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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.

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Board of Directors (as of July 1, 2018)
President (2017-19) Julie Seale
Vice President (2017-19) Jen Henretty
Equity Ambassador (2018-20) Joy Cox
Secretary (2018-19) Maria Ricupero
Treasurer (2018-19) Sarah Pannell
Membership (2018-2019) Jessica Zupan
At Large (2018-19) Ani Janzen
At Large (2018-19) Mikalina Kirkpatrick
At Large (2018-19) Kimberly Singh

Committee Chairs
Conference Planning Committee Chair: Mikalina Kirkpatrick & Anne Cuthbert
Education & Blog Committee Chair
:  Kerry Kirsch
Blog Coordinator: Erin Harrop
Inclusiveness Committee Chair: Joy Cox
Marketing & Social Media Chair: Lori Short-Zamudio
Membership Committee Chair: Jessica Zupan




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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


Mikalina Kirkpatrick Member at Large, is also 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.


Kerry Kirsch, Education Committee Chair, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has a private practice working with clients in the greater Seattle, WA area. She was introduced to HAES® over 10 years ago and continues to broaden her therapeutic work with clients through the intersectionality of HAES® and eating disorder recovery. Kerry has been working with clients in eating disorder treatment programs over the past 4 years and was a former Program Director. Kerry has also created therapeutic dance movement groups from a HAES® perspective to address size bias and provide the opportunity for embodiment of one’s story and body for all body sizes.


Sarah Pannell, MS, LMFT, Treasurer, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in and owner of Whole Embodied Psychotherapy, Inc in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah specializes in the treatment of anxiety, trauma and eating disorders. Alongside her clinical practice, Sarah is passionate about raising awareness about the prevalence of eating disorders across all populations. Sarah has assisted in creating presentations and curriculum for students (pre-school through college), parents, school counselors, coaches and trainers, medical professionals and fellow clinicians. Sarah is passionate about de-stigmatizing struggles with food and body image, widening the lens to include societal and systemic factors that influence the development of disordered eating and body image concerns and advocating for HAES and trauma-informed care in all treatment settings.


Maria Ricupero, Secretary, is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who currently works as a Practice Leader in Endocrine and Mental Health at UHN in Toronto. She has a Master of Health Science degree in Nutrition Communication from Ryerson where she has taught as a contract lecturer. Maria makes a personal commitment to disseminate the HAES® message and raise awareness around weight bias by presenting locally and internationally at professional conferences and delivering workshops to students and colleagues. Maria has been an ASDAH member since 2013 and is enthusiastic about joining the leadership team as Secretary for 2018-2019.


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 weight-inclusive approach to changing their eating habits.


Lori Short-Zamudio, Social Media and Marketing Committee Chair, is a Registered Dietitian with over 10 years experience working with clients with eating disorders, Type 1 diabetes and various GI issues. Having learned about Health at Every Size (R) fairly early in her career Lori has taken this approach in work. Over this time Lori has shaped her work to have a Health at Every Size (R) focus and works to assist clients in restoring their relationship with food and exercise. Lori also works with individuals to become more body positive in their daily lives. Lori teaches at the College level at a large school in the Toronto area where she shares the HAES philosophy and non-diet approach with her students and co workers. Lori blogs and has recently started recording a podcast in the hopes of spreading this message further into the public.


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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