Our TEam

OUR TEAM

Marina Passalaris

CEO & Founder of Beautiful Minds
Marina is an Author of two best-selling books for teens, has a certificate IV in training and assessment, is a qualified Mental Health trainer, a qualified Dale Carnegie presenter, a qualified suicide prevention educator and Ambassador for GIFT International. In 2018, she was nominated for Australian Of The Year. In 2017, Beautiful Minds won the Westpac Bank 200 Business Of Tomorrow award, awarded to the top 200 up and coming companies in Australia.

Vonni

Head of Marketing
Vonni has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and demonstrated history in account management in a creative agency & marketing for an online eCommerce boutique. Obsessed with social media strategy and personal branding, Vonni is busy behind-the-scenes sharing the Beautiful Minds Australia vision with the world.

Bec

National Bookings Manager
Bec comes to Beautiful Minds with a vast background in professional administration from Membership Manager at BMX Australia to Customer Service and Office Manager at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre. She is a single mum of two grown up daughters and has personal experience of the challenges that young people face on a day to day basis.

Our Educators

Sydney Pre-Teen Educators

Caitlyn
Movement – Hula Hooping
A professional hoop dance instructor and performer with over 7 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Caitlyn is passionate about helping young people create a positive relationship with their body, with exercise and a healthy approach to fitness that will last a lifetime.
Romy
Gratitude & Resilience
Romy is a dynamic performer and actress. She was in the top 100 on the Voice Kids Australia 2012 and has appeared on the Move It and Kitchen Whiz shows.
Rosie
Florist
A registered psychologist and florist, who has a passion for working with young people. Rosy pairs her psychology with a creative approach to help our girls unleash their thoughts and express themselves through their floral creations.
Monica
Periods
Monica is your go-to girl when it comes to anything period related. She is an ICF Certified Period Coach. Through years of study and research, Monica has a wealth of information about how women’s cycles work and is an expert in this field. 95% of our little ladies rate this as one of their favourite sessions.

Sydney Teen Girl Educators

Caroline
Nutritionist / Wellbeing
Dane turned Aussie, Caroline is an International Blogger, Digital Specialist, David Jones Award Winner, Cancer Survivor, Eating Disorder Recoverer and Yoga & Meditation Lover who shares her powerful story, so that she can help educate young girls about self-love, body-image and mental health for a better, happier life.
Gracie
Mental Health
Gracie is a Motivational Speaker and Mental Health Advocate who has holistically healed her own eating disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue and even life-threatening Lupus. She is passionate about offering youth the guidance and support that is so desperately needed to love and appreciate every part of themselves during the most formative phase of their lives.
Tammi
Make Up & Skincare Professional
A professional make-up artist and educator with over 15 years experience. Tammi has helped countless women and teens address their specific skin concerns to create confidence in how they look. It is less about the make-up products and more about feeling happy and comfortable in your skin.
Groove Therapy
Movement
Groove Therapy deliver a dynamic free form movement session that incorporates music therapy as a way to elevate our girls self esteem and educate them on ways to communicate effectively.

Canberra Pre-Teen Educators

Sian
Movement – Hula Hooping
Sian has been an entertainer all her life, starting with ballet and moving through every -performance art imaginable until she discovered the circus. She is now a professional hoop dancer and manipulations trainer with Warehouse Circus. A dynamic performer, Sina helps our girls to elevate their confidence through music and movement.
Rosie
Florist
A registered psychologist and florist, who has a passion for working with young people. Rosy pairs her psychology with a creative approach to help our girls unleash their thoughts and express themselves through their floral creations.
Rebecca
Periods
Rebecca is an expert in Menstrual Health and Wellbeing and delivers the My First Period Session. She makes learning about periods safe and fun. Giving girls positive, accurate information reduces anxiety so girls feel confident, prepared and ready for their periods. 95% of our little ladies rate this as one of their favourite sessions.
Veronica
Gratitude, grit and resilience
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Canberra Teen Girl Educators

Georgia
Nutritionist / Wellbeing
Georgia’s passion for nutrition and helping others, stemmed from her own past experience with suffering from disordered eating. On her own journey of finding a more balanced relationship with food and exercise, Georgia realised way too many people, especially young women, were suffering in silence. Since then, Georgia has gained the qualifications, including a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics and a degree in Psychology, so she can help others heal their relationship not only with food, but also themselves.
Gracie
Mental Health
Gracie is a Motivational Speaker and Mental Health Advocate who has holistically healed her own eating disorders, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue and even life-threatening Lupus. She is passionate about offering youth the guidance and support that is so desperately needed to love and appreciate every part of themselves during the most formative phase of their lives.
Tammi
Make Up & Skincare Professional
A professional make-up artist and educator with over 15 years experience. Tammi has helped countless women and teens address their specific skin concerns to create confidence in how they look. It is less about the make-up products and more about feeling happy and comfortable in your skin.
Groove Therapy
Movement
Groove Therapy deliver a dynamic free form movement session that incorporates music therapy as a way to elevate our girls self esteem and educate them on ways to communicate effectively.
Caitlin
Mental Health
Caitlin is a proud multicultural woman, social entrepreneur and activist. She is the Founder & CEO of Jasiri Australia, an international youth-led movement. At 22 she was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 for founding the Girls Takeover Program, an international bipartisan program. Her advocacy efforts in youth development and gender equality have seen her named as the youngest winner of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ and Women’s Weekly ‘Women of the Future’. As a survivor of gender-based violence, Caitlin recognised the impact of not having a voice. That’s why, at 23 years old, she became the youngest Vice Chair of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition. She has worked nationally and globally with politicians, government departments, World Vision, Plan International and the United Nations. She currently sits on three United Nations Task Forces and was named an Obama White House Changemaker for Gender Equality by Michelle Obama and a Queens Young Leader.

Melbourne Pre-Teen Educators

Alice
Florist
Alice is a Floral Designer and Educator, specialising in all things flowers. With a Bachelor Arts/Education and Florist Education, Alice is passionate about promoting creative opportunities for youth of all ages. Alice facilitates engaging floral design workshops, which encourage youth to develop a positive sense of self-esteem, creativity and team building skills.
Marina
Gratitude & Mindfulness
Marina is an Author of two best-selling books for teens, has a certificate IV in training and assessment, is a qualified Mental Health trainer, a qualified Dale Carnegie presenter, a qualified suicide prevention educator and Ambassador for GIFT International. In 2018, she was nominated for Australian Of The Year. In 2017, Beautiful Minds won the Westpac Bank 200 Business Of Tomorrow award, awarded to the top 200 up and coming companies in Australia.
Lucy
Movement – Hula Hooping
Qualified in Community Development, Group Facilitation and Fitness. Lucy is Hula Hoop Dance professional, passionate about inspiring joy, play, creative movement and positive body mindset in young people.
Elyssia
Periods
Cottons Brand Manager, Elyssia developed the “This Is Cottons- Starter Kit”, specially designed for young girls as an introduction to their periods. Authoring the accompanying booklet “A Guide To Your Period”, Elyssia has been able to strip away the embarrassment and fear around periods and how a young girls body will change. 95% of our little ladies rate this as one of their favourite sessions.

Melbourne Teen Girl Educators

Monique
Friendships & bullying
Monique is the Founder of Get Kind. She gives our girls the skills they need in order to respond effectively to bullying. Students who are bullied, students who bully, and bystanders are all given strategies to assist them in reducing harmful behaviours and their impact. She draws on positive psychology principles such as fostering strengths, gratitude, respect and kindness.
Marina
Founder of Beautiful Minds
Marina is an Author of two best-selling books for teens, has a certificate IV in training and assessment, is a qualified Mental Health trainer, a qualified Dale Carnegie presenter, a qualified suicide prevention educator and Ambassador for GIFT International. In 2018, she was nominated for Australian Of The Year. In 2017, Beautiful Minds won the Westpac Bank 200 Business Of Tomorrow award, awarded to the top 200 up and coming companies in Australia.
Justyna
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Tiffany
Skin care expert & make up
A professional make-up artist and educator with over 15 years experience. Tiffany has helped countless women and teens address their specific skin concerns to create confidence in how they look. It is less about the make-up products and more about feeling happy and comfortable in your skin.
Groove Therapy
Groove Therapy deliver a dynamic free form movement session that incorporates music therapy as a way to elevate our girls self esteem and educate them on ways to communicate effectively.

Adelaide Pre-Teen Educators

Ann / Sparky
Movement – Hula Hooping
Sparky is an experienced hoop teacher and performer. With her infectious high energy and fiery style, she injects her quirky and skilful hoop talents into our Hula Hoop sessions all while helping our girls to find their own unique flow in the circle.
Gianna
Gratitude & Mindfulness
Gianna is a warm and dynamic presenter who deliver a powerful session on gratitude and resilience. She is a presenter and motivational speaker. She is a Board Member for Bridge Builders Youth.
Marina
Periods
Beautiful Minds Founder, Marina delivers the My First Period session that was written and created by Beautiful Minds, Cottons and Endometriosis Australia. The Cottons starter kit comes with a booklet “A Guide To Your Period”, that strip away the embarrassment and fear around periods and how a young girls body will change. 95% of our little ladies rate this as one of their favourite sessions.
Sarah
Florist
Sarah is a Floral Designer and Educator, specialising in all things flowers. With a Bachelor Arts/Education and Florist Education, Alice is passionate about promoting creative opportunities for youth of all ages. Sarah facilitates engaging floral design workshops, which encourage youth to develop a positive sense of self-esteem, creativity and team building skills.

Adelaide Teen Girl Educators

Larissa
Make Up & Skin Care Professional
With a deep passion for make-up, Larissa experimented from a young age with different colours and shades – always looking to create the perfect palette. With many years’ experience within the make-up industry, Larissa has found that helping young girls and woman look and feel good is the true motivation behind her work.
Malissa
Nutritionist / Wellbeing
A qualified clinical nutritionist with a holistic approach to health, passionate about inspiring and educating young people about nutrition and wellness.
Pure Funk
Movement
Pure Funk Dance deliver a dynamic free form movement session that incorporates music therapy as a way to elevate our girls self esteem and educate them on ways to communicate effectively.
Marina
Mental Health
Marina has a certificate IV in training and assessment, is a qualified Mental Health trainer, a qualified Dale Carnegie presenter and qualified suicide prevention educator. She shares her personal story about anxiety and depression.

Brisbane / Gold Coast / Sunshine Coast Pre-Teen Educators

Bree
Movement – Hula Hooping
A passionate performer and Certified Hoop Love coach, Bree will have you hooping like a pro in no time! Disclaimer - increased body confidence, stress-relief, improved flexibility and freedom to express yourself is advised!
Kathleen
Gratitude / Mindfulness
A Youth Mentor, Registered Children's Yoga Teacher & Mindful Schools Educator, currently studying Youth Work. Kathleen’s passion is to help teens develop their self-confidence, resilience and self-acceptance.
Zoe
Flower Crowns
Drawn to nature’s beauties, Zoe took the plunge and perused her dream of floristry with the hopes of sharing her passions with her community. Flowers exist to be enjoyed, allow her to take you on a ride of colour in this hands-on creative experience!
Bella
Periods
Bella delivers our delivers the My First Period session that was written and created by Beautiful Minds, Cottons and Endometriosis Australia. The Cottons starter kit comes with a booklet “A Guide To Your Period”, that strip away the embarrassment and fear around periods and how a young girls body will change. 95% of our little ladies rate this as one of their favourite sessions.

Brisbane / Gold Coast / Sunshine Coast Teen Girl Educators

Kathleen
Nutrition / Wellbeing
A Youth Mentor, Registered Children's Yoga Teacher & Mindful Schools Educator, currently studying Youth Work. Kathleen’s passion is to help teens develop their self-confidence, resilience and self-acceptance.
Jemma
Make Up / Skin Care Professional
Jemma is an experienced and incredibly passionate makeup artist. With extensive experience in makeup application and technique, Jemma loves to enhance an individual's unique beauty and natural skin tones to produce a confident and beautiful face.
Kate
Kate is a dance instructor and in her final stages of completing a Masters Degree in Psychology. Kate delivers a dynamic free form movement session that incorporates music therapy as a way to elevate our girls self esteem and educate them on ways to communicate effectively.
Marina
Mental Health
Marina has a certificate IV in training and assessment, is a qualified Mental Health trainer, a qualified Dale Carnegie presenter and a qualified suicide prevention educator. She shares her personal story of anxiety and depression.

Preteen Boys

Andrew
Workshop Facilitator
Andrew is an ex school teacher who is a dynamic presenter. He is a martial arts expert and personal trainer and cross fit coach. A passionate mental health advocate, Andrew interviews guests on his podcast to uncover ways that men and boys can be happy and healthy.
Simon
Music therapist and African drumming instructor
Simon is a musician, social entrepreneur and music facilitator who deeply believes in the power of music to support social and emotional development in individuals. He has designed and delivered acclaimed interactive music programs for over 200 corporate and community organisations across the globe, reaching groups from corporates such as Vodafone in Sydney to Israeli and Palestinian young leaders in Jerusalem. For Beautiful Minds, Simon will be leading uplifting group drumming sessions based on the latest neuro-science to support increased emotional regulation, improved social connection and reduced levels of anxiety. Fun, uplifting and unifying - get ready to experience the power of the drum.
Brendon
Brendon is a screenwriter for Warner Bros. He has worked on hit shows such as Revenge and Boyhood. Brendon studied at the exclusive Stanford University in California, one of the world's leading teaching and research institutions. His session with our boys focuses on gratitude and building resilience through creative writing. Our boys will learn how to use writing as a way to release their emotions, making them stronger and happier.
Josh
Mental Health
Josh is a well know You Tuber and mental health advocate. He speaks passionately about how boys need to speak up about their struggles. His session on mental health with a focus on anxiety, gives our boys the tools and strategies they need as he aims to normalise mental health issues so young people feel safe enough to speak up.