Our Team

The team at Beautiful Minds treats each other like family, mostly because we’ve spent years researching and developing projects together.

We have a whole range of different backgrounds and talents. It’s not what you’d expect from an industry-leading team of educators, but that’s the beauty of it. 

We work around the clock to help kids realise their potential, and make customers and friends feel like family too.

Meet our Leadership Team

Meet our Wellness Experts

Our programs have been designed by world-leading experts. We work closely with them to deliver evidence-based learning programs that set out to achieve real behavioral change in our kids and youth.

Learn more about our Advisory Board

Marina Passalaris

Marina Passalaris

Chief Executive Officer

Marina is the founder of Beautiful Minds and has been helping Australian families for over eighteen years.

In 2017, Beautiful Minds won the Westpac Bank 200 Business of Tomorrow award, recognised as one of the top 200 “up and coming” businesses in Australia.

In 2018, Marina was nominated for Australian of the Year.

Brendon AJ Rademakers

Brendon AJ Rademakers

Chief Operating Officer

Brendon is the Co-CEO of Beautiful Minds.

Previously he worked in the cut-throat film and television industries in the United States with qualifications from Stanford University.

Brendon’s vision is to reinvent family well-being, and build communities that are once again worthy of our affection.

Book a 15-min call with Brendon.


Paul Roos

Paul Roos

Paul Roos is a revered AFL Hall of Fame player, a 2005 AFL Premiership-winning coach, and a global leadership expert.

In 2008, Paul was named Australian Father of the Year.

Paul is the founder and director at Performance by Design, delivering programs on leadership, values, and the tools needed to create high-trust, high-performance cultures in some of Australia’s largest companies.


Website: performancebydesign.co

Check out Paul’s autobiography Here It Is: Coaching, Leadership, and Life

Ryan Soave

Ryan Soave

Ryan Soave famously taught Congress to meditate. He is a trauma therapist, Director of the APN Lodge – a world-class treatment facility in the Colorado Mountains and a researcher at the Huberman Lab at Stanford University working with Dr Andrew Huberman.

He has extensive experience working with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and unresolved trauma.

He is an expert in the practices and teachings of mindfulness. Ryan believes that each individual has the path to healing within.

Website: www.ryansoave.com

Mordecai Finley

Mordecai Finley

Rabbi Mordecai Finley is one of the spiritual leaders of Ohr HaTorah Synagogue and a former sergeant in the US Marines. He received his doctorate in Religion-Social Ethics from the University of Southern California.

Noted for his unique teaching skills, his eloquence, and his ability to simply and clearly articulate truths about the human condition through teaching Bible, mysticism, Kabbalah, spirituality, and moral psychology, he has changed many people’s lives.

Website: rabbifinley.com

Click here to watch Mordecai’s appearance on The Rich Roll Podcast

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk MD spends his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences. He is the author of the No.1 New York Times Bestseller – The Body Keeps the Score. His book is considered the finest ever written on PTSD and trauma.

Website: besselvanderkolk.com

Listen to Bessel as a guest on On Being With Krista Tippett

Dr. Branton Shearer

Dr. Branton Shearer

Dr Branton Shearer is a developmental psychologist who received his master’s degree at Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the Union Institute.

He received a U.S. Department of Education Innovation Grant to study the use of the multiple intelligences to enhance cognitive functioning following brain trauma. He initially created The Multiple Intelligences Developmental Scales (MIDAS) in 1987.

Website: miresearch.org