Kristi Amatuzio

Director of Operations

Kristi grew up playing team sports in her home state of Michigan before moving to Indiana to pursue her degree in Education at Indiana University. Interested in tying her background in Education to health, she decided to continue her studies at Indiana University, where she graduated with her Masters in Health Education. She has most notably worked for 6 years as the Senior Program Manager of Girls in the Game, a nonprofit promoting health and leadership to young girls throughout Chicago. Kristi came to The Barre Code in 2011 as a client and has since established herself as an instructor, which led her to take on a full-time position in early 2015.

Kelsey Burd

Instructor Training and Development Lead

Kelsey is a seasoned fitness instructor and personal trainer in barre, cardio, and high intensity interval training. For the past five years she has worked at gyms and boutique fitness studios, teaching many different fitness principles in New York City and Chicago. Kelsey holds a NASM speciality certification in barre, as well as certifications in Zumba, HIIT, low-impact cardio, and yoga-based fitness programs. Kelsey has found the biggest benefit of her fitness journey is the change in the way she is able to react to a challenge outside of the studio, because of the mental and physical challenges she learns to embrace in the studio! She has found great passion in sharing this journey with others. When she’s not at The Barre Code, Kelsey works professionally as a singer and actress. She was most recently seen in the original production of Million Dollar Quartet here in Chicago!

Dana Farber

Director of Brand Development

Dana first discovered the positivity and strength of the TBC community as a client in 2013 after never being able to find a workout that she could truly get behind. Prior to joining The Barre Code team, Dana attended Northwestern University where she graduated with a degree in English and Art History. Following graduation she began working at Skirt Public Relations, a boutique fashion, beauty, and lifestyle PR firm in Chicago, as the Social Media Director, where she honed her talent with a hashtag. A fan of everything pop culture, Dana loves being able to stay on the pulse of the fitness industry through marketing & social media.

Brianna Hathaway

Chief Financial Officer

Brianna began her journey with The Barre Code as a client in 2011 before joining the leadership team to assist in the development of the company’s financial strategy and day-to-day financial operations. Brianna grew up as a competitive gymnast, ingraining her love of fitness and team sports at a young age. Prior to accepting her role with The Barre Code, Brianna attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she earned her BSBA in Accounting and International Business. While in school, Brianna continued to pursue her passion for fitness by taking group fitness classes as well as teaching gymnastics at a local club. After graduating from Valparaiso University, Brianna began her career working at a large public accounting firm in Chicago and obtained her CPA license. In her free time, she loves trying new restaurants, reading, biking, and catching up on her favorite crime shows.

Suleen Lee

General Counsel & Director of Corporate Strategy

Suleen started at The Barre Code in early 2011 as a part-time instructor while working full-time as an associate at a large law firm. After a few years of witnessing The Barre Code’s explosive growth throughout Chicago, Suleen joined The Barre Code’s leadership team to develop the national franchising program and grow the company across the U.S. Suleen is a graduate of Duke University with a B.S. in Economics and has her J.D. from The University of Illinois College of Law. Suleen has had a passion for teaching fitness classes from an early age, having obtained her first group fitness certification at the age of 18. In addition to advising The Barre Code on legal matters affecting the company, Suleen oversees the franchising program while continuing to teach classes at The Barre Code’s studios in Chicago.

Lina Midla

Chief Training Officer

Lina grew up with a passion for movement and performance, spending all of her time in  dance, theater, gymnastics, singing, and martial arts. In 2006, Lina studied film acting at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and then went on  to graduate fromTulane University with a B.S.M. in Marketing in 2010. Upon her return to Chicago, while working a corporate job in Marketing Research,  Lina immersed herself in studying various fitness regimens, nutrition philosophies and attending numerous seminars and symposiums led by leading health and fitness experts.  Lina ran across The Barre Code in May 2011 and never left. Lina has accumulated various fitness certifications through CrossFit, Zumba, Krav Maga,  USA Weightlifting and is also a Pre and Post Natal Exercise Specialist.

Kaye Straub

National Director of Training & Development

Kaye joined The Barre Code as a client in 2012 when she first moved to Chicago. Prior to joining The Barre Code, she inspired others to discover their inventive genius as a program developer and educator for the Museum of Science and Industry.  At night, Kaye pursued her love for performing, studying improvisational comedy and coordinating theatrical arm wrestling events to raise money for local arts charities.  Having only ever been a mathlete, Kaye was amazed to discover an empowering fitness program that challenged her mind as much as it challenged her body.  Eager to give back to The Barre Code community, Kaye became an instructor in 2014 and a Master Trainer in 2015. Her love for energetic performances, education, and inspiring others continues to fuel each of her classes and she strives to make each one a unique experience for all of her clients. When she is not at The Barre Code, you can find her riding her bike across town, belting out 90s karaoke hits or competing with the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers. Kaye has Bachelors of Arts degrees from Augustana University in Theatre and Mathematics.