Meet the Fuse Ambassadors

Since Fuse Pilates started as a single class nearly 7 years ago, our main form of advertising has been word of mouth. So, we decided to start the Fuse ambassador program to let our students tell you what classes and workshops they're trying at Fuse, the results they’re getting, the exercises they're conquering, and more.  Stay tuned for blog posts from the following lovely ladies!  

Erika LaChance

erika-254x300Erika is the reason we thought of doing the Ambassador program.  A frequent “tweeter” about her Fuse experience, Erika is  a self-proclaimed “word nerd” from Texas who moved to Missouri to pursue a degree in journalism from Mizzou.  After graduation, she held communications consulting positions in Dallas and DC before she left the corporate world help start a recreational culinary school. As marketing and communications director for Cookology, Erika devises relevant culinary curriculum, manages scheduling, and helps local food lovers become competent home cooks and health conscious eaters. Erika is currently working towards the completion of the Digital Media Management program at Georgetown University, as well as an advanced certification in wine studies. She resides in Glover Park and spends her free time reading, cooking, eating, and (of course) Fuse-ing it up at the Playground.

Heather Burchfield

Heather-B--131x300Heather hails from eastern North Carolina—don't get her started on the superiority of vinegar-based BBQ or Tar Heel Basketball! An alumnus of UNC Chapel Hill, Heather holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications.  When she's not sweating it out at Fuse or strategizing marketing initiatives for her organization, you may find her running around the National Mall with her husband, sailing with her family off the eastern shore, or enjoying a glass of wine with girlfriends at one her favorite neighborhood restaurants. This southern belle first discovered Pilates in college and seven years later, her passion and derriere have been reinvigorated by Pilates Fuse-style!  In late 2010, Heather underwent surgery as part of a treatment plan for myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease that is associated with muscle weakness and fatigue.  Fuse Pilates provides Heather with a fun and challenging way to continue building back her strength and confidence in what her body can do.

Melissa Sharp

Melissa-SharpMelissa considers herself a Pilates neophyte who has quickly discovered how addicting Fuse classes can be. She found the studio this summer and decided to try a Fuse Pilates mat class. Her instructor, Addie, made the class so much fun while simultaneously so challenging that she knew she would be back for more. As a former ballet and jazz dancer, she loves that all Fuse classes are choreographed to music and that the goal of Fuse classes is to build long and lean muscles. After completing the Fuse Pilates late night boot camp in August, she’s now a regular at mat, chair, reformer and jump classes. Her fitness goals are to tone up, conquer the pike exercise on the chair, increase the number of push ups she can handle, and improve her side planks in mat classes. Outside of the studio, Melissa is a lawyer by day, a dedicated college football fan (Go Buckeyes) and a theater buff. She lives in Dupont Circle and can often be found exploring the neighborhood’s best restaurants, wine bars, and art galleries.

Stephanie Yu


Stephanie is a geographically-challenged alpine skier masquerading as an environmental lawyer, runner and yogini. In her words, she runs so she doesn't break when she skis, and she practices yoga and Fuse so she doesn't break when she runs. Stephanie recently ran her third Army Ten-Miler, will face the Tough Mudder (now that's hardcore) in about a week, and is planning for her first half marathon in 2012. She blogs at

Callie Kolbe

CallieKolbe-155x300Callie is a native of Colorado (not Ireland as her red hair would suggest) who grew up in the ballet studio. She moved to DC after graduating from Tufts University to work on financing all types of energy and water infrastructure projects. Her favorite perk of the job is the weekly healthy happy hour she started to help her teammates tone-up. By night you can find her at Fuse, dancing, taking yoga classes, or dreaming of all the places she wants to travel.

Christy Riccardi

Christy-236x300Christy has lived in Washington, DC by way of Annapolis, MD and Akron, OH for almost five years and absolutely loves it.  Christy has a background in computer science and works for the federal government.  Her work sends her on the road a lot, but she enjoys traveling and exploring new areas.  When she's not working or traveling for fun, she loves to sew, enjoys wine tasting and spending time out and about in the city.  She also enjoys staying fit and healthy, so in addition to working her core at Fuse, you can find her hitting the pavement as a long distance runner.  That's Big Chuck in the picture, her five-pound Brussels Griffon who equally enjoys living "large" in her Dupont Circle neighborhood!

Avery Gordon

averygordonAvery grew up outside of New York City in Westchester County. She graduated from Wake Forest University in North Carolina with a degree in Psychology and then moved to Washington DC. Avery initially struggled to find a replacement for the spinning studio she frequented at school - a fitness destination that helped her feel involved in her community. After moving to a new DC apartment, she was immediately introduced to Flow Yoga Center by her landlords, the owners of the studio. Avery became an avid Fuse Pilates student after trying her first Fuse class at Flow and has since been enthusiastic about sharing her Fuse experience with her friends and coworkers. Since the Playground opened in June, Fuse has become an even more integral part of Avery's life in DC.  For her, the studio allows her to be involved in her community while simultaneously providing a rigorous, yet enjoyable workout.   Are you curious about the student experience at Fuse? If you have questions for our ambassadors, email them at or stop them at the studio to ask!

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