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Chief Operating Officer

Arwen Turner

ArwenPhotoArwen Turner has over 12 years experience in non-profit management and fund-development in the United States and abroad.

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 Houghnou

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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.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.