Meet the MMP Team
Michelle Scribner-MacLean has been a Disney fan since the late 1980s and with each new trip she’d have yearning to go back and see and do more.
She caught the running bug in 2008 when she and her brother Mark decided to build a fund to honor their mom at Spaulding Rehab in Boston, where she had been a nurse for over 30 years. She trained with the help of Mark and her co-host Mike Scopa and successfully completed her first half marathon in 2009….successfully endowed a fund for nursing professional development called The Marlene Scribner Fund, and she has not stopped running since.
Along with Mike and AllEars founder, Deb Wills, Michelle created Team AllEars, an international running team designed to help folks get healthy, support their journey to run Disney races, as well as to raise money for breast cancer research. As of 2013, Team AllEars has raised over $200,000 in the fight against breast cancer and has help launch on-going runDisney addictions and, more importantly, life-long friendships.
As a writer and blogger for AllEars.net, Michelle chronicled her experiences as a new runner in the Reluctant Runner series, as well as for the Team AllEars Blog. She has also been an occasional guest on WDWToday to discuss running and navigating WDW as a vegetarian.
Michelle grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts (just north of Boston) and developed her love of science, technology, and gadgets by spending 20 years working as a staff member at the Boston Museum of Science (all through high school, college, graduate school). At the Museum she did everything from co-lead safaris to Africa, to live animal demonstrations, to working at the laser show in the planetarium. She became a 4th grade teacher and eventually left to pursue her doctorate in science and math education. Currently she is a college professor, working primarily with graduate students who are becoming science and math teachers. She also does research in the field of educational technology.
Other than running, podcasting, and Disney, her hobbies include playing tennis, playing the piano, travel, being part of Red Sox Nation, and keeping up on the latest technology trends. Michelle is a HUGE Apple fan-girl.
Michelle has some runDisney street cred: She has done nine half marathons at Walt Disney World and Disneyland including several January halves, Chip and Dale’s Marathon Relay, two Wine and Dine Halves, and the Disneyland half (earning her a Coast-to-Coast medal), the Princess Half, and the Tower of Terror 10-miler. She has also done countless Disney 5Ks and in January 2013 completed her first full marathon to earn the Mickey 20th Anniversary Marathon Medal.
Michelle lives in southern New Hampshire and travels to Disney at least four times a year. She is a DVC Member and has worked hard to build the Disney addiction in her two sons, Evan and Liam.
Mike Scopa has been involved in the Disney Internet Community for 15 years. He began with his trip reports on a site known as DVClubber’s Trip Planning Resource. That launched him into becoming a major Walt Disney World content provider for Mouseplanet.com and eventually a Senior Feature Writer and blogger for AllEars.net and in April 2007 began writing a running blog for AllEars.
Mike has been a contributing author to several Disney oriented publications including The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, Cara Goldsbury’s Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World, and more recently was chosen to contribute to Four Decades of Magic: Celebrating the First Forty Years of Disney World. He has also served as keynote speaker for MagicMeets and for Mousefest. In 2005 Mike was designated as one of the 50 Happiest Passholders on Earth by Walt Disney World and in 2006 was selected as the Walt Disney World Passholder representative to attend the announcement of the Year of a Million Dreams in New York City.
He is currently one of the co-hosts for the WDWTODAY podcast. Mike has been a runner for 45 years and has run not just on both coasts but also in Europe. Since 2005 Mike has run in over two dozen runDisney events. Mike, along with his Mickey Miles co-host, Michelle Scribner-MacLean, serves as Co-Captain for Team AllEars.
Eve Vanderpool is a self-confessed and proud Disney addict. Eve started running in March of 2011, with her husband and fellow Disney fan, Phill Vanderpool. At Phill’s suggestion– they signed up to be on Team All Ears and fund raise for breast cancer research. Eve was excited to get active and set a good example for her then newborn daughter, Maggie.
In August of 2011, the Vanderpools, moved from New Jersey to Florida and promptly signed up for Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay. The Wine and Dine Half Marathon remains Eve’s favorite Disney race and she has run most of the Disney races since then. She continues to train for the Dopey in 2014 and provide content and build the Mickey Miles Podcast Website.
Before becoming a full time mother, Eve was a marketer with a passion for tech and design. In looking to re-enter the work force, Eve determined that she would build the company she envisioned while working in the corporate world. She and Phill started to build websites and soon after developed their company Vanderpool Group, LLC, providing digital marketing and web design services. She and her husband are absolutely thrilled to be able to innovate, create and help build the website for Mickey Miles Podcast!
Helen Dunn has been a Disney fan since her first trip to Walt Disney World in 1978 and has been a marathon addict since walking her first marathon in 2002. Her two passions collided in 2004 when she finished her first WDW Marathon and she hasn’t missed marathon weekend since then. Over the years, Helen has walked, run and “run/walked/run” her way across the finish line of more than 100 road races. She has also completed the Breast cancer 3-Day walk and has finished one (and only one) 50 mile ultra race. She loves the outdoors and spends as much time as she can visiting the National Parks and beautiful beaches around the world.
Helen got to be friends with Michelle and Mike through Team All Ears and has been a part of that team for the past five years.
Helen lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband Brian and they love running and cycling on the beautiful trail system that covers southeastern Pennsylvania. If there is anything in the world that Helen loves more than running, it’s reading books! You will never find her without a book on hand and she almost always has a suggestion for what others should read next. You can find her talking books with Michelle and lots of their friends over in the Book Files group on Facebook.
In 2008, Eddie made a commitment to his family to change his lifestyle and become more healthy. He was able to exercise daily and shed over 120 pounds. While working out at the gym, he was dared by a friend to run the 2011 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. After training exclusively on the elliptical machine for the race (because he believed that his bad knee could not handle the pounding) he completed the race and fell in love with running. He immediately started signing up for 5Ks, Half Marathons and eventually marathons. In the Fall of 2012, Eddie qualified for the Boston Marathon and will be running in 2014. Eddie has completed over 20 marathons and 18 half marathons and over 15 Disney Races.
Eddie loves to get out and run 6 days a week and logs in over 3,000 miles a year. When Eddie isn’t running a race for a goal time, you can find him out on the race course with friends and his GoPro and camera, where he loves to make a video that recaps the race experience. He also serves as the Vice President of his local community running club, the DC Rogue Runners and he enjoys the opportunity to meet other runners, especially the ones that are like him and thought running was something they could never do.
Eddie lives just west of Atlanta in Villa Rica, Georgia with his wife Anna and two daughters Emma and Abby. You can find Eddie and his family at Auburn football games in the fall rooting for his Tigers, where he once served as an Offensive Line Manager for the team. Eddie also enjoys Golf, Duck Hunting and cruising on the Disney Ships.
Michael Miller | Our love of Disney began in 2008 when I did my first Goofy Challenge. After that visit we bought into DVC sight unseen and have done multiple trips per year with a side trip to Disneyland and three Disney Cruises (a fourth is scheduled for April 2014 and will give us the Grand Slam of being on all four ships). Because of my son, we’ve done DiveQuest which allowed us to SCUBA dive in the Seas; and due to my daughter I’ve stood for hours in line while the kids rode rides so she could meet the latest Disney Princess. And because of my wife, we’ve loved every trip as she’s found new adventures for us to try.
My running is less about why I started and more about the various reasons why I’ve continued to run for over 30 years. In ’92, I worked through the challenges of grad school. In ’97, it was to lose 50 lbs gained from long work hours and bad eating habits. Escape from a colicky baby in ’00 and the call of the marathon two years later. In ’07 I wanted my life back after two years of surgery and illness. And 2010 saw me fighting off 40 and 2012 had me fundraising for the first time. And for the past year, it’s been about the camaraderie and friendships I have formed through running at Disney.