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Johanna Kandel, Founder and CEO
Author, Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder
After recovering from a ten-year-long battle with various eating disorders, Johanna founded The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since its inception in 2000, The Alliance has brought information and awareness about eating disorders to more than 290,000 individuals nationally and internationally. In addition, Johanna runs free weekly support groups, mentors individuals with eating disorders and their families through their treatment and recovery, and helps thousands of people gain information and find the help they need.  As a passionate advocate for mental health and eaitng disorders legislation, Johanna was has spent a lot of time meeting with numerous members of Congress, and was part of the first-ever Eating Disorder Roundtable at the White House.  
 
Johanna is the immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition, member of the Academy for Eating Disorders Advisory Board, founding board member of the Eating Disorders Activist Network, and a member of the Eating Disorders Leadership Summit. She is an active participant in National Eating Disorders Awareness Month.  She has received many awards for her ongoing outreach and advocacy work, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service© and Harlequin Enterprises' More Than Words Award.  Johanna has appeared on national television programs including NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, and profiled in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Glamour Magazine. 
 
Johanna's book, Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder, was released by Harlequin Nonfiction in September of 2010. Success to Johanna means helping even one person avoid traveling down the same road she did and continuing to use her voice in the fight against eating disorders.
 

Joann Hendelman, PhD, RN, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN, Clinical Director
Dr. Joann Hendelman is the Clinical Director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness.  She is in the process of designing an outpatient treatment program to treat people with eating disorders to be staffed by Postdoctoral Fellows under the auspices of The Alliance.  She also maintains a private practice in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Dr. Hendelman wrote a book chapter "Eating Disorders:  A Maladaptive Coping Mechanism," in Stress in the Modern World, 2017.  
 
Dr. Hendelman has spoken on many areas of eating disorders to professional and lay audiences nationally and internationally.  Dr. Hendelman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Registered Nurse.  Dr. Hendelman is a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders (FAED).  She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Nurse (CEDRN) and an iaedp Approved Supervisor for those seeking certification.  Dr. Hendelman has been working in the field of eating disorders since 1973.  She is former Clinical Director of the Saint Francis Medical Center Eating Disorders Program, Peoria, Illinois.   She is Former Psychology Department Chair Saint Mary's Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.  Dr. Hendelman received her PhD from Cornell University, her MA from Wayne State University and her BSN from University of Michigan.

 

To email Dr. Hendelman, jhendelman@allianceforeatingdisorders.com


Sharon Glynn, LPN, Director of Programming
After a rewarding career as Vice President and Manager of the Legal Department for AllianceBernstein Investment Management in New York, Sharon and her family relocated to South Florida in 2001.  Soon after, she returned to school to study Nursing and in 2004 became licensed by The Florida Board of Nursing.
 
As the Director of Programming for The Alliance, she schedules and presents information regarding eating disorders, body image, and self-esteem to middle schools, high schools, colleges/universities throughout the state. In addition, Sharon presents on a variety of issues related to eating disorders targeted to staff at community agencies, county facilities, healthcare sites, and treatment facilities. Sharon offers referral assistance to patients and families seeking treatment centers, therapists, nutritionists, and medical doctors treating eating disorders.  She conducts individual peer support and co-facilitates a weekly Support Group for female adolescents ages 14-18. 
 
Marketing the many community services of The Alliance and networking with other healthcare professionals, in the mental health arena and in the community-at-large, is another area of her responsibility as the Director of Programming.  Sharon has a major role in the update and publication of our Florida Eating Disorders Treatment Provider Referral Guide and U.S. Eating Disorders Treatment Referral Guide.  
 
She continues to display an unbridled passion for her work and is a voice for the spirit of hope and recovery.

 

To email Sharon, sglynn@allianceforeatingdisorders.com



Colleen Phillips, MEd, Development Coordinator
Colleen Phillips, a native of Columbus, Ohio received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. While obtaining her degree, she became fascinated with the field of eating disorders while taking a lifespan nutrition class. Upon graduation, she worked as a dietetic technician at various hospitals performing nutritional assessments of patients under the registered dietitian. She then realized that instead of treating patients on a case-by-case basis, she would like to reach a wider population and returned to school.  She obtained her Masters of Health Education degree with a concentration of Eating Disorders from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  As part of her graduate school curriculum, she volunteered at The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness where she began her advocacy work in July 2014.  She loved the experience so much that she permanently moved to South Florida to become involved with the organization full time.  As Development Coordinator with the organization, Colleen is responsible for all grant opportunities The Alliance is eligible for, as well as, coordinating all fundraising events.  Colleen effectively maintains relationships with current donors of the organization, and cultivates potential supporters of our mission.   
 
In her spare time, she loves watching college football with her favorite team being The Ohio State Buckeyes, playing with her boxer dog named Brutus, traveling, and advocating for change in the eating disorder field.
 


Liz Motta, MSEd, RMHCI, Program Coordinator
Liz Motta received her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami and is currently working as a Florida Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. While studying at UM, she completed her clinical practicum at the University of Miami's Institute for Individual and Family Counseling as well as Florida International University's Counseling and Psychological Services Center where she provided individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. Liz has worked as both a Clinical Recovery Coach and a Primary Therapist at Oliver Pyatt-Centers in South Miami, a comprehensive eating disorder treatment center for women working to overcome eating disorders and other co-morbid diagnoses. After relocating back to Palm Beach County in 2016, Liz worked as the Integrated Care Specialist with the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County. 
 
Liz is thrilled to be joining the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness as a full-time staff member. Her involvement with the Alliance began in 2011 when she was an intern. Over the years, Liz has volunteered at the annual celebrating everyBODY walk, participated in various events and fundraisers and traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress for continued awareness, funding and research for eating disorders. Liz also continues to co-facilitate Saturday morning support groups at the Alliance on a rotating basis. Her professional experience includes crisis intervention, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy, parent coaching, assessment and screening, utilization review, community outreach and advocacy. Liz is passionate about the mission of spreading eating disorder awareness with the goal to eliminate associated stigma. Above all else, Liz hopes to serve as an advocate for individuals on their path to recovery while providing education on the importance of eating disorder awareness, prevention, early intervention and the promotion of positive body image.
 
 


Bethany Cohen, MFA, Administrative/Technology Assistant
Bethany Cohen, having been born in Texas, grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Alfred University's New York School of Ceramics. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree, also in Ceramics, from Florida Atlantic University, after which she chose to make Florida her permanent home. 
 
While attending FAU, in 2007, Bethany learned about The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness through her therapist, who initially required her to attend the support group for recovery from her eating disorder. After the first mandated group, however, she voluntarily continued to attend regular support groups and began volunteering with The Alliance, both in the office and assisting with events and fundraisers. She has joined The Alliance on several trips to Washington D.C. for Lobby Day, helping to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for fair access to treatment through insurance companies. 
 
Bethany is the new Administrative/Technology Assistant for the Alliance. She brings to that position a breadth of experience in office administration with a not-for-profit religious organization, FAU, and professional firms. She is excited about her recently broadened affiliation with the team and hopes it will allow her to help provide education and support to the community. When she is not at The Alliance, Bethany can be found either at work in her home-based ceramics studio or simply chilling with her menagerie of fur babies.
 
 


 
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