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 160,000 middle school, high school, and college students 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 currently the Board Preseident of the Eating Disorders Coalition, Florida state leader for NEDA’s STAR program, founding board member of the Eating Disorders Activist Network, and board member/Expert Advisory Committee member of GirlFuture, a website dedicated to educating and empowering girls ages 9 to 15. She is an active participant in National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, has received many awards for her ongoing outreach and advocacy work, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service©, MLB/People Magazine All Stars Among Us Finalist and Harlequin Enterprises’ More Than Words Award, and has appeared on national television programs including NBC Nightly News and The Today Show.
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, Clinical Director
Dr. Joann Hendelman is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She is the Clincal Director for The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, and formerly served as Chief, Department of Psychology for St. Mary’s and Good Samaritan Medical Centers. Dr. Hendelman is also a Registered Nurse, a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, and a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist.
Dr. Hendelman arrived in Florida in 1988 when she was hired to develop an Outpatient Eating Disorders Program at Lake Hospital in Lake Worth. She started her private practice in 1989 specializing in eating disorders and adolescence as well as other therapeutic issues. Dr. Hendelman has worked in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 35 years and is recognized as a leader in the treatment of the disease in South Florida. She has spoken internationally on eating disorders and other topics.
Dr. Hendelman attended The University of Michigan where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. She received her Masters Degree in Clinical and School Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, and her doctorate from Cornell University.
Sharon Glynn, LPN, Director of Programming
Sharon was born and raised in New York City, NY. She was previously employed at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. Investment Management where she served as a Vice President of the firm and Manager of the Legal Department.
Sharon and her family moved to Wellington, FL in 2001. It was her desire to pursue another avenue in life – her true passion - nursing. Sharon returned to school and received her license as a practical nurse in 2004 from Palm Beach State College. It is here that she continues her studies in the field of Science.
Sharon has held various positions in the medical field, both in direct patient care and administration. Her primary focus has always been patient education and advocacy issues.
Prior to joining the staff of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, Sharon was a valued volunteer with us. As a member of our staff, she had a major role in the compilation and publication of our Florida Eating Disorders Treatment Provider Referral Guide and U.S. Eating Disorders Treatment Referral Guide. Sharon coordinates our Lunch and Learn programs, co-facilitates support groups, presents to all academic/professional levels on the topic of Eating Disorders, and directs our volunteer program. She displays an unbridled enthusiasm to aid our cause and be a voice for the spirit of hope and recovery.
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Mary Duffy, Intern
Mary was born in South Florida but moved to Connecticut when she was eight years old. A lover of warm weather, she returns to Florida whenever she gets the chance. She began volunteering with The Alliance in 2012 and joined the Junior Advisory Committee soon afterwards. She has a passion for eating disorders education, research, and recovery. She comes to The Alliance with experience conducting public education programs from her time working at a wildlife hospital and sanctuary. Mary is currently studying psychology and dietetics at the University of Saint Joseph where she is a member of the Honors Council. In her free time, she enjoys reading, especially memoirs and historical fiction. In addition to her other accomplishments, she is a black belt in tae kwon do and a certified level two reiki practitioner.
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Julia Morpurgo, Creative Director
Julia is a longtime advocate of positive body image and self esteem. She is a recent New York University graduate, with a focus in journalism and media studies, and has been trained in graphic design at Parsons The New School of Design. Ms. Morpurgo has also worked for a number of women's magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Marie Claire and Vanity Fair, and and freelances as an editor, writer and graphic designer.
As Creative Director, she headed The Alliance’s 10-Year Anniversary redesign campaign, art directed both the Florida Eating Disorder Referral Guide and the US Treatment Center Referral Guide, modeled in the annual re(Define) (Real)ity ™ Fashion Shows, and designed the Confidence is Beauty Campaign.
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