Ride for World Health 2020 Team


Alex Zha


Alex is a fourth year medical student studying at The Ohio State College of Medicine. He is passionate about mental health and looks forward to a future career as a psychiatrist. His interest in global health stems from his belief that everyone has a unique story and deserves the opportunity to be heard. He will be biking across the country as part of R4WH. Although he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alex has lived in Missouri, Massachusetts, and Texas. He enjoys being active outdoors, cooking, and learning new things.


Melissa Le Roux


Melissa is a fourth year medical student at Ohio State. Hailing from San Diego, she first got into cycling through being on a collegiate triathlon team at UCSD and has been hooked ever since! She learnt about R4WH at her interview day for medical school and is excited to finally participate in the ride. She loves drinking coffee, eating mexican food and surfing.


Rebecca Rings


Rebecca is a fourth year medical student at Ohio State applying to combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency programs. She is a lifelong Columbus resident, running enthusiast and cat mom. She first heard about R4WH during her Ohio State medical school interview and immediately fell in love with the ride as a unique opportunity to engage with different communities and bring awareness to global health issues. Very soon after she bought a bike which she looks forward to riding coast to coast in the spring.


Pavel Elagin

Ride Logistics, Team Mechanic and Web Admin

Pavel is a freelance concept artist who loves all things cycling related. He first got on a bike 6 years ago and hasn’t gotten off since. He first learned about Ride 4 World Health through friends who were medical students at Ohio State College of Medicine and knew he wanted to join the team. He loves coming up with new cycling routes, digital art, cooking (particularly Southeast Asian food), and watching harbour seals on the beach. 

Follow him on twitter or instagram @paberu.


Jill Kanney

Team Member

Jill is a 4th year medical student at Ohio State. She has a strong passion for endurance sports and a love for anything adventurous. Jill competed in collegiate cross-country and has run marathons in the past, but her cycling experience is minimal to none. In fact, she purchased her very first bike a few weeks ago. Knowing that each mile biked is for a good cause is motivating her to train and complete the journey across the United States. She enjoys cooking, playing the guitar and piano, surfing, and spending time with family and friends. She will be specializing in general surgery and plans to lead medical mission trips overseas in future years.


Aashish Katapadi

Team Member

Aashish is a fourth year medical student at The Ohio State University. He knew he wanted to do the ride since his first year of med school and believes in accessible and equitable health care for all, no matter the circumstance. His hobbies include making ice cream, technology, and being curious.


Michelle Feeney

Team Member

Michelle is a fourth year medical student at Ohio State going into Emergency Medicine. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and loves all things outdoors. She first heard about R4WH her M1 year and is most excited about exploring each of the locations they pass through on the ride. Her biking experience is limited to riding the Loveland Trail growing up, but she is ready for the challenge and opportunity to raise money for global health. 


Aroh Pandit

Team member

Aroh is a fourth-year medical student at The Ohio State University and is an aspiring urologist. He first learned about Ride for World Health at an activities fair his first-year, and is excited to be a national rider. His other hobbies include learning musical instruments, visiting national parks, and geeking out to science and math videos.


Mark Sheehan

Team Member

Mark is semi-retired after 33 years in environmental regulatory programs at The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio EPA. The last 15 years of his professional career were in the Safe Drinking Water Program, which has given him a keen perspective on how fundamental clean water is to human health. He has been an avid cyclist for about 40 years and makes bike helmet mirrors by hand. When contacted about providing mirrors to the team he thought he might do better than that and become a member. When he’s not cycling or tinkering with bikes he is usually in his wood shop making useful items – like a bicycle.