Meet The Mindd Team

The Mindd Team is a passionate group of highly experienced professionals and practitioners from diverse career backgrounds. We share a mutual passion for health and educating and empowering our community of practitioners and families in integrative healthcare solutions. We are a small team who strive to make a big impact!

Leslie Embersits
Executive Director & CEO

Leslie Embersits is the Executive Director & CEO of Mindd Foundation which she founded in 2005. Leslie has a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Masters in film from the Peter Stark Film Producing Program from the University of Southern California.

With over 30 years of experience in strategy, advertising, marketing, film and event management across New York, Los Angeles and Sydney, Leslie brings vision, heart and strategic clarity to the Mindd mission.

In 1997 Leslie became a mum, which began her campaign for more informed healthcare for children. In 2004 she began seminars on making a difference to kids health. This work officially became the Mindd Foundation in May 2005 and since then has delivered hundreds of seminars, conferences and programs as well as expanding the advocacy and charitable work to support the health of children and families, as well as the professional skills of integrative health care practitioners.

James Burgin
Content Marketing
B App Sci, ND, DBM

James Burgin has over 25 years’ experience in branding, marketing, retail and business development. With a background in naturopathy and design, he has been a creative force in building iconic brands in Australia and the USA.

James established his reputation with clinical practice, healthcare and business education as well as content marketing.

With his visionary and strategic approach to business and brand development he demonstrates savvy with new technologies, social media and digital skills to reach and convert more people.

James has trained 1000’s of professionals, practitioners and businesses in the ever-evolving field of wellbeing and healthcare marketing – in Australia, USA and Asia.

Jacinta Wren
Marketing & Community
Adv. Dip (Nut Med)

Jacinta Wren has over ten years experience in marketing and management roles for the creative and natural health industries. As a studio manager within the design industry, she has worked with many teams across multiple branding, content development, website and creative design projects.

Jacinta went on to qualify as an accredited holistic nutritionist with an advanced diploma of nutritional medicine. This career shift and new skills have continued to support her vision to make the world a healthier, joyful and more sustainable place to live.

Jacinta shares her commitment to charitable work, and for quality education and training.
Her role and skills now embrace artwork production, managing the communication between the Mindd community, and engaging with Mindd Health audiences through dynamic communication, social media and quality content.

Felicity Switzer
B App Sci (EnvMgt & Trsm)

Felicity Switzer is a seasoned event professional with 20 years in corporate event management experience. With a bachelor of applied science in environmental management and tourism, Felicity commenced her career working for one of Australia’s largest Professional Conference Organiser Companies, managing key medical and financial institution events ranging from 100 to 3000 delegates.

Over the years Felicity has delivered thousands of events around Australia and globally. Her skill set brings customer service and key account management, project management, hotel and venue management as well as experience in utilising some of the events industries latest technologies.

With a young family and going through her own wellness journey, Felicity has turned her health and wellness interests and passion to supporting the Mindd Foundation, utilising her key event management skills with the goal to take Mindd’s calendar of events to the next level.

Hilary Marks
Content Researching & Editing

Hilary Marks has been involved in the world of natural therapies for over 30 years having developed her practitioner skills as a therapist in Massage, Aromatherapy, Nutrition and Herbalism and later as a Craniosacral Therapist.

In 2011 her focus changed and she became increasingly involved in writing and editorial work for natural health education and themes. Hilary spent 6 years in research, content curation and publishing for a popular website and weekly newsletter to support the online and in-store marketing for a well-known vitamin and health food business.

Since 2017 she has been focused on research, editing and content curation for the  Mindd Health, supporting the outreach to our community with our online publishing and marketing.

Gemma Pokrzywa
Food Is Medicine
Adv. Dip (Nut Med), B Health Sci

Gemma Pokrzywa brings her experience and skills as a nutritionist and passionate cook to the Mindd community. Her interest in holistic methods of cooking within the family home, and the use of traditional medicines have been further developed through her Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Western herbal medicine.

Through her practitioner and professional catering experiences, Gemma empowers clients to make educated food choices to improve their health.

Gemma manages the Food Is Medicine program for the Mindd community at the annual Mindd International Forum.

Kirsten Wenborne
Customer Service
Adv. Dip (Nut Med)

Kirsten Wenborne has over seventeen years experience in corporate events and customer service.
Whilst raising a young family Kirsten took a break from full time corporate event planning and went on to study Nutritional Medicine, an area she had always been interested in.

With a love for both Nutritional therapy and educational events, today you will find Kirsten dividing her time between practising as an accredited Clinical Nutritionist and managing Mindd customer enquiries.

Kirsten is passionate about helping families find balance in their lives and taking control of their health and wellbeing.

​Kirsten holds an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine and is also furthering her studies as she completes a Bachelor of Health Science in Complementary Medicine.

Ian Gadot
Web Development

Ian Gadot leads the Mindd team’s web and digital technical development. With his passion and extensive experience in Information Technology, along with his six years of experience in the industry, Ian brings comprehensive programming and design skills to support the Mindd team.

Throughout his career, Ian has acquired expertise in using multiple web and software languages to realise the vision for quality online presentation and user exprerience, as well as efficient back-end website management.

As a part of Mindd’s digital marketing team, Ian provides the skills to enable the growth and development of our online presence.

Troy Laforteza
Web Development

Troy Laforteza holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research. He has seven years experience working as a production and management consultant for several companies. His fascination for technology and online learning has played a critical role in his career by incorporating his engineering knowledge with technical and interpersonal skills in software development.

Troy is a part of Mindd’s digital team – providing support for website design, user interface development, website upgrades and maintenance. He has always been an advocate for health and wellness, driving him to support Mindd Health with an effective online presence for events, educational programs and health campaigns.

Volunteers support the Mindd Mission too…

We are also privileged to have the generous support of a passionate group of volunteers.

Mindd volunteers support with administration and marketing activities in the Mindd head office in Edgecliff Sydney, as well as providing essential support to ensure the smooth preparation and running for all our events.

Find out more about joining our volunteer team here.

MINDD International Forum 2019

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