The Wheels
of Happiness Team​.​
We help people with disabilities to become independent and reintegrate, and add value to their communities. We provide people with motor disabilities with medical equipment and supplies, scholarships, psychological help and inspiration to make them independent and therefore more productive. By doing this, we believe that everybody wins. The Foundation is funded by the help of corporate and individual donors and by special events.

Board of Directors

Vincenzo Piscopo

Vincenzo
Piscopo

Executive Director

Vincenzo Piscopo works as a Community and Stakeholder Relations director for The Coca-Cola Company where he manages the relationships with disability, veterans and Hispanic organizations as well as United Way and Hands-On Atlanta.

Vincenzo has worked for The Coca-Cola Company for the last 23 years in different areas of the organization: Finance, IT, Marketing and Innovation. He has a bachelor degree in Economics, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master in Creativity from Buffalo State College.

He is the president and founder member of the This-ABILITY BRG for The Coca-Cola Company and the founder and president of the “Wheels of Happiness Foundation” where he uses his expertise to help people with motor disabilities in disadvantaged areas of the world. He is a board member of Respectability.

María Gabriela Piscopo

María Gabriela
Piscopo

President

Gabriela Piscopo is a Professor of Marketing and International Business at Morehouse College, where she also conducts research in the areas of customer value, relationship marketing and entrepreneurship. She has a PhD in Marketing from Georgia State University, an MBA from the Tepper School of Business of Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in Economics from Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela.

Gabriela is a native of Valencia, Venezuela and has lived in the Atlanta area since 1996. Being a founding member of the Wheels of Happiness Foundation has been extremely rewarding for her. Among all things, she is most proud of her beautiful family which includes husband Vincenzo, son Rafael and daughters Antonella, Arianna and Sabrina.

Jim Sanderson

Jim
Sanderson

Vice-President

Jim Sanderson is the Division Electrical and Automation Manager for Motion Industries in the Southeast. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After a 30-year career, he is responsible for the electrical and automation segment of Motion Industries, which is the largest industrial distributor in the US. As a product specialist, he has helped several large companies meet their maximum performance.

He has had a long history of community service and has held several board positions in charitable organizations. His passion is to help others achieve their goals.

Juan Carlos Montalvo

Juan Carlos
Montalvo

Treasurer

Juan Carlos Montalvo has over 30 years of experience in accounting, auditing and finance.

He currently works for Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta where le leads their global Internal Audit Department. Before joining Habitat, Juan Carlos spent over 20 years working in various financial, accounting and auditing roles for private and public companies in the USA and Venezuela, including Ernst & Young where he served as a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services Practice in Atlanta for over six years and three years in the Assurance Practice in Caracas, Venezuela. He has an MBA degree in Finance from Mercer University (Atlanta). He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Georgia Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners. He lives in Woodstock, GA with his wife and son.

Kerry Kerr

Kerry
Kerr

Secretary

Kerry Kerr is originally from Clearwater, Florida. As the daughter of a Minister, she has been privileged to live in many locations throughout Florida, Georgia and England.

Her career has spanned more than 16 years of experience across diverse international markets, including 13 years of Public and Media Relations at The Coca-Cola Company. During that time she has been privileged to focus on global brand and business communications, investor relations, community and stakeholder campaigns, issues management and strategic planning.

Now based in her birth state of Florida, Kerry is ecstatic to be a new member of the WOH Board and assisting with the work to share empowerment and happiness!

Kelley Brooks Simoneaux

Kelley Brooks
Simoneaux

Board Member

Kelley Simoneaux is an attorney and disability rights advocate based in Washington, DC. She is the founder of The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm, PLLC where she represents individuals following a spinal cord injury. Kelley has committed her professional life to helping those with spinal cord injuries after she became a T-12 paraplegic as a passenger in a car wreck when she was 16 years old.

She graduated at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama and then law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law. She practiced at several nationally known law firms in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Washington, DC.

Francisco Montiel

Francisco
Montiel

Board Member

Francisco Montiel is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela and moved to the US in August of 1992. He has a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the Universidad del Zulia and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Georgia Tech. After working in this field for 16 years, he decided to make a career move into Interior Design and is currently a Project Director at Blackdog Studio, a firm that specializes in the hospitality industry.

Francisco has volunteered for a couple of non for profit organizations in the past and is excited to be a part of the Wheels of Happiness Organization. He currently lives in Midtown Atlanta and enjoys working out and traveling in his free time.

Boyd Christian

Boyd
Christian

Board Member

Boyd Christian is a Managing Director for CapTech Consulting, where he leads CapTech’s Atlanta office which provides technology and management consulting services to Fortune 500 companies. Boyd has 10 years of experience in corporate roles in Talent Management, Marketing, and Innovation, and he has 10 years providing management consulting and technology services to Fortune 500 clients. Boyd has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.

Boyd is a native of Arlington, VA and has lived in the Atlanta area since 2001. He currently resides in Milton, GA with his wife Tricia and two children, Anna and Grant.

Misael Portillo

Misael
Portillo

Board Member

Misael J. Portillo has a bachelor’s degree in economics from La Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela and an MBA from Babson College. Up to year 2001 he held several senior and top-level banking positions in Venezuela, with major focus in mortgage lending, as well as private and corporate banking.

In early 2010 he founded ProAmericas, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia and, in 2012, he was the co-founder and now Vice-President of IANAmericas, the Inter-American Network of U.S. Alumni Associations for the Western Hemisphere. He has been the Chairman and member of the Council of Advisors of other distinguished international organizations fostering lasting and prosperous relations with the United States of America.

Yaquarri Adams

Yaquarri
Adams

Board Member

Yaquarri Adams is an energetic and passionate business leader with extensive experience in commercial finance, strategic planning and negotiation. Throughout his career, he has been highly effective in increasing revenue and profitability through strategy development, effective planning and operational execution. Guided by his belief that the greatest responsibility of leaders is to inspire others, he is well-regarded by many for his focus on enhancing the knowledge, skills and leadership behaviors of others through coaching and development. Among his many passions, being a strong, smart and respected voice for those underrepresented in society is a top priority.

Operating Team

Rosa Burkard

Rosa Burkard

Carolina Artadi

Carolina Anzola

Gloria Herdee

Gloria Herdee

Blas López

Blas López

Jose_Hurtado_Designer

Jose Hurtado

Mayre Kile

Mayre Kile

Eduardo Burkard

Eduardo Burkard

Maria Alexandra Pernetz

Maria Alexandra Pernetz

William Rodriguez

William Rodriguez

Adriana

Adriana Andrade

Paula

Paula Rodriguez

Marygaby

Maria de Herrera

Venezuela Operations

Lucio Herrera

Lucio A. Herrera

Venezuela Operations

Eusmary_Bellisario

Eusmary Bellisario

Venezuela Operations

Cesar_Heredia

Cesar Heredia

Venezuela Operations

Ana_Gabriela

Ana Gabriela Garcia

Venezuela Operations

Nemecio_Diez

Nemesio Diez

Mexican Operations

Julieta

Julieta Diez

Mexican Operations

Ways to Help.

Get Involved

Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team

How We're Helping

We are a nonprofit organization focused on helping children and adults with motor disabilities. We provide medical supplies and equipment, offer scholarships and fund mobility related surgeries. We hope to make a difference to the life of people with disabilities.

Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. WOH Foundation couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.

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