being torn apart all over the news and decided to do something about. He discovered Miles4Migrants through his volunteer work with Immigrant Families Together. As a proud son of immigrants he is passionate about mental health, human rights and ending gun violence.

  • Emily Freedman

    Emily has spent the majority of her career in business across Food & Wine Retail, and is currently in the Boston area after stints in Israel, California, and Minnesota. She came to Miles4Migrants through her husband Andy Freedman – after hearing him dedicate so many evenings and weekends to the team, and seeing the incredible impact they were having reuniting families – she had to get involved firsthand. In her spare time, she is chasing her toddlers and enjoying family life with Andy.

  • Anna Kornovich

    Anna Kornovich is a New Orleans native who currently lives in Chicago and works in the financial services industry. She was inspired to join the Miles4Migrants team when she learned about their mission and work through her friend Jen. Reuniting separated families is a cause that is close to her heart. In her free time, Anna loves travel, music, and spending time with her husband on Chicago’s 606 and lakefront trails.

  • Mayank NK Choudhary

    Mayank is a genomics researcher working at the intersection of data and biology at Washington University in St. Louis. When not sciencing, you’d often find him outdoors playing sports or running his usual routes, going down esoteric internet rabbit-holes, and periodically traveling. He was saddened by the migrant crises and decided to do his bid by volunteering with his miles/data skills. He loves being a catalyst and hopes to help the group enhance lives and spread smiles with miles.

  • John Lee

    John is a financial analyst at American Express, focusing on customer profitability strategy and analytics. He has always been interested in the points game engaging new credit card products and promotions which eventually led to his current role at Amex. John first discovered Miles4Migrants through Reddit and realized that he could put his points hobby to good social use by becoming a volunteer. He believes that Miles4Migrants is carrying out a very important mission and wishes to help separated families get back together how they belong.

  • Matt McDaniel

    Matt is a Systems / Software Engineer based out of State College, Pennsylvania. Recruited into the organization by Miles4Migrants founder (and Matt's brother-in-law) Seth Stanton, Matt brings almost 20 years of industry experience to the Lead Developer position. Matt is tasked with creating safe, reliable, and secure solutions that carry out the Miles4Migrants mission. Matt facilitated a partnership with TMMData, a provider of data integration, preparation, and management software, which is used to run the backend of the Miles4Migrants website.

  • Salman Sheikh

    Salman Sheikh is a pharmacist who currently practices in New York City. He is a credit card points and miles enthusiast with a huge passion for traveling, sports, and humanitarian work. This has led him to be part of medical missions in Jordan and Haiti. He believes the most important thing one can donate is his/her time leading him to always be on the lookout for new volunteer opportunities.

  • Ryan Booth

    Ryan Booth owns three Mathnasium learning centers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has used his own miles to fly to the Middle East and see the migrant crisis firsthand, in addition to personally donating miles to reunite a migrant family separated by the war in Syria. Ryan serves on the leadership team of his church and is the father of a 15-year-old daughter.

  • Angel Wang

    Angel Wang is a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, focusing on digital transformation and financial services. She has worked in Turkey, Spain, and Greece, but one of her most cherished locations is with her family in Michigan. Her experiences serving in Kara Tepe Refugee Camp in Lesvos and her gratefulness for her parents' sacrifices as immigrants drove her to Miles4Migrants, where she is continuously inspired by the group's passion.

  • Erin Engelhardt

    Erin works as a digital content manager for an international travel company. More importantly, she is the mother of two incredible kids and the wife of a local Louisiana charter fisherman. As a family, they love jet-setting around the world in search of culture, adventure, and humanitarian service. She is deeply inspired by the work and dedication of Miles4Migrants and feels strongly that every single family deserves to be together.