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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 235,000 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, helps thousands of people gain information and find the help they need, and advocates for legislation on the local, state, and national levels.


She is the current 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 Expert Advisory Committee member for Girl Future. 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 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.


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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 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.


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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.  
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.

Matthew Murray, Program Coordinator
Matthew is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and minors in women's studies and sociology. During his undergraduate studies, Matthew served as a Mental Health Connections Specialist and Certified Guardian Advocate for the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. As Program Coordinator for The Alliance, he continues to provide referral assistance to individuals and families needing information, resources, and support.
Matthew is also responsible for community outreach and education through exhibits at health fairs, conferences, etc. and targeted presentations that provide information on eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, and more. In addition, he assists with organizing and managing community networking, training, and fundraising events among other operational and administrative duties.
Matthew is passionate about and dedicated to removing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to care. 

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