Dixie, along with her son Winston, founded Wheels To Africa (WTA) in 2005. WTA’s annual bike collection has provided an opportunity for Dixie to empower community youth to fully participate in every facet of the bike drive as a way to develop leadership and life skills. Nurturing youth is Dixie’s passion. Not only has she coached basketball and soccer in her community for years, she has also served on the Arlington, Virginia, Council of PTAs and the Arlington READY Coalition, an organization that encourages youth to refrain from drug and alcohol use. Dixie has been to 50 countries, often as a volunteer to teach and help improve conditions for families living in poverty. Most recently, she traveled to Tanzania to deliver bikes collected during the WTA 2014 drive and to teach school in an orphanage. Dixie is a Certified Public Accountant and principal of the Northern Virginia tax firm, Duncan Consulting.
Ed, a native of Northern Virginia, has 30 years of experience as a CPA. Currently, he is the principal of Edward Cacciapaglia, CPA, LLC, in Reston, Virginia. He has been involved with numerous volunteer organizations including as treasurer of Our Daily Bread, and with local running clubs. Ed is an active member of the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club and the Reston Runners.
Cathy is Communications Director for the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families. She has extensive experience developing communications, public policy and legislative strategies for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Cathy’s involvement in her community includes having served on the Board of Directors for Arlington Youth Soccer as well as being a longtime volunteer for Arlington Academy of Hope, and Wheels To Africa. Cathy lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and three sons.
Phyllis W. Jordan
Phyllis is a former editor at The Washington Post and now works as a communications consultant for foundations and nonprofit organizations. She is an award‐winning journalist with 26 years of experience, including with the Los Angeles Times, The Virginian‐Pilot in Norfolk, The Fairfax Journal in Northern Virginia and National Geographic World. She is active in her community, having served as president of the Friends of Chevy Chase Park and currently as a board member for the Transitional Housing Corporation. A native Virginian, Phyllis lives with her husband and two teenagers in Washington, D.C.
Frank J. Schneider
Frank is Vice President of Compliance at Kelson Energy in Columbia, Maryland. In addition to having coached his sons’ sports teams during their grade school years, he participates in fundraising for his local Boy Scout troop, and assists with the Wheels To Africa annual bike collection. Frank is a member of the nonprofit group Honor Flight, an organization dedicated to honoring America’s veterans by bringing them to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial of the war in which they served.
Kelly is a Senior Advisor for East Africa with USAID and has more than 25 years of experience in international development. She has held executive positions with several organizations including Save the Children, and the HIV/AIDS Twinning Center for the American International Health Alliance. Kelly has a long history of volunteerism. Along with having served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, she is currently involved with Wheels To Africa, and the Girl Scouts. She lives in Vienna, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.