[solidcore] is not just a workout. We are on a serious mission to help you create the
strongest version of yourself inside and out."

- Anne Mahlum Founder + Owner + CEO


Meet The Team

Anne Mahlum

Founder + Owner + CEO

Anne M. Mahlum is an entrepreneur who knows how to create and build with purpose…and she knows how to do it quickly. She is the owner and CEO of `{`solidcore`}`, which she founded in DC in 2013. In just four years, Anne has grown the company to 33 locations with tens of thousands of clients, including Mrs. Michelle Obama. In the fall of 2017, Anne took an investment from Peterson Partners to further the growth of `{`solidcore`}` and will have more than 50 studios across the country by the end of 2018. Anne has received notable media attention for her business acumen, including features in The Washington Post, Washingtonian and The Washington Business Journal.

Prior to `{`solidcore`}`, Anne was the CEO of Back on My Feet (BoMF), a non-profit organization she founded in Philadelphia in 2007 that uses the power of running to change the way those experiencing homelessness see themselves so they can make real change in their lives, which includes employment and independent housing. In addition to Philadelphia, the organization now has chapters in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Indianapolis, Atlanta, New York City, Austin and Los Angeles. Anne led BoMF to become a $6.5M privately-funded organization with staff of 48, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of members. Anne’s vision for Back on My Feet is simple, yet bold – to help as many people as possible, in the most efficient way as possible, redefine themselves so they can redefine their life and, just as important – to change the perception of homelessness on a global scale. Anne’s work with Back on My Feet has been featured in countless times in both local and national media. In 2012, Anne hosted a documentary for MTV called The Break on youth homelessness and she was recently featured in a book, called 50 Everyday Heroes. Anne has been named ABC world News Person of the Week, a CNN Hero, New Yorker of the Week, a top 40 under 40 indidviudal by both Philadelphia and Washington DC’s Business Journal.

Anne regularly speaks at corporate events, academic institutions and conferences on numerous topics including, leadership, being bold, finding your happiness, the business behind starting a nonprofit, fundraising and social change. She is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and currently lives in Washington, DC. She has completed 11 marathons, including one on every continent except Antarctica. Anne also enjoys snowboarding, volleyball, reading, writing, traveling and playing the piano.

Brian Vahaly

Chief Finance and Strategy Officer

Brian Vahaly is the Chief Finance and Strategy Officer at `{`solidcore`}`. Brian previously worked in venture capital, serving as the Chief Operating Officer at both Venturehouse Group and NextGen Venture Partners in Washington, DC.

Brian found his passion for sports and fitness back in Atlanta when he first picked up a tennis racket at the age of two. He then went on to become the number one ranked amateur in the United States with a junior ranking of number seventeen in the world. He earned his degree in finance and business management at the University of Virginia, where he was a three-time All-American, finishing ranked second in the NCAAs. He turned pro and was fortunate to play each of the grand slam tournaments, while also being selected to join the United States Davis Cup team. During that period, he was the only player ranked in the top 75 in the ATP world rankings with a college degree. He took out the number one singles player in the world back in 2003, and teamed with Andy Roddick, where they defeated the number one ranked doubles team in the world at the ATP event held in Washington, DC. He is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors for the USTA, the organization that hosts the US Open. Brian also began his own non-profit while he was competing professionally in order to help underprivileged children in the Atlanta area. The Brighter Future Foundation funded after school programs for at-risk youth, that provided access to scholarships, clothing, tutors, and tennis playing opportunities.

In 2003, Brian was featured in People Magazine as one of their most eligible bachelors. That same year he played Agassi at the Australian Open.

Brian recently moved out to Annapolis, MD where he prefers to spend time on a boat with friends and family. He is married with two young twin boys, Parker and Bennett, who have both found a way to absorb all his free time.

Bryan Myers

Chief Operating Officer

Bryan is the Chief Operating Officer for `{`solidcore`}`. Prior to joining the leadership team, he was a dedicated client and member of the `{`100 club`}`. In his role as COO, Bryan works to ensure that our Studio Managers and Coaches deliver an exceptional experience for our clients and leads the effort to bring `{`solidcore`}` to new communities all over the country.

When Bryan isn’t sweating it out on `{`sweatlana`}`, you can find him immersed in the performing arts and attending shows at the many, amazing performance venues in the DC area. Bryan is also passionate about finding ways to give back to the community and currently serves on the Board of the Ridley Scholars Foundation, an organization that provides financial and mentorship support to high-achieving African-American students.

Prior to joining the `{`solidcore`}` team, Bryan was a member of the leadership team of sweetgreen, the national leader in the healthy fast casual category. He joined sweetgreen in 2014 as Director of Finance and, over the course of 4 years, wore many hats including his final role as VP of Development, helping the company grow from a regional chain of 22 restaurants to 90 locations nationally.

Bryan began his career as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, providing strategic advice to Fortune 500 companies on topics of growth, organizational design, and operational transformation.

Julie Lastra

VP, Studio Operations

Julie is the Vice President of Studio Operations. She oversees all of `{`solidcore`}`’s studio operations ensuring they operate efficiently as well as provide a consistent client experience.

Julie is a Michigan native, but has lived in several places including California, Canada, and now the Washington, D.C. area. Living in all these places fueled her passion for outdoor activities including running, skiing, and hiking. Julie heard about `{`solidcore`}` in 2014 after a ski injury left her unable to do her favorite physical activity - running. Julie was looking for an intense, low impact workout that would still give her the same feeling she got after a good, long run. She was `{`addicted`}` after her first class!

In March 2015, Julie became a `{`solidcore`}` coach for the Old Town and Ballston studios and was voted Virginia `{`solidcore`}` Coach of the Year that same year. She also served in the Studio Manager role for those studios for over two years. Prior to coming on to `{`solidcore`}` full time, Julie was a federal agent with the U.S. government for over two decades.

Julie credits `{`solidcore`}` for getting her back on the running and ski trails. When she is not in the studio you will find her running around Burke Lake with her two dogs, watching her two daughters play soccer or compete in downhill ski races, and drinking wine with family and friends.

Lisa Knapp

Senior Director, HR

Lisa is `{`solidcore`}`’s Senior Director of HR. She is responsible for strategizing, implementing, and overseeing everything as it relates to our internal HR/People function. Lisa was an obsessed `{`solidcore`}` client prior to joining the leadership team, and couldn’t be more excited to combine her passion for `{`solidcore`}` and health and wellness with her corporate experience in HR.

Prior to joining the `{`solidcore`}` team, Lisa was the Director of L&D and Talent Management for a high growth executive search firm, and before that, spent seven years in recruiting at a management consulting firm.

When Lisa isn’t taking a `{`solidcore`}` class or spinning, you can find her eating delicious vegetarian food, drinking delicious wine, volunteering with animals, or watching her Pittsburgh sports team dominating the field and ice!

Dimple Manghnani

Corporate Counsel & Director of Leasing

Dimple is the Director of Legal Operations for `{`solidcore`}`. She oversees all compliance and agreement execution as well as supports the new studio opening efforts.

Originally a Florida native (go Gators!), Dimple quickly fell in love with DC when she moved here for law school. While in law school, her business specialization prepared for this exciting role. Every day working for this company is different and Dimple is excited to be an integral member of the team as `{`solidcore`}` continues to grow.

Outside of `{`solidcore`}`, Dimple enjoys finding the best coffee in town, trying out new restaurants, and pretending she’s the next Top Chef. Can you sense a food theme?

Artemis Benedetti

Director of Studio Operations and Growth

Artemis brings her energy, intensity, and dedication to hard work from Washington, D.C. In her role at `{`solidcore`}`, Artemis brings her love for the workout and the company to new communities nationwide, by supporting new coaches, studio managers, and building community. She received a graduate degree in public health and upon entering the corporate world, she realized that she needed an outlet to unwind and compete with her inner athlete. She took on opportunities in the fitness world and never looked back.

Since Artemis was five, she has played sports; including swimming, volleyball, crew, and collegiate rugby. Soon after, she became a certified spin instructor and started teaching cycling all over the city. As much as Artemis loved the gym and hitting the weights, she realized she needed something more, something different to keep her body strong. She discovered `{`solidcore`}` after hearing about it from her sister. Artemis was addicted after her first class, discovering muscles she didn’t realize existed. She loved being challenged to push her body to new limits.

When Artemis is not in the studio coaching or taking class, you can find her playing with her furry pup Aria and spending time with her husband. She loves trying new cooking recipes and planning her next international adventure.

Charly Williams

Director of Studio Operations and Growth

Charly is the Director of Studio Operations and Growth at `{`solidcore`}`. She oversees and supports studios and their managers.

Charly is a DMV local. She grew up in Silver Spring, MD. She became a certified yoga instructor in 2014 which began her love for fitness & wellness. Charly first found `{`solidcore`}` when her friend brought her to a `{`painful`}` class and she hasn’t looked back. The charismatic coaches and incredible strength cultivated in each class had her addicted quickly and after just 12 classes she decided to become a coach. The extreme workout strengthened her yoga practice physically and mentally but she came back for the community. Charly’s first class was at the old Adams Morgan location so it felt fitting that she would take over as Studio Lead at the new Adams Morgan studio in September 2015.

Charly lives in Adams Morgan and thrives on a balance of `{`sweat`}` and `{`fun`}`. If she is not practicing/teaching yoga or `{`planking`}` in class at `{`solidcore`}` you can probably find her hunting down a delicious new cocktail. When she has a couple days to get away, spending time with family down along the Potomac River is an absolute must to reset and decompress.

Jo Gomez

Director of Training

Jo has been passionate about sports, fitness and competition her entire life. While finishing her soccer career in college she earned a degree in health and human performance. She holds personal training certifications from ACSM, Nike SPARQ, and USAW weight lifting. Jo has worked at Velocity Sports Performance training young athletes and creating nationwide standardized workouts. Jo was a Personal Trainer in DC for several years while coaching the Wilson High School soccer team to three district championships. In addition, Jo has been the Lead Running Coach and Coordinator at Fleet Feet DC for the marathon, half marathon and 10 mile programs for the past 6 years. Through these experiences, Jo gained a deep appreciation for the impact coaches could have and believes they can have a significant impact on people’s mind, body and soul.

Jo started as a client at `{`solidcore`}` when they opened in 2013. Immediately she found all the best qualities of any workout combined into one 50 minute session; teamwork, competition, intensity, sweat, music, and muscle failure. After awhile she could not resist getting more involved with the culture. Jo’s favorite part of `{`solidcore`}` has been training new coaches, sharing the science and brand behind the workout.

Jo is driven by competition and loves challenging herself. She has completed 14 marathons, 2.75 ironmans, is a member of Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team and competes in local cycling races, and loves to train mma, formally the WKA 135 lb champion. Important side note – Jo LOVES india pale ale (double and imperial).

Kristen Piekiel

Director of Marketing

Kristen is the Director of Marketing for `{`solidcore`}`. She leads our marketing and client acquisition strategy, focusing on our customer journey, digital advertising and organic search efforts. Kristen has a passion for digital marketing, with over 10 years experience in the e-tail and lead generation space. She works to grow our community in current and new markets.

A client from the original ADMO studio, Kristen was thrilled to be able to combine her love for `{`solidcore`}` with her professional skill set in online marketing. She has a proven track record of growing brand awareness and converting leads. She is so excited to be a part of this team and help `{`solidcore`}` achieve it's future goals!

Outside of the studio and work, Kristen loves spending time with her family, especially her two very energetic little girls. She needs a good cup of coffee and is always excited to try out a restaurant opening. On Sundays during football season you can find her cheering on the Buffalo Bills and praying they make it to the Super Bowl....someday?!

Nat Straub

Senior Training Manager

Nat is part of the training `{`team`}`. She trains new coaches, shares the science and brand behind the workout, and travels to new markets to share the `{`shakes`}`.

While in DC for college, Nat found `{`solidore`}` and it was love at first `{`shake`}`. She used the workout as a way to train when she wasn’t in the mountains or near an ocean. It was only workout that provided the same intensity and satisfaction as a full day in the backcountry. As a former college athlete and ski instructor, training new `{`coaches`}` is the perfect blend for Nat of athleticism and instruction.

Outside of `{`solidcore`}` Nat enjoys surfing, backcountry skiing, hiking with her husband and dog, and hitting the road in her eurovan, Vanna. Was it mentioned fish tacos play an important role in all of those activities?

Bridget Black

Training Manager

Bridget is a Training Manager for `{`solidcore`}`. In this role, she trains new coaches and introduces coaches to the science and the brand behind the workout. Bridget travels to all of the new and existing studios to provide the new training and continuing education. Bridget grew up in DC and first discovered `{`solidcore`}` when it opened in Adams Morgan in 2013. She found `{`solidcore`}` to be the perfect way to build on the benefits of team sports such as the team-like community and as a way to challenge herself physically and mentally. When she moved to Philadelphia for grad school, Bridget became a coach in `{`solidcore`}`’s first out of market studio. After graduating with a Master’s in Political Science, Bridget never imagined finding a career in fitness, but her experience coaching soccer, volunteering in schools, and tutoring in afterschool programs has prepared her for the role of training new coaches in how to best deliver this challenging and effective workout. She loves that the training manager position allows her to bring this workout, and the `{`solidcore`}` community that means so much to her to new places and new coaches. Outside of `{`solidcore`}`, Bridget loves playing and watching sports, playing with her dog, or finding the best happy hour with friends.

Humberto Galvan

Recruiting Manager

Humberto is recruiting manager for `{`solidcore`}`. He works closely with new studio openings team on instructor recruitment and development.

Humberto never imagined a career in fitness but discovered a passion for inspiring others while a client at `{`solidcore`}` in DC. Leaving behind a life in politics and business, Humberto traded in his suit and tie for a pair of leggings and never looked back. Before joining the training team, Humberto opened and lead the company’s first New York location in Roslyn.

Humberto's background in team sports and his love of sweat, hard work, and fun bring infectious energy to his classes. Prepare to leave it all out on the machine but expect to sing, yell, and obviously shake through it all.

Humberto is passionate about travel, fitness, and brunch. When not in the studio, he can be found organizing sweat dates, exploring the latest fitness craze, or enjoying the perfect post-class mimosa, wherever he is in the world.

Jacob Griffin

Brand Experience and Social Marketing Manager

Jacob is the Manager of Brand Experience and Social Marketing at `{`solidcore`}`. He oversees multiple touch points `{`solidcore`}` has with their clients and helps to develop and implement strategies that inject the `{`solidcore`}` brand into each touchpoint. He also supports the team that manages `{`solidcore`}`’s digital presence. Jacob started coming to `{`solidcore`}` in 2013 while finishing his degree in Digital Human Engagement and Business at Marymount University. He quickly became involved with the community and began coaching training at the end of 2014. 6 months later he ascended to Pro-Coach where he supported `{`solidcore`}` in the creation and deployment of their coach training program. Jacob comes to `{`solidcore`}` from a design and professional services background. Working as a Design Strategist for over 2 years while still coaching part time. He lead multiple projects with a variety of clients including Neiman Marcus the US Navy and USPS. Jacob has coached more than 1700 classes in his coaching career and over 20,000 clients. He continues to coach at the Adams Morgan and Shaw locations. When Jacob is not working, coaching or sweating it out himself you can catch him at a live concert. Fun Fact: Jacob is an ACE:American Coaster Enthusiast member (aka coaster nerd) and has a plethora of coaster knowledge.

Jordan Murray

Training Manager

Jordan is a Training Manager for `{`solidcore`}`. She trains news coaches, introducing them to the teams' unique method of coaching, science behind the work out and all things `{`sweatlana`}`. She also implements continuing education for current coaches with ongoing professional development workshops. Jordan discovered `{`solidcore`}` at its only location circa 2013 with a dare from a friend saying ``you have to try this new work out. It is the hardest thing you'll ever do.`` She was quickly humbled and addicted. She kept coming back for the work out, but stuck for the people. With a background in social work and a passion for inclusive communities, `{`solidcore`}` felt like home; a place to grow with out judgement, surrounded by a team that has your back. When she is not training/working with coaches, she is most likely reading, hiking, hanging with her puggle, traveling, at a concert or taking on a new hobby (next stop: running marathons)! Jordan strives to maintain a plant based diet. Some days are better then others.

Natalie Glanden

Client Relations Manager

Natalie is the Client Relations Manager for `{`solidcore`}`. She answers all client questions and inquiries from all markets and supports studio managers to ensure clients have the best studio experience possible. Natalie is the studio manager of `{`solidcore`}` Annapolis and coaches 10 classes a week.

Natalie is the middle of 5 children and grew up in western Maryland. She grew up dancing and cheerleading in high school and continued to stay active through college at the University of Maryland in College Park where she earned her bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in public relations. Through teaching cycling, barre and finally `{`solidcore`}`, she found a way to put her passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle + public relations degree into a career—a thing she never thought was possible until `{`solidcore`}`!

Outside of `{`solidcore`}`, you can find Natalie on a sweat date with her husband or friends, teaching cycling in DC, house hunting in Annapolis or spoiling her two dogs, Marilyn and Noah. She loves to try new restaurants and takes advantage of her proximity to DC and Annapolis. She and her husband, Nick, welcomed a baby girl in February and she is loving her new role as ``mom``. Baby Lillian loves to spend time with mom at the studio. Natalie is working hard to get her solid core back--and has new respect for all the other parents out there who are trying to stay fit!

Triana Brown

Training Manager

Triana is a Training Manager for `{`solidcore`}`. She travels to new and existing markets to train new coaches. She introduces new coaches to the science, the community and brand behind the workout. Additionally, she provides continuing education training to current coaches. Triana discovered `{`solidcore`}` in 2015 and fell in love with the workout and community immediately. As a dancer and arts fundraiser, `{`solidcore`}` challenged, supported and enabled her to grow physically and mentally. Shortly after joining the `{`solidcore`}` family, Triana became a coach. With years of coaching experience and being a certified ACE Personal Trainer, She is confident in her role as Training Manager. It is the community of coaches and clients that drives her to strive for more. Triana’s `{`solidcore`}` peers consistently lift her up regardless if she is in class or going ham on her favorite food, donuts. Outside of `{`solidcore`}`, Triana can be found having a sweat date with friends, enjoying drinks or jamming on a dance floor.

Jackie Futrell

Operations Coordinator

Jackie is `{`solidcore`}`'s Operations Coordinator. Jackie works to support current and new studio operations.

Jackie was able to hone in on her skills to be perfect for the Operations Coordinator role at `{`solidcore`}` after working as an Program Coordinator at a local charter school for several years.

Jackie always knew her passion was in the health and fitness industry. She grew up playing all kinds of sports from running cross country to playing basketball and lacrosse. Jackie is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and has been a `{`solidcore`}` coach since 2016. Jackie is excited to bring her passion and talents to `{`solidcore`}` in this new capacity.

Outside of work, you will find Jackie on countless sweat dates with friends, playing with her black lab named Duke, or exploring DC's best restaurants.

Jennifer Swinea

Executive Assistant

Jennifer is the Executive Assistant for `{`solidcore`}`. She enhances the top executive's effectiveness by providing information management support; representing the executives to others. Jennifer maintains appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and travel. Every day working for this company is different and Jennifer is excited to help the company grow to it's fullest and most polished potential. Outside of `{`solidcore`}`, Jennifer enjoys exploring Washington, DC, playing with her two dogs, and attending sporting events.

Jaime Dardine

Retail Manager

Jaime is the Retail Manager for `{`solidcore`}`.

Jaime grew up right outside of Philadelphia (Go Eagles!) and attended college at James Madison University, where she played four years of lacrosse. After college, Jaime always found herself staying involved with sports, whether it was coaching or working in the sports industry. She gained her product development experience while working at Under Armour and now, Jaime has found the opportunity to combine her passion for fitness and fashion to help support the retail business at `{`solidcore`}`.

Jaime was always looking for that mental and physical challenge to keep pushing her, and after her first class at `{`solidcore`}`… game over. She was hooked and knew that there was something special about this brand. After being a client in Annapolis, she trained to become a coach with a greater goal in mind, and in April 2018, opened up the Baltimore location as the Studio Manager.

Having the opportunity to be a part of creating an environment for clients to embark on a
journey, employees to overcome challenges and become stronger, mentally and physically, then when they walked in, is rare to find in a job. Outside of `{`solidcore`}`, you can find Jaime teaching spin classes, traveling with her husband and hanging with family + friends, with a tall glass of champagne.

Kayla Raspallo

Recruiting Coordinator

Kayla started her career at `{`solidcore`}` in Philadelphia, which is our first out-of-state market, as a client. Quickly becoming obsessed with the workout, she was determined to do more with `{`solidcore`}`. Kayla moved to Philadelphia for college, where she attended University of The Arts for Dance Performance on a scholarship. Kayla grew up dancing very competitively, which had her traveling around the country almost every weekend for dance competitions. After finishing her college career for dance with a hip surgery and being out of commission for half a year, she believes `{`solidcore`}` found her at the perfect time. Kayla hung up her dancing shoes and decided to put on the mic, which lead her to becoming a Pro Coach and coaching 15 classes a week. Believe it or not, growing up, she was a big Tom-Boy and did whatever her older brother did. This led her to sports including soccer, basketball (barely), karate, and lacrosse. She thrives on being challenged physically and mentally while having fun at the same time, and has found that with `{`solidcore`}`. When Kayla is not in the studio, you can find her asking owners to pet their dogs, watching Tom Brady create world records, and explaining the workout to guys at the bar.

Sam Salas

Marketing Coordinator

Samantha is `{`solidcore`}`’s Marketing Coordinator. As a Dallas local, she first found her passion for fitness while rock climbing. She studied Business Management at the University of Texas at Arlington, and proceeded to work as a barre instructor and manager at Pure Barre Arlington for 5 years. Always looking for that extra challenge, she took her first `{`solidcore`}` class at the Cathedral location. It was the challenge she had been looking for. The motivating music, class camaraderie, community, and empowering instructor helped push her through her first class! When Sam isn’t coaching or `{`planking`}` in class, you can find her hiking trails, dog watching/petting, drinking margaritas, eating endless amounts of TACOS, or dancing to the bass of the best EDM festivals!

Jayson Siano

National Real Estate Consultant

Jayson is the Founder and CEO of Sabre Real Estate Group, a full service real estate consulting firm dedicated to servicing the needs of regional and national retailers. Jayson and his team provide the traditional functions of an internal real estate department for `{`solidcore`}` and are responsible for the strategic planning, market analysis, site selection and lease negotiations. Jayson has been working with `{`solidcore`}` for the last two years to ensure that we are selecting the best real estate opportunities for the brand.

Jayson graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Consumer Resources and Retailing. He move back to New York City after college to accept a job as an assistant menswear buyer at Prada and Miu Miu while promoting nightclubs and DJing in the evenings. In order to make up for lost time while on the club scene, Jayson began a healthy lifestyle and drastically changed his diet habits and also found fitness. Jayson started in the commercial real estate business in 2000 and has become one of the top brokers in the fitness and restaurant industries.

When Jayson is not working or working out, he spends his time at home with his wife Danielle a Registered Dietician and their two sons Jax and Jase.