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Motivating MOM of the Month

"Denise is strong and committed. She is shows up consistently for the early morning Body Back classes and gives 100% effort. You can feel her energy through the virtual space! She has gained so much endurance and speed in Run Club, too. Her encouraging feedback for other mamas helps make Our Village a supportive group for all the moms. I look forward to having her in each class!" – Megan Schmid, Body Boost Instructor and Run Club Coach

"I am so proud of Denise. I first met her over five years ago when her second one was only a newborn. Time flies when you’re having fun! Denise has been a very dedicated participant in most all of our programs. I think Run Club and Body Back really got her going and she hasn’t looked back!

She resonates strength, beauty and tenacity. Working in the medical field during a world pandemic, while raising two children, running a household AND finding time for self-care can’t be easy. So props to you Denise - thanks for being so inspiring! YOU ROCK!" - Shannon Link, Franchise Owner

Who are the members of your family and where are you originally from?

I am the proud wife of Ramsey and mother of Ashley (2009) and Dylan (2015). I was born in Connecticut but raised and call Boston my home. Go Red Sox!!

When was your first Fit4Mom class and what do you remember about it?

I attempted to attend my first Fit4Mom class when I was on maternity leave with Dylan at Springfield Town Center. I ended up tending to my hungry 8 week old and watched the class from afar. Days later I was welcomed by Becky at Lorton Town Center. Back then it was only Shannon and Becky!

Where can we find you? What is your Fit4Mom routine these days?

I can be found zooming at those 5:30am classes. If it doesn’t happen first thing in the morning, it likely won’t happen at all! I also have been part of run club for about 2 years now!

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?

I am currently the Director of Human Resources for a healthcare non-profit supporting children with pediatric specialty care needs. I have been there for 5 years now. 2015 was a busy year- new baby, new job, why not?

What are 3 of your favorite things?

I love spending time outdoors with my family. Northern Virginia has so many great parks to enjoy. Additionally I love to read, usually a few minutes at bedtime and travel. Prior to healthcare, I spent many years of my career in the hotel industry and benefited from those employee discounts!

You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?

I would enjoy one of those great parks with my husband followed by a lunch or dinner somewhere scenic while enjoying some adult beverages.

What has being a mom taught you?

Motherhood has taught me to appreciate my own mother sooo much! I have learned that everything you think is so important means nothing when your kids are hurting or needing something.

What is your funniest or most embarrassing mommy moment so far?

During a road trip returning from visiting my family over the holidays, we stopped at a Dunkin Donuts for restrooms and coffee break. My husband only likes to stop if it’s absolutely necessary so I when we arrive I run to the restroom with my 4 year old. Yes- I cut him in line! When we walked back to meet my husband and daughter, Dylan announces, “Dad, Mom almost had an accident!” My husband looks at me, takes his coffee and walks to the car. The whole coffee shop turns and looks at me and I grab Dylan and walk out as well!

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

Buy a rain coat with a hood! When Ashley was an infant I returned to worked one morning, hair/makeup done and there was a complete downpour in downtown Chicago. I had the diaper bag, infant carrier and umbrella while trying to maneuver getting out the car and into daycare. I only have 2 hands! I had to leave the umbrella behind, showing up at work drenched for the day! In other words, don’t sweat the small stuff. Ashley was safe and well-fed for the day. As for me, a hot mess!

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM? What would you tell someone thinking about joining?

I have been a member however very sporadic over the years. When Shannon says there is something for everyone, it true! I attend when my schedule allows and I love the bond that I see has formed with so many of you. My kids are too big for strollers now however I have never been more consistent with classes during the recent months than I am now.