May 21, 2022

@ Roots 101 Museum

Louisville, KY

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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.

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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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Shannon Paddymo is a community advocate and founder of GOELS.

Shannon has over 10 years of success in developing strategies to overcome diversity challenges within communities, the workforce, and private organizations.

Shannon has served in a multitude of leadership roles that have significantly enhanced performance and programs of community organizations.

While working at iHeartMedia, she had the pleasure of introducing Sister Strut to Louisville as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen.

Shannon has always had a passion for working with individuals from underserved communities.

She also believes in the importance of mental health and its impact on the community as a whole.

In addition, Shannon has several years’ experience in fundraising and sponsorships.

She is eager to be working on the Sponsorship team for MindFest Louisville.

Shannon was born on a farm in Munfordville, KY but has called Louisville home since 1995. Shannon is married to Osei, they share a son, Elijah and 2 dog-sons, Scruffy and Tyson.

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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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Randy Woodford is a marketing and brand management professional with nearly a decade of successful experience in sales, marketing, merchandising, brand management and strategic planning.
 
Randy has always believed that any successful business starts with the people at the top and trickles down to everyone else in the organization. “People over Profits”, is a quote that Randy often references and is his thought process going into any new business venture.
 
In his spare time, Randy is a Louisville basketball fanatic who enjoys spending time with his family watching/attending games or playing board/card games at the kitchen table after Sunday Dinner. When not spending time with family,
 
Randy is a mental health advocate, average golfer, knockdown 3-point shooter, songwriter and someone who enjoys being involved with things that give back to the community.
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Molly Flynn is the creator behind @mollymakesdrinks, an instagram all about non-alcoholic cocktails and beverages. Molly is passionate about access to alcohol-free options for those who want them, as well as the link between sobriety and mental health.

Although Molly is based in Seattle now, she started her own mental health journey in Louisville back in 2010. She is excited about volunteering with MiNDFEST now to bring more mental health resources to her hometown.

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With over 10 years of experience, Da’Marrion is an active youth advocate in the community, working with after school tutoring programs within the Jefferson County Public School system, directing summer programs initiatives and youth mentor-ships.

Born and raised in Louisville, he strives daily to be a “champion” for the youth engagement efforts within his nonprofit organization and the city he calls home.

He has ran successful programs for over 3 years while becoming the largest out of school enrichment program in west Louisville.

Impacting over 250 youth annually, covering over 40 schools and 15 different zip codes, Sowing Seeds with Faith is on a path to be an instrumental component to Louisville and what it has to offer.

Da’Marrion is a 2006 graduate of Louisville Male High. After graduation, he joined the Army Reserves and proudly completed his service in 2014.

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Millicent (she/her/hers) is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Louisville in the Counseling Psychology Program.

Millicent received her M.A. in Counseling from Northwestern University and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky.

Millicent was formerly the Connection and Social Justice chair of the Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Millicent founded Therapists for Protester Wellness after being approached by fellow activists in the community who requested mental health support as the movement began to grow in Louisville, Kentucky.

Millicent’s research interests focus on decreasing mental health barrier for predominately Black communities.

Millicent’s research has centered on social class identifiers and its implications on mental health outcomes.

She is currently administering assessments for adults who need accommodations while pursuing their GED, and she is also working with teens through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Millicent considers herself an activist before anything and believes in the power of being both a therapist and protestor, power in collectivism, and power in indigenizing mental health interventions for BIPOC communities.

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Samantha Perkins is the author of the best selling book Alive AF-One Anxious Mom’s Journey to Becoming Alcohol Free and Co Author of The Epiphanies Project Twenty Personal Revelations.

Samantha is passionate about sharing her anxiety remedies and universal truths she has discovered about living without alcohol.

She has always loved writing and chronicles her life on the blog, Alive AF (Alcohol Free).

Samantha hosts wellness retreats as the co founder of the Self Care Society, leads a sober mother’s group, and helps people (especially mothers) rethink their relationship with alcohol via her TEDx speech and other speaking events.

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Bilal Powell is originally from Lakeland, Florida.

He played in the National Football League for nine years for the New York Jets.

He currently works alongside Tom Waller Signature Homes as a custom home builder.

He has been married to his wife, Jessi, for 11 years and they have two kids together. He also has a 12 year old daughter from a previous relationship.

Bilal is an avid mental health advocate and as a former gang member and NFL player he deals with PTSD.

He was diagnosed in 2019 and has learned ways to cope with his diagnosis.

He and his family now reside in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Jackie Joseph is a professional pastry chef, owner of JJ Bakes & Co, and mental health advocate. 

Jackie’s love, dedication & passion for her culinary work led her to become an Olympic Pastry Chef for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Jackie is also recognized as one of Style Blueprints six faces of the South, with her being featured in the Courier Journal & USA Today. 

Jackie has also be featured on Food Networks Chopped Sweets, and most recently Jackie was crowned winner of Food Networks Best Bakers in America. 

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Lauren is the co-owner of Martin and Muir Counseling & co-founder of the Show UP Movement

She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Coach, Speaker, & Grant Writer. 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.

She is very passionate about being involved in her community. Lauren serves on the Board of Directors for a non profit organization, Sponsor 4 Success.

She is also a mentor for the Clinicians of Color Mentoring Leadership Academy and Vice-President of 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.

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

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Twany grew up in Louisville, KY in one of roughest parts of the inner city. At a very young age, Twany found a passion in sports and used sports as a tool to help navigate him to success.

Twany excelled in all youth sports and went on to become one of Ballard High School’s all-time great players.

Twany spent one year at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire where he was able to concentrate on academics and play in a high level prep school basketball league.

He earned a basketball scholarship to Mississippi State University where he played and excelled in the classroom for two and a half years before transferring to the University of Kentucky.

Twany was an all-academic SEC performing student and was a member of the 2012 University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball National Championship team.

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