Nate and April Taninecz
When their oldest of three children began to show symptoms associated with what would be diagnosed as high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD, they responded in many of the same ways that so many parents do. They put on a brave face and motivated themselves to do anything to help their child, but truthfully inside they felt broken, full of doubt with questions of “how” and “why” while blaming themselves and feeling alone.
Enter Brain Balance. Their hope was restored and along with it their son and their family. The desire to provide this same hope to other families feeling lost and afraid fueled a major shift in their professional and personal lives. After spending nearly 20 years helping to move a technology start-up from concept to a publicly-traded company, Nate chose to use the experience gained as a leader within professional services, product management, sales, and marketing to spread the word and deliver the power of the Brain Balance Program to others. April is a perfect complement to Nate, both in their 20 years of marriage and in her business acumen and experience. As a human resources professional, April is able to focus on creating a positive and fulfilling workplace, filled with compassionate, dynamic and energized team members. Together, our amazing team ensures the highest quality experience for our kids and their families. The reason for hope is real and our team invites you to experience it with us.
Ericka Davies, M.S.Ed.
Ericka joined the Brain Balance family originally as a member of the home office team working with new franchisees to open Brain Balance Achievement Center locations all over the United States. After spending over five years helping entrepreneurs, she brings a wealth of knowledge to our Cary team and over fifteen years of professional experience in the field of education, working both in the supplemental education and public education sectors. She developed a passion to serve very early in her life and is now pursuing how our center can better serve the families, schools, churches, businesses and other organizations in our community.
Ericka received a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Syracuse University and a Master’s of Elementary Education from the City University of New York. She taught in the NYC Department of Education before relocating to North Carolina a few years ago. Ericka has worked with families for years to help them improve their children’s lives academically, socially and behaviorally and is excited to spread the word throughout our community about the great successes children, including her own son, are achieving here at Brain Balance of Cary!
Jacqueline Poyle, CPC
Jacqueline is a compassionate and dedicated professional who has committed her life to serve others. She has over 20 years of experience helping families find a resolution to life’s challenges. She is a Certified Professional Coach serving as an active member of the Family Life Coaching Association (FLCA) and is the Founder of LifeMaps, LLC which provides family life coaching and consulting to improve her clients’ quality of life. Jacqueline has a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a minor in communications and a Master’s degree in marriage and family counseling. She finds great satisfaction in utilizing her skills and knowledge to help people successfully navigate life’s unpredictable and complicated journey. She spends her spare time hiking, painting, reading and participating in various family-oriented activities. She is also an advocate for our furry, four-legged friends.
Jacqueline passionately collaborates with various teams and organizations serving the community in numerous capacities. Her purpose is providing hope and finding solutions to daily obstacles and struggles. She finds it to be an honor to serve and engage the wonderful Brain Balance families in Cary and the surrounding area!
Dawn brings over 20 years of experience working with children and families. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in Theatre, she began her career engaging children in the world of the arts and artistic expression while continuing her education, earning a Master’s of Counseling and Psychology. She continued to work with children and families in school and community-based settings, providing care for children suffering from symptoms of ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, trauma and a range of other issues. Through additional training in Trauma Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences, Dawn came to understand how significantly the developing brain can be affected by adverse factors, but also how much providers and parents can do to help.
When Dawn found Brain Balance, she knew she had the perfect match for her experience and deep commitment to helping young brains function at their best through our holistic approach. She began as a Sensory Motor Coach and can often be found still joining the coaches during program time to run stations, have fun and create a special bond with our kids!
Amber is a dedicated and results-driven professional with over 10 years of administrative and customer service experience. She obtained a marketing degree from the Art Institute of Raleigh- Durham and is a current student at Campbell University working towards a degree in Psychology. In her spare time, Amber enjoys traveling with her family, watching scientific documentaries, and going to concerts with friends.
Prior to Brain Balance, Amber worked as a peer educator for a non-profit organization that visited various schools within her community to teach children and adolescents about peer pressure, self-esteem, and decision making. In addition, she has worked at the Taylor-Family YMCA as their Office Manager and at Salem Elementary. Through both opportunities, she has gained experience working with children who struggle academically and socially. Amber is extremely excited to see the success that Brain Balance creates for families and their children!
Jocelyn graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a B.S. in Exercise Science-Pre-Physical Therapy and a minor in Psychology. At UNCW she also completed the paws4people service dog training program where she trained service dogs to mitigate the symptoms of disabilities for people around the country, and is now a certified service dog trainer. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her own dogs and going on outdoor adventures together with friends and family.
Jocelyn’s passion for coaching children started when she was sixteen years old as a swim instructor for kids with disabilities and she has been working with children ever since. Her degree gave her the knowledge of health, wellness, nutrition, and all things exercise which are all essential factors to the Brain Balance Program! Jocelyn is enthusiastic about helping children become the best version of themselves and coaches them in a motivational, fun, and encouraging way.
Sensory Motor Coach and Training Specialist
Katt has worked in a myriad of roles at our center and currently serves as a Sensory Motor Coach and Training Specialist. Prior to joining Brain Balance in 2016, Katt, who is also a trained vocalist, loved teaching private voice lessons for children and adolescents. Her desire to help children reach their full potential was greatly influenced through her volunteer work with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club while earning her Bachelor of Arts at the University of North Carolina.
Katt brings out the best in our Brain Balance kiddos, encouraging them and working side-by-side every step of the way, witnessing their amazing growth as a Sensory Motor Coach. In addition, as our Training Specialist, she ensures that we have the best-trained staff, delivering the highest quality experience to our families. When Katt’s not working with our wonderful families, she’s outside hiking, reading, or relaxing!