Chief Operating Officer : Board of Directors : Clinical Advisory Board : Advisory Board : Junior Advisory Board
Chief Operating Officer
Arwen had a long-time career with Girl Scouts as the director of membership, program, and adult development for Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast as well as working overseas for 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.
As a non-profit management consultant and grant-writer Arwen has worked with a multitude of non-profits and non-govermental organizations that focus on youth empowerment, female leadership and global healthcare issues.
Arwen is best known in her field for creating innovative partnerships to increase membership, funding, public relations and program opportunities.
Board of Directors
Sara A. Brody
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 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.
Craig Kramer is Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign for Mental Health, in Neuroscience External Affairs at Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson company.
In this capacity, Craig leads a Johnson & Johnson team that seeks to transform mental health care globally by raising awareness, reducing stigma, promoting research, improving access, and ensuring better patient outcomes. Key initiatives include a global leaders’ coalition to champion proven, scalable reforms, and a CEO roundtable to develop “next-in-class” workplace mental health practices.
Prior to this role, Craig held a variety of positions in global corporate and government affairs at Johnson & Johnson and worked as a lawyer in the U.S. Congress, a Washington, D.C., law firm, and an international human rights organization.
Craig is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, the University of Michigan School of Law, and Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
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.
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.
Ali is the Director of Chapter Management. 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.
Chris Nicholson, CFA, is the Senior Portfolio Strategist at Iron Harbor Capital Management. Before completing his M.B.A. in Europe and China, Chris was a Corporate Development Director at a medical device company. Earlier in his career, Chris was a Business Development and Investments executive at a technology-focused holding company. Chris has been a guest lecturer at Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University for global business and investing/China, in collaboration with with the Paulson Institute. Chris conducted research in international economics and insurance risk at Harvard Business School while completing graduate Economics coursework. Prior to that, Chris was a strategy consultant at Fletcher Spaght, a spinoff of the Boston Consulting Group. Chris holds an A.B. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from Central European University.
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.
Mike Thomas, Psy.D.
Mike Thomas, Psy.D. is the founder and CEO of Recovery Spark, a group known for their creative eating disorder recovery films. His vision for using creativity to influence the recovery process is not only refreshing, but highly impactful, and the films have quickly spread throughout the recovery community. Mike has a contagious passion to motivate and inspire people toward living from their core, healthy self, and all of his work centers around the idea that full recovery is possible.
Along with his work at Recovery Spark, Mike cultivates his entrepreneurial spirit as a university professor and the Director of the Chalk & Table Learning Collaborative at Eastern University where he integrates creativity with teaching and learning. As a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, Mike has worked in many capacities throughout his career. Currently he runs a national meal support program aimed to provide high quality, real life eating disorder care for all who need it.
Mike lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife and two children. They’re expecting their third child this fall! He loves soccer, ultimate frisbee, gardening, mexican food, playing anything and everything with his kids, and all things creative. If you can mix any of those together, you’re his best friend.
Junior Advisory Board
Heather has been volunteering with ProjectHEAL since 2015 and, throughout this time, has come to realise the enormous impact the organization is making on the lives of those suffering from eating disorders. She currently responds to and conducts interviews with all new volunteer and chapter applicants. This has enabled her to understand how far reaching ProjectHEAL has become, and how much people now in recovery from an eating disorder want to share their own experiences, and give back to those who are still on the road to recovery.
Since moving from the UK to the Bay Area in 2014 Heather has pursued her passion for working in the non-profit sector, and now volunteers for two other non-profits; The Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) in Los Gatos, and About-Face. Her main role with the EDRC is to research and write grants, while for About-Face Heather teaches media workshops to middle school age children, and heads up the fundraising team for the Associate Board. Before deciding to pursue a career in the non-profit sector, Heather was a museum curator at the V&A and Tate Britain, and a specialist in 19th Century British art.
Taylor Evans is currently an investment analyst at Makena Capital Management, a global, multi-asset class investment manager, based In Menlo Park, California. Taylor earned a BA in Art History from Vanderbilt University in 2014 where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and served on the College Advisory Committee for the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee. Having first been introduced to Project Heal in 2011, Taylor was inspired by the organization’s mission of insuring access to in-patient health and wellness services for those individuals affected by eating disorders. Originally from Boston, Taylor has previously lived in the Middle East and enjoys experiencing new cultures, hiking, and contemporary art
Christina Grasso is a writer, activist, and social media consultant. Originally from a small town in Northwestern Pennsylvania, she graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 2011. Her writing can be seen in NYLON, The Huffington Post, and Bullett, among other publications, and she has worked for P.S. I made this, Oscar de la Renta, Nanette Lepore, Elite Model Management, and Trunk Archive. Currently she oversees social media for Monte Nido & Affiliates, a premiere eating disorder treatment center in the United States. In addition to her media and fashion work, she heads Public Relations for Project HEAL and founded its New York City chapter in 2012. She serves as an ambassador for designer Kara Ross’ Diamonds Unleashed movement, an initiative that supports women’s empowerment. She is a frequent speaker on eating disorder awareness and recovery, and volunteers her time to doing arts and crafts in hospitals, shelters, and assisted living communities throughout the New York City area. She lives in Manhattan.
Anne currently serves as a volunteer grant writer for Project HEAL. Her role consists of drafting grant proposals, letters of inquiry and cover materials for various development purposes. In her day-to-day life, she works at Higher Edge, an education access organization in New London, CT, that guides low-income, first-generation students to and through college.
Anne graduated from Wellesley College in 2014 with a B.A. in Religion and South Asia Studies. A stint as campus R.A. opened her eyes to the excruciating experiences of residents who suffered from eating disorders and grappled with the difficult task of asking for help. Having witnessed those silent struggles first-hand, she hopes to bring a wealth of compassion and insight to both her grant writing and advisory board roles.
Judy Jiao hails from Toronto, Canada, and is currently a first-year Associate at H.I.G. Growth Partners, a private equity firm based out of Boston. She graduated from Harvard College in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. While at Harvard, she was involved with Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business and Harvard Undergraduate Television’s Business and Finance team. She enjoys traveling, figure skating, photography, and medieval literature.
Kathryn started with Project HEAL in 2014 as a chapter volunteer, then shifted into grant writing in August 2015. She is currently a Public Health student emphasizing in Public Policy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN after a two year stint in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kathryn also volunteers extensively with We Can Ride, a PATH International organization that gives therapeutic riding lessons. She feels alive while cantering at Boulder Pointe Equestrian, or while in the sunlight reading Nabokov.
Lindsay Kenney currently works in the molecular therapeutics department of Columbia Medical Center, researching the neurocircuitry of mouse models of schizophrenia. She previously worked with Drs. Evelyn Attia and B.Timothy Walsh at the Columbia Eating Disorder Research Center, where she gathered histories of patients with eating disorders and screened for program eligibility, among other things. For two years, she volunteered with NEDA as a facilitator for “pursuing recovery support groups,” and for the past year has founded and runs similar support groups through ANAD. She is passionate about researching the neurological and biological underpinnings of eating disorders, and plans to start an MD/PhD program in the fall of 2016.
Ghislaine Pages is a student at Barnard College of Columbia University but calls the Emerald City of Seattle Washington home. She currently serves as the Chapter Development Intern for Project HEAL, assisting with the signature Life is Short Eat Dessert First Galas hosted by chapters. She hopes to earn her degree in Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies. She aspires to do humanitarian or public policy work in the future. As a member of the Leadership Council in the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi at Columbia University, she is inspired daily by the open-hearts and capacity for love her community fosters and hopes to spread the love and acceptance she has experienced in this space to all areas of her life. At home, she is lucky enough to spend time working, volunteering with the St. Therese Homeless Shelter and their after school tutoring program in her neighborhood, and swimming in Seattle’s sparkling array of lakes.
Amanda Parker is the Senior Director of Events and Fundraising at New Jersey’s top event-based fundraising consulting firm, Evergreen Partners. In this role, she guides non-profit organizations across the Tri-State area to execute successful fundraising events, hosting hundreds to thousands of the area’s top philanthropists, corporate and community leaders and raising hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars per event. She and her team have professionally coordinated New Jersey’s top signature fundraisers including NJPAC’s Annual Spotlight Gala, the biggest and most successful black-tie gala in the state, and Montclair State University’s Annual Scholarship Dinner. Amanda first started volunteering with Project HEAL’s New Jersey Chapter in 2012, and in 2014 was elevated to Co-Leader of the Chapter, alongside Co-Founder Christina Zapata. Amanda Co-Chaired Project HEAL’s 7th Annual New York City Gala in 2015, served as Auction Chair of the 8th Annual Gala in 2016, and appeared in Project HEAL’s first official Public Service Announcement, which debuted at the Gala this year. In addition to Project HEAL, Amanda serves on the Board of Trustees of the Housing Partnership, a non-profit organization based in Dover, NJ that provides access to first-time home buyer education, counseling services, and financial coaching in order to strengthen communities throughout the state. She is also a member of the Women’s Association of NJPAC, which connects women from divergent communities who are impassioned by the arts and who embrace the importance the arts play in children’s lives and in the brightness of their futures. Amanda brings with her an unrivaled passion to improve the lives and wellbeing of as many people as she can by focusing her strengths on making a difference and doing good in her community and beyond. Outside of her career and volunteerism, Amanda enjoys a daily yoga practice, runs, walks and bike rides along the Hudson River, reading, watching hockey, and attending as many concerts as possible.
Caty Rea is currently a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company in their Boston office. She is a Boston native and graduated from Harvard College in 2014 with a degree in Government, a minor in Economics and citations in French and German fluency. While at Harvard, she was involved with Harvard Model Congress and the Sabliere Society. She is a dog lover and enjoys reading, pilates, ice hockey and traveling.
Bari Saltman is currently an Associate in the Business Leadership Program at LinkedIn, supporting the company’s vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. She graduated from Harvard College in May of 2014 with a degree in Sociology and Psychology. At Harvard, Bari served as President of the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC), a student organization that brings together members of the community interested in pursuing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Bari has also been involved with a range of operational and direct service work related to youth empowerment and corporate-community partnerships.
Jessica Zeng is a Private Equity Investment Associate at Lightyear Capital. She helps evaluate and execute new deals at Lightyear Capital and also helps monitor Lightyear Capital’s investments. Prior to joining Lightyear Capital in July 2014, Jessica worked at Greenhill & Co. as an Investment Banking Analyst, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions across a variety of industries. Jessica received an A.B., Cum Laude, in Economics from Harvard University in 2012. She was born in China, and grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, where her parents still live. She is passionate about helping women and men overcome body image issues and eating disorders.