Junior Advisory Board

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Casey Chon

11329965_10206500582980732_2144494321295962445_nCasey 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 TwitterInstagram, or email casey@theprojectheal.org 

Vanessa Frances

Vanessa Frances has been an active member of Project Heal since 2015, beginning her work on the National Instagram page and progressing to both the National Facebook page and Snapchat platform. Vanessa is the founder of “The Ophelia” a blogging site designed for people to share their individual stories and provide a cathartic release from past tragedies. She is the editor for The Millenial Times digital newspaper, and writes for a variety of other online publications. Her work has appeared on national marketing blogs, social change platforms, and a variety of other groundbreaking spaces. You can contact her at vanessa@theprojectheal.org, or on the National Facebook and National Snapchat, respectively.

Heather Birchall

IMG_2932Heather 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.

Anne Hofmeister

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.

Lindsay Kenney

pic for websiteLindsay 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

HEadshot1Ghislaine 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

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

Work picCaty 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.

Taylor Renniger
Taylor Renninger has been working with Project HEAL as a Facebook manager since October 2016. Taylor is a student at The University of Cincinnati study Early Childhood Education. Taylor is passionate about helping both women and men gain self love and overcome body image issues and eating disorders. She believes the keys to true recovery are through optimism, positivity, and love. You can contact her on twitter :@TaylorRenninger, instagram: @renningertaylorpaige, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylorpaige.renninger or email: taylor.renninger@theprojectheal.org

Hannah Welch

At Project HEAL, Hannah designs and writes the monthly newsletter, facilitates the Body Project at NYC schools, and helps plan annual events in San Francisco and New York. Originally from the Washington DC area, she grew up in the Middle East and went to high school in London. She received her BA from Stanford University in 2016 and currently works at a women’s health startup in New York City.

Hannah is passionate about the intersection between healthcare and technology, and someday hopes to move back to the west coast to pursue a PhD in psychology. She loves breakfast, yoga, and spending time with her close friends and family.

Jessica Zeng

IMG_4469Jessica 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.