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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 eating disorders legislation, Johanna 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.


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Sharon Glynn, LPN, Director of Operations
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 from October, 2010 to November, 2017, she scheduled and presented information to middle schools, high schools, colleges/universities. In addition, Sharon presented on a variety of issues related to eating disorders targeted to staff at community agencies, county facilities, healthcare sites, and treatment facilities. Sharon offered referral assistance to patients and families seeking treatment centers, therapists, nutritionists, and medical doctors treating eating disorders.  She conducted individual peer support and co-facilitates a weekly Support Group for Adolescents ages 13-18.  Sharon was responsible for directing our intern, field study, and volunteer programs
With her promotion to Director of Operations as of November 2017, Sharon now provides oversight for all of our programming efforts nationwide.  Her role expanded to manage the day-to-day operations of our growing organization.  While scaling back on some former responsibilities in assuming this new role, Sharon will continue to focus on the mission of our organization and grow as a valued team member. Her professionalism, expertise in the field of eating disorders, and overall passion for her work are exemplary. 


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Catherine Herman, MBA, Director of Development
Catherine Herman has focused her career on helping organizations achieve transformative growth, both broadening their reach and impact. After receiving her B.S. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University, Catherine began her career with Deloitte Consulting.   At Deloitte, Catherine worked with large media and retail organizations, while also focusing on pro bono community projects.
Realizing that helping those often overlooked and underserved in our communities needed to be her full-time focus, Catherine switched roles and began independent consulting for non-profits, where she focused on fundraising and development.  After receiving her MBA from Harvard Business School, Catherine joined The Alliance team as the Director of Development.
Catherine is moved by the impact of The Alliance, growth opportunities, and incredible team driving the organization forward.  Having many individuals close to her battle with eating related issues, as well as a personal struggle herself in college, Catherine couldn't be happier to join the Alliance family.
Catherine is originally from Bethesda, Maryland and moved to West Palm Beach in 2017, where she lives with her husband and their chocolate lab, Farley.  If you don't catch her in the office, you can find her playing catch with the pup, out on the water, or simply enjoying a great Penn State football game in the fall.

Colleen Phillips, MEd, Fundraising 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 Fundraising Coordinator with the organization, Colleen coordinates all Alliance events, including our annual Celebrating everyBODY Walks.  She works closely with all Alliance committees, effectively communicates with donors, creates fundraising campaigns, and applies for grants.  Colleen maintains relationships with all sponsors of the organization, and cultivates potential new supporters of our mission.   
When she's not in the office, 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.

Bhritanie Jardine, PsyD, MA, Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Bhritanie Jardine earned her Masters and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, as well as a Bachelors degree in Psychology, from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Jardine also completed an APA accredited internship at Florida Atlantic University Counseling and Psychological Services. Her experience and interest in prevention and treatment of eating disorders has evolved during her training at two South Florida eating disorder treatment centers, and her position as a doctoral intern on the Eating Concerns Treatment Team at FAU. Bhritanie has gained experience at a community mental health center, Barry University Student Counseling Center, and an intensive behavioral program for children. In addition to eating concerns, Bhritanie strives to maintain a supportive and non-judgmental environment for clients to grow in their desired directions and gain self-acceptance along the way.


Alyssa Segal, PsyD, MA, Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Alyssa Segal obtained her Masters and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. She has worked with a wide range of clients through community mental health settings, a private practice for children, and a residential facility for women with eating disorders. She has experience in providing evidence based psychotherapies as well as psychological testing. Dr. Segal has a special interest in treating individuals with eating disorders, and therefore is thrilled to be a part of The Alliance team. She is also excited to join The Alliance in providing education to communities and professionals, in an effort to prevent and detect early signs of eating disorders. Dr. Segal utilizes a compassionate and collaborative approach with all of her clients. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys the outdoors.

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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