BOARDS : Board of Directors : Clinical Advisory Board : Advisory Board
Board of Directors
Sara A. Brody
Ashley Lenz is the new Chief Operating Officer for Project Heal and looking forward to building relationships in her new role. Ashley was previously the Manager of Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility of Henry Schein, Inc. and Executive Director of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. In these roles, she worked closely with the CEO and senior management to administer Henry Schein’s charitable giving and product donation programs. Her other prior work includes the International Data Group, the American Red Cross and volunteer positions as the Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) and member of the Northeast Council of MedShare International. Ashley holds a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University, both with a focus on Marketing and English/Cultural Studies. Ashley is especially passionate about service and lives by the mantra “you are only as good looking as your character.” Having worked in both the NGO and corporate environments, her focus is on successfully bridging the needs of the community and the capabilities of industry. While Ashley spent ten years living and working in New England, she has always been a New Yorker at heart. She now resides on Long Island with her soon-to-be husband and their Jack Russell Terrier.
For over 27 years Meredith Shepherd has held senior positions in Human Resources for a number of high profile organizations in the fields of Entertainment, Service, Technology, and Advertising. For the last 12 years she held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer for Weight Watchers International, where, in addition to leading the organization’s talent strategies and operations, she was also responsible for their charitable giving strategy and execution. Meredith held similar senior level positions at Young & Rubicam Advertising, Notara Software and Comedy Central.
In addition to Project Heal, Meredith is involved in organizations providing college access to under served populations; hunger relief programs at both local and international levels; and serves as the Head of the Parents’ Committee at The School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington DC.
Meredith lives in New York City with her husband of 25 years, Tony, an executive in the travel industry and their two children.
Jane Stewart Saffran
Jane 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.
Jenna Tregarthen is passionate about designing innovations that not only increase access to eating disorder care, but also improve quality of care. Her expertise in patient-centered design and business model innovation was honed during her role teaching healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship classes at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. As an advisor to entrepreneurship accelerator programs StartX Med, Startup Garage, and Stanford Ignite, she is familiar with common pitfalls and emerging opportunities in social impact companies. Jenna conceived of the Recovery Record idea whilst undertaking her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and being the primary supporter for her best friend, who was living with an eating disorder. She later took a leave of absence from her Ph.D. and clinical training in order to lead development of Recovery Record into the preeminent eating disorder management technology platform, serving 300,000 people and 10,000 practitioners. Jenna believes that recovery from an eating disorder is possible and is honored to support Project HEAL in bringing the chance to HEAL to those who otherwise could not afford it.
Clinical Advisory Board
Evelyn Attia, MD
Evelyn Attia, MD is Director of the Center for Eating Disorders at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, an integrated clinical research program at both Weill Cornell and Columbia University Medical Centers. Dr. Attia is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.
An established clinician scientist in the New York area, Dr. Attia has been working with individuals with eating disorders and their families for over 20 years. She is currently funded by the National Institute for Mental Health to study olanzapine vs. placebo for outpatients with anorexia nervosa.
Dr. Attia is a member of the eating disorders work-group for DSM-5. She is also a member of The Eating Disorders Research Society and has been elected Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Dr. Attia has won numerous awards for her work in the field of eating disorders including a Pfizer/Society of Women’s Health Research Career Development Award and a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Dr. Attia has been listed in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue for ten years running.
Christina Carrad, LPC. LCAT. ATR-BC
Christina Carrad graduated Cum Laude from Montclair State University with a BA in Fine Arts and from New York University with a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. She is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY, a Licensed Professional Counselor in NJ, and a nationally registered and board certified Art Therapist.
For the past fifteen years, she has treated clients with eating disorders and co-occurring disorders in partial hospital, inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment settings. Over the course of her seven years at an intensive psychiatric unit at Saint Clare’s Hospital in NJ, she gained invaluable experience diagnosing and treating a full range of psychiatric conditions.
In addition to her clinical work, Christina has designed, implemented, and run several successful treatment programs that are still flourishing today. She spent three years at Hospice, where she developed and ran several creative arts therapies bereavement programs for children, adolescents, and adults. She worked with Atlantic Health in NJ from the inception of their eating disorders program, assisting in its development and management.
Christina has also provided supervision of staff and students in a variety of treatment settings for over a decade. For more information, visit: www.christinacarrad.com.
Eric van Furth, Ph.D, FAED
Eric van Furth, Ph.D., FAED is Clinical Director of the Center for Eating Disorders Ursula in Leidschendam and Professor of Eating Disorders at the department of psychiatry, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), the Netherlands .
Dr. van Furth is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. After receiving his Ph.D. in psychology from Utrecht University, Dr. van Furth went on to pen over 50 publications, primarily journals, chapters, educational videos, and conference papers on eating disorders. He has also published three books on the subject and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders (IJED), European Eating Disorders Review (EEDR) and Eating Behaviors.
He has been working clinically with patients with eating disorders for more than 25 years. After holding a seat as the Chair of the Dutch Multidisciplinary Treatment Guideline Workgroup on Eating Disorders (2004-2006), he is currently a Fellow and Past-President of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Neville H. Golden MD is Chief of Adolescent Medicine and the Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor in Pediatrics at Stanford. He previously served as the Director of the Eating Disorders Center, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Schneider Children’s Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY.He has been working with adolescents with eating disorders for the past 30 years and has studied the medical complications of eating disorders in children and adolescents, focusing on the etiology and implications of amenorrhea in anorexia nervosa. He is one of the lead authors of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine’s Position Paper on Eating Disorders in Adolescents, is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics National Committee on Nutrition.
Debra K. Katzman, MD, FRCP(C)
Katzman PicDr. Debra Katzman is a Professor of Pediatrics, in the Department of Pediatrics and University of Toronto (UofT) and Senior Associate Scientist at the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). In addition, she is a Member of the Institute of Medicine at the UofT.
Dr. Katzman established the Eating Disorders Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1993 and was the Director of the Eating Disorders Program from 1993-2012. She was the Head of the Division of Adolescent Medicine SickKids from 2004-2012. She is currently the Director of Research in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at SickKids.
Dr. Katzman is President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). She is a Past- President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). She is the Chair of AED’s Scientific Committee. She is a Fellow of the SAHM and AED. Dr. Katzman is also the Chair of Specialty Committee for Adolescent Medicine at the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada.
The focus of Dr. Katzman’s research program has been to study and understand the unique physiologic and developmental issues in children and adolescent with eating disorders. She has been particularly interested in the medical complications associated with pediatric eating disorders; in particular osteoporosis, brain structure and function, and amenorrhea. New research priorities include exploration and improvement in the current diagnostic classification system for early-onset eating disorders and the investigation of effective treatments for children and adolescents with eating disorders.
Dr. Katzman has published over 150 articles, abstracts, book chapters, and editorials. Dr. Katzman co-edited a book for parents on eating disorders, “Help for Eating Disorder: A Parent’s Guide to Symptoms, Causes and Treatment”. In addition, she is the senior associate editor for the adolescent medicine textbook, “Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care: A Practical Guide 6th edition”. Dr. Katzman is on the editorial board of the Journal of Adolescent Health and the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Dr. Katzman received the 2012 McMaster University Alumni Award given to graduates who have led accomplished lives and set high standards of achievement for McMaster’s current students, alumni and the greater community. Dr. Katzman was also the recipient of the 2013 Academy for Eating Disorders’ Leadership Award for Clinical, Administrative or Educational Service.
Rollyn Ornstein, MD
Dr. Ornstein graduated from New York University School of Medicine and did her Pediatrics residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Babies and Children’s Hospital in New York. She then went on to do a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Schneider Children’s Hospital (now Cohen Children’s Hospital), part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, in New Hyde Park, NY, where she then worked as an attending physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine from 2002-2008. She moved to Pennsylvania in 2008 and joined the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, and is involved in teaching both medical students and residents. Dr. Ornstein’s clinical and research interests include child and adolescent eating disorders, with a recent emphasis on the renamed DSM-5 diagnosis, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
Wendy Meyer Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CDN
Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CDN, is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She specializes in sports nutrition, eating disorders, and weight management. Wendy recently relocated from New York to the San Francisco Bay Area, and now maintains a private practice in Menlo Park, California.
Wendy was the Team Nutritionist for the New York Jets from 2006-2013 where she worked directly with players to improve endurance, speed and explosiveness. She is a Sports Performance Nutrition Consultant for Pro Hoops, helping athletes achieve peak performance prior to the NBA draft. She has consulted for the NY Islanders, and Hofstra University’s Women’s Lacrosse and Volleyball teams. She works closely with competitive athletes in order to enhance sports performance and gain a competitive edge.
Wendy provided nutrition counseling to children and adolescents in the Eating Disorders Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York which is part of the NS-LIJ Health System from 2001-2011. There she worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team, evaluating and treating a spectrum of eating disorders and disordered eating, including Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Wendy has been on the Clinical Advisory Board of Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization created to aid in the funding for the treatment of eating disorders, since it was created in 2008.
Wendy is a co-founder and co-owner of FOODWIZE, a company that specializes in menus that are kid friendly, nutritionally sound, and parent approved.
Wendy received her B.S. in dietetics/nutritional sciences from Cornell University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education at Teacher’s College at Columbia University where she also completed her dietetic internship. For more information about Wendy, please visit: www.sterlingnutrition.com.
Kenneth Willis, MD
Ken is the EDTNY board certified psychiatrist and oversees the medical and psychiatric care for all of the clients at EDTNY. A founder and leader of several prominent east coast eating disorder programs, Ken has over 30 years experience in the field of eating disorders. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from Dartmouth College. Combining his clinical acumen with evidence-based practices, Ken is invested in all aspects of each client’s treatment and is known for his thoroughness and his willingness to do what it takes to get clients fully recovered.
Student at Harvard Business School, Founder & CEO, Roomidex
Medha is currently a student at Harvard Business School. She previously worked at skedge.me, and enterprise online scheduling start-up, where she is working to help grow the company. Previously she worked as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where she advised private equity clients on debt and equity investments as well as developed corporate strategy for clients in the consumer goods, industrials, banking, and medical technology industries.
Medha has an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University. While there, she served as a member of the Varsity Lightweight Crew team. This is where she was first exposed to the effect of eating disorders and developed a passion for helping those coping with body issues.
Brian Cuban is a 1983 graduate of Penn State University. He received his J.D in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Law
Brian 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 Amazon.com and BarneandNoble.com.
Brian 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.
Emme, 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 Emmenation.com. 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.
Co-Founder and Vice President of Social Engagement for Thought Engine | Media Group
Julia Fenster is a media executive and in addition to her advisory role with Project Heal is an avid supporter, advisor and board member to various non profit organizations in the human and civil rights sectors. She is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Social Engagement for Thought Engine | Media Group, an award winning media production and strategy consulting company. In here role at TE | MG she oversees day to day operations and social outreach to educational, community and governmental organizations to expand the educational and social impact reach of its media projects. Prior to TE | MG, Julia Co-Founded Laurel Media Group (LMG), a strategic consulting company in the health and wellness sector. Prior to LMG, Fenster held leadership roles in numerous film, video and technology organizations. She is the Vice President of the National Organization for Women in Long Island and the founder of YNOW-LI, the Long Island youth group for the National Organization for Women. She is the Vice Chair for Long Island to the Anti -Defamation League and serves on the Education Committee for the organization in NY. She is also an advisor to the Working Group on Girls, a coalition furthering the interests of girls around the world at the United Nations. Julia did her undergraduate studies at Columbia University in New York and is currently completing certifications in fundraising from NYU and non-profit management from Hofstra University. She lives with her husband and three children in Dix Hills, Long Island.
Jennifer Gorman has been specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and related issues since 1991. She received her education at the University of Arizona and the University of Phoenix, earning a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1993. Prior to joining the Center for Discovery team in 2002, she served as a Primary Therapist, Director of Outpatient Programs and Director of Family Therapy programs at two well-known treatment centers in Arizona. At Center for Discovery Ms. Gorman has been Program Director at both the Lakewood and Whittier facilities. In her current position she is responsible for overseeing the daily operations at all of Center for Discovery’s eating disorders facilities, providing support and guidance to the treatment teams. She also provides training and supervision to all of the clinicians in the area of utilization review, which assures that Center for Discovery clients are able to receive payment from their insurance providers while they receive the care that they need.
Gabi 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 (link this) 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. During this journey she met Kristina, the CEO of The Project Heal, and immediately knew she wanted to jump on board and help others struggling with the disease.
Ali is Project HEAL’s National Chapter Director. Throughout her own recovery process, Ali has been a huge supporter of Project HEAL since its launch in 2008. In February 2013, Ali joined the organization as an official volunteer by founding Project HEAL’s Utah Chapter, and quickly moved up the ranks to become our National Chapter Director. Her primary roles with the organization include interviewing and on-boarding new volunteers and chapter leaders, as well as managing Project HEAL’s 40+ chapters (both Nationally and Internationally) by working with them closely to help them thrive within their local communities as educators, advocates, and fundraisers. Additionally, Ali works closely with the Executive Board members to ensure the success of Project HEAL Chapters.
In addition to her role with Project HEAL, Ali recently joined the NYU Child Study Center, within NYULMC and the School of Medicine, as a Staff Associate. Ali has a strong background and interest in the study of eating disorders and obesity. She plans to pursue graduate studies to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Ali is incredibly passionate about her research, her work, and using her experiences to help transform aspects of the treatment of eating disorders and obesity. She is very grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many kind-hearted, intelligent, and fearlessly authentic individuals!
Oliver Libby is a founding partner and Managing Director of Hatzimemos Partners LLC, a global strategic advisory firm based in New York and founded in 2009. The firm is dedicated to supporting senior leaders in the energy, infrastructure, and life sciences sectors. The strategic advice and deep partnership that the firm provides to its client partners, which range in size from international corporations to new ventures, help these organizations achieve the next stage of their growth and involvement in these key growth industries.
In 2006, Mr. Libby co-founded The Resolution Project, Inc., a non-profit organization based in New York City, of which he is currently Chairman of the Board. Resolution provides leadership development for young leaders, in partnership with sponsors such as McKinsey & Company and Ashoka. In particular, Mr. Libby manages Resolution’s Social Venture Challenge competition, which provides grants and ongoing advice for promising, socially-responsible projects submitted by college-aged competitors from around the world. To date, Resolution Fellowships have been awarded to projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Shortly after graduating with a Master’s in Geophysics, Jessica decided to combine her problem solving skills and love of design to create the Rise Up + Recover app. The idea came from her personal experience of recovering from an eating disorder while in college at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her treatment involved daily recovery homework, which turned out to be the cornerstone of her success. However, she saw many ways that it could be improved and brought up to date with the rapid adoption of smartphones.
With this goal in mind, the Rise Up + Recover app was born and since release has been in the hands of over 55,000 people worldwide.
Jessica’s vision expands beyond an app and is focused on building a platform that provides resources for all types of learners and content consumers. From The Recovery Warrior Show podcast she hosts to articles she and her team writes to encouraging videos to music playlists she wants there to be something for everyone at Recovery Warriors.
Elizabeth Rozovsky, MSW, LMSW
Elizabeth is the Professional Relations Manager for Monte Nido and Affiliates – Eating Disorder Treatment of New York Day Treatment Program and for Monte Nido New York at Irvington Residential Treatment Program. In her role doing outreach at Monte Nido, Elizabeth creates and coordinates various seminars, conferences and speaking engagements for her tremendous Monte Nido Clinical Team in order to provide education and spread awareness on Eating Disorders and the belief that full recovery is possible for individuals struggling with anorexia, bulimia, exercise addiction and binge eating disorders. Additionally, Elizabeth has a strong background in working with multi disciplinary teams in the health care system and has worked for 2 major Hospital Institutions- New York Presbyterian Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She was the first social worker to develop a Web Based Hospital Support Group at CHOP’s Center For Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment for patient’s who needed support during their difficult life transitions. Elizabeth has a business background and is a licensed social worker with over 10 years of experience. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at the PACE University-Lubin School of Business and her Masters Degree at the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Delores Rubin, a graduate of Duke University, is a Director in the Asset and Wealth Management division of Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York City. In addition to her day job as an equity trader, Delores serves as the First Vice-Chair of Manhattan Community Board 4, Chair of the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council and is member of the Steering Committee for High Water Women’s Investing for Impact Symposium.
Delores is also a volunteer teacher of Financial Literacy and a Microfinance volunteer for Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Finance Group. Over the past few years through these activities, Delores has been increasing drawn to women’s issues and actively campaigns for women candidates in local races and participates in events that focus on the educational enrichment of young women and girls.
Delores, a native to New York City is drawn to the great outdoors as an occasional escape from the hustle and bustle. When not seeking escape, much of Delores’ free time is spent with her role model, her mom, Ruby.
Arwen is a non-profit management, marketing and fund development consultant. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California at Santa Cruz in 2003 and is currently working towards her Master’s in Business Administration focusing on Strategic Leadership.
From 2004-2011, Arwen worked for Girl Scouts of Monterey Bay and Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast as Director of Membership, Program, and Adult Development overseeing 16,000 members in six counties. In 2011, Arwen achieved her dream job within Girl Scouts to work for GSUSA , the national headquarters of Girl Scouts, as one of the Directors of USA Girl Scouts Overseas. For nearly four years Arwen directed the Girl Scout Program for 15 U.S military installations in Japan and South Korea. Additionally, she oversaw the logistics, operations, and fund development for all of the US Girl Scout Committees in Okinawa, Japan, and South Korea.
Arwen is best known in her field for creating innovative partnerships to increase membership, funding, public relations and program opportunities.
Arwen is an advocate for youth leadership and for women’s empowerment.
Arwen’s hobbies include traveling, hiking, and volunteer work. She currently lives in Saudi Arabia.