Staff

Edoardo Buenaobra

Shop Manager

Edoardo joined Phoenix Bikes in the Fall of 2009 through the encouragement of a good friend and dedicated volunteer. He started as the Education and Outreach Coordinator and in January of 2013 was appointed Shop Manager.  He attended United Bicycle Institute in Portland, Oregon in February 2013.  There he received his certifications in Professional Repair and Shop Operation, Suspension Technician, and UBI & DT Swiss Wheel Building.  In past lives he has been a personal trainer, ropes course facilitator, guide, race course logistician, outdoor equipment outfitter, and movie theater usher.  He has Bachelors of Science in Health Fitness Recreation Resources with a concentration in Exercise Science.  Aside from his love of cycling, Edoardo enjoys climbing, practicing yoga, trail running, and traveling in his spare time.

Leah Fantle

Education Program Manager

Leah comes to Phoenix Bikes with three years in the local bicycle industry and over four years of experience in education as a tutor, mentor, and teacher. She has worked in both national bike advocacy and behind the mechanics counter at local bike shops, while leading community rides across the DMV. Leah first stumbled into the bicycle world in 2012, looking for a cheaper, faster, more fun way to travel between home, work, and classes. Six years and thousands of miles later, she remains hooked. Her work and studies previously spanned from peace and conflict resolution to school gardening, youth empowerment, and outdoor education. She earned her Bachelors in International Development from American University, which included study abroad in Kenya. In February 2018, Leah attended the United Bicycle Institute’s Professional Repair and Shop Operation Workshop.

Meg Rapelye

Executive Director

Prior to Phoenix Bikes, Meg served as Center Director for Higher Achievement, a non-profit after school and summer program for 80 youth. Meg also held the position of Unit Leader for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, helping to administer a 10-month residential, team-based service and leadership development program for young adults.  Her background also includes 6 years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, during which she served as the Commanding Officer of a coastal patrol boat. Meg holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. In December 2016, she was named “Top 40 Under 40” for the Washington Region by the Leadership Center for Excellence.

Noe Cuadra

Senior Youth Mechanic

Noe joined Phoenix as an Earn-A-Bike candidate in May of 2013 and immediately impressed us with his patience and attention to detail that he was hired on staff September 2014. Noe has since taken on additional responsibilities including instructing at school-based bike clubs, leading and helping plan Saturday youth rides, leading the Youth Advisory Council, serving as Captain of the junior racing team, and acting as Shop Manager during “Youth Run the Shop Days.” Noe currently attends Northern Virginia Community College and will be soon transferring to George Mason University to study business.

 

 

Paul Wilee

Mechanic

Raised in Clarksville, Tenn., Paul Wilee spent most of his adult life in the Tidewater area of Virginia. There he enjoyed multiple careers, first in the U.S. Navy where he served with the SEALs as an underwater demolition expert, then for 28 years as a federal firefighter with the Hampton Roads Regional Fire and Rescue where he rose to the rank of Battalion Fire Chief; and finally working for the City of Chesapeake, Va., parks department as a grounds technician and park ranger. He is also a fitness instructor, enjoys teaching and instructing children of all ages, and has been repairing bikes in his free time for decades. January 2012, Paul and his wife relocated from Tidewater to Arlington, to be closer to their three grown children and grandchild. In April, Paul came to Phoenix Bikes in search of a derailleur for a 1982 Peugeot road bike he was repairing, found the park quickly, and came back a few days later to inquire about a job. He’s been working for us ever since. Paul has an Associate’s Degree in Public Administration and Fire Science from Tidewater Community College. He was also an Eagle Scout and former scout master and Eagle Scout Project Coordinator for the Tidewater Council BSA, Board member of the Chesapeake Select Soccer Club, and a certified Emergency Medical Technician (Virginia)

Raymond Duran

Program AssistantRaymond

Raymond comes to Phoenix Bikes with three years’ experience working with youth, during which he served as a Counselor and Recess Coordinator in a DC public elementary school. He had his first taste of mentoring as a Teacher’s Assistant at Hobart & William Smith Colleges where he studied public policy, psychology, and social justice. Raymond spends his spare time playing basketball with friends. He enjoys exploring new communities through their history, food, and culture. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Raymond is excited by the energetic environment and community organizations here in Arlington.