board of directors

GEORGE GALLEGO is the founder and CEO of Wheels of Progress. He has lived with a spinal cord injury since 1992. After years of coming to grips with his disability, he moved on to attend and manage a flight school on Long Island. His Master's degree is in Organizational Leadership and his undergraduate degree is in Organizational Management. He also received a Professional Certification in Not-for-Profit Management from Fordham University Graduate Schools of Social Service and Business Administration. For the past 4 years he has been a world-class athlete competing in triathlons around the world. He mentors at Mount Sinai Hospital and other institutions where young persons with SCI are "housed" temporarily or even permanently.  In 2009, George became the president of the New York Chapter of the Spinal Cord Injury Association.

ROSEMARIE MURRAY is Vice President of Wheels of Progress and helped in its creation.  An Assistant Professor of Literature, Language, and Communication, Dr. Murray also has a degree in Counseling.  She is one of the original board members of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, which was founded during her tenure as Dean of Students at Mercy College.  For several years she was also a member of the Board of Providence House, an organization that provides transitional and supportive housing for women released from prison so they can reunite with their children.  After meeting young people with spinal cord injuries who are institutionalized in a nursing home for the elderly, she resolved to help make appropriate housing available for this group of forgotten—even “invisible”— individuals.

DIANE LOUARD-MICHEL is the NY Director of the Corporation of Supportive Housing.  In her 18 years at CSH, she has worked on numerous projects, representing thousands of units of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families.  Diane has managed several special initiatives, including program design: (1) CSH/OMH New Construction Design Prototype and OMH’s 4% Tax Credit Financing Demonstration and (2) CSH’s participation in the $230 million New York City Acquisition Loan Program.  Current key activities for the New York Office include helping advance implementation of the New York/New York III Agreement, a $1 billion city/state commitment to finance 9,000 units of supportive housing.  She has a Master’s in Historic Preservation with a specialization in Urban Planning and Housing Finance from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Yale University.

MARGARET MARK is a marketing guru who helped the founders of Wheels of Progress in the early stages of its creation.  She is the president of Margaret Mark Strategic Insight, a marketing consulting firm specializing in a unique form of brand management based on a deep, even primal, understanding of how consumers and brands interact. A former Executive Vice President of Young & Rubicam, her recent clients include Cablevision/Madison Square Garden, Sesame Workshop, SAP America, Polo Ralph Lauren, and the March of Dimes.  It did not take long for Margaret to see the need and agree to become a member of the Board of Wheels of Progress.
ARGYRIOS STAMPAS, M.D. is the Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at The Burke Rehabilitation Center, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a member and diplomate of various prestigious medical boards.  Aside from his obvious expertise in SCI medicine, Dr. Stampas brings knowledge of “environmental controls necessary for independent living for persons with SCI.”  He is sensitive to the circumstances of young people who are discharged to senior nursing care facilities after rehabilitation, and he welcomes the opportunity to help Wheels of Progress to fulfill its mission:  creating a solution for the institutionalization of persons who are disabled but can and want to live in the community.
*Sources:
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services