Our Management


Our Management


Leanne Shear
Co-Founder & President

Before conceiving the idea for and co-founding Uplift, Leanne graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and received a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies and Cultural Politics from New York University, and was a professional writer for most of her career: she is the author of The Perfect Manhattan and Cocktail Therapy: The Perfect Prescription for Life’s Many Crises, and her writing has also been featured in The Nation, The New York Times, New York, Glamour, and Men’s Health, among others.  Leanne always knew the seeds of a female society were growing inside her: many years ago, after a big breakup, she started a Happy Hour group for like-minded women called SWIGs (Singular Women Infused with Greatness). To this day, she is always available with a word of wisdom (or a glass of wine) for her friends and clients in their times of need!

What Uplifts her? While I love the physical aspects of being a trainer, reading and writing Uplift me a LOT. I am a big nerd at heart!

Her guilty pleasure? I am not a sweets person and never really crave dessert but I cannot turn down potato skins or mozzarella sticks. Ever.


Ilana Hernandez
Chief of Staff  

Ilana moved to New York six years ago from sunny Florida, her favorite place in the world. She graduated from LIM College with her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. After working in fashion PR, Ilana took her life into her own hands to pursue her calling of helping others. As she was discovering a new passion for fitness, she found Uplift Studios and fell in love with the female society. Now you can find Ilana shimmying behind the desk and Uplifting everyone's studio experience! 

What Uplifts her? Warm weather, following your dreams and a good'ole dance partaayy! 

Her guilty pleasure? Momofuku crack pie and Grays Anatomy. 


Ivana Bolf
Head Coach

Ivana spent more than seven years in the hospitality industry, focused on sales and marketing for some of the top boutique hotels in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Even though fitness had always been a regular part of her lifestyle (one of her first experiences working with a personal trainer was actually at Uplift Studios back in 2012!), she knew that she was meant to be a part of the bigger movement: one that empowers women to increase their mental, emotional, and physical prowess through strength training.  As of July 2017, Ivana took the leap into the world of wellness and health and hasn’t looked back! She is beyond thrilled to bring her passion for fitness and operations to the community where her journey started. She truly believes that the possibilities for Uplift's female society are endless. 

What Uplifts her? Surrounding myself with people who encourage me to be better person and never settle for the mediocre. 

Her guilty pleasure? Sour apple ANYTHING. 

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Cassie Gilling
Assistant Studio Manager/Philanthropy Coordinator

Cassie is still a bit of a newbie to New York City. Hailing from Massachusetts, Cassie moved to New York City this fall after graduating from Boston University's School of Theatre with a BFA in Acting. She became interested in Uplift after reading the mission statement of the brand and falling in love with it's vow to create a powerful and safe space for women in New York City! Growing up with two older brothers to catch up to, Cassie was always running around. While she can't remember a sport that she hasn't at least tried for a season, she focused on lacrosse, field hockey, and swimming. She is excited to join the amazing team that Uplift has and cannot wait to see what experiences stretch her physically, emotionally, and mentally in this new chapter!

What Uplifts her? Being around motivated, kind, and FUNNY women.  

Her guilty pleasure? Oh, chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Absolutely.