Michele Campanelli-Erwin. President and Founder
Michele Erwin has a successful career in the Fashion Industry, having worked for notable fashion houses, such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. After her son was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and experiencing the difficulties of traveling with a Wheelchair she knew something needed to be done. Taking her business acumen and passion for projects she embarked on the journey of getting wheelchairs crash tested for commercial flight and created All Wheels Up
Dream Destination: Italy and Africa
Alan Chaulet. Vice President
Alan is an aspiring Entrepreneur and Inventor fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He graduated from Bentley University in 2013 with a Management Degree. Alan is the founder of Badass Ability which is an ambitious media, consulting, ecommerce, and technology startup dedicated to helping those with Disabilities.
Alan is very active in the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Community and currently serving in the first Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Adult Advisory Council. He was the Honored Hero in the first MDA Team Momentum Half Marathon in Boston and hopes to accomplish a lot of Disability Advocacy.
His responsibilities include the All Wheels Up website and technology needs.
He knows Accessible Airplanes allows Airlines to tap into an untouched market of millions of customers and that it will dramatically increase their profits as well as that of the entire Travel industry
Dream Destination: Paris
Tamie is a self-proclaimed jack of all interests and trades. Since graduating from Rowan University and receiving her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2003 and a certification in Graphic Design in 2006, Tamie has worked and volunteered in various areas, including tutoring English online, volunteering for animal welfare, opening up her own photo restoration business, working at a travel agency as both website blogger and a travel agent, and most recently returning to her true passion of Graphic Design where she currently works as webmaster. Throughout these many interests and career choices, one thing that never changed was her love for travel and her dream for it to became an accessible reality.
In spite of her lifelong physical limitations due to Muscular Dystrophy, during her younger, ambulatory years, Tamie grew up fortunate enough to travel to some of the most beautiful places across the country, as well as trips overseas to visit family in Italy. Unfortunately, as her disease has progressed with age, it has become both impossible and unsafe for her to travel by plane. As Development and Fundraising Coordinator for All Wheels Up, Tamie looks forward to the future of safe and accessible air travel — a future that does not exclude those with a severe disability who wish to travel for either school, business, medical necessity or pleasure.
Dream Destination: Santorini, Sicily and Paris
Claudine Campanelli- Founding Boardmember
Claudine has extensive experience in Early Childhood school management. She is currently the Higher Education Coordinator for the New York Professional Development Institute overseeing the undergraduate and graduate Certificate programs at CUNY School of Professional Studies. She has extensively traveled for both professional and leisure purposes. She opened the first full day corporate Montessori school that including infants and toddlers in Australia and India. Claudine has been a member of several boards serving young children and advocating for quality early childhood education. She was president of Suffolk AEYC, the local affiliate chapter of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) from 2009 – 2013. She is a lecturer and presenter both nationally and internationally, specializing in early childhood and Montessori education. She is also a doctoral student at LIU-Post. Her favorite travel experience was staying in a tree house during her travels to Mount Rainier.
Dream Destination: Maldives and Amalfi Coast, Italy
Tinamarie Duff- Founding Boardmember
A New York native now living in New Jersey; Tinamarie has worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb for 20 years holding various marketing and sales roles. She is a Tri-Chair for the BMS DAWN team (Differently-Abled Workplace Network), which holds a mission to fosters an environment and workplace culture that promotes the value of differently abled individuals and their impact on BMS business worldwide. She currently holds a position of Associate Director, on the Strategic Payer Marketing team supporting the innovative medicines division. Her therapeutic area of expertise is Immuno-Oncology with a focus on population health and real world evidence. Tinamarie has an undergraduate degree in Marketing and a Master’s in Business.
She is the mother of two smart and active children that keep her busy running from a lacrosse field to a fencing match or theater event. Tinamarie enjoys cooking, volunteering and in addition to AWU she has a passion that brings her to volunteer at a medical clinic and orphanage in Haiti.
Dream Destinations: Fiji and British Columbia
During his long career, Mr. Ralph Yaniz has worked on mental health, aging and disability issues. He most recently also served as the Executive Director of the start-up Foundation for the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology during 2016. Prior to that he had been a Regional Vice President for AARP for a decade and their State Director in Illinois for four years prior to two regional roles.
In his capacity as the Illinois State Director, Mr. Yaniz most notably led AARP Illinois in major legislative victories such as the Older Adult Services Act in 2004, sponsored by state Senator Iris Martinez. In 2006, AARP Illinois, led by Mr. Yaniz, continued to fight for funding in the state’s FY’07 budget, which earmarked $65 million for the long-term care system. He also directed AARP Illinois’ advocacy campaign for passage of the Medicare Modernization Act and in 2005-2006 Medicare Part D enrollment that included extensive outreach to the African-American and Latino community.
Before coming to AARP, Mr. Yaniz was Executive Director of the Berwyn Cicero Council on Aging. BCCOA had a mission to assist adults over 60 in maintaining their independent living with the highest quality of life possible. BCCOA provided programs through federal, state and local funding. Mr. Yaniz was instrumental in accessing several new grants, including significant funding through the MacNeal Hospital Foundation that led to a senior center health clinic.
In the 1990’s, at the start of his career in mental health Mr. Yaniz did many years of psychotherapy and was also a program director at a community mental health center where he helped expand housing/residential programs and start some of the first CILA programs in that community.
He holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. He also holds an MBA degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Yaniz served on the board of Advocates for Mental Illness Education and the Berwyn Cicero Council on Aging. He served on the initial National Community Advisory Committee for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and he also volunteers with various disability organizations, including All Wheels Up, Inc., working for wheelchair access to airplanes.
He is proud to be on the founding board of the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities even as he plans to start the LGMD2L Foundation to help find cures for his own form of muscular dystrophy.
Dream Destination- Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Julie Neufeld- Canada Representative
Julie has worked in multiple roles serving the airline industry for over seven years. On a daily basis she witnesses the difficulties that travellers with disabilities encounter while navigating the airport and during transfers onto aircrafts. In every aspect of her life, Julie is dedicated to advocating for the rights and inclusion of members of marginalized communities. She uses this passion to liaise with local organizations to lead accessible travel information sessions at a spinal cord rehabilitation centre in Vancouver, and facilitates experiential airport tours for people living with disabilities in the Greater Vancouver area.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Julie is also a full time student pursuing her Bachelors Degree, and is a proud parent of four amazing children. In her free time, she can be found volunteering with a local baseball organization that hosts a Challenger Ball program for children with special needs.
Dream Destination: New Zealand
Robin Wearley, PA-C, MSc is a retired Flight Attendant and Cardiovascular Physician Assistant with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior & Leadership and a Master of Science in Health Communication.
She created ADAPTS in 2005, as she sat in the window seat during a flight home to San Francisco. Filling the other two seats were an elderly man and his wife, who was brought onto the plane in a wheelchair. At the conclusion of the flight, Robin and her two seatmates were required to remain in their seats until all other passengers had deplaned and a wheelchair could be brought on board.
As they wheeled the elderly woman off the plane, a flight attendant thanked Robin for being patient, adding that he hoped it hadn’t been too much of an inconvenience. It wasn’t, but it got Robin thinking—what if the outcome of the flight had been different? What if they didn’t have the luxury of time? How would that woman—or her husband and Robin, who couldn’t move until she did—have gotten safely off the plane?
A dozen years later, after more flights and several conversations with a travel-savvy friend who happens to be a triple amputee, Robin’s idea began to take root. She grabbed her yoga mat and some rope, and fashioned the first prototype of the ADAPTS sling. Convinced she was onto something, she cut up a Slip-n-Slide® and refined her design. She created a third prototype from light cotton muslin, before turning the design over to a seamstress, who created the pattern and instructions for mass production.
Her experiences in the travel and healthcare industries were instrumental in helping her identify the unmet safety need addressed by ADAPTS™: ensuring a safe, comfortable evacuation method for people with disabilities.