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OUR TEAM

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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.
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Veronica

Head of Marketing
Veronica 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.
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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
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
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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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Veronica
Mental Health
Vonni is a Lifestyle YouTuber with over 15,000 subscribers, Motivational Speaker and was an International Athlete for the World Baton Twirling Federation. Vonni shares about her experience in a negative mindset and cycle, and how she navigated away from being that girl who was screaming for help. She is their straight-talking, pump-you-up relatable bestie they will love (and who’s always got their back). Vonni's mission is to help young girls create the life of their dreams, and allowing them to see the powerful and beautiful young lady that they are.
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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.
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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Vonni
Gratitude, grit and resilience
Vonni is a Lifestyle YouTuber with over 15,000 subscribers, Motivational Speaker and was an International Athlete for the World Baton Twirling Federation. Vonni shares about her experience in a negative mindset and cycle, and how she navigated away from being that girl who was screaming for help. She is their straight-talking, pump-you-up relatable bestie they will love (and who’s always got their back). Vonni's mission is to help young girls create the life of their dreams, and allowing them to see the powerful and beautiful young lady that they are.

Canberra Teen Girl Educators

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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.
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Vonni
Mental Health
Vonni is a Lifestyle YouTuber with over 15,000 subscribers, Motivational Speaker and was an International Athlete for the World Baton Twirling Federation. Vonni shares about her experience in a negative mindset and cycle, and how she navigated away from being that girl who was screaming for help. She is their straight-talking, pump-you-up relatable bestie they will love (and who’s always got their back). Vonni's mission is to help young girls create the life of their dreams, and allowing them to see the powerful and beautiful young lady that they are.
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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.
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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.
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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
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
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.
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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
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

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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.
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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.
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Tiffany
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.
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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

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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.
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Lauren
Gratitude & Mindfulness
Lauren is an author, motivational speaker and health coach who has a story to share. Growing up in the social media generation and working in the fashion and fitness industries, she spent many years fighting a battle of constant body shame and low self-worth. Through her own incredible healing journey of self-acceptance and gratitude, Lauren now has a desire to inspire and help young girls build a healthy relationship with themselves. Her mission is to help young girls quieten that voice in their head and start embodying the true beauties they are. This session gives our girls solid tools to use to heal anxiety and find inner peace and happiness.
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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.
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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
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
Malissa
Nutritionist / Wellbeing
A qualified clinical nutritionist with a holistic approach to health, passionate about inspiring and educating young people about nutrition and wellness.
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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.
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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

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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!
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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.
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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!
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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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Brenton
Friendship and Bullying
Brenton Parkes is a successful performer, presenter and businessman in the entertainment industry. Lacking confidence and finding himself isolated at a young age, Brenton built himself up through physical and mental fitness. It is through his own personal journey that Brenton has continued to mentor young people and help them develop the skills required to be their best version of themselves.
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Austin
Mental Health
Austin is a professional outdoor educator, speaking 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.
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Brendon
Gratitude and Resilience
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.
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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.