Our Team

Eliza Howard

Eliza Howard

Before Eliza had even finished her first TidalWheel class, she had instantly fallen in love. The combination of the music, energy, and workout was something she had never experienced elsewhere. Eliza immediately knew that she wanted to become a part of the team! Growing up, she has always loved riding bikes, but her passion for spin has grown since taking her first class. The studio’s fun and energetic environment always has Eliza coming back! Other than the studio, you can find Eliza playing lacrosse or running track for her high school. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as exploring Richmond! Eliza may be a student from 8 to 3, but she’s always an upbeat instructor, who’s ready to give a great workout! 

Ashley Zelenak

Ashley Zelenak

Originally born in Virginia, Ashley was raised in Texas. She graduated from JMU and then went on to work for the Roanoke FIRE-EMS dept, before going to graduate and medical school at MCV. After ride 150, Ashley decided to become a Tidalwheel instructor. "I have Lupus and can no longer do a lot of the forms of exercise that I used to. I discovered Tidalwheel and I was hooked. It gives me what I miss from running. I get to lose myself in the music and leave dripping with sweat and feeling great about myself and my workout." Ashley currently works as a pediatric emergency room doctor at St. Mary's Hospital.  However,  her favorite title is being a mom to two wild and crazy boys. 

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!

Carrie Dortch

Carrie Dortch

Koury Wilson

Koury Wilson

A Richmond native, Koury fell in love with cycling years ago after taking her first class at a boutique studio in Washington D.C. It was then she knew she wanted to use the same platform to inspire others to reach their goals through music and fitness. Koury’s high energy and electrifying beats motivate riders to push beyond their limits, striving for progress, not perfection. You can find her on the bike blasting remixes of your favorite hits, dance, hip hop and nostalgic 90s bangers. In addition, she has an undergraduate degree from VCU and a master’s degree from Syracuse University in communication. During the day, she is a public relations professional with hopes she can one day as amazing as Scandal’s Olivia Pope.

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. 

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!

Ann Ross Westermann

Ann Ross Westermann

Being a dancer for more than 7 years, Ann Ross has always had a love for rhythm and finding a good beat in music. When fellow tennis teammate Mary Ottley introduced her to Tidal Wheel last fall, she couldn't get enough of it! She loved the supportive community and the amazing feeling you get when you clip out of the bike. Her addiction continued throughout her sophomore year and she began working front desk at the beginning of the summer. She took her passion for cycling to the next level by becoming an instructor. Ann Ross is a junior at Collegiate and outside the studio you can find her out on the tennis court, flipping off the diving board, on the soccer field, or jamming out to music. Her hobbies include traveling, going to the beach, and paddle boarding. Book a bike in her next class for a fun workout with a jamming playlist! 

Allison Borden

Allison Borden

Instructor - TidalWheel Virginia Beach

Allison is a born and raised Jersey girl!  When her husband left for boot camp, she needed to find something to fill her time.  It was then that she discovered her love of fitness. After years in the car business, she knew the 9-5 just wasn't her thing.  When her husband was stationed in Virginia Beach, she had a hard time finding fun things to do.  Finally, she discovered TidalWheel.  She was instantly hooked and practically begged for the job!  As time went on, Allison made her way up to an instructor and newly promoted Manager.  She loves to share her positive energy with customers in, and out, of the studio!

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