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.
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, brews strange beers and is a moderator of the /r/churning subreddit. He is also an annual volunteer for VOSH eyecare missions in Honduras.
Ryan Booth owns three Mathnasium learning centers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is the Treasurer of Miles4Migrants and 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.
Nicholas Ruiz is a researcher in Machine Translation and Natural Language Processing in New Providence, New Jersey. He is the Secretary of Miles4Migrants and has used his own miles to arrange flights to reunite two Pakistani Christian refugee families who he was close with while he was living in Europe. After reporting the event on the /r/churning subreddit, the idea of Miles4Migrants was born. Nick serves in youth ministry at his church and desires to use Machine Translation technologies to bridge cultural and linguistic divides.
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, MA with his wife and 17-month daughter.
Our volunteer staff
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. Through Matt, Miles4Migrants was able to form a partnership with TMMData, a provider of data integration, preparation, and management software. Through that partnership, Matt has leveraged the TMMData Foundation Platform into the back-bone of the Miles4Migrants website.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.”
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 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 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 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 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.