Joanna and Tod Manning, parents of four school age children, understand the joys and the struggles that accompany rearing children. As two of their children battled behavior and academic issues, they researched and sought multiple approaches to help their children succeed at home at school and on the playground. Their own quest to find a solution to their children’s struggles led them to Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Originally living in Wilmington, NC, the success their children achieved spurred them to relocate their family to Wake Forest, NC, so as to provide other families with the same success.
As a homeschooling mother, Joanna realizes that children who struggle to focus, to learn and to behave truly want to do well in school and at home. She loves talking to parents and instilling the hope within them that their own children can succeed when given the tools to do so.
Kathryn has over 25 years of experience educating and coaching children and their families. As the mother of 5 children and a former homeschool parent, Kathryn understands the challenges that parents face. She brings extensive knowledge to the table and is committed to partnering with each family in designing a program that is right for their child. She earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Education from North Carolina State University and became a licensed Elementary and Special Education teacher for Wake County Schools. Kathryn received additional training from the National Institute of Learning Development, where she became a certified NILD Educational Therapist. She is also a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist. Her dedication to helping children led her to Brain Balance, where she continues to demonstrate a true passion for working with children to unlock their greatest potential.
Liana is our Program Director here at Brain Balance of Raleigh. Liana started here in 2014 as a coach and has had roles such as Assessor, Lead Coach, and Assistant Program Director. She has a degree in Psychology and Child Development and is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist. She has an extensive background working with children in different areas such as Boys and Girls Club, Autism Society of NC, and the Mariposa School for Children with Autism. Most importantly, Liana has a passion for working with children and helping families that she became aware of early on in life. She believes it’s a privilege to be able to fulfill that passion daily at the center with our families.
Liana grew up in Wake Forest, and is now settled there with her husband, young daughter, and two dogs. She loves spending time with her family, taking group classes at the local YMCA, and teaching bible study to children at church.