MEET THE TEAM
Hello world, we're Young Happy Minds and we're on a mission to spread the science of happiness to young people across the world.
Adrian Bethune (UK)
Adrian is a committed and dedicated primary school teacher. His teaching practice has been strongly focused on the best ways of developing children’s levels of happiness and wellbeing, whilst ensuring they achieve their best academically. It is his strong conviction that childrens education should be set up to allow them to become responsible, happy and well-rounded people. Here you can read how his students experienced his wellbeing-teachings, together on stage with the Dalai Lama at an «Action for Happiness» event.
Mary Dewick (UK)
Mary has several years experience in the field of education. She is providing consultation services and teacher training to various schools wanting to implement a successful computing programme of study. She has developed training to teachers including; creative ways of enhancing learning and teaching through technology such as for example: Coding, Computer Game Design, Scratch and Lego Mindstorms. Mary wants to make a difference, and for her the mission of Young happy Minds, to provide the roots and wings for young people to thrive and flourish, is it!
Emma Rowlands (UK)
Emma is a Young Happy Minds facilitator who is passionate about sharing the benefits of positive psychology with others. She is a trained coach within the Co-Active programme and is keen to use her own strengths of humility, kindness and compassion to help others to live well-rounded lives. Emma is a marketing professional and has been part of building successful, positive company cultures and witnessed the benefits that comes with that (both for businesses and employees). She is however particularly passionate about encouraging young people to pursue their passions and helping them to build strength and resilience. Emmas vision is to share the power of positive psychology with the world and enjoys yoga, running and travelling in her spare time.
Nikki Levitan (UK)
Nikki is a trained coach, group facilitator and a community builder. A former youth worker and social justice activist. She has a passion for working with young people, teaching emotional wellbeing, leadership and positive psychology. She works with people to identify and understand their driving values and their strengths. Then build on their purpose and action this into their schools, lives, communities and places of work more. Nikki is the founder of Community of Opportunity, a project committed to building a community of changemakers through creating platforms for transformation, wellbeing and self-discovery.
Fiona Biggins (UK)
Fiona is an ICF qualified coach with 7 years coaching experience. In her previous life, she worked in recruitment but always knew she could be making more impact in people’s lives and found coaching to be the vehicle to do just that. She coaches career changers, educators and young people and has delivered over 100 personal development, careers and leadership programmes to young people in schools, third sector organisations and universities. She is a Visiting Lecturer on the “Coaching for Business” course at City University. On a pro bono basis, she also supports students from less advantaged backgrounds at LSE and Goldsmiths on the "Openbook" project. She enjoys combining coaching with positive psychology and mindfulness for maximum impact.
Sam Martin (UK)
Sam used Positive Psychology to hack himself to a First class Psychology and Sociology Cambridge degree. His central theme is to aid the development and progression of high potential professionals and young people. He has experience in Talent Management with Atos, Executive Search at Moloney Search, and has recruited top graduate talent for some of the UK's fastest growing startups and SMEs. Sam is the founder of Smart Choice Student Support and teaches students and young professionals how to successfully apply principles from the field of positive psychology into their study approach and the navigation of their career.
Sheila Lousada (UK)
Sheila is a trained CTI coach and has subsequently completed a Youth and Parenting Diploma with the Coaching Academy. She also has a foundation qualification in Counselling and has a long career in providing effective coaching techniques that equips children, teenagers and their parents with strategies and skills to help them cope in an increasingly complex world. From a parenting point of view, she has first-hand knowledge of work/life balance issues as well as the thorny subject of childcare! Sheila is also the founder of Good to Talk Coaching and got her passion for emotional wellbeing taught in schools well explained through her brilliant TedX talk.
Wendy Sage (CA / UK)
Wendy is passionate about helping people understand the value of social and emotional intelligence to make the world a more harmonious place for us all to live in. She loves seeing how people develop, grow and flourish from the YHM program. She is truly inspired as they explore their pleasures and strengths, redefine relationships and develop best practices to live life with a renewed sense of wellbeing. Wendy is a Professionally Certified Co-Active Life Coach (CPCC) educated and trained with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and has her coaching accreditation with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Wendy has also trained in Positive Psychology, is a Certified Mindfulness Educator and does work in bereavement.
Lisa deRoy (US)
Over the last 20 years, Lisa has dedicated her professional life to positively impacting teaching and learning as a practitioner, educational leader and consultant. She has facilitated over 700 workshops and presentations to teachers, administrators as well as various Ministries of Education. Lisa sees YHM as a powerful, life-changing experience showing individuals how to turn on their internal light via a shift in mindsets, perspectives and actions. Helping young people understand and implement the science behind happiness becomes not only a life skill but a new way of BE-ing while quietly impacting those around them. Lisa is responsible for our Train-the-trainers program.
Irene Margaretha Rendedal (NOR)
Irene´s education is in Human Resource Management and Child Psychology. She is passionate about educating children and youth to become the best versions of themselves and at the same time making them feel valuable as they are. In order to help out in this field Irene has studied the disciplin of communicology, which is the study of the structure and dynamics of communication and change. She has throughout the years gathered information on how to make children and youth thrive and flourish and now she wants to put all this knowledge into action. Irene is currently curating this content and setting up a website to inform, inspire and create an arena for collaboration for the wellbeeing of children and youth.