Chief Operating Officer : : Director of Volunteer Services: Director of Program : 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.
Director of Volunteer Services
Ali has been a huge supporter of Project HEAL, throughout her own recovery process, since its inception in 2008. In February 2013, Ali joined the organization as an official volunteer by founding Project HEAL’s Utah Chapter. Upon completing her undergraduate studies in Utah with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science (with an emphasis in psychology) and moving back to Long Island, NY in July 2014, Ali stepped down from her role with the Utah Chapter and began working with Project HEAL on a national level as the Director of Chapter Management and a junior advisory board member. Her primary responsibilities involve interviewing and on-boarding new volunteers and chapters, as well as managing Project HEAL’s 40+ chapters (both nationally and internationally), helping them operate successfully in their local communities as fundraisers, mentors, educators, and advocates.
In addition to her roles with Project HEAL, Ali simultaneously spent the last two years as a Staff Associate for the NYU Child Study Center, a mental health and research focused outpatient program within the NYU Langone Medical Center and NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Within this role, Ali was responsible for a wide range of tasks, including completing intakes for new patients, scoring psychological assessments, completing prior authorizations, care coordination, billing services, management and coordination of the needs among clinicians and staff, as well as serving as a liaison between patients and their clinician. She has been referred to by clinicians in her office as the “Insurance Warrior” for her tenacity and success rate in helping patients receive coverage for their medication and reimbursement for services.
Ali has a strong background and interest in the study of eating disorders, as well as obesity and plans on applying to PhD programs in clinical psychology within the next couple of years. Recently, Ali became certified as a facilitator and trainer of the Body Project. Ali is very passionate about her work and has been featured within outlets including the Dr. Oz Show, NBC News, ABC4 Utah, and more. She is beyond excited to bring her knowledge, clinical and administrative skill set, and zeal to the Project HEAL team on a full-time basis.
Director of Program
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.
Board of Directors
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.
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.
Gretchen Gerwe Welch
Gretchen Gerwe Welch has extensive experience at the senior-most levels of the US government, and significant involvement with community, non-profit and educational institutions. She also has a strong interest in art and art history, and recently completed graduate coursework in Asian Art.
Gretchen retired from US State Department in 2012 after thirty-two years in the Foreign Service, where her career focused principally on management and operations, specifically in human resources, training, budgeting, crisis management, and public diplomacy. She has sixteen years of overseas experience working in Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UK. She also worked extensively in Washington, including five years supporting three Secretaries of State; three years as a senior official in the Bureau of Human Resources; and eighteen months as Dean of the School of Language Studies, overseeing a program with 1000 students studying over 70 foreign languages. She concluded her government career in September 2012 by coordinating the US Government’s support for the Summer Olympics in London, UK. She speaks French and some Arabic.
Gretchen enjoys being active in her communities. She was a member of the Board of Trustees at both the Saudi Arabian International School in Riyadh (1993-95) and the Cairo American College (2002-04); President of the Board of the Chesterbrook Swim and Tennis Club, McLean, VA (2006-09); member, Board of Directors of the State Department Federal Credit Union (2008-09); member, the Stanford Club of Great Britain Board (2012-13); Reunion Co-Chair, 35th Reunion of Stanford Class of 1978 (2013), and coordinator for Stanford’s Alumni Interview program in the UAE and Qatar 2014-2016. She received an Award of Merit from the Stanford Alumni Association in 2013.
Since retiring, she has pursued personal and academic interests, and completed a post graduate diploma with distinction in Asian Art at SOAS at the University of London in July 2016, specializing in Islamic, Chinese and Japanese art.
Gretchen graduated from Stanford University in 1978 with a degree in International Relations and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her husband David Welch was a two-time Assistant Secretary of State and former US Ambassador to Egypt and is now a senior executive with the Bechtel Corporation. They have three daughters, all graduates of Stanford University: Emma, 2010; Molly, 2013; and Hannah, 2016.
Sejal Hathi, 25 years old, is the cofounder & global ambassador of Girltank, a global enterprise that connects, funds, and trains female social entrepreneurs in 6 continents. Previously, she served as Founding Partner of S2 Capital, a venture fund investing equity and debt in entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in the developing world — focusing specifically on its healthcare and gender equity portfolios. Most recently, Sejal completed a 2-year term as the only under-30 member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Review Group for Women’s and Children’s Health, a body of 9 individuals appointed by the UN Secretary-General to evaluate and report on progress toward women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health goals globally. She has served as a USA Ambassador to Ashoka, a “For Girls in Science” Ambassador to L’Oreal USA, an Innovation Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration, and an adviser on youth development and women and girls to the U.S. State Department, UNESCO (U.S. National Commission), Indiaspora (Board), Youth Service America (Board), the World Bank (YDP Network Board), Girls for a Change (Board), and State Farm Insurance (Board).
Sejal has spoken at TEDWomen, the World Health Assembly, and the United Nations, among other venues; and has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World,” a National Jefferson Award winner, a United States Presidential Scholar, a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, one of CNN’s Young People Who Rock, and one of Glamour Magazine’s Young Women of the Year for her work. A published author and Yale Global Health Fellow, Sejal graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology. She is currently a 4th-year MD & MBA candidate at Stanford University.
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.
Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED
Clinical psychologist Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED is the Founding Director of the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also Professor of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the Center for Eating Disorders Innovation at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Bulik received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed internships and post-doctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Bulik has developed comprehensive treatment programs both in New Zealand and the United States and has active collaborations in over 20 countries around the world. Dr. Bulik has published more than 500 papers and chapters on eating disorders. She is author of seven books including Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop, The Woman in the Mirror, and Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery, and Binge Control: A Compact Recovery Guide.
Dr. Bulik has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Eating Disorders Coalition Research Award, the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Research, the Price Family National Eating Disorders Association Research Award, IAEDP Honorary Certified Eating Disorders Specialist Award, and the Academy for Eating Disorders Meehan/Hartley Award for Advocacy, and the Don and Melissa Nielsen Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Eating Disorders Association.
Dr. Bulik is past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, past Vice-President of the Eating Disorders Coalition, past Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Founding Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Binge Eating Disorder Association, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders.
She is passionate about advancing the science of eating disorders and translating science for the public. Read more at http://cynthiabulik.com.
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.
Walter H. Kaye, M.D.(C)
Walter H. Kaye, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and Director of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program. Dr. Kaye attended Ohio State Medical School, trained in neurology at the University of Southern California, and trained in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kaye was then a fellow and research physician at the National Institute of Mental Health for 7 years where he conducted research on appetite regulation, behavior, and treatment for eating disorders. Dr. Kaye was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh for 20 years until joining UCSD. His current research is focused on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and investigating new treatments in anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He is also the principal investigator for an international, multi site collaboration on the genetics of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Dr. Kaye has an international reputation in the field of eating disorders and is the author of more than 400 articles and publications.
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.
Carolyn Costin is an eating disorder clinician, author, and international speaker renown for her expertise, passion and accomplishments. In her twenties, Carolyn recovered from anorexia, and became a teacher and psychotherapist. After successfully treating her first eating disorder client, she recognized her calling. Carolyn’s humanistic approach, the outstanding success of Monte Nido, (the residential program she founded), and her books for sufferers and professionals, spurred Carolyn to international acclaim.
Post Monte Nido, Carolyn maintains her private practice sharing clinical insight and wisdom with clients, significant others, and professionals. She remains active in the field lecturing, training, teaching and supervising.
Sara A. Brody
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Kantor, a Los Angeles lawyer and partner in Kantor & Kantor LLP, represents people denied health benefits for treatment of both physical and mental illnesses. Most recently, Ms. Kantor has focused her efforts litigating insurance company denials of coverage for residential treatment of eating disorders. Kantor & Kantor is one of the few law firms in the country with a distinct eating disorder practice staffed with lawyers and other professionals experienced in the specific needs of people who have been denied benefits for eating disorder treatment.
Ms. Kantor sues health plans that refuse coverage, or agree to pay for treatment for a short period of time, forcing patients to be discharged before their health is restored. In 2007, she won the first published eating disorder decision in California in which the court applied the state’s mental health parity law to beneficiaries who sought treatment outside California. In August 2012, she won the first federal court ruling that determined health plans must pay for all medically necessary treatment for mental illnesses, including residential treatment.
For her achievements, Ms. Kantor was named a Top Woman Lawyer by the Los Angeles Daily Journal andan Attorney of the Year by the San Francisco Recorder. She received a “Special Recognition” award from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation and a California Women Lawyers’ Woman of Distinction Award, and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer continuously since 2009.
Junior Advisory Board
Casey Chon has been working with Project HEAL as the National Twitter Manager since July, 2015. She is a Korean-American student at Hampshire College, in Amherst, MA, and a native of Westchester, NY. At Hampshire, she studies Arabic (Modern Standard, as well as Moroccan, Levantine, and Iraqi), international relations, and literature – basically, how to make the world a more peaceful place. She has been to over twenty countries, is a proud middle child, Pisces, and outdoors lover. Her motto is carpe diem, seize the day, and her favorite Harry Potter book is The Order of the Phoenix. You can contact her on Twitter, Instagram, or email email@example.com
Vanessa Frances Poulson has been the manager for the PHEAL National Instagram since she was fifteen years old. She is a published author, brand ambassador, environmental activist, and an active writer for various online publications, independent plays, and news organizations. Vanessa is a warrior for positivity and social connection, believing that a optimistic and kind online community is key in fostering a true recovery. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.