We help people with disabilities in developing countries 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
Vincenzo is the founder and President of The Wheels of Happiness Foundation. He founded the Wheels of Happiness Foundation 7 years ago after suffering a spinal cord injury that left him paralized from the waist down. He founded The Wheels of Happiness Foundation as a way to pay forward all the support he received from his family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Vincenzo was born and grew up in Venezuela. He has bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master in Creative Leadership from Buffalo State College. He is currently completing a Master in Rehabilitation Counseling.
He has been working for The Coca-Cola Company for the last 22 years. He is married to his wife Gabriela and has 4 kids Rafael, Antonella, Arianna and Sabrina. In his free time he plays wheelchair tennis and teaches Sunday school at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
Board Member: Vice-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.
She has more than 10 years of solid industry experience which includes consulting in the area of marketing research and analytics for multinational companies, global pricing management and financial and business analysis, both in the US and South America. Dr. Piscopo recently joined the Ascend 2020 project, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase to support minority entrepreneurship throughout Metropolitan Atlanta.
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.
Board Member: Secretary
Rosa is an English – Spanish Translator and Interpreter with a BA in English – Spanish – French Translation and Interpretation from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a MA in Intercultural Communication from The Monterey Institute of International Studies, and MA in Terminology from Pompeu Fabra University, Spain. She is also trained in areas such as translation of patents, and clinical trial protocols, and Spanish technical writing.
In 2013 Rosa became a Georgia-Certified Court Interpreter, and has been a Qualified Interpreter for the US Department of State: Liaison, Seminar and Conference Interpreter since 2010.
Rosa has translated and interpreted for multiple companies, federal agencies, and NGOs in Venezuela, USA and other countries, and the justice system (Immigration, Civil and Criminal Courts, Worker’s Compensation, etc.) in USA. She has solid experience in technical fields (such as oil, energy, engineering, agriculture, and occupational safety, among others), labor relations, marketing, and the medical/healthcare sector.
Rosa has taught translation, interpretation, and note-taking courses at Universidad Central de Venezuela and Georgia State University and has been a guest speaker at various educational events including the International Terminology Summer School 2008 (Vienna, Austria), the Atlanta Association of Interpreters and Translators, and the Medical Interpreter Network of Georgia.
Rosa speaks Spanish, English, and Italian. She was born in Italy, raised in Venezuela, and has lived in the USA since 2005. She is married and has two grown-up children
Board Member: International Outreach
Carolina is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and has been living in the U.S. for 23 years. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist with experience in language and communication disorders in children and adults. She also holds a Bachelor in Psychology. Currently Carolina works with the Babies Can’t Wait program as a Service Coordinator and Special Instructor, working with babies 0 to 3 years-old and their families. Additionally, Carolina has been painting watercolor and oil for many years. She lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with her husband and three children. She is proud to be part of the leadership team of the Wheels of Happiness Foundation.
Board Member: Treasurer
Juan Carlos has over 30 years of relevant business 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 also worked as General Manager and CFO for a non-profit organization aimed to help children in Venezuela.
Juan Carlos was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and has lived in the USA since 1999. He has an MBA degree in Finance from Mercer University (Atlanta), and a BBA in Accounting from Santa Maria University (Caracas, Venezuela). 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 and son.
Board Member: Graphic Design
Zullin is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela, and has been living in the U.S. in the state of Georgia for 28 years. She is a Graphic Designer from GSU with work experience at CNN Español and IBM. Currently Zullin has a creative blog (Zullin.com); she is also the Coordinator of the anual Venezuelan Christmas Tree at the Fernbank Museum, a passionate activist for Human Rights and humanitarian Aid, and a proud member of the Wheels of Happiness Team.
Board Member: Operations
Blas is from Valencia, Venezuela and moved to the US in June 1993. He has a bachelor degree in Information Systems from the Universidad Tecnologica del Centro (UNITEC). He is currently working for Orange Business Services , a France Telecom unit, where he has spent more than 20 years in several positions, and now he is an AME Sales Channel Manager.
He lives in Atlanta with his wife and has four children, two of them are grown-up kids, one is in college and the youngest one is still in high school. Blas and his wife spend most of his time in soccer fields with his youngest son.
He enjoys volunteering for the Wheels of Happiness organization and working with its wonderful team to help children with disabilities worldwide.
Board Member: Public Relations
Gloria is originally from Acarigua, Venezuela and has lived in Georgia for 22 Years. She has been a Director of Avenext for 6 years. She works as a realtor and lives in Milton Georgia with her husband and three kids. She’s very proud of her work helping people around the world and is proud to be one of the founder members of The Wheels of Happiness Foundation.
Support Team: Community Relations
Mayre is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and has lived in Atlanta since 1998. She is the founder and president of The Spanish Answer. She is a Spanish Teacher, Tutor, and a Spanish Curriculum Developer. She teaches Spanish to executives from different companies in the Atlanta area. She has a bachelor degree in Learning Disabilities, a Master Degree in Learning Processes from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela and a Master Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, from the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
She lives in Atlanta with his Husband Tom and three daughters. She is very proud to be a founder member of the Wheel of Happiness Foundation
Eduardo is from Valencia, Venezuela and is fluent in 3 languages.
He has been working in hospitality since he began working as a team member at Chick-fil-A. After graduating from GCSU with a BBA in Marketing, he lived in Italy for 1 year, where he studied, worked, and traveled around Europe.
After gaining sales experience upon his return from Italy, he moved his career focus to hospitality.
Although he formally joined the Wheels of Happiness foundation in 2018, he has been a regular volunteer since the organization’s inception.
Support Team: Social Media
Lucía Franco is the social media manager for the Wheels of Happiness team, and she’s thankful that her cousin, Carolina, connected her to this wonderful organization.
Lucía is currently a market researcher at Brighthouse Financial where she enjoys creating the basis for marketing innovation. She has an MBA degree in marketing from University of Cincinnati (Ohio), and an BBA in Chemistry from the Universidad de Los Andes (Merida, Venezuela).
She loves spending time with her husband and daughter, and embraces the challenge of raising her daughter bilingual.
Support Team: Venezuela Outreach
Support Team: Latin America Legal Advisory
Support Team: Venezuela Operation
Support Team: Webpage management