Our Team

Johanna Kandel

Founder and CEO

Joann Hendelman, PhD, RN, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN

Clinical Director

Sharon Glynn, LPN

Director of Operations

Catherine Herman, MBA

Director of Development

Liz Motta, MSEd

Program Coordinator

Sarea Foley

Events and Community Partnerships Coordinator

Bethany Cohen, MFA

Administrative / Technology Assistant

Laurie Yurchuck

FindEDhelp Project Coordinator

Mark R Kruntorad, MA, LMFT

Training Supervisor

Elizabeth Gleyzer, PsyD, MA

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Allison Weiser, PsyD, MS

Post-Doctoral Fellow

After recovering from a ten-year-long battle with various eating disorders, Johanna founded The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. Since its inception in 2000, The Alliance has brought information and awareness about eating disorders to more than 300,000 individuals nationally and internationally. In addition, Johanna runs free weekly support groups, mentors individuals with eating disorders and their families, 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, and a member of the Eating Disorders Leadership Summit. She has received many awards 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 2010.

CLICK HERE to email Johanna.

Dr. Joann Hendelman is the Clinical Director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. She is also Clinical Director of The Alliance Psychological Services which provides therapy for those who are uninsured or underinsured, those who historically have not had access to care. The program is staffed by Postdoctoral Fellows under Dr. Hendelman’s supervision. Dr. Hendelman also trains and supervises Alliance Support Group Facilitators  and groups that are currently held across the country.

Dr. Hendelman is author of “Eating Disorders: A Maladaptive Coping Mechanism,” in Stress in the Modern World, published 2017. Dr. Hendelman has spoken on many areas of eating disorders to professional and lay audiences nationally and internationally since 1981.

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 Disorders Specialist (CEDS), a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Nurse (CEDRN) and an iaedp Approved Supervisor for those seeking certification. Dr. Hendelman maintains a private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

CLICK HERE to contact Dr. Hendelman.

After a rewarding career as Vice President and Manager of the Legal Department for Alliance Bernstein Investment Management in New York, Sharon relocated to South Florida in 2001. 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. Sharon spoke on a variety of issues related to eating disorders targeted to staff at community agencies, county facilities, healthcare sites, and treatment facilities. She offered referral assistance to patients and families seeking treatment options for themselves and/or loved ones. Sharon conducted individual peer support and co-facilitated a weekly Support Group for Adolescents ages 13-18. Sharon was responsible for directing our intern, field study, and volunteer programs.

Promoted to Director of Operations in November 2017, Sharon provides oversight for our programming efforts nationwide. While still keeping some of the above responsibilities, she now manages the day-to-day operations of our growing organization. Her focus on our mission, professionalism, expertise in the field of eating disorders, and overall passion for her work are exemplary. She is a valued team member.

CLICK HERE to contact Sharon.

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 Pennsylvania State University, Catherine began her career with Deloitte Consulting. At Deloitte, Catherine worked with media and retail organizations and pro bono community projects.

Realizing that helping those often overlooked in our communities needed to be her full-time focus, Catherine switched roles and began independent consulting for nonprofits, focusing on strategy, fundraising, and development. Catherine completed her MBA from Harvard Business School, and joined The Alliance as she was moved by the impact, growth opportunities, and incredible team driving the organization forward.

Working at The Alliance is much more than a career to Catherine, as she personally struggled herself, and knows firsthand that a life in complete recovery is possible – she has made it her mission to create hope and connect others with resources for recovery.

Catherine is originally from Bethesda, Maryland and now splits her time between the Northeast and South Florida. Outside of The Alliance, you can always find Catherine and her husband, Alex, watching a Penn State football game or out playing catch with their chocolate lab, Farley.

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Liz Motta received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami in 2014. While studying at UM, she completed her clinical practicum at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling as well as Florida International University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center where she provided individual counseling to adolescents and adults. Liz worked as both a Clinical Recovery Coach and a Primary Therapist at Oliver Pyatt-Centers in Miami, an eating disorder treatment center for women. She also worked as the Integrated Care Specialist with the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County where she coordinated care for children ages 5 to 18 and facilitated mental health screenings in pediatricians’ offices countywide.

Liz joined The Alliance team in June 2017. As the Program Coordinator, Liz regularly speaks with individuals and loved ones to offer support and connect them to eating disorder treatment nationwide. She is frequently in the community, delivering educational presentations to students, educators, and professionals. Liz also co-facilitates Saturday morning support groups.

Liz hopes to serve as an advocate for individuals on their path to recovery while providing education on the importance of eating disorder awareness, early intervention and the promotion of positive body image.

CLICK HERE to contact Liz.

Sarea Foley graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Communication Studies, a minor in Human Relations, and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Marketing & Management. Sarea fell in love with event coordination while completing her collegiate internships. She has continued to be involved with event coordination in the social and corporate world since. Prior to moving to Florida, Sarea was an active community member in her hometown through coaching dance teams, from high school to the semi-professional level, and volunteering her time coordinating events for marginalized families. Sarea thoroughly enjoys building community partnerships and advocating for organizations.

After moving to Florida in 2017, Sarea continued her passion in the events sphere by working in the sales department at PGA National Resort & Spa. When the opportunity at The Alliance presented itself, Sarea was drawn to the mission and culture of The Alliance as they directly aligned with her own. Sarea strives to be an agent of change and positively impact people’s lives and she knew The Alliance was the place to continue her journey with these goals. She is beyond excited to combine her passion for events and community partnerships with her passion for self-love and mental health awareness.

Sarea was born in Olean, New York and was afforded the opportunity to reside in numerous states ranging from the East Coast to Hawaii. Prior to moving to Florida, Sarea resided in Iowa for 12 years. She is now proud to call Palm Beach Gardens home. You will often find Sarea and her husband relaxing by the beach with their dog in their free time.

CLICK HERE to email Sarea.

Bethany earned 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 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. Bethany is the 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. 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.

CLICK HERE to contact Bethany.

Born and raised in South Florida, Laurie has always been passionate about helping others. She began volunteering at The Alliance after attending support groups in high school. After volunteering for a while, she was offered an internship. She interned for about 2 years and now, as a rising junior at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University, she has taken on a part-time role as Project Coordinator. She helps manage, The Alliance’s interactive referral website.

At school, she is majoring in psychology and plans to go on to get her doctorate in psychology. When she’s not working, you can probably find her playing with Annabelle (Johanna’s adorable little daughter).

CLICK HERE to contact Laurie.

Mark Kruntorad is the Training Supervisor for Psychological Services of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. He brings with him over thirty years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders work and marriage and family therapy. Mark is also a licensed supervisor for the state of Florida. He has been supervising and training future psychotherapists for over twenty-five years.

Mark received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Covenant College and his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary.

Mark is a native Floridian, but you will find him hiking in the mountains at every opportunity.

Dr. Elizabeth Gleyzer earned her Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston University. Elizabeth completed an APA internship at the Goodman Psychological Services Center at Albizu University Miami Campus. Her experience and interest in prevention and treatment of eating disorders has evolved during her practicum training at the Walden Behavioral Care PHP/IOP program and as a Community Residence Counselor at McLean Hospital’s residential eating disorder treatment program. Elizabeth has gained experience in Health Psychology at UMass Medical Center and in working with young adults at a college counseling center in Central Massachusetts. In addition to eating concerns, Elizabeth strives to provide a non-judgmental space for clients to work on their individual goals and aims to be a gentle, motivating, and guiding force along the way.

CLICK HERE to contact Dr. Gleyzer

Dr. Allison Weiser earned her Masters and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University at Albany. Dr. Weiser completed an APA accredited internship at Nova Southeastern University’s Psychology Services Center. She has gained experience in providing evidence-based psychotherapies and administering psychological evaluations to a wide-range of diverse individuals and families across the lifespan. Dr. Weiser’s passion for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders was solidified during her training at a South Florida hospital, where she worked as a member of the multidisciplinary eating disorders treatment team. She provided inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy and consultation-liaison services to individuals diagnosed with eating disorders and their families. Dr. Weiser also has a special interest and specialized training in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Overall, Dr. Weiser aims to empower her clients and to promote personal growth by providing a safe, supportive, and collaborative therapeutic environment.

CLICK HERE to contact Dr. Weiser.

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