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The New York City Chapter of Project HEAL was originally founded in 2012 by Christina Grasso. Today it is lead by Co-Chapter Leaders Colleen Baker and Emily Costa.
The New York City Chapter of Project HEAL was founded in 2012 by the incredible Christina Grasso. Christina, a survivor of anorexia, is originally from Western Pennsylvania, but currently resides in New York, NY where she is the Social Media Manager for StyleCaster. She is passionate about Project HEAL because she sees it as a great opportunity to diminish the shame associated with eating disorders and create an open dialogue for those affected.
Colleen Baker joined the Project HEAL family in 2013 and now works as a Primary Therapist at Monte Nido’s Manhattan Location, EDTNY. She is passionate about supporting as many individuals as possible on their path to recovery. In the past, Colleen has also had the opportunities to intern with both the National Eating Disorders Association as well as with plus-size supermodel Emme and her company Emme Nation on her professional journey. An eating disorder survivor herself, her goals surround working with individuals suffering from an eating disorder or body image issues and remaining a consistent ally for the eating disorder community while raising as many funds as possible to send as many individuals as possible to life-saving treatment. Emily Costa joined Project HEAL as their Blog Manager in 2015 and became Co-Chapter Leader of NYC in 2016. She is founder of Rebel Redefined, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology and is the Marketing Assistant & Social Media Coordinator at BALANCE eating disorder treatment center. After struggling to afford treatment herself, Emily was inspired to join Project HEAL’s mission to help fundraise and provide funds to those in need. Emily and Colleen are also both Mentors in New York for Project HEAL’s new Communities of HEALing program.
Ayanna Bates, Chapter Ambassador serving the Queens, NY area, is a mental health advocate and a recovery warrior. She joined forces with Project HEAL to start a conversation surrounding eating disorders and other mental health issues within her community. Bates understands the struggle that comes along with having an eating disorder, as she went through it herself. Project HEAL encourages us that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Ayanna Bates’ greatest passion is helping people; and she believes that working with Project HEAL is a beautiful way to extend this help.
They hope to have any successful events and fundraising initiatives this year and would love to have any interested persons on board!