Our Team

Kierstin Barney

Kierstin Barney

Two years & counting and an addict at day one... this Wheeler packs a punch. To say Kierstin loves Tidal Wheel is an understatement. "I love music, I love dancing and I love a good, hard work out. In all of the years I have been exposed to group exercise, TidalWheel is the only workout I continuously leave on an adrenaline high." With a master's in public health and certified in group exercise, Kierstin naturally has the best interest of her riders’ health at heart.  Born and raised in Van Wert, Ohio and an alum for none other than The Ohio State University, RVA has quickly become a second home but don't expect her to be rooting for the Rams or Hokies anytime soon!  When Kierstin is off the bike you can find her attempting to be a "foodie",  DIY-ing, thrift store shopping, or spontaneously on a new adventure with friends.

 

Kim McKnight

Kim McKnight

Kim spends her days inspiring and educating students and teachers as she pursues her PhD in Educational Psychology at VCU. But when that bell rings, she ditches those little cuties, jumps onto the Tidal Wheel instructor bike and schools the rest of us. Kim’s high energy and positive motivation keeps her riders eager to learn more. Kim brings to Tidal Wheel her belief that focus, clarity, and the mind-body connection are the perfect partner to a high-energy cycle class. And we believe her -- Kim is STOTT Pilates certified. Twelve years of teaching indoor cycling has convinced her that the hardest part is getting there! When Kim is not torching calories on the bike, she is having fun with her son and husband. 

Joanna Callaway

Joanna Callaway

As one of Tidal Wheel’s original riders, Joanna fell in love with the bike somewhere in the middle of a tapback body roll. After taking the dive from rider to instructor, Joanna has spent the last two years bringing a little extra hustle & heat to her classes to make each rider’s work-out as fun (and sweaty) as possible. “Easy doesn’t change you and we don’t wake up to give up.” A true believer in the power and intensity of the 45 minute cardio-class, she focuses on challenging her riders to push their limits. Off the bike, Joanna spends her days in the hospital, working as the Director of Marketing for a five-facility health system in Richmond, Virginia. Living life by a work-hard, play-hard mentality – you can find Joanna relaxing on the weekends with a bottle of red wine, eating taco bell, and watching her Hokies play some football. 

Mandi Karpowich

Mandi Karpowich

Heart, hustle and muscle. Mandi believes it’s never too late to start living the life you want for yourself. This mom of two never stops moving! By day Mandi is busy in the Investment Industry, but by the end of the day she is ready to clip in and add a quarter turn. Her obsession with the workout and love for the community at Tidal Wheel drove her to follow her dream of teaching! Mandi’s passion for fitness translates into a high energy and motivational journey that will engage your mind & body, leaving you feeling grateful and proud of what you’ve accomplished. In class expect to work hard, play harder and be inspired to tap into a new strength!

Annie Deutsch

Annie Deutsch

Annie's first love of distance running brought her to TidalWheel. She was looking for a workout that would allow her to cross train and found Tidalwheel to be the perfect fit. Since beginning Tidalwheel as a part of her training, she has completed two marathons with personal record time! Annie will be graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Psychology. Her hope is to bring what she has learned on health behavior change into the fitness world. With her certification in Primary Group Exercise and her love of team and endurance training, her beautiful smile and bubbly personality will have you pushing your limits further than you thought possible! Annie loves being outside, her family, trying any new Richmond restaurants and most of all her weekly morning runs with her dad!

Catherine Soucie

Catherine Soucie

Dancer turned cyclist -- meet Catherine!  After graduating from Virginia Tech and retiring from the HighTechs Dance Team, Catherine searched for a way to combine her love of dance and fitness outside of her 9 to 5.  In 2013, Catherine fell in love with Tidal Wheel's "dance party on a bike" style and hasn't looked back since!  Catherine is group exercise certified and loves incorporating fun choreography and music into her classes.  She enjoys motivating her riders to reach their fitness goals, all while they jam out to their favorite songs!  When Catherine is off the bike, she works for a higher education consulting firm and enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband.  Join Catherine to for a high energy, full body workout!

Rachel Berry

Rachel Berry

Rachel was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Her true love is running and although she did complete the Richmond marathon in 2014, she says she’ll never torture herself like that again.  A member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, her favorite race is the Stratford Hills 10k, a killer run with a beautiful view of the James.  She says whether she’s running or riding, she’s got to have a good playlist going.  Music is everything.  Rachel is not your average “natural-born athlete,” as she just started poking her nose into the fitness world a few years ago; but she does know that it takes hard work and determination to want to get up and work out (especially at 6am) and that’s why she strives to make each class as fun and entertaining as she can. Her favorite move is a tapback and she loves a good heavy climb.  Life is far too short, jump on a bike and just enjoy the ride!   

 
Mary Ottley

Mary Ottley

At eighteen, Mary may be young, but she doesn't mess around! In the beginning of 2015, she took her first TidalWheel class and ever since then, she has been clipped in. “I love TidalWheel because not only am I in high spirits after every class, but it keeps me in great shape for my many outdoor pursuits, including surfing, trail running, and mountain biking.”  Mary also values a sense of community, lively music, and vigorous workouts, all of which Tidal Wheel provides. Her passion for life and the energy she exhibits at TidalWheel are why she was asked to join the team last April to work at the front desk and now, as an instructor with a FiTour group exercise instructor certification. Her enthusiasm for TidalWheel is contagious. She continues to bring in many riders of all ages and backgrounds to the sport. Mary’s view on life is: 10% is what you get, 90% is what you make of it. Her love of music and exercise, as well as her ability to motivate others, makes her the ideal trainer for your next Tidal ride!

Aimee Shaw

Aimee Shaw

Born and raised in New Jersey, this "jersey girl" has made Richmond her happy home!  Aimee has always been about fitness. With a BS in Kinesiology and Fitness & Sports Mgt, Aimee has tried it all- from teaching group exercise classes and golf in college, to completing two half-marathons. Aimee began her love affair with the bike 2 years ago with spin classes and discovered her true passion back in September...TidalWheel!  She always pushes herself and her riders to excel on the bike. As a wife and mom to two AMAZING girls, and a trainer for a skin care company, Aimee loves to set the example to be your best you. Come jump on a bike and ride with her!

PS: Don't be surprised to hear a little bit of Bruce Springsteen during class!

Tana Mardian

Tana Mardian

After fellow instructor Mary took her to a class, Tana knew the Tidal Wheel studio was her new home. She may be a high school student by day, but she’s ready to pedal once the final bell rings. Going into her eighth year of hip-hop and fourth year of contemporary dance, Tana believes that she can bring her love of music and movement to the bike. “Tidal Wheel perfectly incorporates my passion for music and dance into an intense setting that I can share with anyone!” The environment of the studio is what grew Tana’s enthusiasm for cycling. The strong sense of empowerment and camaraderie that comes with every class is what brings her back to the studio day after day. If you are ready to sweat it out to some good tunes, snag a bike in Tana’s next class!

Ashley Zelenak

Ashley Zelenak

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