Gail is an academic librarian, hobby jogger, and dog enthusiast. Professionally, she is a research librarian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and is professionally engaged in diversity, equity and inclusion work in librarianship. Her focus is on disability justice and inclusion both in the profession and in her personal life. She is a dedicated distance runner, and started going to Solidcore in Baltimore when the studio opened in 2018 in order to improve her core and glute strength to run faster (and it's definitely done that!). She is also a long-time member of November Project Baltimore. Gail is particularly excited to join this Client Advisory Group to represent the disabled perspective in boutique fitness, which has historically ignored disabled athletes. She is hopeful that Solidcore can be a leader in this endeavor and force a culture shift in the fitness industry to recognize the power and drive that disabled athletes contribute to sport every day.
Cecily is a Georgia native and currently serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Domestic Violence Network, in Indianapolis, IN. Cecily received her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Mercer University and subsequently received her Master of Social Work degree, from Georgia State University. Here, she focused on community partnerships and capacity building. After spending most of her life in Georgia, Cecily relocated to Las Vegas, where she worked for the statewide coalition to end domestic and sexual violence, where she managed a federal grant project, through Nevada's Office of the Attorney General and US Office on Violence Against Women. Currently, she focuses on community engagement and partnerships, while overseeing her organization’s community- wide plan. Outside of her prevention work, Cecily spends her time pursuing her passion for fitness and wellness, as a certified-personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Whether her career in prevention or in fitness, diversity, equity, and inclusion stay at the forefront of Cecily’s mind. Her goal is to do her part as an agent of change.
Angus McKenzie comes to us by way of New Zealand after having spent his tertiary years in the US, and currently works for Ernst & Young (EY) as a Workforce Advisory consultant specializing in People, Culture and Change Management. An immigrant and a member of the LGTBQ+ community, Angus is looking forward to helping facilitate real and active change in the boutique fitness community and creating a welcoming and equitable environment for all members of the [Solidcore] community. With his grounding in organizational change management as well as facilitating and actualizing culture in both the workforce and with consumers, he is excited to assist and guide the unique DE&I Client Advisory Board into powerful and effective change.
Noel Price Perkins
Noel Price Perkins is a middle school math educator and restorative justice specialist in Chicago. She began her [Solidcore] journey two years ago in Philadelphia, where she obtained her M.S.Ed in Teaching, Learning, & Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an avid reader (follow @fictionoel on Instagram for book recommendations!), home cook, and traveler. A combination of [Solidcore] and yoga keep her sane and give her the energy she needs to be a teacher, advisor, wife, aunt and friend. Noel is excited to be a part of the Client Advisory Board because she wants to ensure that the place she most loves to sweat looks on the inside like the diverse and multidimensional world outside of it.
Karis Stubblefield is a law school student at NYU Law and currently lives in Manhattan. She is a graduate of Brown University, where her interests in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion began when she served on the student advisory committee for Brown's Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. In law school she has focused her studies on feminist theory, the history of social justice movements, and the relationship between ethical change and the law; she plans to make activism central to her work as a lawyer. She is a [solidcore] devotee of three years and fell in love with the workout and the community her very first class. She thinks her coaches are the bee’s knees (shout-out to Jacob G. and James B.!) and is absolutely thrilled to become even more involved with [solidcore] as a member of the Client Advisory Board. I am excited to give back to a community that has already given me so much. I have an incredible amount of respect for [solidcore] as both a workout and a company, and want to help make the room with the blue lights a home for as many people as possible. Anyone with a connection to [solidcore] knows that it is doing something special – and I believe the Client Advisory Board can help the [solidcore] brand stand out even more than it already does on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.