BRAD APPEL

BRAD APPEL

Founder / Executive Director

FOUNDER

brad@wishforwheels.org

Brad is the brain behind the bike — the one who makes it all happen — the visionary. He founded Wish for Wheels in 2004 and works tirelessly toward our mission of bringing kids’ dreams a new set of wheels. According to Brad, Wish for Wheels is special because it allows kids to experience the freedom, independence and success of riding a bike. He enjoys mountain and road biking, and bike rides with his two daughters and son. Brad’s favorite movie is Breaking Away – he loves it when the Italians come to town.

“My dad and I rebuilt an old chopper style single speed bike. We took the whole bike apart and repainted the frame, added a glitter banana seat, chopper bars, the whole nine yards. That was one of my favorite bikes. In elementary school we used to hang out after school, eat Good Humor Ice Cream, and jump our bikes on dirt jumps we would build. The banana seat chopper bike my dad and I built was an awesome jumping bike.”

CHRIS WEBSTER

CHRIS WEBSTER

BUILD/GIVE MANAGER

chris@wishforwheels.org

Chris joined Wish in February of 2016 as the Build/Give Manager.  His professional background is in project management where he has worked in telecom, networking, software and criminal justice research.  Most recently he worked for a small startup in Boulder that didn’t quite start-up.  He basically stalked the Wish staff until they agreed to hire him.  A restraining order was the only other option.

A Colorado native, Chris grew up in Colorado Springs where he became a shop rat at Criterium Bike Shop. He quickly fell in love with the sport.  He is a roadie at heart but enjoys single track and gravel adventures as well.  He rates Breaking Away right up there with Shawshank Redemption as his favorite movies.  The Memory of Running is his favorite book which despite the title, is about an epic bike journey.

“My first bike was a Ross 3 speed muscle bike.  It was candy apple red with a banana seat and shift and brake levers on the top tube.  I road my bike everywhere and didn’t even own a car until my senior year of college.  One of my best bike memories is when I rode a tandem with my daughter from Denver to San Diego.  She says she loved the experience but hasn’t really been on a bike in the 10 years since the trip.”

 

PERI MUELLER

PERI MUELLER

OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

peri@wishforwheels.org

Hello! My name is Peri Mueller and I am so excited to be the Operations Administrator for Wish for Wheels. I currently live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my husband, son, 2 dogs, and cat. When I’m not trying to keep up with my boys, I am busy wrangling our full house of animals, all with a cup of coffee in my hand! I have spent a majority of my professional life working in education and child care. Most recently, I worked as the Assistant Director of a preschool here in Fort Collins. I have also taught 3rd grade in the tiny town of Fort Lupton. My passion for working with children is what brought me to Wish for Wheels. As a teacher in a low income district, I saw and witnessed some of the most heartbreaking stories, and I can promise these bikes are changing these students’ lives. So, let’s get out there and grant more wishes!

 

STACEY YOUNG

STACEY YOUNG

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

stacey@wishforwheels.org

Stacey brings her 20 years of marketing experience in consumer products and the non-profit world to help us grow our client base as Business Development Manager.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stacey moved to Denver aka “Menver” in 2013, after her Eat, Pray, Love adventure abroad, bringing total number of countries visited to 39. Aside from travel, she is passionate about endurance cycling, and elevation gained on two wheels.

 

BECCA BLAY

BECCA BLAY

BOULDER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

becca@wishforwheels.org

BROOKE MILINAZZO

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

brooke@wishforwheels.org

Brooke Milinazzo started her career as a retail consultant selling jewelry. At that time she met the love of her life! And chose to help him with his Telcom company. Brooke worked in various areas of the company. General office followed by purchasing and receiving, her final duties was the office manager in her mid 20’s Brooke chose to be a full time mom. Today she has 4 kids 3 boys and and daughter, she also has a granddaughter that makes her laugh.

Brooke is a devoted Wife, mom, daughter, grandma, friend and business woman!

Brooke decided to join the workforce when her youngest started kindergarten full time. She began by creating sales positions at Skybridge Communications, her heart kept telling her to do something wrapped around people and community, This lead her to volunteer at COLORADO THOUGHT LEADERS FORUM (CTLF), then she went to a paid position with CTLF after a successful time there she took some time to bond with her granddaughter.

Brooke felt there was a calling to be in the community once again! Brooke wanted to help a non profit in the arena with one of her new passions is cycling. A natural fit for Brooke’s newest adventure. Wish for Wheels .

Brooke enjoys and holds close to her family time,vacations, baseball, cycling are what makes her smile.

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