The Ability Experience is a nonprofit organization with a simple mission: create shared experiences with people with disabilities and members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. We do so through a variety of volunteer events, bringing students together from across the country to bike, build, and create lasting memories with the disability community. Our hosts, Zorth Pilonieta and Gary Sugg, interview members of our Ability Experience community and give them the platform to tell their shared experiences. Join us as we explore the many unique stories that make up The Ability Experience.
Michael Davis, Psi (Cornell University)
Welcome to episode 13! On this episode of “The Shared Experience Podcast,” hosts Zorth and Gary interview 1997 Journey of Hope North Route cyclist, managing director at Merrill Lynch and current AbEx board member, Michael Davis.
Learn how Michael’s Journey of Hope experience led to him hosting the Inaugural Empire State Ride in New York, and saying YES to more adventures like hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in 2024.
Connect with Michael professionally here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nymikedavis/
Connect with Michael socially here: https://www.instagram.com/maddog_davis7/
Interested in doing the 2024 Empire State Ride October 10-14? Email Diego at email@example.com.
Rob Raesemann, Zeta Zeta (University of North Florida)
Welcome to episode 12, featuring Rob Raesemann from the Zeta Zeta chapter of Pi Kappa Phi. In this episode, hosts Zorth and Gary talk with Rob about being a 6x Pi Alpha, his involvement for the AbEx Challenge: Gate River Run and the future of the Zeta Zeta Chapter.
A snippet about Rob:
"Rob's initiation into Pi Kappa Phi over 35 years ago set him on a path he could never have imagined. He feels lucky to have joined the only fraternity that could provide him with the types of opportunities Pi Kappa Phi has.
Rob started volunteering for the fraternity as a District Counselor in 2002, which led to attending Pi Kappa Phi’s Supreme Chapter in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., Rob attended the Journey of Hope arrival for the first time. When he learned alumni could participate in Gear Up Florida, he immediately purchased a bike, and applied for his first summer event in 2003. Rob has been active with the Ability Experience for over 20 years!"
Connect with Rob professionally here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robraesemann/
Connect with Rob socially here: https://www.instagram.com/robraesemann/
Sign up for the 2024 Gate River Run here: https://give.abilityexperience.org/event/2024-abex-challenge-gate-river-run/e530582
Jim Karlovec, Delta Sigma (Bowling Green)
Welcome back! It's been a while. On this return episode, Zorth and Gary talk with Jim Karlovec, cofounder of the Journey of Hope. This is the first episode of a longer series discussing how "A" journey of hope became THE Journey of Hope.
Corey Dillon, Zeta Phi (Colorado State)
As a Pi Alpha, Cycling Coach and Board Member, it's fair to say that Corey Dillon has impacted the The Ability Experience's cycling events more than just about anyone. Over the years, Corey has dedicated himself to the evolution of our events - particularly in the interest of safety. Join us and we uncover what Corey has added to the Journey of Hope and Gear Up Florida experiences since is 1991 cross-country trek.
Paul Drake, Zeta Lambda (Cal-State Chico)
Paul Drake has done it all. As a seven time Pi Alpha, Paul has cycled all three routes of Journey of Hope and Gear Up Florida. Join us as Paul compares and contrasts his experiences depicting the evolution of our programs over the years.
Paul's involvement: Journey of Hope (1989, 1991, 1998, 2003, 2005), Gear Up Florida (2004), Pi Alpha Ride Along (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2017), Cycling Events Cycling Coach (2018-present)
Josh and Will Ingram (Theta Alpha and Iota Phi)
Twin brothers, Josh and Will Ingram have a lot to unpack when it comes to Ability Experience involvement. Join us as we compare and contrast two unique experiences including the 2019 Journey of Hope.