Dr. Alexina Mehta, ND, BHK

Chair for the Illumination Gala
Co-ordinator of Pneuma Institute

Dr. Alexina Mehta, Naturopathic Physician, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Energy Medicine Practitioner and Founder of Infinity Health and Divina Wellness. She has a clinical practice in Vancouver BC and actively teaches workshops in the subjects of women’s health, natural medicine and mind-body health globally. She loves to build communities and initiate projects in the wellness and social impact fields for increased happiness for all. She is passionate about the offerings of the Pneuma Institute and the work of the non-profit foundation and is inspired to grow their reach people can benefit from this profound wisdom. 

Dr. Tanya Gee, Dr. TCM

Co-ordinator of Pneuma Canada

Dr.Tanya Gee is a veteran Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with over 23 years of clinical practice and the founder of the Bodhi Tree Healing Centre in Vancouver, Canada and Escential Knowledge.  She is also a global speaker and educator on the subjects of health/wellness, natural medicine and spirituality.  She is deeply inspired by the sacred teachings from the Pneuma Institute and has devoted her time to serving their many philanthropy projects.  Her life is dedicated to the virtues of service, compassion and love.

Karen Petersen Sainas, C-IAYT

Team Lead for Fundraising and Sponsorship

Karen is a Yoga Therapist within the Krishnamacharya lineage, a Certified Conscious Uncoupling Coach, a Mother to four glorious beings, and a student & volunteer with Pneuma Institute. She is devoted to awakening the hearts of humanity so together we may listen deeply to our inner sacred heart and live our life from this virtuous essence and create a world of peace, love, wisdom and unity.

Brent Anderson

Marketing Team Lead

Brent is a sales and project manager who is passionate about how integrity and being of service create long lasting business relationships. After spending nearly two decades working in sales, Brent knows that it’s how well you connect with the people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them that fosters true success. When he isn’t working, you’ll find Brent strapped into his hiking boots, enjoying the backcountry with his dog at his side. The Illumination Gala inspires Brent on a deep level. He is honoured to be part of this event that strives to project peace and happiness outward into the world.

Mischa Harris, MSc, BscKin

Volunteer Coordinator

Mischa is a Holistic Health & Performance Coach, Kinesiologist, Fascial Stretch Therapist, and founder of the Athlete Wellness Academy. His passion lies in empowering people to live healthier lives and do more of what makes them happy. Using a holistic lens to educate on the continuum of health and performance, Mischa’s goal is to help athletes restore their health and people struggling with pain to regain their full potential for lives free of suffering. 

Karen Mirfield

Venue Lead

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC Canada Karen grew up loving the Westcoast ocean & mountains but also traveling to and from Australia to visit her extended family.  This formed her passion for travel and ultimately her interest in many cultures and their traditions.   During her school years, Karen was a completive gymnast focusing on dance.  In later years, she extended her creativity into a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of British Columbia in Theatre Production & Design, focusing on Costume & Scenic Design.  Karen currently works as a Project Manager in Corporate Event Design locally in Vancouver.   She works every day to incorporate the teaching and wisdom taught by the Pneuma Foundation into the fast-paced schedule of the event industry.  Always remembering that “everything will get done” and to“ keep moving forward”.  Peace & Happiness to all.

Cassandra Vartesian, DOMP, D.Sc.O, RMT

Website Manager

Philanthropy and helping others has always been innate within me. As an osteopathic practitioner I have the honour of holding space to facilitate and guide healing within. Today more than ever I feel it’s essential to hold a space of love and light. As Ghandi has quoted, “To be the change we want to see in this world”. I have dedicated my life to this purpose both personally and professionally. This gala is another opportunity to illuminate for inner peace and hold space for others do so as well.