The Summer 2011 fundraising event team

The entire team is composed of volunteers, native of 9 countries, who dedicate their time to furthering the MS cause. As in 2010, most of the team comes from Wall Street or the fashion industry, and now includes two MS advocates and a Grammy winner. And similarly, we continue to engage the young: this year's team junior being 20, while its senior 47.

To see the founding team that helped make Fly for MS a reality, click here »

Hover over the pictures for brief bios.

Living with MS

Lauren Parrott

  • 29, living with MS since she was 18
  • Active MS advocate, her youtube videos reaching people in 70 countries
  • Education: BA, Michigan State University

Luca Ribezzo

  • 30, living with MS since he was 28
  • Fashion model, Future Models - Milan
  • Clients include Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre, Tissot
  • Education: Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Reni de Boer

  • 31, with MS since she was 17; using a wheelchair since 26
  • Member of the MS International Federation (MSIF)
  • Active MS advocate, speaker, writer;
  • Mis(s) Netherlands 2007
  • Education: Policy Analysis & Management, TU Delft; Art History, Leiden University

Kevin Stewart

  • 47, living with MS since he was 43
  • Active MS advocate
  • Fashion designer & co-owner, Roger Charles NY; previously: fashion director ESPN, Men's Fitness; Manager of Creative Services at Joseph Abboud
  • Editor and publisher of African Inheritance Magazine


Wall Street

Andrei Floroiu (founder)

  • Entrepreneur. Previously with Invus Group, McKinsey & Co, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, IBM
  • Education: MBA, The Wharton School; MS, University of Maryland; BS, Politehnica University of Bucharest
  • Other: Private pilot, single and multi-engine rated

Simona Maria Jelescu

  • Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Education: BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alina Gheorghe

  • Institutional equity Sales, William Blair; formerly optionsXpress
  • Education: BS, De Paul University

Octavian Popescu

  • Private Equity Sr. Associate, ZM Equity Partners; formerly with Bank of America
  • Education: BS, University of Illinois

Francis Frecentese

  • Global Head of Hedge Fund Investments, Citi Private Bank; previously with Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs
  • Education: MBA, The Wharton School; JD, NYU School of Law

Oliver Dunsche

  • Barclays Capital; previously: Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank
  • Education: MBA, The Wharton School; BS, The Wharton School

Other fields

Tudor Hulubei

  • Software engineer; Google Inc., NY
  • Education: Ph.D. University College, Cork, Ireland; MS, University of New Hampshire; MS & BS, Politehnica University of Bucharest

Agata Antoniuk

  • Police Officer, NYPD
  • Education: BA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Creative fields

Ian Cuttler

  • Grammy Award Winning art director and photographer
  • Awards: Grammy, 2006 (art director); "Best Design Show"; other awards from HOW, Print, The Color Awards, AIGA
  • Campaigns: visual campaigns for numerous artists, including Beyonce, Ricky Martin, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Julio Iglesias, Marc Anthony and Destiny's Child

Andreea Diaconu

  • Fashion model, IMG New York/Paris/Milan
  • Ralph Lauren face
  • Covers: Elle, France - Aug 2009; Elle, Romania - 2007, May 2010; Elle, Russia - May 2011

Eniko Mihalik

  • Fashion model, Elite Model Management
  • Covers: Australia: 'Russh' Dec. 2010; France: 'Numero' Oct. 2009, 'Magazine Antidote' #01 2010, 'Numéro' Feb. 2011; Hungary: 'The Room' Fall 2009; 'Elle' Mar. 2010; 'Marie Claire' May 2010; 'Glamour' Jun. 2010; Italy: 'Vogue Beauty' Apr. 2009; Japan: 'Vogue' May 2009; 'Vogue' Oct. 2009; Korea: 'W' Jul. 2009; 'W' Oct. 2010; Spain: 'Harper's Bazaar' Oct. 2010; UK: 'i-D' Jan. 2009; US: 'V Magazine' Fall 2008; 'V Magazine' Fall 2010

Gabriela Oltean

  • Interior designer; fashion model, Wilhelmina Models - New York
  • Education: MA, UCLA; BA, University of Physical Education, Bucharest
  • Covers: Style, UK
  • TV ads: Martini, Dos Equis, Magnum Ice cream
  • Movies: "beautiful woman" part in John Q, with Denzel Washington

Dave Parsons

  • Entrepreneur, photographer, musician
  • Education: MS, Harvard University; BS, Syracuse University

Otilia Aionesei

  • Fashion model, Major Model Management, NY; Freelance writer
  • Education: Columbia University
  • Covers: Psychology Today, U.S.; Class, Romania
  • Movies: Men in Black III with Will Smith
  • 1st runner up, Ford Supermodel of the World, 2005

Daniela Mirzac

  • Fashion model, Marilyn Models, New York
  • Covers: D, Italy

Paul de Luna

  • Photographer, journalist, film-maker
  • Publications: Elle, The Wall Street Journal, and other prestigious publications worldwide
  • Exhibits: NY, LA, and London
  • Education: BA, San Diego State University

Adrian Nina

  • Photographer
  • Exhibits: Jessica White by Adrian Nina for Bullet magazine, New York