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TCME Board of Directors

The Center for Mindful Eating is a nonprofit, nonreligious organization that is governed by a multidisciplinary Board of Directors. Its purpose is to establish and communicate the vision and mission of the Center. In May 2006, the bylaws of the Center were ratified. The Center for Mindful Eating is grateful for the time and dedication that these individuals have agreed to contribute to this project.

Linn Thorstensson, DipNT, mNTOI, Chair

Linn Thorstensson, Dip NT mNTOI, is a registered Nutritional Therapist, based in Co.Cork Ireland, with a special focus on helping people heal their relationship with food and eating, through a mindful eating and self-compassionate approach.  She is also a food blogger, recipe developer and photographer and a meditator.  Linn holds a three year PGDip in Nutritional Therapy, certifications in mind-body medicine and Mindful Eating (MB-EAT).

She is one of three directors for the board of Nutritional Therapists of Ireland and is excited to be part of the continuing growth of The Centre for Mindful Eating.

When she is not found reading, writing or in clinic, she tries spending most of her time in nature, with her dogs, with friends and in deep conversations.

You will find more about her, her work and her personal path over on

Daniela Araujo, Ph.D., Vice-Chair

Daniela Araujo PhD, MSc is narrative therapist, mindfulness and mindful eating teacher and mentor, based in Campinas, Pindoretá Brazil.

As a Lecturer, she has taught in diverse settings such as the University of Auckland (Aotearoa New Zealand), Mackenzie Presbyterian University (Piratininga São Paulo, Pindoretá Brazil), IPOG (Pindoretá Brazil) and in Eating Behaviors at IPGS (Pindoretá Brazil) in undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

She has been working in the field of eating disorders since 2001 both on research and treatment provision. Member of the team that envisioned, implemented, and ran the outpatient eating disorders at the State University of Campinas' Hospital until 2010, and worked at the residential eating disorder’s treatment service in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Aotearoa New Zealand.

Certified mindfulness and mindful eating teacher and a pioneer in the introduction of mindful eating in Brazil in 2015, Daniela is one of the co-directors of The Brazilian Center for Mindful Eating since 2017 and a teacher trainer in Neurocognitive Foundations for Mindfulness Teachers (Mindfulness Centre of Excellence, UK).

Cuca Azinovic, CPCC, Treasurer

Cuca Azinovic is a certified mindfulness teacher and co-active coach specializing in mindful eating and self-compassion, based in a little coastal town called Benicassim in Spain. She has a Masters's degree in Mindfulness in Health Contexts from Complutense University in Madrid (Spain).

Certified Teacher & Mentor of the Mindful Eating - Conscious Living (ME-CL) program and in the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program at the University of San Diego, she has been implementing both programs since 2014 in Spain. She has also completed professional training in Compassion Focused Therapy for eating disorders (CFT-e), developed by Dr. Ken Goss & Paul Gilbert at Derby University (UK), Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness (MB-EAT), Eat for Life (Lynn Rossy).

She brought to Spain the first Mindful Eating professional training together with Nirakara Mindfulness Institute in 2016 and 2017, which trained more than 80 professionals in an official program to implement Mindful Eating in their clinical practice. 

She joined TCME as a member in 2012, volunteering for a few years to revise our programs. And in April 2018, she joined the Board as Treasurer and to promote the Spanish-language development of TCME.

She adores her family (including her little dog), nature and she is now living her dream living close to the sea.

You will find more about her, her work, and her personal path on

In her own words: "In India, I learned about abundance, and in the First World, about scarcity. From Mother Teresa, I learned about heart hunger. Since then, my life has progressively changed direction, both personally and professionally, with the purpose of alleviating the suffering in our hearts and restoring dignity to those who suffer from a lack of love, loneliness, rejection, and exclusion."


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Cuca Azinovic es profesora y mentora certificada de profesionales de Alimentación Consciente y Autocompasión y Coach Transformacional. Comenzó su andadura como profesional de la Atención Plena en el 2013 cuando cursó el Experto de Mindfulness en Contextos de Salud por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (España).

Profesora certificada y mentora del programa Mindful Eating - Conscious Living (ME-CL) y del programa Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) de la Universidad de San Diego, implementa ambos programas desde 2014 en España.

También ha realizado una formación profesional en Terapia Focalizada en la Compasión para trastornos alimentarios (CFT-e), desarrollada por el Dr. Ken Goss & Paul Gilbert en la Universidad de Derby (UK), Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness (MB-EAT), Eat for Life ( Lynn Rossy).

Trajo a España la primera formación profesional de Alimentación Consciente (ME-CL) junto con Nirakara Mindfulness Institute en 2016 y 2017, formando a más de 80 profesionales en la aplicación clínica de Alimentación Consciente.

Se unió al Centro para la Alimentación Consciente (The Center for Mindful Eating) en el 2012, y en el 2018 entró a formar parte del Comité de Dirección como Tesorera y directora del desarrollo de contenidos en habla hispana para Latinoamérica y España.

Entre otros proyectos, en la actualidad está trabajando en un programa de Formación para Profesionales de Alimentación Consciente avalado por la Universidad de San Diego, California (UCSD).

La práctica de Atención Plena y el coaching transformacional le han llevado a hacer realidad su sueño de establecer su residencia cerca del mar y la naturaleza permitiéndole crear espacio de calma y encuentro consigo misma y su entorno.

En sus propias palabras: "En la India aprendí de abundancia y en el primer mundo de escasez. Y de la Madre Teresa del hambre de corazón. Desde entonces mi vida ha ido progresivamente modificando su rumbo, tanto a nivel personal como laboral, con el propósito de aliviar el sufrimiento de nuestros corazones, y devolver la dignidad a las personas que sufren por falta de amor, soledad, rechazo y exclusión".

Cecilia Clementi, Ph.D., Psych.D, Secretary

Cecilia Clementi, PhD, Psych.D,  is a Clinical and Health Psychologist, psychotherapist, and Mindfulness and Mindful eating Teacher.

 She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Bologna (Italy), where she also obtained her Clinical and Community Psychology degree and Specialization as a Health Psychologist and Psychotherapist.

 As a psychotherapist, she is qualified in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT, Acceptance and Committed Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and she is a certified Eye Movement Desensibilization and reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, addiction, complex trauma, and personality disorders.

Cecilia qualified as a mindfulness teacher in 2008 at the Italian Center for Mindfulness Studies, and in 2014, she trained as a mindful eating teacher in Bruxelles with Jean Kristeller. She teaches MBSR, MBCT, MBRP, MB-EAT, and I Eat mindfulness-based programs.

Cecilia lives in Italy and works as a psychotherapist and Mindfulness and Mindful eating Teacher in her private clinic at San Nicola’s Addiction Rehab Center and Villa Sivia’s Detox and Psychiatric Clinic. She also leads mindfulness and mindful eating workshops in non-clinical settings.

 She has collaborated with The Department of Psychology of the University of Bologna for many years, and her areas of research were eating disorders, exercise dependence, dysmorphia, body stigma, mindfulness, and mindful eating.

 She has also collaborated with The Center for Mindfulness- Motus Mundi, Italy, as a co-trainer of the I Eat Mindful Eating Professional Training. Since 2015, Cecilia has served on The Board of Directors of The Center For Mindful Eating and is the current secretary of TCME.

Cecilia has been practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism for more than 20 years.

You can contact her at:

Facebook: Mindful Eating Italia

Instagram: @Dr_CeciliaClementi

Gillian Hood, MS, ACSM-EP

Gillian Hood, MS, is an exercise physiologist, ICF-PCC & Board-certified health & wellness coach (NBC-HWC), and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor with over two decades of experience supporting clients in recovering from disordered eating and body image challenges.

Her approach, developed through her professional & personal experience (including chronic weight-cycling & an eating disorder), is trauma-informed, weight neutral, and aligned with Health at Every Size® principles. Her coaching is rooted in self-compassion, mindfulness, mindful eating, and Intuitive Eating philosophies and practices.

Starting her career as a fitness professional, she changed her focus to support clients in healing their relationship with food and their bodies after her own recovery. “I learned through my own challenges that it’s not just about what we eat… it’s about our relationship with food and receiving nourishment from eating as well as other aspects of our lives.”

She’s helped hundreds break free from repeated cycles of “fixing” their bodies (that aren’t broken) and by rejecting diet culture & the harm it causes. By making peace with food and cultivating body respect, clients discover their true needs, develop self-compassion, and release guilt and shame to make room for a values-based life.

She has taught mindful eating and mindfulness-based programs for individuals & groups, in person & virtually, as well as for eating disorder professionals. She served as the Wellness Coach at Canyon Ranch Woodside for 3 years, where she created and ran mindful eating, self-compassion, and Intuitive Eating programs.

In addition to her private practice, Gillian supports clients in eating disorder treatment at the IOP/PHP levels as a Food Specialist & Movement Specialist for Within Health. Recently she began co-facilitating ED support groups offered through ANAD.

She is a long-time member of TCME and excited to support the growth of TCME and the proliferation of mindful eating worldwide.

You can learn more about Gillian & her work at

Kathy Noel, Certified Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher

In 2023, Kathy expanded her expertise by earning a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification from renowned teachers Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, in collaboration with Sounds True and The University of California's Greater Good Science Centre. Complementing this, she also obtained a Mindful Eating Teacher Certification from The Centre for Mindful Eating in the same year.

Driven by a passion for sharing the transformative tools of mindfulness, Kathy specializes in stress and anxiety management through mindfulness practices. Dedicated to helping others discover inner peace and well-being, she guides individuals to cultivate a deeper connection with themselves and others.

Kathy also teaches Mindful Eating, guiding clients to heals their relationship with food and their bodies, developing a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, rooted in self-compassion and mindful awareness.

Kathy also serves on the Board of Directors for Helping Hands for India, a foundation funding a school for underserved children join rural North India.

In her own words: "I went on my first diet around age 9 or 10, driven by the relentless diet culture and the belief that I needed to shrink to be loved and accepted. No matter my size, I never felt I looked acceptable. Eventually, I began practicing and teaching yoga, finding myself even more entangled in diet and wellness culture. Through practicing and teaching Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Eating, I discovered self-acceptance and realized I didn't need to change. Mindfulness is now a daily practice for me, empowering me to live in the moment without judgment.

I lead Mindfulness Meditation classes for individuals experiencing cancer as well as the general public. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and kayaking at the lake house I share with my husband and our rescue dog, Oscar. I proudly serve on the board of directors for The Centre for Mindful Eating and Helping Hands for India, a foundation supporting the education of marginalized children in rural North India."

Mardi Parelman, Ph.D.

Mardi Parelman holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology from UC Davis and an M.S. in Human Nutrition from Kansas State University. She is an Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences at San Diego Miramar College and a certified Integrative Health and Wellness Coach.

Mardi’s nutrition and holistic wellness expertise is complemented by mindfulness-based eating, meditation, and Reiki training. She is committed to health equity, food security, and social justice.

In her own words: "Growing up in a diet culture with parents who co-owned a diet business for a short while, I believed my worth was tied to my appearance, specifically my body weight. Through reiki, mindfulness, meditation, and enjoyable exercises like weight lifting and spin (which have helped the degenerative discs in my lower back!), I realized I am not broken and am worthy as I am. Now older and healthier in mind, body, and spirit than ever before, I cherish time with my partner and our cats. We enjoy contemporary live theater, especially new plays about social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. I also love being at the beach and in the mountains."

Find more about her at: Mardi Parelman, Ph.D.

We’d like to express our appreciation to our former board members and others who have contributed to The Center for Mindful Eating.

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