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Joan Barnes

#1A Head red chairBefore becoming a sought-after public speaker and regularly escorting her grandchildren on “adventures with Noni,” Joan Barnes had an extraordinary entrepreneurial ride. In her late 20s, seeking to combat isolation as a new mom, she founded the groundbreaking Gymboree, which became an international network of franchised play programs—bringing like-minded mostly moms together in uplifting classes and allowing women to operate a business while raising a family—and company-owned retail stores merchandising specially designed play-wear. Later, looking again to address her personal needs, Joan began a yoga practice and before long developed an innovative yoga business that helped mainstream yoga, which she eventually sold to national chain Yoga Works. And, to give back after overcoming a debilitating eating disorder, Joan founded Begin from Within, a non-profit dedicated to helping people with food, weight, and body image issues. Joan continues to delight in groundbreaking consumer concepts and keeps her ear close to the ground. A native of suburban Chicago, Joan received a B.A. in dance and English from Briarcliff College, Briarcliff Manor, New York. She has two grown daughters and three grandchildren.  Joan lives in Mill Valley, California (Marin County).  

Brian Beitler

Brian Beitler has helped several of the country’s leading brands build purposeful connections with their customers, expand into the digital world, and achieve industry leading growth for the last 20 years. He believes in challenging conventional wisdom, pushing brands to think differently about how they engage and earn loyalty from their customers, and is driven by the belief that the key to success is listening to your customers personally and first hand, and then combining those personal insights with big data to innovate your brand, products, marketing, and advertising.

He is currently Chairman of the Executive Board for the Global Retail Marketing Association and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Lane Bryant; Catherines, the nation’s leading plus-size apparel retailers, until Oct 2017.

Prior to joining Lane Bryant in 2014, Brian was EVP and CMO of David’s Bridal. Before David’s Bridal he was SVP of Marketing for Kohl’s department store and led all aspect of marketing strategy. He has also held senior leadership roles at Bath and BodyWorks, Toys R Us, and Mattel.

He is a widely regarded industry speaker and has keynoted at some of the industry’s most noted events including the ANA Masters of Marketing Conference, NRF’s Symposium, and the 4A’s Transformation event.

A graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor-degree in Marketing, Brian also holds an MBA from Brigham Young University. He resides in the Columbus area with his wife, and has 5 daughters, and 1 son. When he’s not in the office or at his kids activities, you’ll find him with his family on the golf course, in the mountains, or on the Water.

Sara A. Brody

IMG_6580Sara Brody brings over 33 years of experience in Non Profit Management, Fundraising, Operations, Technology, strategic planning and business growth experience to Project HEAL.  She held senior levels positions at Lehman Brothers for 22 years and founded and ran her own non profit organization called Rutherford LEAP that provided public school students with the opportunity to become advance learners via a one to one laptop program.  Additionally, Sara has worked as the Chief Operating Officer for a rapidly expanding dental business where she was instrumental in implementing a multitude of exciting dental and non dental entrepreneurial projects and became the first Executive Director for Project HEAL spearheading the organization’s rapid growth, expansion and reputation as the premier organization to provide and fund eating disorder treatment to those who so desperately need the assistance to recover.  After a short career change working as a technical recruiter. Sara came back to the non profit arena and is currently working with Keep America Beautiful as the Director Of Development focused on building their Individual donor strategy and giving program as well as expanding the Foundation Grant opportunities for funding the organization.  Sara graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Political Science and lives in Rye, NY with her family.  

Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED; LMFT# 13192 (CA), LMFT# T0535 (OR)

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-7-18-33-pmCarolyn Costin MA, MEd., MFT, CEDS, FAED, is a world renowned, highly sought-after eating disorder clinician, author, and international speaker celebrated for her expertise, passion and accomplishments.

In her twenties, Carolyn recovered from anorexia and became a teacher and a psychotherapist. After successfully treating her first eating disorder client in 1979, Carolyn recognized her calling was to treat people with eating disorders. After her success in private practice as well as developing and running several hospital eating disorder programs, Carolyn opened the first residential program in a home setting, Monte Nido.

Carolyn’s humanistic, relational approach, her knowledge base, her numerous books, and the outstanding success of Monte Nido all spurred Carolyn to international acclaim.

Having left Monte Nido in 2016, Carolyn maintains her private practice and remains very active in the eating disorder field lecturing, training, teaching, writing and supervising.

In 2017, Carolyn founded The Carolyn Costin Institute, which offers Eating Disorder Mentor and Coach Training, online and in-person Continuing Education for clinicians, and other specialized trainings.

Brian Cuban

brianBrian Cuban is a 1983 graduate of Penn State University. He received his J.D in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh School Of LawBrian is an eating disorder and body dysmorphic disorder survivor as well as a recovering addict. He is a passionate advocate for eating disorder, body image and anti-bullying awareness for both men and women. He is the author of “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder”, currently available on and is currently the segment host for “Brian Cuban’s Legal Briefs” on EyeOpener Tv. EyeOpener is a different kind of morning show chocked full of entertainment, humor, and what you need to know to get your day started. It runs every weekday morning and is currently syndicated in the following locations:KIAH-TV (Houston, TX), KDAF-TV (Dallas, TX), WSFL-TV (Miami, FL), WPHL-TV (Philadelphia, PA), KRCW-TV (Portland, OR)Brian also speak on the 1st Amendment and Hate speech in Social Media. He has appeared on Fox News, NBC, and have been invited to speak at prestigious locations such as, The Commonwealth Club, South By Southwest, BlogWorld 2009 and 2011, The FPA(Financial Planning Association) Experience 2011, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Anti-Defamation League and Facebook Corporate to name a few.Brian is a proud parent to a cat named Useless and his dog, Peanut. He resides in Dallas, Texas.

Glen Ellen

Glenn Ellen Brown[1]Glen Ellen is a well-respected new media and traditional brand strategist focused on business development. She is known for transforming and monetizing brands, negotiating deals, creating targeted marketing programs leveraging social media, developing branded content and directing E-commerce to foster and deliver growth.
In her 15 years as VP/GM at Hearst, she was responsible for a portfolio of 21 brands, and built a collection of lifestyle franchises in apparel & accessories, jewelry, home, food, and automotive businesses, with retail sales of $400 million. She also created the Omni-channel marketing, advertising, social media content and promotional programs supporting the licensed business. Glen Ellen’s recent accomplishments are the creation of teen-based businesses; a fast fashion apparel E-commerce line with brick and mortar retail expansion with projected sales of $9 million, as well as Millennial summer ‘experiences’ with over 300% growth in the first year.
Prior to her tenure at Hearst, she served as a Vice President at Viacom, where she built MTV’s licensed business, was the Director of Marketing of the Consumer Products Group at Disney, honed her strategic and classic packaged goods skills at Grey Advertising as Account Supervisor on both P&G and Kraft, developed Glenswear, her own children’s apparel line, and was a Vice President in the Real Estate Finance Group at JP Morgan Chase.
A believer of giving back, Glen Ellen serves on the Executive Committee of the Fashion Scholarship Fund. She is also the active Chair of the Mentorship Committee, as well as an Advisory Board Member at TrendSeeder, an E-commerce accelerator for innovative startups and Swaay Media, a new platform that elevates and empowers woman entrepreneurs.


emmeEmme, the supermodel, television personality, author, lecturer, creative director for her clothing lines, Mom and nationally recognized women’s advocate for positive body image and self esteem has a clear mission: awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us.
– People magazine selected her twice as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People”
-Ladies’ Home Journal chose her as one of the “Most Important Women in America”
-Glamour magazine “Woman of the Year” and
-Biography magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women.”

Emme is the founder of Her television and radio appearances are innumerable, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, 20/20, The Rachel Ray Show, CNN Headline News’s Showbiz Tonight, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and NPR. Emme speaks on important lifestyle issues including body image, surviving cancer, mothering, fashion, downsizing and adopting a greener lifestyle.

Christina Grasso

headshotChristina Grasso is a writer, activist, and social media consultant. Over the past 5 years she has worked with Nylon, Huffington Post, Bullett, P.S. I made this, Oscar de la Renta, Nanette Lepore, and celebrity makeup artist, Robin Black. She currently leads social media for StyleCaster and appeared on Season 18 of Law & Order: SVU. In addition to her work in fashion and beauty, she serves as a board member for Glam4Good and has been involved with Project HEAL since 2012 as the founder of the New York City chapter, a member of the PR and social media team, and the creator of Project HEAL’s #WhatMakesMeBeautiful campaign shot by photographer Arthur Belebeau. She is a frequent speaker on her own recovery from anorexia nervosa, and volunteers her free time to doing arts and crafts in hospitals, shelters, and assisted living communities throughout the New York City area. She lives in Manhattan with her cat, Betty Littlepiddles.

 Gabi Holzwarth

DLD profile pictureGabi Holzwarth is often known as “the violin girl of San Francisco”, but her greatest achievement by far is her bumpy yet successful road to recovery from anorexia. After leaving her career in sales due to her illness, Gabi decided to earn whatever small income she could by busking on the streets of Palo Alto with her violin and tip jar. This quickly developed into a growing career, and she began to entertain at various events throughout the Bay Area. However her struggle with the disease did not end here, and her demons eventually forced her once again to put her new career to a halt due to a weakening body. After finally opening up to her new community of friends about her struggle, giving a TedX Talk to the public in London and blogging very honestly about her disease, she finally began to face her demons head on and really begin the road to a healthy life.

Oliver Libby

OliverHeadshotOliver B. Libby is Managing Director and co-founder of Hatzimemos / Libby, an impact-focused strategy and venture firm based in New York City. H/L is dedicated to enhancing and accelerating companies in key growth industries that add value to society.  Mr. Libby is also Chair & Co-Founder of The Resolution Project, Inc., a non-profit that helps undergraduate students launch new social ventures. Hundreds of Resolution Fellows are working on diverse ventures in high-impact fields and have benefited hundreds of thousands of people in about 70 countries on all six inhabited continents, including across America.  Mr. Libby also serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Clinton Global Initiative, a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a Milken Young Leader, a Concordia Summit Advisor, a GLG Social Impact Fellow, and a NationSwell Councilmember.  Mr. Libby graduated from Harvard College.

Fiona Ma

FIONAFiona Ma serves as Board Member of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), representing 23 counties and more than ten million Californians of the Second District. Ms. Ma was previously elected to represent the 12th Assembly District from December 2006 to November 2012 and served as the first Asian-American woman Assembly Speaker pro Tempore in California history.
Ms. Ma strongly believes in the community services provided by nonprofit organizations and has a long history of public service with nonprofit boards. She is committed to helping nonprofit groups understand their taxes, minimize errors, and enable organizations to focus on the primary purpose of their nonprofit rather than losing time and money to avoidable tax compliance mistakes.
She is currently the President of the Asian American Donor Program; Co-founder, Honorary Chair, and Spokesperson of the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign; and Treasurer of Curry without Worry. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Family Connections, Mixed Roots Foundation, Alliance for Girls, and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. She is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the California Film Commission.
Ms. Ma received her B.S. in Accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), her M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University (SF), and an MBA in Business Taxation from Pepperdine University. She has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1992.

Carré Otis

carreCarré Otis has long been one of the most recognizable faces in the modeling industry. A native of Northern California, she first achieved fame when she appeared on the cover of Elle (France) in April 1986. Over the next few years, she became an extraordinarily successful supermodel, headlining campaigns for Guess, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Revlon. Carré has appeared on the covers of Vogue (USA, France, Great Britain, Italy); Harper’s Bazaar; Glamour; and Cosmopolitan. Carré has long been open about her past battle with eating disorders. Graced with years of recovery as a result of intense spiritual and personal work, Carré is committed to speaking out about the pressures that so often overwhelm young women in and out of the modeling industry. She has traveled around the world and appeared on many nationally televised programs, offering her unique insight into the business of beauty, and the high price that business demands.

Jane Stewart Saffran

jsJane Stewart Saffran has been a corporate attorney at ABC/Disney for the past twenty-two years, overseeing a group of lawyers and legal assistants who provide legal support to the ABC Television Network; the ABC Owned Television Stations; the ESPN Radio Network and Radio Stations; the Radio Disney Radio Network and Radio Stations; and Hyperion Publishing. Prior to joining ABC, Jane worked as an associate at several large New York City law firms, specializing in real estate and corporate transactions, as well as employment law and general litigation.

Prior to attending law school, Jane taught at two New York City private schools, while attending Columbia Teachers College and Bank Street School of Education. Jane has a B.A. degree in Psychology and Education (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Smith College, and also attended Princeton University for the first two years of her college career. After teaching for four years, Jane attended Fordham University Law School, from which she received her J.D.

In addition to serving on the Project HEAL Board, Jane is a Board Member of both the Douglaston Local Development Corporation and the Douglaston Little Neck Historical Society. She also serves as a mentor for ABC mid-management employees in the ABC Executive Mentoring Program. Additionally, she is a mentor in the ABC/LaGuardia High School Mentoring program, where she is paired with a student throughout their high school career, providing academic, “life skills,” and college counseling advice.

Nancy Mensch Turett

NancyNancy Mensch Turett is a recognized innovator in health engagement and leadership. She established her consultancy, WholeView, in 2013 to focus on holistic strategies that drive individual, enterprise and societal well-being now and for the future. WholeView clients and partners have included World Bank Group, United Nations, MDG Alliance, World Health Organization, Roll Back Malaria, We Own TV, CChange, Monte Nido eating disorders programs, Columbia Aging Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard University, The Rockefeller Foundation, Publicis, and Omnicom.

In two decades at Edelman, Nancy built the communications industry’s pace-setting global health practice, designing innovative health initiatives with colleagues, clients and partners across industries and sectors. She and her team created the Health Barometer, an annual study of the complex relationships that influential individuals have with health and the implications for business. Nancy was also Edelman’s founding leader of signal firm-wide initiatives that have become industry benchmarks, for thought leadership IP, global practice development, strategic programming, global citizenship, and service excellence. Her management responsibilities over the years included major operations in the US, Canada and Latin America.

Nancy’s previous employment includes Mount Sinai, University of Virginia Medical Center, and US Head Start. Nancy is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, where she serves on the Executive Committee, and Advisory Board Member to Project Heal and the eating disorders community. Past board/committee work includes the World Economic Forum’s Global Education Initiative, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, NYU’s Center for Aging and Dementia, Resolve Fertility Association, Project Heal, and Nancy’s alma mater, Princeton University. Nancy’s mission is to generate health.