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The ASDAH Board of Directors is chosen by member vote. Elections are held annually; the President, Vice President, Equity Ambassador, 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.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, or have any comments or questions, please click here or contact us at email@sizediversityandhealth.org.

Board of Directors (as of July 1, 2019)
President (2019-20) Ducky Jones 
President Elect (2019-20) Melissa Granovsky 
Equity Ambassador (2018-20) Joy Cox
Secretary (2019-21) Ani Janzen
Treasurer (2019-21) Kimmie Singh
Membership (2018-2020) Jessica Zupan
At Large (2019-20) Neathery Thurmond
At Large (2019-20) Melissa Carmona 
At Large (2019-20) Vacant

 

Leadership Team

Past President (2019-20) Carmen Cool
All board members
All committee chairs  

 

Committee Chairs
Conference Planning Committee Chair: Ani Janzen
Education & Blog Committee Chair
: Chelsea Fielder-Jenks
Blog Coordinator: Erin Harrop
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair: Joy Cox
Marketing & Social Media Chair: Alysha Groghan 
Membership Committee Chair: Jessica Zupan 
Website Committee Chair:
Kimmie Singh


Advisory Board
LisaMarie Alatorre - Facilitator
Marcella Raimondo
Ducky Jones
Joy Cox - Equity Ambassador
Melissa Granovsky - Board Liaison 

 


BIOS:

 

Melissa Carmona, MS, LPCA, NCC, Member-at-Large, is a bilingual Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her experience as a counselor includes helping people heal from eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma.. She works through a HAES® and Intuitive Eating lens, which has allowed her to view other aspects of our identities through that same lens as well.  Being the daughter of immigrants, growing up in Colombia (South America), and having Latinx roots are an essential part of what shaped the route of her career, including her continuous work with immigrants, and helping them adjust to the new country, the political climate, and the many ways in which oppression can have an impact in the relationship with their bodies and food. Melissa is Fluent in Spanish.
 
Carmen Cool, Past President, is a psychotherapist, certified Hakomi therapist, educator, speaker, and activist.  She has been a weight-inclusive therapist for 19 years, helping people heal their relationships with food and their bodies. She’s also started and run a nonprofit, created youth programs, and speaks internationally on Health At Every Size ®, weight stigma, and eating disorder prevention.  Her work is focused on dismantling diet culture, bridging activism and therapy, and supporting the next generation of body liberation leaders.   She is the past Board President of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, was named “Most Inspiring Individual” in Boulder, Colorado and was the recipient of the Excellence in Eating Disorder Advocacy Award in Washington, DC

 

Dr. Joy Cox, PhD, Equity Ambassador & Inclusiveness Committee Chair, is a body advocate and social science researcher studying the impacts of identity, social movements and social change. By using qualitative research methods, she seeks answers to questions around identification, organizational identity practices, and political action outcomes. Her dissertation was 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 also hosts the fat-positive podcast, Fresh Out the Cocoon, giving a platform to fat Black women and femmes excelling in life and social activism, shining a light on a demographic all too often overlooked within the fat acceptance movement. 

 
Melissa Granovsky, President Elect, is an educator, a body-positive burlesque performer and student in the Masters of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University. Her research is focussed on resilience and fostering resilience-raising strategies through the process of art-creation using a feminist and critical lens. Melissa identifies as fat, queer, feminist, and neurodivergent and understands first-hand the trials and tribulations folks face due to discrimination. She want to be a part of the body-positive movement in order to raise awareness and create safe community spaces. 
  
Alysha Groghan, BS-NDTR, Social Media Committee Chair, Alysha is a diversity and body positive advocate who has a lifetime of experience in providing food access and nutrition education in metropolitan areas. She has spent her career working with youth, and encouraging their positive relationship with food, through classes, presentations, and cooking demonstrations.  Alysha has a BS in Dietetics and is pursuing a Masters in Behavioral health and her Registered Dietitian (RDN) credentials. As a person who identifies as a biracial, larger bodied, health professional, Alysha understands that her identity can help inspire those to speak their truth, and combat oppression of less privileged bodies. She is passionate about equality and believes that representation of the HAES principles in media, is necessary to the progress of ending weight bias and other negatively imposed ”-isms” around the world.

 

 

Erin Harrop, MSW, Blog Coordinator, 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.

 

 

Ani Janzen, BSc, Member At-Large, is a fat activist and Health at Every Size® advocate in Minneapolis, MN. She is the proud co-founder and co-admin of the fat liberation group, Twin Cities Fat Community, which works to connect fat people through community and activism. She recently founded the Radical Health Alliance, a nonprofit with the mission of championing the multidimensional and weight-inclusive health of fat people in Minnesota. Through education, support, and advocacy, we strive to eliminate weight bias, increase access to health services, and protect people from weight discrimination. Ani has a BS in Dietetics and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health Nutrition and her Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentials. As a fat person and health professional, Ani is most passionate about the intersection of access to healthcare and fat rights. She believes that fat liberation and HAES, though they are different perspectives that aren't always used in conjunction, are both necessary to effectively create equitable healthcare for fat people.

 

Ducky Jones, President, I am a 38 year old multiracial Black and Latinx, intersex, queer non-binary activist for the low income, disabled, LGBTQIA+, undocumented communities. Some of my personal interests include writing poetry and dancing. I hope to be able to create my own zines and chapbooks soon. Eating disorders and body image is on the top of the list that try my best to advocate for. I am Mx DTLA PROUD 2017 and part of the Los Angeles and Hollywood Imperial Court and candidate of Miss and Mx Quest 2016, 2017, and 2018. I currently am involved as a Co-Founder of the disability justice organization Los Angeles Spoonie Collective (https://www.facebook.com/LASpoonyCollective/) and Trans Singing, planning committee member of the longest LGBTQIA open mic in Los Angeles, OutSpoken Sessions (https://www.facebook.com/OUTspokenSessions/). I am my own motivation for my involvement in disability justice work, because the change I advocate for personally affects me as a chronically ill, disabled, and neurodivergent person. As a disabled person, I want to assure that our gaps in access are attended to, and that our collective voice is heard. I feel most fulfilled when I am able to educate communities on disability justice and allyship whether it be inside schools, businesses, or organizations through my poetry, writing, spoken word, and Raps. 

 

Kimmie Singh, Treasurer, is a fat Registered Dietitian based in New York City. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Physics from St. John’s University, her Master of Science in Nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her Dietetic Internship from The City University of New York-Hunter College. Kimmie is an associate at LK Nutrition, a Health at Every Size private practice that supports clients with eating disorders and disordered eating heal their relationships with food and body. Kimmie's approach is shaped by her commitment to anti-oppressive practices. She also presents and consults on weight stigma in eating disorder treatment, dietetics, and dietetics training. Kimmie is a believer in kindness, compassion, and the power of advocacy. 
 

Neathery Thurmond, Member-at-Large (she/her) is a queer, half Mexican licensed clinical social worker, board approved supervisor, certified group psychotherapist, and certified meditation teacher practicing in Austin, TX. She is trained in EMDR and specializes in treating eating disorders and intersectionality, body image, trauma, substance use, and has a special interest in serving LGBTQ+ communities. Neathery is a relational, attachment based therapist providing all services from a HAES approach and weaves meditation and mindfulness practices into her clinical work. Neathery is also the owner of a HAES informed group practice, is the President of Central Texas Eating Disorder Specialists, and is on the board of Austin Group Psychotherapy Society. She is staunchly non-diet and is a firm believer that in promoting body liberation we must also work to dismantle oppressive systems. For self care, Neathery enjoys listening to podcasts, yoga and meditation, hiking, starting and never finishing books, traveling, and snuggling with her pups. 

 

Jessica Zupan, RD, CDE, Membership Director is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator that works with clients in a Diabetes program. Working in a predominantly weight biased field, she is determined to teach colleagues how to practice within a HAES framework. To disseminate weight bias in the area of diabetes and nutrition, Jessica co-created and implemented a HAES-based psychoeducation program for people living with diabetes. She is now working on sharing this program with other health care providers across Ontario so that more health teams can learn how to adopt HAES principles into their practice.

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