the spark team

 
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The spark team:

we're here for you.

 

all the instructors are experts in their field and work hard to ensure classes are accessible to all.

my favorite part about spark is the close interaction with instructors...they are always there to give support to the community.

the spark instructors have a unique way of making their challenging workouts accessible and fun for everyone.

The spark Team

Gabby Lubin
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CEO & Founder

Gabby is a wellness professional, founder & CEO of spark by gabby, and Harvard Graduate School of Education Masters student. With a background in early childhood education, Gabby left the classroom to answer the question “how can we help teachers stay in the classroom?” This systemic issue moved her to create her own wellness space that combines mind-body, community, and social justice.

Gabby teaches HIIT, LIIT, spin, and set & finish the week.

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Brittney Henderson-Fiestas
(she/her)

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Director of Inclusion, Equity, and Justice

Brittney is a local activist and organizer in DC’s Black Liberation movement, an instructional leader at a DC charter school and an Educational Leadership doctoral student at University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Her fitness journey began after being diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. Having a background as a pre-professional ballet dancer, she fell in love with barre and became a trained instructor in 2018. Brittney strongly believes and roots her teaching in, what Angela Davis describes as, “radical self-care.” Dr. Davis explains that in order to take care of our collective community and to make change sustainable, we need to take care of ourselves mentally, spiritually, and physically. Radical self-care means “we’re able to bring our entire selves into the movement. It means that we incorporate into our work as activists, ways of acknowledging and hopefully also moving beyond trauma. It is a holistic approach.” With this lens, Brittney’s classes are filled with upbeat music, encouragement, and mindfulness rooted in anti-racism. 

 

Brittney teaches core & cardio and set/finish the week.

Sonya Soloway
(she/her)

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Director of School Partnerships

Sonya is a lifelong athlete—and collegiate rugby player— who believes in the need to individualize your practice every day, meeting your body wherever it's at. Born and raised in the heart of Washington, D.C., and a former early childhood educator, she finds immense joy in building relationships, whether it's in her work supporting community-driven school transformation, on that mat, or off. Knowing that success is not about doing it alone, she sees education & fitness as a way to build a community to move that one inch further. 

 

She is a trained cycle teacher and brings those big moves, high RPMs, and energy to the mat for our core & more class. Focusing on whole-body health, her classes will always be a mix of throwbacks (lover of all things 90s) and current hits, with the occasional D.C. flair.

Sonya teaches core & more, core & cardio, and spin.

 
 

Haley Bryant (she/her)

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Instructor

Haley is a cycling instructor with 8 years of beat-based teaching experience. She previously taught at CycleBar and Zengo and has developed her style by following Master Instructors at cycling studios across the country. She designs her classes to help you achieve a feeling of flow that empowers you to push yourself harder than you want to or maybe even thought you could. Haley loves to play music without lyrics to help you focus on movement + high energy remixed throwbacks and mashups + the kind of music that lifts your spirits on the best or worst day. She donates 50% of proceeds from all classes to charity.

 

Haley teaches spin.

Julia Connell
(she/her)

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Director of Strategy

Julia is a swimmer and cycling enthusiast. She previously ran the University of Maryland Swim team and now spends her time training (with spark!) for bike rides and hikes. Julia is passionate about health care (ask her about patient advocacy!) and the role exercise plays in our physical and mental health. She loves meeting new people and building communities where everyone feels appreciated and included. Her role at spark is focused on growth and helping scale spark to serve more individuals and teachers.

Emma Gaquin
(she/her)

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Director of Onboarding

Emma loves to move! You can find her between Mass and D.C. enjoying the remote office that she can pack up and take (almost) anywhere with a mask in hand. She loves health and healthcare. When she's not coaching, Emma works at a tech startup focused on revolutionizing physician continuing education.  

After 18+ years of competitive swimming, 4+ years of coaching indoor cycling, yoga, and sculpt, and experimenting with all other forms of motion, she finds herself most passionate about the longevity of mind and body.

Emma teaches sculpt.

Devyn Brauer (she/her)

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Instructor

Devyn began working at a spin studio in DC as a way to escape from the craziness of grad school (and to get free classes). After taking enough classes, a hobby turned into a passions and she fell in love with the loud music, dark room and intense connection you share with the people sweating around you. After living in DC for 11 years and teaching spin for 4, she recently moved back home to Philadelphia (Go Birds). When she is not spinning, she is a Speech Language Pathologist for middle school students. Don’t be surprised if her music sometimes sounds like it was chosen by a 13 year old... it probably was.

Devyn teaches HIIT and LIIT.

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Caren Plummer
(she/her)

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Instructor

Caren sees yoga as the key to community! With nearly 5 yrs of teaching under her belt she remains focused on helping folks find a way to ignite and unite breath to body as individuals and as one whole. Whether you are looking to strengthen your body, work on flexibility or quiet your mind, Caren is ready to validate your efforts and empower YOU through yoga flows tied to love, gratitude and intentionality. 

Caren teaches yoga.

Andres Virgen
(he/him)

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Instructor

Andres is originally from Cali, Colombia, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in the DMV area! He is a UNH alum (go cats) and an advocate for social and racial justice! He is excited to coach, sweat, and grow with you all! 

 

Andres teaches HIIT and LIIT.

Colton Gibbons
(he/him)

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Instructor

Colton Gibbons is an Asian-American transgender advocate in both the DC and online community. He was adopted from Hanoi, Vietnam by a single mother and teacher in New York. He moved to DC to complete his Master's degree at Georgetown University; his thesis focused on Transgender Athlete participation and inclusivity in schools. Currently he is a PhD student studying Business Psychology. In addition to his work in the LGBTQ+ space, Colton also participates in initiaitves for social equity and local politics. He is the founder and Executive Director of CAKE (Community, Activism, Kindness, Equity), a new nonprofit in Virginia.

Colton teaches dance cardio.

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Jenna Zaffino
(she/her)

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Instructor

Jenna offer education for your brain, body and being through Pilates classes, rebounding and mindfulness practices. This balanced trifecta helps people access mindset shifts, physical resiliency and empowered individuality in their practices. A self-proclaimed "tech nerd," Jenna loves helping people be more consistent through the convenience of online classes. She is excited to work with the spark community to help bring a weekly breath of relief to educators as well as contribute to Sweat For Justice initiatives. In addition to teaching classes, Jenna also serves as a professional educator for Pilates Teachers, hosting support programs, coaching and her wildly popular podcast, Pilates Unfiltered. When she's not teaching and coaching from her private studio in Chicago's North Center, she engages in "movement mischief" with her husband Josh, 7 yr old son Jaxon, rescue dog Flashlight and over 100 houseplants and counting!

Jenna teachers pilates.

Carolyn Brennan
(she/her)

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                        Instructor

 

Carolyn is passionate about teaching in the classroom and on her mat. She teaches third grade in Massachusetts and iis currently working on getting her Masters in Reading. Carolyn’s love for yoga truly began in 2012 after a back surgery that left her in a lot of pain with limited mobility. Seeking out answers, she found that yoga not only began to physically heal her pain, but her mat provided a calm and noncompetitive place that could be unrolled and ready to go anywhere.

 

In her classes, members celebrate the uniqueness of each pose and how it will work best for their bodies. She believes that this time is set aside for you to take care of you. Together, you will explore breathing techniques, modifications, and letting go of energy that no longer serves you.

 

Carolyn teaches yoga flow and set/finish the week.

Amy Woogmaster
(she/her)

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Instructor

Amy is a group fitness instructor who has taught spin and HIIT for the last several years in the Boston area. She has been teaching in the Public Schools of Brookline since 2012 and after teaching 5th grade for many years, she changed roles and is currently a literacy specialist for students in middle school. When she is not in the classroom, she is often out on the road running or biking. Growing up, Amy was a volleyball player and a swimmer, and when she was a first year teacher, she fell in love with running and is working to complete marathons across the country. Amy designs classes and workouts to make you feel challenged physically and empowered mentally - pushing you to trust your body and be proud of your own strength. Amy teaches HIIT.

 

Amy teaches HIIT and LIIT.

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Janelle Cruz
(she/her)

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Instructor

Janelle is an artist, teacher, and forever student that has been in the dance and fitness industry for over 25 years.  She is a PMA certified Pilates instructor, certified meditation coach, as well as a Franklin Method trainer for the Lower Back I help highly driven creatives with chronic pain gain confidence, and accountability through Pilates movement, mindset, and community. “It’s all about creating Core, Connections, & Community aligned first within ourselves on all levels, so we can live out our Life’s purpose in authenticity and power.” — Janelle Cruz Janelle is also a professional dancer and choreographer and member of the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble.  Her dance career has brought her to perform in the Bahamas, Europe, and all over the US.  She has performed with Kelly Rowland, Simple Plan, and Cher Lloyd and at Disney's California Adventure Park.  She is a well-rounded dancer specializing in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and Bollywood dance styles.

 

Janelle teaches pilates.

Ana Alvarez
(she/her)

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          Communications Intern

 

Ana is currently a senior at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She is studying Communications and Public Relations while trying to enjoy her senior year with friends. When Ana isn’t studying she is known to be cooking, working out or watching MasterChef Junior. She has always been into fitness because she grew up playing soccer competitively for about 10 years. When getting this internship she was so excited to be working with people who love fitness and giving teachers access to the classes was even better because her mom is a kindergarten teacher too. Ana is very excited to be working with Gabby and the spark team, and can’t wait to work more on the communications intern role! 

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Janelle Cruz
(she/her)

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Instructor

Janelle is an artist, teacher, and forever student that has been in the dance and fitness industry for over 25 years.  She is a PMA certified Pilates instructor, certified meditation coach, as well as a Franklin Method trainer for the Lower Back I help highly driven creatives with chronic pain gain confidence, and accountability through Pilates movement, mindset, and community. “It’s all about creating Core, Connections, & Community aligned first within ourselves on all levels, so we can live out our Life’s purpose in authenticity and power.” — Janelle Cruz Janelle is also a professional dancer and choreographer and member of the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble.  Her dance career has brought her to perform in the Bahamas, Europe, and all over the US.  She has performed with Kelly Rowland, Simple Plan, and Cher Lloyd and at Disney's California Adventure Park.  She is a well-rounded dancer specializing in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and Bollywood dance styles.

 

Janelle teaches pilates.