Kari Coady

Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director

Kari received her master’s degree in teaching at National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois, and quickly obtained a teaching position in Ojai, California. Attending a Brain Gym® class a few years later changed the course of her life. Within six months, she became a Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant, resigned from teaching, and opened a consulting business. Kari spent several years conducting workshops, facilitating private sessions, and doing speaking engagements. Her passion for helping others combined with her desire to share effective stress management tools, led her to accept the CEO / Executive Director position in 2007 with this organization, now known as Breakthroughs International. Kari serves and supports an international community whose goal is to empower others to thrive amidst life’s challenges. When not engaged in work life, Kari enjoys time with her husband of many years and their pups.

Elizabeth Gould


Elizabeth Gould, M.S. is the author of the health book Your Best Health by Friday: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma, PTSD and Chronic Illness, as well as the upcoming novel West of Center. She’s a graduate of UCSB, UW-Madison, and Marlboro College’s Graduate School. After educational and specialized kinesiology helped her heal, she became an instructor for both Touch for Health and PanHarmonic Healing. She is taking classes in Brain Gym. She’s the mother of two sons who attend college in Washington D.C. and Scotland. Elizabeth lives in Santa Barbara with her partner, Michael.

Julie Newendorp

Finance Director

Julie Newendorp has been a Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor for over 23 years.  Her day job was an accountant and she became the Executive Director of the Educational Kinesiology Foundation in 2000.  In 2002, she became the Director of Finance and has held that position ever since. Julie is a mother and a grandmother.  Her passion is working with young families to have healthy relationships and lives.  She continues to work with people of all ages using Educational Kinesiology.