May 26, 2024

@ 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, and Jasmine Presley founder of The Presley Post. 

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

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Breaking the Stigma

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 is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and co-owner of Martin and Muir Counseling. She co-founded the Show UP Movement, an annual women’s empowerment conference. A proud mother of three, including twins, Lauren hails from Paducah, KY, but has made Louisville her home for the past 20 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisville and her Master’s degree from Webster University.

With over 15 years of experience, Lauren has worked in various settings, from home and school-based services to adult and juvenile detention centers, inpatient hospitals, and community-based organizations. She serves on the boards of Seeds of New Leaf, Louisville Urban League Mental Health Advisory Board, and Sponsor 4 Success. Additionally, Lauren is President Elect of the Kentucky Counseling Association and Director of Sponsorships of Mindfest Lou, a community mental health festival.

As a public speaker and workshop facilitator, Lauren addresses mental health and wellness issues. She has spoken at the ESPN Black Sports Business Symposium and is part of the Mental Health Lou Speaker Collective. Lauren is a founding member of the West Louisville Behavioral Health Collective, dedicated to improving mental health services in underserved communities. She is also featured on the Spike Davis and Friends Show, where she shares her expertise and insights. Passionate about empowering young minority populations in competitive spaces, Lauren provides mental health tools for long-term success. She is an inspiring changemaker committed to making a difference in her community.

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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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