Ariana Chernin, Co-CEO & Co-Founder.
Ariana Chernin spent her formative years excelling in highly competitive volleyball, soccer, and track teams, developing a passion for competitive sports and overall fitness at an early age. Growing up, Ariana was recognized on multiple occasions for All-State and First-Team All-League honors for her athletic endeavors and notably completed her first marathon at the age of 16. Ariana attended the University of Michigan, where she continued to participate in competitive club teams and transformed her love for team sports into a passion for developing training programs for both herself and her peers. Incorporating the wealth of knowledge gleaned from her exposure to various training camps, Ariana spent her college years attending numerous training seminars and absorbing the styles of some of University of Michigan’s most elite trainers. Ariana additionally taught and developed group fitness classes at the University of Michigan’s campus recreation center, where she further honed her skills in leading classes and assisting fellow students in achieving their fitness goals. Ariana has served as a lululemon athletica ambassador and as a member and panelist for Michigan High School Athletic Association and Women in Sports Leadership. She has also been highlighted in publications such as SELF Magazine and Prevention for her fitness expertise. In her spare time, Ariana enjoys running and competing in triathalons, recently breaking a personal record of completing a mile under six minutes and finishing as a top 10 finisher in the Traverse City Triathalon. Ariana is a certified fitness professional, receiving the distinction of being both a women’s fitness specialist and MMA conditioning specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Jillian Lorenz, Co-CEO & Co-Founder.
Jillian Lorenz grew up dancing and performing from a young age and uncovered her love for choreography during her time on her state-recognized high school pom team. Jillian has choreographed and participated in performances across the United States, including college bowl games and presidential inaugural events. Jillian earned her B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, where she was the president of her sorority Alpha Chi Omega. During college, Jillian also worked for a pom and dance company, where she was able to combine her love for coaching with choreography and performance. Jillian began intensively studying biomechanical engineering, as it allowed her to explore her interest in this area and make parallels between engineering and the human body. After graduating from Michigan State, Jillian joined a large consulting firm, where she spent over ten years immersing herself in the business world and serving on various women’s leadership committees. While traveling for business, Jillian began creating fitness regimens for both her own physique and her colleagues. Developing a following from leading workouts while on the road, Jillian recognized that certain combination of movements she put together produced more rapid results than conventional techniques. With a gift for creation and choreography, a passion for fitness, an educational foundation in engineering, and a ten-year business background, Jillian was ready to join forces with co-founder Ariana Chernin to launch Barre Bee Fit. Jillian has served as a lululemon athletica ambassador and has been featured on Good Day Chicago as post-natal fitness expert (as a mother herself), as well as highlighted alongside Ariana in SELF Magazine and Prevention Magazine for her fitness expertise. Jillian has completed executive education programs at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, and is a certified fitness professional through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, being both a women’s fitness specialist and MMA conditioning specialist.
Lina Belkin, Chief Training Officer & Bootcamp Director.
Lina Belkin has been involved in dance, theater, gymnastics, and martial arts ever since the age of 4. In 2006, Lina was accepted into and enrolled in the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts to study film acting. While in New York, Lina continued to take dance classes all over Manhattan and trained in various forms of MMA. After completing the acting program, Lina finished her undergraduate studies at Tulane University and graduated with a B.S.M. in Marketing. At Tulane, Lina began to sense that her passion for physical activity did not just lie in performance alone, but rather in helping others reach their health and fitness goals. She began to immerse herself in studying various fitness regimens and nutrition philosophies, spending the past few years attending numerous nutrition seminars and symposiums led by leading health and fitness experts. When Lina moved back to Chicago to begin her corporate job in marketing research, Lina began a quest to find a workout that felt like dance. Lina ran across Barre Bee Fit in May 2011, and by October 2011, Lina was a full-fledged instructor who was widely beloved by clients for her energetic and motivating style. Lina has accumulated various fitness certifications in CrossFit and Zumba and also obtained a USA weightlifting Level 1 certification in Olympic weightlifting. Lina has also taught classes at the Nike Training Club in Lincoln Park, representing Barre Bee Fit in Nike’s lineup of barre classes. Lina is thrilled to be a part of Barre Bee Fit’s Executive Team, where she can pursue her passion for inspiring women to become their best selves through increased levels of health, strength, and confidence.
Suleen Lee, General Counsel.
Suleen Lee has over ten years of experience in the group fitness format, having obtained her first group fitness certification at the age of 18. Suleen graduated cum laude from Duke University, earning a B.S. in Economics. At Duke, Suleen was a member of her campus’s dance troupe and studied nutrition and pilates as part of her elective coursework. Suleen went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and was an editor on the University of Illinois Law Review. While in law school, Suleen pursued her passion for health and fitness by teaching kickboxing, mat pilates, and strength-training classes at a local boutique gym in Champaign, Illinois. After graduating from law school, Suleen moved to Chicago and began her legal career as an associate of a large national law firm. In an effort to balance long days at the office, Suleen auditioned to become an instructor at Barre Bee Fit in December 2010, just a few months after Barre Bee Fit opened its first location in River North. Suleen specializes in teaching the more cardio-intensive classes and Barre Brawl™, which was named in SELF Magazine as one of the best workout classes in the U.S. Suleen has also taught for Nike Training Club and for events at the Hotel Palomar, as well as special DJ Barre-dio Barre™ classes at Lululemon Athletica and at the various Barre Bee Fit studios around Chicago. Throughout her years with Barre Bee Fit as an instructor, Suleen has witnessed Barre Bee Fit’s powerful impact on the lives of women around her, including the transformation of her own sister. In November 2012, Suleen joined the Barre Bee Fit Executive Team as its General Counsel to develop and implement its franchising program. She continues to teach classes on a weekly basis while overseeing all legal aspects of the business and growing Barre Bee Fit through its franchise locations. Believing in Barre Bee Fit’s mission of promoting lifestyle changes and personal evolution, Suleen aims to grow Barre Bee Fit on a national level to empower women everywhere with the confidence to love themselves.
Emily Torockio, Director of Content & Brand Development.
Emily Torockio has always considered fitness to be an important part of her life, but it was only after finding Barre Bee Fit that she was truly able to call it a passion. Having played volleyball in high school and taken group fitness classes during and after college, Emily fortuitously discovered Barre Bee Fit in early 2011 and has never looked back. After earning a B.A. in Gender Studies and Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University, Emily accepted a job in Taipei to work as a writer and section editor for one of the country’s leading English newspapers. Upon returning to the United States, Emily took her writing talents and keen eye for editing and design to a top hospitality company and software company before joining Barre Bee Fit as their first full-time team member in April 2012. Prior to coming on full-time, Emily spent her spare time doing freelance social media and marketing work for BBF, including starting and maintaining the blog. Now, Emily plans events and special challenges, works to foster partnerships with other businesses in the community, and creates the fresh, fun content that truly elevates BBF above its competitors. Emily wakes up every day excited to be a part of the Barre Bee Fit Executive Team, and looks forward to spreading the BBF lifestyle far and wide.
Taylor Wendel, Director of Operations.
Taylor Wendel started at Barre Bee Fit as a summer intern, moving her way into a client relations role at the Barre Bee Fit Gold Coast studio, progressing into a full-fledged instructor, and eventually taking over management of the Gold Coast studio. Taylor, a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Psychology, has been dedicated to fitness, health, and well-being throughout her life. She spent most of her childhood being active and participating in gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading. Taylor is particularly passionate about dance, with her favorite styles being hip-hop and lyrical jazz and having spent several years performing with a hip-hop dance troupe all around Chicago. When she entered her college years, Taylor felt that she had gotten off track in terms of having an active lifestyle, but was excited to find Barre Bee Fit, where she reacquainted herself with her love for physical activity and healthy habits. In addition to practicing yoga on a regular basis, Taylor formally trains in ballet in order to maintain her strength and flexibility and to improve her technical knowledge as an instructor. Taylor is dedicated to helping clients better themselves both inside out and is excited to help the clients of Barre Bee Fit achieve their personal best.