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Speaker Bios


Mindy Audlin

Mindy Hart Audlin is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, small group facilitator, and mission-driven leadership trainer. She is the author of "What If It All Goes RIGHT? Creating a New World of Peace, Prosperity & Possibility" and has inspired audiences across 46 states and five countries with her transformative programs. Mindy specializes in fostering cultures of connection and engagement within mission-driven organizations. She is the visionary behind The What·If·UP Club®, a global Movement that brings forward-thinking optimists together to spread hope and inspire positive change through small group collaboration. She moved to the Adirondacks in 2021 with her husband Shawn, daughter Jenna, rescue dog Winnie, and five very happy chickens.

Devan Robinson

Devan is a motivational speaker, coach, creator of Elevate: Women's Self-Development Summit, and author of "What's Your Worth? And I Don't Mean Money." She is on a mission to create a world filled with unapologetically successful women. She guides women toward self-empowerment and assists them in breaking free from societal expectations and generational molds. With Devan as a speaker, audiences can expect a dynamic,
engaging, and authentic experience filled with valuable insights. She is a catalyst for change, motivating individuals to embrace their worth, shatter limitations, and live life unapologetically true to themselves.

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Valerie Pawlewicz

Valerie Pawlewicz owns and operates Bloom - a colorful and fresh-styled women's clothing and accessories boutique located in Saranac Lake. This session includes a panel of experts: Lizzie Boolukos of "Seven Flowers of Luxury", Georgeanne Gaffney of “8 Academy”, Martha Jackson of "Restored by Design", and Tori Vazquez Boutique Owner of "Main Street Exchange".

Sharon Van Auken

Sharon is a Business Advisor with CITEC Business Solutions, specializing in Human Resources consulting, and leadership and soft skills training. Sharon’s professional experience includes serving in a variety of roles including Director of Human Resources, Corporate Trainer, Instructional Designer, and Technical Editor. Her experience over 35 years spans many industries including Manufacturing, Financial Services, Energy Research, Hospitality and Tourism, and Higher Education. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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Carolyn Walton

Carolyn Walton has spent the majority of the past decade in Wilderness Therapy across the county, in Oregon, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Vermont and New York. She has taken the knowledge gained within that field and developed a public school program called WOODS, Wilderness Opportunity to Offer and Develop Skills, contracting with school districts in the high peaks region. WOODS aims to break down the barriers of entry that exist to explore the outdoors and use nature by experience to enhance wellness.

Helene Gibbens

Helene Gibbens, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Licensed NY State Hiking Guide, Certified Yoga Teacher and wellness educator has had a passion for empowering people to greater wellbeing for over 30 years, Adirondack Riverwalking offers guided sensory nature experiences and wellness programs for groups and organizations throughout the North Country. She lives in Saranac Lake with her family, grateful every day for the gifts of nature and the beauty of the Adirondacks she calls home.

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Chrissy Crosby

Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, with my parents and older sister, graduated from LeMoyne College with a Bachelors Degree in International Studies, worked and managed a Starbucks for 20+ years, I have a 10 year old son Wyatt and 8 year old daughter Ella and moved with my husband at the time when our son was 6 months old, I’ve been an athlete my whole life dabbling in dance, gymnastics, kickboxing, crew, triathalons, and for the past 7 years I’ve done Crossfit and Obstacle Course racing and have my Crossfit Level 1 certification for coaching. I am now engaged, working on building this new career with Comparion Insurance, and planning for a happy successful future.

Martha Jackson

Upcycling is her passion using up preloved materials and excess industry parts, respecting the Earth, diminishing waste, leaving less in landfills. She created her small artisan business in 2010, called Restored by Design, to create sustainable fashion. Martha Jackson is an artist, designer, maker, community contributor, and business entrepreneur, now living in Saranac, NY. After 35 plus years in the corporate fashion jewelry business, including designer, fashion trend forecaster,
creative director, and on to the runway, she wanted to apply her experiences into her own retail studio boutique. She turned her passion into her purpose to care for this planet creating one precious handmade piece at a time.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette owns Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing agency that's been working with businesses and non-profits since 2008. She also owns two coworking spaces, one being Anchorspace Potsdam in Potsdam New York. When not running her businesses, Nicole loves hanging out with her basset hound mix, browsing TikTok and Reddit, and listening to audiobooks.

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Greg Langdon

Greg is an experienced fitness and boxing instructor/coach, with a Masters degree in Fitness and Wellness Leadership, is a certified Silver Level Coach with USA Boxing, and a licensed Women's Physical Defense instructor. He is the owner of ADK Boxing & Fitness, LLC. and Scorpio Safety Solutions, LLC. 

Johnna MacDougall

 Johnna MacDougall, Licensed Massage Therapist/Health and Wellness educator 

designs retreats and adventures for diverse communities to promote positivity and success with sharing ideas and lessons learned through networking with pen discussions and  experiential creativity. She offers  mindful awareness and joyful play by creatively blending philosophies, principles and movement arts to get the heart moving, release tension and bring a sense of balance into our daily lives. 

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Jill Henck

Jill is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, clean energy professional, and cool mom. She enjoys snuggling with her kids, practicing yoga, engaging with her community and connecting with the Earth. 

Mikayla Ploof

Mikayla Ploof is a Saranac Lake native and an avid birder. Ploof sits on the board of the Northern New York Audubon and hopes to get the group involved with more local and community events. 

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Autumn Star Serino

Autumn Star Serino CCHT is a clinical hypnotherapist, keynote speaker, educator, and coach who works with individuals and groups. She specializes in hypnotherapy to help others rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make immediate lasting changes. She combines hypnosis, neural linguistic programming, quantum physics, mindfulness, and energetics to help people heal themselves and access their limitless potential.

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