Irena is the Canadian behind the team; the motivator and the will-be-writer. Former CAT 3 bike racer, four time Ironman finisher and back-country skier. When not riding her bike or playing with her GSD, Bella, she works in the energy industry, managing hydro and wind operations. Irena leads the Spokeandstories team with grace and grit.

Jessica is the peripatetic of the team; born to travel with a storied passport on all but one continent. A three time Poetry on Buses poet, regular bike commuter, and passionate middle school science teacher, Jessica brings a photographic eye, punny poetic ear, and love of learning to the Spokeandstories team.