Michael Schneider

Founder/Executive Director aka “Top Dog”

Michael Schneider started Pilots To The Rescue back in 2015 to combine his love of aviation and saving animals. Michael has 10 years of experience as a private instrument-rated pilot with more than 600 hours. When Michael isn’t flying, he enjoys spending time with his wife, 4 boys under 4 years of age, and his 90 lb. rescue dog. Michael currently resides in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and flies out of Essex County Airport in Caldwell, NJ.

-Photo by Evan Krape and the University of Delaware

Daniel Baumel

Co-Pilot/Secretary

Daniel joined Pilots To The Rescue in early 2019 after looking for a way to get involved in animal rescue flights. He came across PTTR and the rest is history! Growing up, his family adopted 3 dogs from various shelters on Long island here in New York. When Daniel isn’t on rescues, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his family’s adopted pup. Even though apartments in NYC are small, he plans to adopt a PTTR rescue one day! Daniel lives in Manhattan and supports Michael on flights out of Essex County Airport in Caldwell, NJ. He has been flying as a private pilot for 9 years with 300+ hours. 

Daniel Baumel

Co-Pilot/Secretary

Daniel joined Pilots To The Rescue in early 2019 after looking for a way to get involved in animal rescue flights. He came across PTTR and the rest is history! Growing up, his family adopted 3 dogs from various shelters on Long island here in New York. When Daniel isn’t on rescues, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his family’s adopted pup. Even though apartments in NYC are small, he plans to adopt a PTTR rescue one day! Daniel lives in Manhattan and supports Michael on flights out of Essex County Airport in Caldwell, NJ. He has been flying as a private pilot for 9 years with 300+ hours.

Brian Orter

President/Pilot

From New York City Brian began a career in the creative arts early in the 1990s as a theatrical and nightclub lighting designer. He is the founder and chief designer at BOLD, a New York and Los Angeles architectural lighting design firm. He’s also currently helping his husband start a unique pillow business. Given the opportunity, Brian will stop to say hello to every dog he sees. He grew up with two German Shepherds named Zeus and Thor. One was a rescue the other was found on the street. One of his dogs, Noodle, had epilepsy and eventually passed away from cancer. “The decision to take care of a pet should never be dependent on money” he says. He offers pet insurance to his employees and many friends. Brian has flown gliders, biplanes, power gliders, hang gliders and many single engine propeller planes. He currently owns a Cirrus. Brian was one of the earliest volunteers and donors to Pilots To The Rescue. He lives with his husband and his two Brussels Griffons Bodhi and Doozer.

Scott Rickles

Treasurer

Scott Rickles started in advertising sales straight out of college from Florida State University in 1978. He moved to Atlanta and began working in his father’s advertising rep firm Ray Rickles & Company which was established in Florida in 1952. Scott took over the family business when his father retired in 1988 and still loves advertising and marketing to this day. He joined Michael in Hospitality in 2006 and they still work together on a number of projects planned for 2021. Scott grew up with dogs and cats in the family while helping to raise 5 boys with his loving wife Tracy Leigh. 

Scott Rickles

Board Director

Scott Rickles started in advertising sales straight out of college from Florida State University in 1978. He moved to Atlanta and began working in his father’s advertising rep firm Ray Rickles & Company which was established in Florida in 1952. Scott took over the family business when his father retired in 1988 and still loves advertising and marketing to this day. He joined Michael in Hospitality in 2006 and they still work together on a number of projects planned for 2021. Scott grew up with dogs and cats in the family while helping to raise 5 boys with his loving wife Tracy Leigh. 

Brielle Petrella

Executive Administrator

Brielle received her BS in Elementary Education/Psychology from The College of New Jersey and her MS in Psychology from Walden University. Her passion for helping animals has fueled her efforts on multiple conservation projects for marine mammals in Hawaii and Alaska. She now volunteers her time with a local puppy rescue helping dogs and puppies find loving forever homes. 

 Brielle has over 15 years of experience managing efforts across a variety of industries including education, animal conservation, and nonprofit organizations. She is using her talents to help spread the word about PTTR’s mission through her efforts as Executive Administrator. Brielle oversees press releases for flight missions, rescue and wildlife center outreach, and assists Top Dog, Michael Schneider with all things PTTR!  

 When she isn’t helping PTTR, she is at home in NJ with her husband and two young daughters caring for their two rescued hound dogs, goats, and flock of chickens. 

brielle@pilotstotherescue.org

Cheryl Martinez

Social Media Manager

Cheryl is the Founder of Tools For Talent®Inc. – a Talent Management and Marketing firm based out of NYC. At TFT, Cheryl connects talent and brands for high-converting influencer marketing campaigns along with free coaching to enhance the quality and visibility of your online presence. 

Cheryl has always been passionate about helping people, helping animals, and helping the planet. Her blog, VeginnerCooking.com helps you transition to a Plant-Forward Lifestyle. Her life mission is to save as many animals as possible, so her work at PTTR is truly rewarding.

Rebecca Poling

Story Teller

Rebecca Poling is a nonprofit consultant helping Pilots To The Rescue tell their story through her writing in the PTTR email newsletter, on the blog posts and on LinkedIn. Active in animal welfare since 2000, Rebecca is a member of the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

rpolingtx@outlook.com

Micah Trostle

Media

Micah is a 20-year-old Photographer, Videographer, and Human Rights Activist who was born in the U.S. but considers Papua New Guinea home, where he grew up as a missionary kid. Currently the Tourism Ambassador of Papua New Guinea, his dream is to move back home in the near future to impact business development and help to expand communities. In the meantime, he started and runs an international media production company that has worked on hundreds of projects in over 8 countries.

Cheryl Martinez

Social Media Manager

Cheryl is the Founder of Tools For Talent®Inc. – a Talent Management and Marketing firm based out of NYC. At TFT, Cheryl connects talent and brands for high-converting influencer marketing campaigns along with free coaching to enhance the quality and visibility of your online presence. 

Cheryl has always been passionate about helping people, helping animals, and helping the planet. Her blog, VeginnerCooking.com helps you transition to a Plant-Forward Lifestyle. Her life mission is to save as many animals as possible, so her work at PTTR is truly rewarding.

MAJOR AIRLINES Alaska Airlines – Pet in cabin – $100.00 USD each way Pet in baggage – $100.00 USD each way. Animal doesn’t have to be owned the traveler and can be a rescue pet. • The pet carrier counts toward your carry-on bag allotment. You may bring either a pet carrier and a personal item, or a pet carrier and a standard size carry-on bag. You may not board the aircraft with a pet carrier, a standard size carry-on, and a personal item. • A customer may travel with a maximum of 2 pet carriers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer. • Pets allowed in the passenger cabin are dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds. Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and must have been fully weaned. • Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress. Brachycephalic or “short-nosed” dogs and cats are not accepted for travel in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines flights (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest, or PenAir). Dogs: boston terrier, boxer (all breeds), bull dog (all breeds), bull terrier, brussels griffon, chow chow, english toy spaniel, japanese spaniel/japanese chin, mastiff (all breeds), pekingese, pit bull (all breeds), pug (all breeds), shih tzu, staffordshire terrier. Cats: Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian. All pets traveling in the cargo compartment on Alaska Airlines (including flights operated by Horizon, SkyWest and PenAir) must have a health certificate dated within 10 days of initial travel and 30 days of return travel, when the return flight is booked in the same record. Pets traveling on a return flight booked in a separate record are required to have a health certificate dated within 10 days of that flight. A health certificate is not required for pets traveling in the cabin with their passenger; however, many states have specific importation health and vaccination requirements.
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