Board of Directors
John C. Ludwig
President and Founder
Licensed family therapist MA, MFT 35+ years experience in Family Counseling including advocating for Individuals with Disabilities; Disaster Mental Health Counselor for Red Cross; Red Cross Counselor for Service to The Armed Forces; Life Time Member Paralyzed Veterans of America, Founder of John C. Ludwig Film Endowment Fund Saddleback College. John is a retired Captain/Pilot in the United States Marine Corps.
Vice President - Finance
David M Brown holds a doctorate of education with a specialization in health education from Teachers College Columbia University. He also holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. Additionally, he has two Masters of Arts Degrees from Columbia University one in computers and education and another in health education. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. He serves as treasurer of Muriel’s Angels. He is a life-long academic who has taught at a number of universities in both the United States and the world. He has served on the board of directors for the Society for Public Health Education and The National
Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc.
Vice President Public Relations
A respected leader in the commercial interiors industry for over two decades and a social sustainability advocate, Anthony P. Minite is Managing Director of Fletco Carpets. Minite is a founding board member of Muriel’s Angels. He has supported organizations such as Heroes and Cool Kids, a peer mentoring leadership program for junior high and high school students. He formerly served as Chairman for the Asset Network for Education Worldwide (ANEW) Foundation, a charitable organization that transforms surplus into service by repurposing furniture, fixtures and equipment for the underserved in our local communities.
Vice President of Operations
I have been working in the mobility industry for over 22 years , I am currently a General Manager well versed in Accessible Vehicles , Non Emergency Transportation , Wheelchairs , Scooters , Vehicle lifts , Hospital Beds , Respiratory Equipment , Orthotics & Prosthetics and Medical Supplies . I have been working closely with the Long Beach VA Hospital for over 15 years to help our disabled veterans with providing equipment that helps them have a better quality of life , I also work closely with The PVA ( Paralyzed Veterans of America ) . I have been working with John Ludwig for several years to help him to provide vehicles for families with special needs children that can't afford one.
Malinda (Lynn) Brown is a retired academic and physical therapist. Lynn earned her bachelors degree from Indiana University and a masters from The University of Southern California. She practiced and taught physical therapy for over 30 years within Southern California. Colleges and universities she taught at included Fresno State, USC, and Cerritos College. She serves as the Secretary and Founding Member of Muriel’s Angels. Lynn has served on a number of educational and community boards.
Jay Mills is a real estate executive with over three decades experience helping companies reach their full potential and disrupt the real estate industry. He has held positions creating vision and direction for a variety of firms from Creative and Marketing Director to CEO.
Jay is passionate about helping people and has held multiple seats on a variety of charity boards. Jay serves as the Director of Fundraising and is a Founding Member of Muriel's Angels. Over the years he has served causes like the Special Olympics, The United Way and various local Children’s and Veterans Charities.
Director of Fundraising
Thomas Smith is an award-winning Director of film shorts and commercials in the Southern California area with clients in California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas. Tom has always had an interest in the arts and after retiring from the Orange County Sheriffs Department in 2006 He went into video production full time starting Thomas Smith Productions. Throughout his life he has volunteered his time and talent to help numerous worthwhile charities and has found Muriel’s Angels to be worthwhile indeed. With degrees in art and sociology and a lifetime of working with people across all spectrums of society he is a respected addition to our board.
Ryan Paolella is a young member who is passionate about helping others. He is a current High School student who is a young, ambitious entrepreneur. He assists with development and maintenance of this website. He has contributed to the preparation of the vehicles we provided.