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Meet the HB Desk Staff!

They greet you with a smile every day, they work hard and play harder, they know your names so here’s a chance for you to learn theirs!

 

Our desk staff is an amazing team of young professionals and students who live and breathe the HB culture and put their all into making each ride a special one for you – our riders. They show up before the instructors and are the last ones to leave the studio each night… their hard work can often go unnoticed, so we want to highlight just how special we think they are.

 

Meet the team, put a name to a face, and learn a few fun facts about them that you didn’t know before:)

 

Candice is a rooster team member. She works in Southie on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Elise and Sarah M’s regulars know her well!

 

What you didn’t know:

 

1. She competed at the 2008 US Olympic Team trials (swimming) in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke.

 

2. She completed her first marathon in November 2013–NYC marathon

 

3. She has a 5 year old black lab mix named Scooter… rescued last year from the MSPCA.

 






 

Alexa is another rooster team member.. she opens the doors in Fenway on Mondays and Thursdays.. but she’s also a weekender, running the show on Saturday mornings. Think she’s satisfied working at just one studio? Nope, Alexa also crushes the Monday night shift in Southie.. she and Julie should run a “Bachelorette” talk show… ask them anything about the series.

 

What you didn’t know:

 

1. She works full-time at a PR/Social Media firm in the Seaport.

 

2. She once got stuck on the top of Mount Capri in Italy (during a thunderstorm) and had to hike the whole way down in flip flops.

 

3. She has a 20 pound cat named Charlie who enjoys going into the shower.

 

4. She is a huge British boy-band fan girl

 

Julie is Alexa’s partner in crime. She started as a rider in South Boston and quickly turned into a member of the family. Julie works Monday nights and Sunday mornings, and rides regularly!

 

What you didn’t know:

 

1. She works full time as an Office Manager at a consulting firm.

 

2. She played soccer at Roger Williams University

 

3. She ran her first marathon in San Francisco this month!

 

4. She moved to Hawaii after college and farmed lettuce in Kona

 



Rose is The Handle Bar’s most experienced employee! She opened the studio alongside Jess on June 15th of 2013, as a part of the grand opening team. Rose can be found working Monday ams and Saturdays in Southie… we hope she’s with us for a long long time!

 

What you didn’t know:

 

1. She’s from a small town in Maine but has been in Boston for the past 8 years. She loves the city, but goes back home whenever she gets the chance. Nothing beats the Maine in the summertime or getting snowed in during the long winter.

 

2. She adopted Ollie, a black lab puppy, in May. Ollie was in found in a shelter in Georgia and New England Lab Rescue saved him and brought him to her! He’s her new best friend and they’ve have been having the best summer together, hiking, swimming, and….cuddling.

 

3. She loves to cook and am always whipping up something new in the kitchen. She follows a (mostly) vegan diet, but sometimes indulge on cheese or seafood. I mean, who can resist a pizza from Picco in the South End or fresh Maine lobster?

 

Divya holds it down in Fenway on Sundays. A regular rider and neighbor of our Fenway studio.. she can also be spotted on a bike roaming the city!

 

What you didn’t know:

 

1. If you’re ever watching Paul Blart: Mall Copy (likely on ABC Family!) pay attention to the character Parisa! When Divya was a sophomore at Boston University, she took a one-semester acting elective and was cast in the movie which was filmed in Burlington, MA.

 

2. She’s from Redmond, Washington and loves the Pacific Northwest. If you’re ever traveling to Seattle, ask her for reco’s – she has tons!

 

3. Wouldn’t consider herself an athlete, but rather active and competitive. On nice days in Boston she’ll go on a long distance bike ride or hike. She completed the Nations Olympic distance triathlon in Washington DC in 2012 and this Summer is learning how to sail.

 

4. When she’s not working at the Handle Bar, she works full time in Digital Marketing at a content agency doing real-time relevant marketing.

 

Caitlin started as a Southie regular and has been a welcomed addition to the team since the winter. She works on Sunday mornings, and Tuesday/Thursday evenings in Southie! This lawyer is both a brain and a beauty.

What you didn’t know:

1. She’s a lawyer for the Commonwealth by day, HB addict/desk diva by night

2. She has run the Boston Marathon twice for charity as part of the Dana Farber Marathon Team

3. She played collegiate lacrosse

4. She’s addicted to reality TV shows like the Bachelor/Bachelorette/and any Real Housewives show

5. Ss a child she considered herself an amateur sleuth and used to “research” crimes/court cases such as the OJ Simpson case and write “book reports” for her Dad to read. #nerdalert

6. Her biggest (irrational) fear is that she will be the victim of a shark attack

 




Ellie has been a great summertime addition to our team! This brainiac works rooster shifts in Fenway on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

What you didn’t know:

1. She is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Boston University

2. Her favorite sports team is the New York Rangers

3. She loves the water and will always live near the ocean

 











Erin
rocks the Fenway desk on Monday nights! She is a welcomed addition to the HB team and a joy to be around.

What you didn’t know:

1. She studied abroad for a semester in Florence, Italy

2. She’s a cat lover! She rescued a street cat named Jax, who lives with her now :)

3. She’s a long distance runner, participating in cross country in middle school, high school, and still enjoys running in her free time.

 

 

 

 

 





 

Katie started as a Southie regular and transitioned to an important member of the team this summer. You can catch her on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Fenway, Thursday and Friday nights in Southie!

What you didn’t know:

1. She has biked down an active volcano in Hawaii.

2. She was born in California, went to college in Ohio, and was raised in Georgia and Massachusetts. Southie is now my home.

3. She is a third grade teacher in Southborough, MA at Fay School.

 

 

 






Danelle found The Handle Bar through friend, fellow dietician and instructor – Lena! She started off helping us clean bikes and now she is one of our most trusted hands on deck in both studios! Danelle can be found on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Sundays at Fenway.

What you didn’t know:

1. She was born and raised in Minnesota (proud to have eliminated any hint of an accent), attended college in Wisconsin, now transplanted in this amazing city as a clinical dietitian at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

2. She played golf in college, part of a national runner-up team

3. She was active in musical theater in high school, combine that with her love of music makes the HB’s “dance party on a bike” her favorite way to stay active, and she’s only mildly addicted to spin ;)

4. She has a pretty good memory (try memorizing the key notes in every Bath and Body Works fragrance or learning names and facts of 70 residence hall students), so she might learn your shoe size in addition to your name

 

HB owner, Jess, met Norah during a chance encounter last winter.. immediately she knew Norah would be a welcomed addition to the team. You can catch Norah in Southie on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings!

What you didn’t know:

1. She was born and raised in Dublin, moved to Boston January 2014

2. She joined HB team in March, works in finance by day

3. She has 4 sisters and 2 brothers, suffers from middle child syndrome

4. She speaks Irish (Gaelic) fluently and plays Gaelic football for a team in Boston

5. She captained highschool field hockey team

6. She passed her driving test on the 4th attempt (Really good driver…)

7. She wants to stay in America indefinitely!

 





Maura is The Handle Bar’ assistant studio manager and is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable faces around. You can catch Maura on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in Fenway, and Saturdays in Southie. Ask her anything about the studio and the classes, she’s here to help!

What you didn’t know:

1. She has hiked up a waterfall in Jamacia; Dunns River Falls

2. The number one thing on her bucket list is to sky dive

3. If she could live anywhere it would be Croatia

4. An Audi convertible is her dream car (its happening… she’s determined)

 

 

 





Rebecca joined the Southie team last winter and has become a regular rider and HB enthusiast! We love having her at the desk AND in class! Rebecca works on Tuesday nights in Southie.

What you didn’t know:

1. If she could choose one artist to spin to exclusively, it would be Drake

2. She’s a rising junior in college studying French, Political Science, and Urban Studies—and is OBSESSED with cities.

3. She likes biking outdoors (almost) as much as she like riding indoors!

 

 

 




Jilll has been with us for almost an entire year.. time flies when you’re having fun… and she knows how to! This beauty works in Southie for Tuesday and Thursday rooster rides.

What you didn’t know:

1. She doesn’t like movies. But absolutely loves documentaries.
2. She’s obsessed with Jackie O. She even has a Warhol of her at her desk.
3. She shops mostly consignment. (Don’t tell anyone she works with at Rue La La).
4. Shoes. Period.

 




Jen has been holding down the mid-day classes in Southie since the winter. She loves to take class, she knows how to manage a rush of recess riders, and she’s as sweet on the inside as she is on the outside!

What you didn’t know:

1. She’s a nurse

2. She was born on Friday the 13th! spooky

3. Besides spinning she also loves yoga!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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