May 26, 2024

@ Roots 101 Museum

Louisville, KY


What is MindFEST

Mindfest is a free community mind strengthening event infused with music, food, entertainment, art, yoga, vendors, panel discussions, and more.

MindFEST Louisville was founded by Emily Elizabeth of the Wondering Mind Podcast in 2021, accompanied by FAIF of FAIF Music Ent, Amanda Villaveces founder of Mental Health Louisville, and Randy Woodford founder of MindFULL Brand. Other members of our team include Lauren Muir and Renesha Martin cofounders of Martin and Muir, Jasmine Presley founder of The Presley Post, and Shannon Paddymo founder of GOELS. 

Collectively we advocate for mental health through music, podcasting, professional services, blogging, and community outreach.





Meet the Team

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Emily is the founder and host of The Wondering Mind Podcast, a mental health podcast that was launched in February of 2020.

Emily also founded The Wondering Mind Co. in 2021, which is an upcoming mental health merchandising brand.

Full time, Emily is a corporate health care professional and has been working in the healthcare insurance industry for the past 6 years and the healthcare industry at large, for over 10 years.

Emily graduated from JCTCS in 2012 with her associates in applied sciences.

Emily is passionate about mental health and works hard to bring awareness, break stigmas and normalize this taboo topic via her podcast, through her advocacy and on social media.

In her spare time Emily loves to be with family, friends and her fur babies. She also loves to check out different coffee shops, restaurants, tv shows and read books.

Emily’s overall goal with MindFEST is to create a safe and fun environment where people from all walks of life can come together to break down their walls and learn about mental health together.

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FAIF is a musician, father and husband who has a passion for helping those in need within the community as well as advocating for mental health.

FAIF is the CEO of FAIF Music LLC.

In 2019 FAIF won Kentucky’s 2019 R&B Artist of The Year.

In 2021 FAIF won Louisville Tourism’s Rose Awards Rising Star Recipient.

FAIF has also claimed the role of Ambassador for Mental Health Louisville with his continuous efforts to help de-stigmatize and normalize mental health within our community.

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Lauren Muir- Co-Owner of Martin and Muir Counseling & Co-Founder of the Show UP Movement. Lauren is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Life Coach.

Lauren received a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration  at the University of Louisville and a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling  at Webster University.

Lauren is currently a Doctoral student at Capella University pursuing a degree in Human Services with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Management.

Lauren has over 15 years’ of experience providing services in a variety of settings including home and school-based services, adult corrections and juvenile detention, inpatient hospital settings, and community-based organizations.

Lauren is very passionate about being involved in her community.

Lauren serves on the Board of Directors for a non profit organization, Sponsor 4 Success.

Lauren is also a mentor for the Clinicians of Color Mentoring Leadership Academy through the Kentucky Counseling Association.

In addition, Lauren is a certified grant writer with strengths in relationship building and communication. 

As a public speaker and facilitator, Lauren utilizes her experience to educate and engage others on mental health and wellness topics in corporate, school, and community settings. 

Lauren has a strong passion for helping children, adolescents, individuals, and families through various life transitions in her community. 

Lauren believes in reducing the stigma of mental health within the community and helping others to overcome barriers to achieving success.

Lauren is passionate about helping others become the best they can be despite life’s challenges. 

Lauren believes it is essential to create a comfortable space for each individual to be heard and express themselves freely.

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Jasmine is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and wealth building strategist from Louisville, KY on a mission to help thousands of families become financially independent.

She graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and continued to self educate after college.

Jasmine realized how the lack of financial education in the traditional setting causes obstacles on the path to financial freedom, so she created a lifestyle blog to document her own wealth building journey, share financial truths, and inspire others.

In an effort to maximize her impact, Jasmine became a licensed expert in the real estate and financial industries, uniquely positioning herself as a one stop for personal finance.

She offers an array of services and advocates for business ownership, homeownership, and financial literacy especially in underserved communities.

Jasmine’s latest business venture includes the opening of The Presley Post, a new coworking space located in the museum district of downtown Louisville.

The vibrant yet elegant space was designed for Louisville’s entrepreneurs and creatives to connect meaningfully, create freely, and cowork comfortably.

The Presley Post offers business services such as printing, WiFi, meeting rooms, and virtual mailboxes.

When she’s not working, Jasmine loves to spend quality time with her three children who motivate her and inspire her to build a legacy. She also likes to travel, dance, and read.

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Amanda is the Director of Mental Health Lou, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional who loves to talk about mental health in the community. She helps promote and create mental wellness programs throughout Louisville through her work at Mental Health Lou and works with clients on personal growth and healing in her private practice, each week. 

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Renesha is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with wide-ranging experience treating children, adolescents and adults with complex social and behavioral health needs including those struggling with co-morbid medical and mental health difficulties.

Renesha’s work experience includes treatment of children, youth and families receiving services through in-home, professional office setting, group homes, drug and rehab facilities, and school-based services.

Renesha’s goal is to meet her client’s needs by providing research-based treatment from an affirming and developmentally conscious perspective.

Renesha received her Bachelor’s degree at Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s degree at Webster University. 

Renesha has developed skills in modalities such as Cognitive-Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, 7 Challenges, and other methods to help clients manage their anxiety, depression, substance use, and overcoming the lasting effects of childhood trauma.

As a counselor, she helps clients realize that past negative experiences do not determine future success.

She has worked with clients of all ages seeking to move past the rut that has been affecting their lives.

She also helps to provide clients with tools needed to improve self-sabotage and to see the seemingly hidden positivity in their lives.

Renesha holds firmly that we make sense of the world through the lens of our own unique experiences and within the context from which we have come.

By examining the ways the larger culture has impacted how we view ourselves, we can then ask how this might get in the way of our most important relationships and connections.

From this place we can begin to heal.

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