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
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.
‘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.
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.
CK Marketing Director
Analiese is in charge of marketing all CK 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.
Social Media Marketing Outreach and Illustrator
Naomi has been doing yoga since she was two years old. When she was in second grade, she wound up studying with Calming Kids at Heatherwood Elementary School in Boulder, CO. She has come full circle to now be a Calming Kids Certified Yoga Teacher and the current Instagram coordinator and CK illustrator. Naomi has been exploring many art forms including dancing, singing, songwriting, crafting, wood carving, writing, and illustrating. Above all, aerial dance is her favorite and she has been doing it since age twelve. She is currently at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, studying psychology, and she hopes to get a graduate degree in dance therapy after running away to the circus. She loves performing, and teaching and empowering children and teens with her fun spirit and knowledge.
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”.
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.
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.
CK Certified Teacher
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.
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.