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The ASDAH Board of Directors is chosen by member vote. Elections are held annually; the President, Vice President, Vice President International, Treasurer, and Membership Director all serve two-year terms, while the remaining positions serve one-year terms. Any full voting member of ASDAH is eligible to run for office. Committee Chairs are identified by the elected board and committee members are drawn from the general membership. The elected board and committee chairs function as the ASDAH Leadership Team and meet via conference call on a monthly basis, or as needed. Click here for a description of the duties and term limits of the Elected Board of Directors.


The Nominations and Election Committee will be appointed by the Board prior to any election and shall consist of active members who are not running for office.

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Board of Directors (as of July 1, 2017)
President (2017-19) Julie Seale
Vice President (2017-19) Jen Henretty
Vice President, International (2016-18) Fiona Willer
Secretary (2017-18) Erin Harrop
Treasurer (2017-19) Rebecca Scritchfield
Membership (2017-19) Kerry Beake
At Large (2017-18) Fi Sutherland
At Large (2017-18) Christy Harrison
At Large (2017-18) Jamie Atkins

Committee Chairs
Conference Planning Committee Chair: Mikalina Kirkpatrick & Anne Cuthbert
Education & Blog Committee Chair
:  Kerry Kirsch
Inclusiveness Committee Chair: Joy Cox
Marketing & Social Media Chair: Andrea LaMarre
Membership Committee Chair: Kerry Beake



Jamie Atkins RD, CEDRD, At-Large, is the Director of Adult Dietary Programs at Center for Discovery, and is passionate about helping people meet their nutritional needs, using the non-diet approach, without losing sight of the social and emotional value of food. Jamie is a Licensed Body Positive Facilitator and is an advocate for putting an end to weight stigma while spreading the message of size acceptance through speaking publicly on the topic across the country. She has also spoken on other various topics related to eating disorders at the national and international level, in both community and professional settings. Jamie believes one of the most important steps in helping a someone on the path to health is meeting them where they are, in order to support them in building a life they can see for themselves, bringing together mind, body, and soul.


Kerry Beake BSc., Membership Director, is a nutritionist and dietitian-to-be from Western Australia. She is a passionate proponent of the HAES® principles since 2006. She is a contract lecturer in a private college teaching across the nutrition, biosciences and social sciences units. Kerry loves bringing to life the HAES® and Non-Diet approach to health sharing that message with her students, clients and community through her teaching, talks, workshops and small private practice. Kerry is passionate about creating connected and inclusive communities that embrace social justice and equity. She is a founding member of HAES® Australia.


Joy Cox, Inclusiveness Committee Chair, is a current doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at Rutgers University, studying the impacts of identity and social change. By using qualitative research methods, she seeks answers to questions around identification, organizational identity practices, and political action outcomes. Her dissertation is currently centered on the Fat Liberation Movement and its progress in society through the utilization of social media, the implementation of space for intersectional identities, and action towards change in public policy. Additionally, Joy investigates the lived experiences of marginalized groups and communities on the fringes of society fighting for justice and equality.  


Anne Cuthbert, MA, LPC, LMHC is a Licensed Counselor and works with clients in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. She has been providing individual and group counseling to clients with eating disorders for over 16 years. Her favorite ways to support others is through her intensive body image weekend workshops. Anne has developed online classes and is about to publish a book on taking real steps to improve one’s relationship with food as well as to uncovering and healing the underlying emotional issues that lead to disordered eating patterns.


Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN, At-Large, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor based in Brooklyn, NY. She offers online intuitive eating courses and private intuitive eating coaching to help people make peace with food and their bodies. Since 2013 Christy has hosted Food Psych, a podcast exploring people's relationships with food and paths to body positivity. It is now #1 on the iTunes charts for intuitive eating and Health at Every Size, and is one of the top 100 podcasts in the Health category. Christy began her career as a journalist in 2003, and has written for and edited major publications including Gourmet, The Food Network, Refinery29, Slate, BuzzFeed, Modernist Cuisine, AllRecipes, and many others.


Erin Harrop, MSW, Secretary, is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Washington School of Social work. In addition, she works as a medical social worker at Seattle Children's Hospital. Erin co-founded the UW student group SWAG: Sizeism, Weightism Advocacy group, which is a student led organization focused on addressing size- and weight-based discrimination, building positive body image, and promoting awareness of body image issues and eating disorders in the community. Her dissertation research focuses on higher weight eating disorders (specifically, atypical anorexia), and she approaches this research through a critical feminist and HAES®-based lens.


Dr. Jen Henretty, Vice President, a licensed clinical psychologist, has been working with folks with eating disorders for 15 years. She has authored multiple publications, in such journals as the International Journal of Eating Disorders and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. Passionate about size acceptance, Health At Every Size®, and intersectionality, Jen serves on the Inclusiveness Committee of ASDAH and the Size Acceptance caucus of the Association of Women in Psychology (AWP); volunteers at her local LGBTQIA center; and has spoken at local, national, and international gatherings, spreading the message of HAES. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) and the Immediate Past President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp); is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA); and has practiced as an eating disorder therapist, Program Director, and the Director of Outcomes & Research for Center For Discovery.


Andrea LaMarre, MSc., Marketing Chair, is a PhD candidate and Vanier Doctoral Scholar (CIHR) at the University of Guelph in Canada. In her work, she explores eating disorder recovery through a social justice lens, using qualitative and arts-based approaches to understand how to make eating disorder recovery accessible to more diverse individuals. She is also an eating disorder activist, passionate about facilitating more inclusive healthcare and respect for bodily diversity along all lines, including but not limited to size locally, nationally, and internationally. She is committed to translating research knowledge into practice by blogging at Science of Eating Disorders, where she has published over 70 posts.


Mikalina Kirkpatrick is the co-chair of the ASDAH 2018 conference. She's certified by the Be Nourished Training Institute as a Body Trust® Provider. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Portland State University with a BS in Women's Studies in 2017, with a self-study specialization in Fat Studies. Mikalina works with individuals and leads a weekly workshop on the Body Trust paradigm.


Julie Seale, RD, President, is a Registered Dietitian at a Family Heath Team in Toronto, Ontario. She was first introduced to the concept of HAES® in 2012 and has made it her mission to spread the word of HAES® to her colleagues, friends and family (which she also does through her social media platform). In 2015, Julie started her part-time private practice, which provides clients with a non-diet approach to changing their eating habits.


Fiona Sutherland, At-Large, is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Yoga Teacher from Melbourne Australia, Director of Body Positive Australia and The Mindful Dietitian. Fiona is active in the training, education and therapy spaces, providing workshops and online courses to health professionals and is a specialist in Mindful Eating, Eating Disorders and Intuitive Eating Approaches. Fiona is currently on the Executive Committee of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders and on the Advisory Board of HAES Australia.


Fiona Willer, Vice President International: is an Accredited Practising Dietitian in Australia. She is the author of 'The Non-Diet Approach Guidebook for Dietitians' and co-author of 'The Non-Diet Approach Guidebook for Psychologists and Counsellors' with Clinical Psychologist (and fellow ASDAH board member!) Louise Adams.  Fiona advocates strongly for widespread adoption of HAES principles in health care practice through her business 'Health, Not Diets' which provides online and face-to-face non-diet approach training for health and fitness professionals.  Fiona is also completing a PhD investigating the integration and effect of weight neutral practice in the profession of dietetics.

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