Calming Kids Staff

CALMING KIDS has attracted an exceptional team of yoga teachers, authors, and administrators all working to support the CK mission.

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Meet The Team

Dee Marie

Founder, Executive Director, Author, Yoga Teacher Trainer, CYT

Dee is the Creator and Director of CALMING KIDS: Creating a Non-Violent World. Dee has a master’s degree in Child and Motor development from NYU and is a certified health instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a certified yoga therapist working with all ages and abilities teaching yoga, relaxation, meditation and self regulation since 1986. Dee Marie is the SAVE (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere) representative for the State of Colorado nominated by the American Medical Association Alliance. Dee is the author of several yoga booklets for children and teens. Along with Gina Kane, she is the co-author of the book Finding Calm in a Moment.

Rachel Zelaya

‘Nurture the Nurturer’ CK Yoga Teacher, CK Program Coordinator, CK Office Manager

Rachel Zelaya has been working with CK since May 2016. She is the Program Coordinator and Office Manager for CK, allowing her to help bring yoga and meditation to more people. Having practiced yoga since she was 12 years old, she became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher in 2011, and took CK’s online yoga teacher training in Summer 2016. She has since worked in the St Vrain Valley School District to teach yoga and mindfulness to teachers and administrators there, under CKs Nurture the Nurturer program. She has a Master’s degree from CU Boulder, and worked in Colorado schools as a language teacher prior to becoming a yoga teacher.

Gina Kane

CK Board Member, CK Yoga Certified Teacher, Author, Lecturer

Gina Kane is a certified CALMING KIDS Yoga Teacher and board member, who worked as a pediatric Occupational Therapist from 1983 to 2015. Her love for yoga began in 1995, with numerous trainings to follow, including: Yoga for the Special Child, Integral Yoga Teacher Training: Levels I and II, and certification in Structural Yoga Therapy.  Her passion for children’s yoga includes a strong belief in the importance of breathing and meditation practices, as all children deserve to know that they can find contentment and peace by going within vs. relying on others or on external sources. With Dee Marie, she co-authored the book Finding Calm in a Moment.


 

Analiese Ross

Marketing Consultant

Analiese consults with CK on marketing our products and raising awareness about our brand, offerings and mission. She has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Colorado. Prior to her work at CALMING KIDS, she worked as a gymnastics, dance and cheerleading coach for athletes with special needs.  She has always been passionate about health and fitness and she loves working with children.

Olivia Murphy-Welconish

Social Media Marketing Outreach

The seed for Olivia’s passion for yoga and mindfulness was planted by Calming Kids back when she was in first grade at Heatherwood Elementary School in Boulder, Colorado. Today, she is the Calming Kids Instagram Coordinator and hopes to one day become a certified yoga teacher herself. Currently, Olivia lives in Gunnison, Colorado where she is pursuing degrees in psychology and philosophy at Western Colorado University. She enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and singing for the University, traveling across the state with her Cambers Singers Choir.

Cory Potash

CK Yoga Instructor

Cory is a 200 hour Certified Adult Yoga Teacher and has trained in the CK technique since 2014. She enjoys teaching an eclectic variety of yoga, particularly Yin and gentle Vinyasa, to all ages. She especially enjoys working with teenagers and under-served populations. Currently, Cory teaches at New Vista High School and Rally Sport in Boulder, CO. Cory likes to connect the importance of yoga “on the mat” to life “off the mat”.


 

Liz McFarland

CK Certified Teacher

Liz McFarland has taught the CALMING KIDS curriculum in the Summit School District since 2013, and she retook the training in Estes Park in 2017, bringing with her several other teachers.  In addition to teaching Calming Kids, she also has her Master’s degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity and has been teaching in Colorado since 2004.  Since using this program in her classroom, she has seen many benefits.

Hillery Burman

CK Certified Teacher

Since Hillery was a child, music and movement has always been essential to her as a dancer. Since 1999, she has enjoyed teaching, consulting and tutoring as a licensed teacher. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. In January of 2014, she completed her certification with CALMING KIDS while working at Active Boulder Kids.  She has been sharing CK with children through the Boulder Recreation Centers during classes and Yoga Camp. Her greatest joy lies in teaching movement and yoga to children.

Zoe Kowalchuk

CK Certified Teacher

Evergreen, Colorado

Zoe Kowalchuk has taught in the Jefferson County elementary schools as a CALMING KIDS certified teacher. She has a BA in Education, and has been a certified yoga instructor for over 30 years, as well as being a yoga therapist. She has the seen the benefits of teaching yoga in the schools, with higher test scores and happier, calmer kids. She does this work because it is needed in the world.


 

Raphael Minot

CK Yoga Instructor

Raphi is in the process of completing his full certification in Calming Kids. Yoga has been a lasting influence in his life, on and off. For the past six years, yoga has increasingly become his lifestyle. He practices at the studio as often as he can, brings yoga into daily activities, and explores how an adult class can be applied to yoga for adolescents in a classroom. In addition, he is fascinated by the neurology of mindfulness and exercise, and the benefits of finding flow states. Raphi graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Colorado University, Boulder, and looks forward to returning for a Master’s degree. Previously, he assisted in teaching youth Aikido for five years. His background includes theatre, martial arts, and gymnastics. Currently, he teaches at Shiloh House for at-risk youth for CK. When he’s away from his mat, Raphi enjoys running, writing, and listening to music.

Margie Robinson, MSW, CYT

CK Certified Teacher

Margie has been practicing yoga for over 25 years.  She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and a spent her career working with children and adolescents with mental health challenges.  Margie recognizes the value of yoga as a tool to assist youth in managing their emotions and behavioral and social skills.  She received her first certification as a yoga instructor in 2011 and has received additional certificates to teach meditation techniques, therapeutic yoga interventions, and most recently, the Calming Kids curriculum.  Margie has been teaching yoga to children for the past 8 years.