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KAT Zajac

Owner & Operator

Our #bossbabe is the brains behind the biz.  Combining her degree in Exercise Science with her past experience as a healthcare consultant, she blends her fitness expertise with her background in superb customer service ethic to create the Ascend Experience.  And don’t be surprised when she knows your name – Kat’s goal is to get know her community on a personal level.  She’s a mom of two energetic toddlers, but still makes time to crush a ride on the bike and just for balance, relax with a glass of wine at one of her favorite local Del Ray spots.


brAndon Schenk

Experience Leader

Brandon’s focus is on every aspect of our in-person customer experience. From the moment you step into the studio to the moment you walk out, Brandon is dedicated to making your experience nothing short of spectacular. Outside the studio, Brandon is a proud dad of two beagles, Stella Ascend & Banjo Frank. He is the founder and principal of Schenk Designs & Events, and can be found traveling to NYC on his free weekends to experience the latest show on Broadway. In his third year with the Ascend team, he's excited to continue bringing his theatrical presence on the bike with his passion for customer service and satisfaction in this role.  


JACQUE watts

Operations Manager

Chances are you’ve seen her energetic smile, heard her infectious laugh, or have taken class with her at Ascend.   From community events, to cold minty towels and more, Jacque is the magic behind the scenes at Ascend.   When she’s not on a bike, or teaching her middle school students, she’s hiking or spending time with family and friends – her other passions. Oh, and did we mention she’s also a hula-hooping champion? Email her for hula-hooping tips – or to schedule an event, or with questions about the studio – at


M.B. Schepp

Lead Instructor

She’s been with us since day 1 and is well known for her positive energy and also for her sold out explicit rides.  At Ascend, you’ll find her on the podium, coaching in Underground, and mentoring all our new instructors.  As one of our biggest brand ambassadors, don’t be surprised when you see M.B. wearing her Ascend gear at one of her many favorite local Del Ray spots.  By day, she is busy traversing the DMV for her sales job and in her spare time, she appreciates a good meal, red wine & time with her family & friends.