Meet the Team

Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Seth Stanton Co-Founder

Pronouns: He/Him

Seth, an optometrist from New Orleans, LA, is immensely proud to be a co-founder of Miles4Migrants. His road to the charity’s inception is paved by an obsession with points and miles and a healthy amount of Redditing. On both sides of his family, Seth is descended from immigrants who fled in the name of religious freedom: his father’s mother came from Lebanese Christians who fled the Ottoman Empire, and his mother’s family were Russian Jews who fled the pogroms. Early on, Seth’s commitment to fulfilling flight requests became a personal obsession, and his waking up to photos of another family reunited drove him to work deep into most nights. As a result, he feels a personal sense of relief that Miles4Migrants now has staff so he can get some sleep and eat actual meals with his wife and children. Seth’s talents revolve around sarcasm, an ability to fire off a small flood of messages in free moments between seeing patients, and a semi-encyclopedic knowledge of the best miles to use for any route around the world. He is a proud husband to Erin and father to Marie and Sylvie.

Andy Freedman Co-Founder

Pronouns: He/Him

Andy proudly serves as one of the co-founders at Miles4Migrants, supporting the work of the dedicated team and celebrating the heroism of the families Miles4Migrants has the opportunity to support in their journey to their new community. His personal inspiration for helping to launch the organization came as he was searching for a way to make a meaningful impact on the global refugee crisis after spending time living in the Middle East. After attending an event on the topic of ways to support refugees at the headquarters of TripAdvisor (now a Miles4Migrants funder), where he learned about the financial burden faced by resettled refugees due to travel loan repayment, he thankfully stumbled upon the like minded and fellow miles-obsessed co-founders, Seth and Nick. Andy serves as a volunteer director, and outside his work with Miles4Migrants, he maintains an executive role at Assured Allies, a technology company helping to address the financial strain of a global aging population. Andy lives outside of Boston, MA with his wife and two young children, Nora and Grant.

Nick Ruiz Co-Founder

Pronouns: He/Him

Nick serves as a co-founder at Miles4Migrants, supporting the technology development that powers our mission. Nick also piloted the original idea of using points and miles to reunite families by flying the family of a Pakistani Christian personal friend in Europe. He later shared this idea on with other online reward point enthusiasts on Reddit, where Seth and Nick later sparked the movement. Nick is passionate about developing technologies that bridge cultural boundaries and overcome language barriers to improve lives. Outside his work at Miles4Migrants, Nick is a natural language processing research scientist at Interactions, working on virtual assistants for customer care. Nick lives near New Providence, New Jersey with his wife Jennifer and his daughters, Julia and Chiara.

Jen Durham Director of Operations

Pronouns: She/Her

Jen was initially drawn to support refugees in 2013 after seeing news headlines about the devastating Syrian Civil War. She recognized that luck is the only difference between herself and the millions of displaced persons suffering around the world. Her privilege wasn’t earned; she fell into the random circumstance of being born in the United States. In 2017, she learned of Miles4Migrants and was excited to support refugees by donating her airline miles. A year later, when family separations at the US-Mexico border sparked outrage across the US, she put her airline miles and credit card points expertise to work and began volunteering at Miles4Migrants to book flights for recently released asylum seekers and refugees. After finishing her MBA, Jen knew she wanted to pursue a career change from financial services, and as more luck would have it, Miles4Migrants had just received funding, allowing Jen to turn her passions of supporting refugees, traveling, collecting airline miles into a full-time position. When she’s not managing our day-to-day operations or collaborating with our NGO partners, you’ll find Jen spending time with her husband, cooking, or traveling.

Annette Ross Director of Communications/Public Relations

Pronouns: She/Her

First serving in a volunteer capacity with Miles4Migrants beginning in 2018, Annette has assisted hundreds of donors through the process of pledging their miles to help refugees reunite and is ever-inspired by the outpouring of altruistic acts from our supporters.  Her interest and concern for the welfare of others was born in a household built on the concept of “hygge” and the influence of her Northern European father, who assisted the Jewish people during WWII to escape to Sweden. She became more intimately aware of how one’s life destiny can be influenced by a single fortuitous event, when she and her husband traveled to Russia to adopt their daughter in 2007.  With a background in human services serving marginalized and socially excluded populations, as well as working with other prospective adoptive families, Annette was thrilled when a full-time position became available at Miles4Migrants that offered her an opportunity to contribute to our global society.  In her free time, Annette enjoys collecting vintage Hawaiiana and spending time with her family at the beach, rescuing wayward animals, and caring for a menagerie at home, including dumbo rats and two ornery goats.

Dan Moore Booking Coordinator/Tech Admin

Pronouns: He/Him

Dan loves traveling and has taken advantage of award travel to explore all 7 continents. Previously involved in neuroscience research, he stepped away from the lab to make a tangible difference in underserved global communities. His work since then has focused on disaster relief and recovery, where he has worked in logistics and volunteer leadership, rebuilding homes and schools in disaster stricken regions including Peru, Nepal, Indonesia and the United States. His experiences around the world continue to make him acutely aware of the power of providing support and opportunity to fellow humans. His passions for award travel and humanitarian work came together in 2017 when he discovered Miles4Migrants and used his own miles to reunite 3 refugee families in the UK. He started on the team as a volunteer booker before becoming a full-time booking coordinator in 2019. Dan has since taken an active role in improving our systems and processes to help scale our operations to reunite more refugee families. When he’s not booking flights or solving tech issues you’ll find Dan climbing hills, petting dogs or tasting good beer in new cities.

Arthur Stevens Booking Consultant

Pronouns: He/Him

Arthur books Miles4Migrants’ flights, coordinating with donors, partners, and the Miles4Migrants team, reuniting displaced persons using donated frequent flyer miles. He has spent the past few years immersed in the world of award travel, redeeming about 4.5 million points and personally traveling over 150,000 miles. When he was offered the opportunity to put the knowledge he had gained to help reunite families with their loved ones, he was over the moon. Every day working for Miles4Migrants, he is moved by the stories of the immensely brave heroes seeking asylum, and the impact of donated miles; miles that reunite loved ones who have sometimes been separated for years, or help individuals escape persecution in their home countries. He feels it is a privilege to contribute one small part to these heroes’ incredible journeys. In his spare time, Arthur enjoys games of problem solving, listening to music or podcasts, and dreaming up his next trip.

Cat Cooke Marketing and Content Manager

Pronouns: She/Her

Cat oversees the marketing and content efforts at Miles4Migrants. She is an award miles enthusiast herself, having used them to assist in her two years of full-time travel across six continents. During this time spent discovering new cultures, she also worked as a social media and content marketing freelancer for nonprofits and social good organizations. Prior to her full-time travels, Cat lived in South Africa and assisted an after-school program for youth affected by HIV/AIDS. She also worked on the marketing team at Kiva where she traveled to many developing countries to cover the stories of economically disadvantaged individuals. One of her more impactful trips was interviewing Syrian refugees in Lebanon, an experience that solidified her desire to work more closely with refugees to help them reunite with their families and feel welcomed to their new homes. Now settled in Texas, Cat enjoys volunteering at a local ESL program with migrants from over 80 countries and is on a quest to try out all the immigrant-run restaurants in the area– especially if they involve tacos or Asian noodles!

Amy Yu Volunteer Ambassador

Pronouns: She/Her

Amy’s experiences as a first-generation Chinese-American led to a desire to help underrepresented communities and families improve their lives. Her background, coupled with a few years of working in management consulting, led to a stockpile of travel miles and to Miles4Migrants. Her own rewarding experiences as a donor – helping two teenage girls flee conflict-stricken areas to reunite with family – inspired her to join the Miles4Migrants team as a volunteer, where she works on marketing and partnerships. She currently works at an early-stage e-commerce start-up in Los Angeles and is an avid camper, hiker and coffee junkie in her spare time.

Ken Robbins Volunteer Ambassador

Pronouns: He/Him

Ken has always had a passion to find ways to marry his core tech geek nature with ways to help people. This started early in his career when he created an aviation weather service to help pilots reduce weather-related accidents. More recently, Ken led an engineering organization supporting scientists who were performing drug discovery research on cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and other major unmet medical needs. This role required frequent travel from Boston to Switzerland, and as a result, many frequent flyer miles were accumulated. Ken was thrilled to discover Miles4Migrants, which provided a way to help the refugee crisis by donating his miles to make a direct impact in reuniting multiple wonderful and deserving families. After experiencing the donor side of the Miles4Migrants process, Ken saw that many of the automation lessons that helped accelerate scientists’ discovery of new medicines could be applied to the complex logistics problems of efficiently scaling Miles4Migrants’ ability to fulfill a virtually unlimited demand for family reunifications. Ken and his wife Debbie are proud parents of 3 sons, two of whom are tech focused, while the eldest is saving the planet, so he gets a pass for not picking up the geek gene.

Seth Stanton 

Co-Founder

Pronouns: He/Him

Seth, an optometrist from New Orleans, LA, is immensely proud to be a co-founder of Miles4Migrants. His road to the charity’s inception is paved by an obsession with points and miles and a healthy amount of Redditing. On both sides of his family, Seth is descended from immigrants who fled in the name of religious freedom: his father’s mother came from Lebanese Christians who fled the Ottoman Empire, and his mother’s family were Russian Jews who fled the pogroms. Early on, Seth’s commitment to fulfilling flight requests became a personal obsession, and his waking up to photos of another family reunited drove him to work deep into most nights. As a result, he feels a personal sense of relief that Miles4Migrants now has staff so he can get some sleep and eat actual meals with his wife and children. Seth’s talents revolve around sarcasm, an ability to fire off a small flood of messages in free moments between seeing patients, and a semi-encyclopedic knowledge of the best miles to use for any route around the world. He is a proud husband to Erin and father to Marie and Sylvie.

Andy Freedman 

Co-Founder

Pronouns: He/Him

Andy proudly serves as one of the co-founders at Miles4Migrants, supporting the work of the dedicated team and celebrating the heroism of the families Miles4Migrants has the opportunity to support in their journey to their new community. His personal inspiration for helping to launch the organization came as he was searching for a way to make a meaningful impact on the global refugee crisis after spending time living in the Middle East. After attending an event on the topic of ways to support refugees at the headquarters of TripAdvisor (now a Miles4Migrants funder), where he learned about the financial burden faced by resettled refugees due to travel loan repayment, he thankfully stumbled upon the like minded and fellow miles-obsessed co-founders, Seth and Nick. Andy serves as a volunteer director, and outside his work with Miles4Migrants, he maintains an executive role at Assured Allies, a technology company helping to address the financial strain of a global aging population. Andy lives outside of Boston, MA with his wife and two young children, Nora and Grant.

Nick Ruiz 

Co-Founder

Pronouns: He/Him

Nick serves as a co-founder at Miles4Migrants, supporting the technology development that powers our mission. Nick also piloted the original idea of using points and miles to reunite families by flying the family of a Pakistani Christian personal friend in Europe. He later shared this idea on with other online reward point enthusiasts on Reddit, where Seth and Nick later sparked the movement. Nick is passionate about developing technologies that bridge cultural boundaries and overcome language barriers to improve lives. Outside his work at Miles4Migrants, Nick is a natural language processing research scientist at Interactions, working on virtual assistants for customer care. Nick lives near New Providence, New Jersey with his wife Jennifer and his daughters, Julia and Chiara.

Jen Durham 

Director of Operations

Pronouns: She/Her

Jen was initially drawn to support refugees in 2013 after seeing news headlines about the devastating Syrian Civil War. She recognized that luck is the only difference between herself and the millions of displaced persons suffering around the world. Her privilege wasn’t earned; she fell into the random circumstance of being born in the United States. In 2017, she learned of Miles4Migrants and was excited to support refugees by donating her airline miles. A year later, when family separations at the US-Mexico border sparked outrage across the US, she put her airline miles and credit card points expertise to work and began volunteering at Miles4Migrants to book flights for recently released asylum seekers and refugees. After finishing her MBA, Jen knew she wanted to pursue a career change from financial services, and as more luck would have it, Miles4Migrants had just received funding, allowing Jen to turn her passions of supporting refugees, traveling, collecting airline miles into a full-time position. When she’s not managing our day-to-day operations or collaborating with our NGO partners, you’ll find Jen spending time with her husband, cooking, or traveling.

Annette Ross 

Director of Communications/
Public Relations

Pronouns: She/Her

First serving in a volunteer capacity with Miles4Migrants beginning in 2018, Annette has assisted hundreds of donors through the process of pledging their miles to help refugees reunite and is ever-inspired by the outpouring of altruistic acts from our supporters.  Her interest and concern for the welfare of others was born in a household built on the concept of “hygge” and the influence of her Northern European father, who assisted the Jewish people during WWII to escape to Sweden. She became more intimately aware of how one’s life destiny can be influenced by a single fortuitous event, when she and her husband traveled to Russia to adopt their daughter in 2007.  With a background in human services serving marginalized and socially excluded populations, as well as working with other prospective adoptive families, Annette was thrilled when a full-time position became available at Miles4Migrants that offered her an opportunity to contribute to our global society.  In her free time, Annette enjoys collecting vintage Hawaiiana and spending time with her family at the beach, rescuing wayward animals, and caring for a menagerie at home, including dumbo rats and two ornery goats.

Dan Moore 

Booking Coordinator/
Tech Admin

Pronouns: He/Him

Dan loves traveling and has taken advantage of award travel to explore all 7 continents. Previously involved in neuroscience research, he stepped away from the lab to make a tangible difference in underserved global communities. His work since then has focused on disaster relief and recovery, where he has worked in logistics and volunteer leadership, rebuilding homes and schools in disaster stricken regions including Peru, Nepal, Indonesia and the United States. His experiences around the world continue to make him acutely aware of the power of providing support and opportunity to fellow humans. His passions for award travel and humanitarian work came together in 2017 when he discovered Miles4Migrants and used his own miles to reunite 3 refugee families in the UK. He started on the team as a volunteer booker before becoming a full-time booking coordinator in 2019. Dan has since taken an active role in improving our systems and processes to help scale our operations to reunite more refugee families. When he’s not booking flights or solving tech issues you’ll find Dan climbing hills, petting dogs or tasting good beer in new cities.

Arthur Stevens 

Booking Consultant

Pronouns: He/Him

Arthur books Miles4Migrants’ flights, coordinating with donors, partners, and the Miles4Migrants team, reuniting displaced persons using donated frequent flyer miles. He has spent the past few years immersed in the world of award travel, redeeming about 4.5 million points and personally traveling over 150,000 miles. When he was offered the opportunity to put the knowledge he had gained to help reunite families with their loved ones, he was over the moon. Every day working for Miles4Migrants, he is moved by the stories of the immensely brave heroes seeking asylum, and the impact of donated miles; miles that reunite loved ones who have sometimes been separated for years, or help individuals escape persecution in their home countries. He feels it is a privilege to contribute one small part to these heroes’ incredible journeys. In his spare time, Arthur enjoys games of problem solving, listening to music or podcasts, and dreaming up his next trip.

Cat Cooke 

Marketing and Content Manager

Pronouns: She/Her

Cat oversees the marketing and content efforts at Miles4Migrants. She is an award miles enthusiast herself, having used them to assist in her two years of full-time travel across six continents. During this time spent discovering new cultures, she also worked as a social media and content marketing freelancer for nonprofits and social good organizations. Prior to her full-time travels, Cat lived in South Africa and assisted an after-school program for youth affected by HIV/AIDS. She also worked on the marketing team at Kiva where she traveled to many developing countries to cover the stories of economically disadvantaged individuals. One of her more impactful trips was interviewing Syrian refugees in Lebanon, an experience that solidified her desire to work more closely with refugees to help them reunite with their families and feel welcomed to their new homes. Now settled in Texas, Cat enjoys volunteering at a local ESL program with migrants from over 80 countries and is on a quest to try out all the immigrant-run restaurants in the area– especially if they involve tacos or Asian noodles!

Amy Yu 

Volunteer Ambassador

Pronouns: She/Her

Amy’s experiences as a first-generation Chinese-American led to a desire to help underrepresented communities and families improve their lives. Her background, coupled with a few years of working in management consulting, led to a stockpile of travel miles and to Miles4Migrants. Her own rewarding experiences as a donor – helping two teenage girls flee conflict-stricken areas to reunite with family – inspired her to join the Miles4Migrants team as a volunteer, where she works on marketing and partnerships. She currently works at an early-stage e-commerce start-up in Los Angeles and is an avid camper, hiker and coffee junkie in her spare time.

Ken Robbins

Volunteer Ambassador

Pronouns: He/Him

Ken has always had a passion to find ways to marry his core tech geek nature with ways to help people. This started early in his career when he created an aviation weather service to help pilots reduce weather-related accidents. More recently, Ken led an engineering organization supporting scientists who were performing drug discovery research on cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and other major unmet medical needs. This role required frequent travel from Boston to Switzerland, and as a result, many frequent flyer miles were accumulated. Ken was thrilled to discover Miles4Migrants, which provided a way to help the refugee crisis by donating his miles to make a direct impact in reuniting multiple wonderful and deserving families. After experiencing the donor side of the Miles4Migrants process, Ken saw that many of the automation lessons that helped accelerate scientists’ discovery of new medicines could be applied to the complex logistics problems of efficiently scaling Miles4Migrants’ ability to fulfill a virtually unlimited demand for family reunifications. Ken and his wife Debbie are proud parents of 3 sons, two of whom are tech focused, while the eldest is saving the planet, so he gets a pass for not picking up the geek gene.

Miles4Migrants is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity formed in September 2016. Our mission is to use donated airline miles and money to book flights to fly displaced persons separated by conflict and persecution to safe new homes.

See our IRS Determination Letter and most recent tax filing here.