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.
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!
Corporate Marketing Associate
Tania has always had a passion for fitness, but it was not until she took a class at The Barre Code that she felt she was exercising her body to the fullest. After being welcomed as a client into this incredible community by such inspiring people, Tania knew she had to be a part of it. Prior to accepting her position at The Barre Code in 2017, she attended Indiana University Bloomington with a B.A. in Media, a minor in Theatre, and professional experience in marketing. Upon graduating, Tania knew she wanted to to pursue a career where she could work with passionate people and that is exactly what she found at The Barre Code. Other hobbies of her’s include: discovering new music, being outdoors, and improv comedy. When she is not at The Barre Code, you can catch her doing improv at The Second City and iO Chicago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate General Counsel
Samantha first discovered The Barre Code as a law student in 2012 and it wasn’t long before her role quickly evolved from being a client to an integral member of The Barre Code franchising team. Samantha received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona before coming back to Chicago to attend law school at DePaul University College of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2015. Outside of The Barre Code, Samantha is an avid foodie who loves to cook, which was previously inspired by her love of travel and adventure.
Franchise Training Manager
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.