Our Team

Liem is an inclusive community builder, people focused leader, and often invited to speak as a thought leader, game changer, and keynote speaker. She has experience in sales, marketing, analytics, from Fortune 500 companies and startups. She was the Keynote speaker at the 2019 Heineken USA Women's Leadership Forum and received the 2018 Best of Best Leader Award from the Network of Executive Women Chicago. She serves on  several non-profits such as the Field Museum Board of Trustees' Marketing Committee. 

Founder / CEO

Liem Le

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Ryannon Starkey

Ryannon is a certified Zumba instructor who puts her heart and soul into her choreography and students. She is also a data scientist at a Fortune 500 company. She holds a B.A. Mathematics, Statistics, and French from the University of Rochester and plans to pursue a Master’s in Business Analytics starting this fall. Ryannon also serves as an advisor for her sorority at Carnegie Mellon University and hangs out with her pug Shadow

Igor is founder of Intersog, an international provider of full-cycle next generation custom software engineering and staffing solutions that is headquartered in the U.S. with multiple office locations all over the world. He has built a reputation as a tech industry innovator both on the technical and business fronts alike, balancing his technical roots and executive acumen with top-level involvement in high-profile projects for brands such as Volkswagen AG, Orbitz, and American Airlines. 

Software Resources

Igor Fedulov

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Preston O'ffill

Improv, Trivia, & Games

Preston has been acting since 2007, specializing in improv comedy and musical theater. He won the KC Barn Award for best leading actor for his portrayal of Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can. He is currently a Main Stage Play at The Comedy Shrine and previously led IO Chicago's weekly political sketch show from 2015-2018, creating a brand new SNL type show every week. He also produces a similar show for iO Chicagos' Sketch Writing Program, Touring the country with his duo team "Playtime With Patrick & Preston". 


Isabel Woelfel

Isabel holds a Master's (and Doctorate in Education Candidate) in Kinesiology. She is a certified health coach with expertise in a variety of formats as she's been teaching fitness  classes for the past 10 years.  She also teaches as a Kinesiology adjunct faculty for California State University Los Angeles and East Los Angeles Community College on courses related to exercise physiology, physical fitness, and wellness. Isabel's goal is to educate her students on
basic knowledge of health and fitness and inspire them to exercise.

Dance, Pilates, Barre, Mindfulness

Amelia Dobbs

Amelia is a performer, choreographer, and Certified instructor based out of New York City. She holds a bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Her classes are focused on principles of endurance, flexibility, and mind body connection she has found useful in her career. Amelia loves teaching and believes exercise is an important investment in the future for ALL people. Let's have fun and get fit together!

Jasmine  is a professional artist with a Bachelor of Arts specializing in mixed media, visual communication, sculpture, painting, and drawing. She is an intuitive, exploratory artist who uses all mediums to create narrative and figurative work. She uses a surreal, fragile style to create experiences that are uncanny, emotional, and investigate ideas about memory, nature and escapism. She is passionate about inclusive community and her experience includes teaching student with disabilities.


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Elise Wendt


Elise is a Certified yoga instructor pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She collaborates on yoga instruction for Little Lion's mindfulness and confidence building program and also works as a director working with healthcare companies at a Fortune 500 company. A former gymnast for 15 years, Elise is a strong believer in the mind-body connection and how essential it is in maintaining mental, emotional, and physical well-being. She incorporates this belief into her teachings and practice. 

Anusha Bharadia

Cardio Kickbox & HIIT

Anusha's is an internationally Certified fitness instructor, with a Bachelors of Science in cognitive neuroscience and pursuing a path in medicine. She also has a Black Belt in Martial Arts. The most amazing part of fitness for me is being able to connect with my participants physically, mentally and emotionally through our intense workouts. I am a health ambassador for Rutgers recreation and enjoy group teaching fitness class, especially cardio based high intensity interval training.

Ann is a cinematographer and video editor with background in motion graphics. She has a Bachelor's in Interactive Multimedia Design and a Master's degree in Film and Television (Cinematography). She's always looking for new ways to tell stories through unique mediums of art. Immersing herself in film is her way of connecting with people and the world. She hopes her art provides a bridge for people to be more connected and understanding towards one another.


Ann Chong

Marketing & Partnerships

Carolyn Ma

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Darnel Young

Darnel is a Certified Instructor who recognizes that a firm understanding of the Mind-Body connection is important to affect day to day energy levels and actions. His background as an athlete, advisor,  and coach led him to create a fitness program around challenging and mindful movement paired with proper nutrition to help you become stronger, more flexible, more muscular and overall more healthier mentally and physically.

His motto:

More People, Moving More Often...Confidently

Yoga & Mindfulness

Ronald Moreno

Ronald is a Certified yoga instructor who welcomes all individuals to his vinyasa, gentle yoga & mindfulness, and beginning yoga classes. He focuses on how to bring awareness to the mind, body, and soul through connecting movement of the body and the breath. When he isn’t doing yoga, he is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) that works with individuals with developmental disabilities, teaching them new skills in the areas of communication, self-direction, coping, self-care, self-management, and social skills.

Cooking & Baking

Arianne Joynt

Arra fell in love with cooking at an early age watching her Lola make Ilocos-style Filipino food. After high school, she worked as a sous chef apprentice and eventually went to pastry school and culinary school. She has worked for various restaurants. Most recently, she was at Sur la table teaching cooking classes for 7 years and building 2 separate programs within the Sur la table brand that enabled her to take her cooking skills to a new level.

Chandler  has a degree in Exercise Science, Psychology, and Physical Therapy along with certifications as a fitness trainer and coach. For most of her life, fitness and health have been an important part and an area where she is passionate about. Her physical therapy background includes shadowing in in-patient/out-patient care within hospitals and outpatient care centers. She loves to help and motivate people to become the best and healthiest versions of themselves! 

HIIT, Low Impact,


Chandler Veldey

Erika started dancing at the age of 6, and is a former Captain of the Chicago Luvabulls, the NBA dance team for the Chicago Bulls.  Health and fitness have always gone hand-in-hand with her love for dance. If you take her class, you will be part of a dynamic, high-energy and fun class, while creating a physical and mental change within yourself.  When Erika isn’t teaching, she is the Executive Director of a senior living facility, managing all the operations to ensure the elderly are living life to the fullest.

Dance & Barre

Erika Samaniego

Arts & Crafts

Rowan Doe

Rowan is an artist, illustrator, props & production designer, and craftsperson earning a BFA in Theatre Technology and minor in Film Production. Art has always driven them and they are stoked to share the joy with others!Whether illustration, knitting, theatre, puppet design, fake weapons fabrication, cosplay, or screenwriting, Rowan has always had a knack for making. They hope to inspire and empower others to make their own art for themselves, and take that courageous step to more fulfilling self expression.

TV/Movie Club

Nick Aiello

Nick has produced movies, performed at Second City, and debated movies with friends since he was 10 years. Prior to that, he debated the quality of cartoons. He holds a Master's in Business from University of Missouri and created a food cart & catering business while earning his degrees. In 2016, he was named a Top 5 Presenter at the Goldman Sachs Chicago Office. He left shortly after to start his own real estate investment portfolio. He is passionate about bringing people together as he believes we all share more in common than we may realize.

Chair Fitness

KC Knudsen

KC is a certified yoga instructor who also has a Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She specializes in chair yoga, gentle yoga, and children's yoga, helping her students to relax and quiet their minds for just a few moments while getting a full body stretch. KC fully understands the challenges of being mindful during yoga practice. Her intention is to offer a class for individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to meet themselves where they are. 

Kristin is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and RYT-200 specializing in Vinyasa & Chair Yoga, high intensity bootcamps and Pilates mat. With a special interest in bodyweight calisthenics, Kristin encourages practitioners to master their own body movement and to consciously progress toward their goals with consistency. When she isn't teaching fitness classes, you can catch her swinging from a pole and challenging her bodyweight skills through a passion for pole fitness

Pilates, Chair Yoga

Kristin Russo