Amy Head | Founder

Amy is the Founder of Cardio Kool Kids™ ~ Creating Healthy Kids for a Lifetime!  Amy received her BA in Philosophy from Furman University, Greenville, SC and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Amy is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Marietta, Georgia where she specializes in working with children, teens and families. Amy is also a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a Licensed Zumba Instructor. In 2003, Amy took her love of counseling, children, fitness and dance, and put them all together to create Cardio Kool Kids – a comprehensive wellness program that focuses on the whole child! Contact Amy:


Cathy NeSmith

Cathy is the Lead Instructor and Program/Event Coordinator. Originally from South Carolina, Cathy pursued a career as a Certified Personal Trainer after finding that fitness training was a natural (and fun!) alternative to medication for controlling her own hypertension. Cathy has worked in the healthcare industry for over a decade and continues to gain knowledge on chronic diseases, special populations and injury prevention, which she uses in serving her personal training and performance coaching clients. Since many adult health problems develop from poor habits during youth, Cathy developed a passion for educating and training kids and teens, which leads right into her work with Cardio Kool Kids. She also has a special interest in teaching low income families how to prepare healthy meals and stay fit on a tight budget. Cathy lives with her family in the East Cobb community, where she trains clients of all shapes and ages at Fit For Life and also works with athletes in travel/club sports and company dance.  Contact Cathy:

Kandice Shelton

Kandice is a native of Kentucky but 10+ years ago traded in her Derby Hat to become a Georgia Peach. She is a graduate of University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and also holds an MBA in Marketing. Kandice has over 15 years experience in Corporate Marketing, but her true passion is health and fitness. After, losing over 50 pounds herself, she founded Zenergy Fitness. Zenergy Fitness is a health and wellness company focused on inspiring others to reach their health and fitness goals through sustaining a healthy mind, body and spirit. During her weight loss journey, she found another level of strength, courage and determination that she didn’t know she had. Kandice also fell in love with group fitness and became a certified group fitness instructor as well as earned certifications/licenses in Zumba, hip hop dance fitness, kickboxing, spin/indoor cycling and INSANITY. In addition to being a certified wellness coach, Kandice also has a sense of adventure that has led her to complete three half marathons and most recently experience a skydiving adventure!


Instructor Assistants

Jenna Head

Jenna is Amy’s oldest child. She is a college student who has faithfully helped teach and mentor the Cardio Kool Kids participants at her former elementary school. In addition to promoting fitness and working with children, Jenna was one of the founding member of her high school’s chapter of She’s The First, an organization committed to providing opportunities for girls in under-developed countries to go to school and receive an education. Jenna is also very active in her church youth group and youth choir.

Ashlyn Turnbull

Ashlyn is a college student who came on board with Cardio Kool Kids when she was in high school as a part of her school’s work/study program. Ashlyn has helped teach and mentor Cardio Kool Kids at several locations over the past few years! Ashlyn plays softball and is active in several community organizations as well as her church youth group.


Administrative & Marketing

Sarah Regitz

Sarah brings an extensive sports and education background to the Cardio Kool Kids team. She has coached a variety of youth sports for over 20 years, and taught middle school and high school social studies. Sarah’s community volunteer experiences include many leadership roles in school foundations, booster clubs, arts show management, and church council. She enjoys reading, tennis, the beach, and spending time with her husband and children. Registration and administrative questions can be directed to Sarah at

Lynn Abent

Lynn and her firm, HeadsUp Marketing, support Cardio Kool Kids. Raised in Marietta, Georgia, Lynn has vast knowledge in helping businesses use the tools and resources available to grow their businesses. From web design, search engine marketing, social media, and branding; HeadsUp Marketing focuses on growth with the motto “your success is our success.”