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
BA, MFA

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, happier and more sustainable place to live.

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

Kirsten Wenborne
Events
Adv. Dip (Nut Med)

Kirsten Wenborne has over seventeen years experience managing corporate events, ranging from small meetings through to large scale conference and incentive programmes.

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 the Mindd Health and practising as an accredited Clinical Nutritionist. 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.

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
Practitioner and Customer Service
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 and provides ongoing customer service and support for Mindd practitioners.

Ian Gadot
Web Development
BS IT / MBA

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
BS IE/OR

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

Mindd Foundation