About Us

BUILT TO BANDE TOGETHER

We created bande for life athletes just like us. We believe you can experience your best workout when you push past your breaking point — and you don’t break.

That’s our mission here at bande: replicate the motivation, personal attention, and the palpable energy found in an in-person workout class, brought to you through your screen.

Made for those who value body, mind and togetherness Made for those who value body, mind and togetherness Made for those who value body, mind and togetherness
Made for those who value body, mind and togetherness Made for those who value body, mind and togetherness Made for those who value body, mind and togetherness

Meet The Team

Rebecca Balyasny
Founder and CEO

Rebecca Balyasny

Founder and CEO

Rebecca is a life athlete and always has been. She enjoyed a childhood filled with sports, which led her to play tennis in college, and as an adult and working mother, she still finds joy, fulfillment, and a moment for herself in the routine of fitness classes.

When the COVID pandemic hit and in-person workouts became virtual, Rebecca— like so many others—found herself missing the connections she had formerly enjoyed in person: working out with friends she loved and instructors who knew her name.

bande was born from Rebecca’s desire for connection and community in this ever-changing world. She created a beta version of the concept and invited some of her best friends from all over the world to attend a virtual barre class with one of her favorite instructors. There, something amazing happened:

“There was a magical micro-moment at the beginning of class, where I waved to my friend and knew we were sharing the same experience. Then more magic came when the instructor called my name, taking a real interest in what I was doing and helping to push me along and coach me. At that moment, I knew I was on to something that was going to change the way people experience and connect through fitness.”

Chrissy Anderson

Chrissy Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Chrissy has built her career at the intersection of technology and consumer experience, leading transformational programs and business development initiatives for some of the most recognized global consumer brands, including Amazon, Whole Foods, Walmart and The Honest Company.

Chrissy has always relied on boutique fitness as a way to connect with friends and maintain balance outside of her busy work and family life. She was thrilled to find bande to re-create the same accountability she used to find in the studio with her favorite instructors, and even more excited about the convenience it offers her to make time every day for premium fitness while at home with her two toddler boys.

Amaya Weddle, Ph.D.
Chief Product Officer

Amaya Weddle, Ph.D.

Chief Product Officer

Amaya found her passion at the crossroads of technology and wellness. As a highly trained and experienced product strategist, a certified aerobics instructor, and a former college athlete, Amaya strives to create experiences that transform people’s lives every day.

Amaya is a creator at heart and is an inventor listed on over 45 technology patents. She’s excited to be at the forefront of technology with a team building a platform to bring people together and forge connections through shared fitness experiences. She brings 15 years of software industry experience in user experience, research, product marketing, and product strategy to the team.

 

Bergen Wheeler
Head of Innovation

Bergen Wheeler

Head of Innovation

Bergen finds motivation in the desire to change peoples’ lives through movement. She has a unique capability of helping her students find their inner strength and power – even in their weakest moments.

From years of practicing as a professional dancer and working as the Innovation Director at Exhale, Bergen has developed a deep understanding of the ways fitness impacts our mental and physical health.

Nicole Uribarri
Sr. Director, Business Operations

Nicole Uribarri

Sr. Director, Business Operations

Nicole wears her passion for fitness on her sleeve and is one of our most recognized team members. Formerly the national fitness director at Exhale, Nicole is a wellness and fitness executive with experience innovating programs through recruiting, training, and coaching diverse talent. You can find Nicole featured in Dr. Oz The Good Life, InStyle Magazine, Racked Fitness, A Sweat Life, and Well + Good.

Nicole shares her passion for fitness with the bande community daily and is committed to helping her students find inclusive, enjoyable, and long-term approaches to well-being.

Rachael Kester
Director, Social Media & Community

Rachael Kester

Director, Social Media & Community

Rachael finds joy in bringing knowledge to others. From working as a teacher in a low-income elementary school to writing her fitness blog, Sweat and Repeat, Rachael is continuously on the move spreading her enthusiasm for fitness and wellness.

Most recently, Rachael worked as the Marketing Manager for Mindbody, where she combined her passions for social media, community building, and digital marketing. Rachael loves strengthening our bande community’s bonds and sharing the power of real relationships built virtually.

Nicole Petitto
Vice President of Talent

Nicole Petitto

Vice President of Talent

As the former Senior Programming Manager at EQUINOX, Nicole created the company-wide strategic vision, educational curriculum, large-scale instructional standards and ideated numerous signature class concepts for their Barre, Pilates and Dance Conditioning categories. She is also a well-known international presenter and has created class concepts with Olympic Gold Medalists, celebrities and ballet companies. Having worked both in the physical and digital fitness space for over 17 years, Nicole strives to continue to share her passion by creating a safe space for both instructors and clients to learn, grow and move.

Eric Solomon

Eric Solomon

Senior Manager, Customer Experience

An experienced People Manager with a knack for juggling multiple projects, out-of-the-box thinking and remotely managing high performance teams, Eric has no fear of getting his hands dirty and thrives in the high energy work environment of a startup. He formerly led customer experience teams at Mindbody software and has a deep understanding of the fitness and wellness software industry.

Eric hails from the East End of Long Island and deep sea fishing off the coast of Montauk is his passion hobby.  Good for mind, body and soul, fishing teaches discipline, patience and perseverance…which helps Eric show up as bande’s Customer Support leader!