Our Team


Gary Kikaya was born in the Congo and moved to South Africa when he was 10 years old. He moved to the U.S. when he was 19 years old and became a track star at the University of Tennessee and subsequently ran in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Gary's positive attitude towards everything he embraces in his life has helped him soar to the world stage in athletics and he was sponsored by Nike for his achievements.

  • Olympic Semi-Finalist, Beijing China 2008

  • Ranked Top 10 in the world in 400m by International Athletic Amateur...


Alétia Ferreira was born in South Africa and became a young dancer while attending school and university. When she moved to Los Angeles in her early twenties, she shared her love for dance, movement, and music with children aged 2-12 while teaching over 8000 classes. She has subsequently started a recital costume business that she built and ran for 20 years. The brand was sold but she continued designing costumes for companies in Chicago and New York. Alétia loves living in Raleigh but also enjoys traveling and meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures. She speaks two...


Machiko Saegusa Cole began playing the piano at the age of three with her mother while living in Kobe, Japan. Continuing her studies after she moved to the United States in 1989, she received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000; she furthered her education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, receiving her Master's of Music in 2002. As a young pianist, Machiko won numerous awards and concerto competitions, which led to her performances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra as a guest...


Erica Boresh was born in Ohio and after obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Akron, she spent 3 years in a physical therapy clinic working with all ages. Currently, she holds a position as a fitness coach, where she is relishing the opportunity to help others be the best versions of themselves! Erica is excited to be sharing her knowledge of the science behind exercise and the importance of physical activity in our daily lives.


Samantha Hepting is a nursing professional with 10 years of experience in Obstetrics and Pediatrics. She is passionate about improving the health and well-being of children. Her involvement in the development of the KéKAY Method has been instrumental in ensuring the safety of all participants. Samantha works with the children to help develop their bodies and brains properly.


Caroline Altman grew up in Los Angeles and emigrated to Canada as a young mother. Because of Caroline's abusive childhood, she began to immerse herself in studying the history and practice of mindfulness to create a stable environment for her children. In 2015, she completed training through Dr. Kabat-Zinn's Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. Since launching her own practice in 2017, she now offers 4-week online Beginner's Mindfulness Courses, instructs regularly at Saint Andrews College International Boarding School for boys and runs programs for Kerry's Place...


Beth Dickinson has served as a Preschool Director since 2003 where she shares her passion for children and early childhood education. She has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and taught elementary school, mostly 3rd grade, in Orlando, Florida before having children and relocating back to North Carolina. Beth believes strongly in the benefits of music and movement in developing the whole child, especially from a young age.