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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 Monte Nido New York and is pursuing a career in the fashion industry. Christina is also Project HEAL’s Celebrity Relations Manager and uses all of her connections to help spread the work of the organization even further. 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. Current Chapter Leader Colleen Baker joined the Project HEAL family in 2013 and could not more excited to help lead the chapter to amazing things in the greatest city in the world! A recent graduate of Columbia University where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work, Colleen now works as a Mental Health Worker at Monte Nido New York at Irvington. She is excited to begin her professional career post-grad with Monte Nido and support 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. They hope to have any successful events and fundraising initiatives this year and would love to have any interested persons on board!