Who we are

When children and young adults are facing complex, life-threatening medical conditions, time is always a factor. Good outcomes depend not only on a timely diagnosis, but on how quickly treatments can begin.

 These complex conditions often require the care of specialists at medical centers across the country, and for families who don’t live near these centers, transportation can be a significant barrier.

Spirit Air was created to fill this vital need when circumstances preclude commercial travel options.

Our mission is to provide no-cost flights for pediatric and young adult patients and families/care teams to and from medical facilities across North America.

Spirit Air Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and registered with the state of Wisconsin.

Our Team

Mitch Januszewski Founder and Chief Pilot of Spirit Air

As founder and a Principal of RCA, Mitch has grown RCA to hundreds of clients around the world. A mechanical engineer, he spent more than 25 years in regulated companies like Baxter Healthcare Corporation, and survived every type of FDA audit—an asset that was the impetus for his first consulting firm, Oak Grove Technologies, which he later sold.

Mitch’s nearly 40 years as a pilot are integral to his business. With the company plane, he can respond more quickly to clients who call today and need RCA’s help tomorrow. Mitch enjoys building relationships with his clients and employees around the globe.
 

Karen L. DeRose

Karen is President and Managing Partner of DeRose Financial Planning Group, a premier independent fee-based financial planning and wealth management firm in Chicago. With over 20 years of experience, she has helped hundreds of clients create the life they value and the legacy they envision.

Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in business with concentrations in accounting and marketing from Barat College. She is a CFP® certificant, and holds the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) designation. She holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63 and 66 registrations and is licensed in over 20 states.

Karen was the first female Chairman of The Resource Group, which comprises the top 200 financial advisors at Lincoln Financial Advisors. She is a co-founding member of The WISE Group, Lincoln Financial Network’s professional organization of female financial planners, and served as Chairman from 2013 – 2016.

Karen is a member of the Financial Planning Association and a Collaborative Law Fellow. She has appeared on NBC Chicago and was featured in the book, “Women at the Top,” in financial services in 2015. Karen was listed in Chicago Magazine as an “Illinois Five Star Wealth Advisor,” annually since 2010, earned the prestigious Women’s Choice Award® as a top female advisor annually since 2013, was named one of the Twenty Women to Watch by Investment News in 2015 and 2016, was named one of the “Top 13 Financial Advisors in Chicago, Illinois,” by AdvisoryHQ in 2015 and 2016, and received the Circle of Excellence Award from Women in Insurance and Financial Services annually since 2011.

Karen and her husband have two grown sons and reside in Deerfield.

 

Mike Parkes

Alabama grad Mike Parkes spent over thirty years with Hospira, Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corporation before joining RCA as COO. From his early days as a microbiologist in the labs at Baxter, to his corporate responsibilities as Vice President of Parenterals Quality Operations at Hospira, he has made regulatory compliance an integral part of day-to-day business.

At RCA, Mike’s substantial experience with operational Quality has been invaluable for diagnosing and fixing compliance issues as well as helping clients achieve significant cash flow improvements through Quality process optimization.