Leadership

ASDAH Leadership Team

The ASDAH Board of Directors is chosen by member vote. Elections are held annually; Vision & Strategy Leader, Projects & Operations Leader, 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. 

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, fill out our committee application, or if you have any comments or questions, contact us.

Board of Directors (2020-2021)

  • Vision & Strategy Leader (2020-2022)
    Veronica Garnett
  • Projects & Operations Leader (2020-2022)
    Kassandra Reyes
  • Equity Director (2020-2022) 
    Jaden Fields
  • Treasurer (2019-2021) 
    Kimmie Singh
  • Secretary (2019-2021) 
    Ani Janzen
  • Membership Director (2018-2020) 
    Kelsey Bigbee
  • At Large (2020-2021) 
    Misia Denéa
  • At Large (2020-2021) 
    Brie Scrivner
  • At Large (2020-2021) 
    Sue Relihan

Leadership Team

  • Past President (2019-2021)
    Carmen Cool
  • All Board Members
  • All Committee Chairs

Advisory Board

  • Lisa Marie Alatorre, Facilitator
  • Marcella Raimondo
  • Joy Cox
  • Shelby Gordon
  • JerVae Anthony

Committee Chairs

  • Education & Blog Committee Chair
    Chelsea Fielder-Jenks
  • Blog Coordinator
    Erin Ebert 
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair
    Jaden Fields
  • Marketing & Social Media Chair
    Alysha Groghan 
  • Membership Committee Chair
    Kelsey Bigbee

ASDAH Board of Directors Bios

Veronica Garnett headshot.Veronica is a Health at Every Size, fat positive, and culinary registered dietitian with 17 years of experience in the food and nutrition field. Over the span of her career, Veronica has worked in a variety of settings including community-based organizations and clinics in NYC, some of the largest hospital and educational networks in NJ, and even schools and churches in Senegal and Haiti. She has worked with some of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations, including people living with food insecurity, substance abuse and mental health issues, and chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, and eating disorders. Now she works in her private practice and consulting business supporting clients in fostering a healthy relationship with food and their bodies, as well as supporting professionals in providing multiculturally competent care. Veronica’s mission is to provide nutritional care that is culturally-sensitive, weight-inclusive, and grounded in social justice. Veronica received her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from Howard University, her master’s degree in nutrition education from Columbia University, and most recently, her associate’s degree in culinary arts from Hudson County Community College.

In addition to her private practice and consulting business, Veronica is the creator and host of Diasporadical Kitchen, a forthcoming online cooking show which aims to dismantle fatphobia, diet culture, and other oppressive systems using liberating conversations while celebrating foods from the African Diaspora. She is the founder of Black Adventuristas, an organization with a mission to support the well-being of Black women by connecting them to each other and adventure experiences in their local communities and beyond. Lastly, she is a plus-sized model for inclusive brands that are body-positive and affirming. 

When Veronica is not dietitian-ing, cooking delicious food, jumping out of planes, or walking the runway, she can be found spending quality time with her family, friends, and dogs, Chewy and Pepper.

Kassandra Reyes headshot.Kassandra Reyes (she/her/hers) is a queer Afrolatinx woman in the NYC area. She studies Management at Brooklyn College with the intention to use her education to create more diverse, inclusive, body positive spaces for marginalized communities. Kassandra is a co-founder of the Facebook group TogetherWeSkate which uses an anti-oppressive approach to encourage all to move and love their bodies with intention while using skating as the tool to rethink our approach to our bodies and social justice at large. Kassandra believes the HAES approach is fundamental in changing body perception and lays the groundwork to move toward an accepting, inclusive society. When she isn’t skating, you can find her writing poetry, reading too many books, making playlists, and overanalyzing pop culture.

Kimmie Singh headshot.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.

Ani Janzen headshot.Ani Janzen, MPH, RD, 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.

Jaden Fields headshot.Jaden Fields is an LA-based poet, cultural worker, and educator dedicated to cultivating healing-centered spaces for marginalized communities. As a black, queer, trans organizer, Jaden’s work has centered racial justice, gender equity, and violence prevention for the past 13 years. Jaden has facilitated community health programs and support groups, and created intentional spaces committed to healing and wellness. Jaden self-published his first chapbook, Intentional Musings on Staying Alive When I Want To Die (2019), an honest depiction of navigating mental health and systemic oppression, and leaning into his own healing.

Kelsey Bigbee headshot.Kelsey Bigbee is a fat-positive registered dietitian in Minneapolis, MN. She works in a community clinic encouraging clients to find a positive relationship with food and movement. Previously, Kelsey worked with college students, transforming campus-wide health promotion programs to be HAES-informed. She runs the Instagram, @thecollege_rd, guiding college students through ditching diet culture, finding body acceptance, and making peace with food and movement. Kelsey received her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, you can find Kelsey in the garden, dancing, traveling, reading, and bouldering (rock climbing without ropes).

Misia Denéa headshot.Misia (She/They) is a Hatha Yoga and Wellness Consultant who embraces the HAES principles in her classes, workshops and trainings. She is a licensed facilitator via The Body Positive. She has over a decade of experience in the performing arts and in 2015 was granted a NOLOSE SPAL grant to produce a creative project. She has also appeared in several Bay Area Big Moves productions in California. In 2016 she created a short film with the help of the Queer Woman of Color Media Arts Project.  Misia volunteered on the ASDAH 2018  Portland Conference Committee  and is grateful to be of service on the ASDAH Board 2020 -2021.

Brie Scrivner headshot.Brie Scrivner is a Ph.D. candidate and Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Fellow
(2020-21) in the Sociology Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she teaches
courses specializing in sex, gender, and health. Her research interests focus on gender, stigma,
embodiment, and feminist methods, with specific emphasis on the roles of fat stigma and oppression in
shaping contemporary health discourse.

Sue Relihan headshot.Sue Relihan has been a Fat Activist for well over 20 years. In 1997, she became a licensed
massage therapist with the specific intent to meet the needs of plus size women and has
continued to provide those services for the last 23 years. She is also registered as an Unlicensed
Psychotherapist with the State of Colorado.
In addition to being a Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Sue also spent over 26 years as a civilian
manager in law enforcement where she perfected wearing an invisibility cloak to protect herself
from a judgment-filled environment.
Sue is a published author. She has authored 2 books, including an Amazon International Best
Seller – Metamorphosis – One Woman’s Journey to Find Serenity & Empowerment, which
describes her lifelong experience around body acceptance issues.
Sue has a deep understanding and respect for ASDAH and as a fat activist she has a longstanding
personal and professional commitment to HAES TM .

Committee Chairs & Past President Bios

Carmen Cool headshot.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.

Chelsea Fielder-Jenks headshot.Chelsea Fielder-Jenks is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in private practice in Austin, Texas. Chelsea works with individuals, families, and groups utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and EMDR frameworks. Chelsea is committed to ASDAH’s mission and incorporates HAES® principles throughout the various roles in her life. Chelsea also serves as the Education Chair for Central Texas Eating Disorder Specialists, a HAES-principled non-profit for eating disorder professionals. She is an expert contributor for Eating Disorder Hope and Addiction Hope. She has extensive experience working with adolescents, families, and adults who struggle with eating, substance use, and various co-occurring mental health disorders and has presented at regional, state, and national conferences. You can learn more about Chelsea and her private practice at ThriveCounselingAustin.com.

Alysha Groghan headshot.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.

Advisory Board Bios

Lisa Marie is a community organizer and educator with over 15 years professional work experience from an anti-prison industrial complex (PIC) and anti-oppression movement building framework. Born and raised in Peoria, Arizona, she is currently based out of the Bay Area. Her past work experience as a social worker, community organizer, policy advocate, and educator have based her in Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans, and the Bay Area.

In addition to consulting, Lisa Marie also works as the Human Rights Organizer with the Coalition On Homelessness in San Francisco. Her work as a community organizer and policy advocate have had direct impacts on preserving the rights of homeless and poor people locally and nationally, including fighting back criminalization of poverty and demanding housing and basic needs. Some examples of her campaign work, in multi-media form, with the Coalition On Homelessness can be viewed here.

Lisa Marie earned her Masters Degree from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration where she focused on Community Organizing and Public Policy. Lisa Marie was also a 2011 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow and recipient of the 2014 Berger-Marks Foundation Edna Award of Distinction for Women Leaders Under 35. Currently, she is co-editor of Everyday Abolition | Abolition Everyday, a blog collecting stories, art, and interviews highlighting the ways PIC abolitionists practice, and live PIC abolition in work, organizing, and personal lives. She is a co-founder of Rhizome Consulting Project and the Chicago-based Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois and has worked as the National Campaign Director for Critical Resistance.

Her long list of passions include voraciously reading, traveling anywhere, cooking+baking, making/altering clothes, urban+community gardening, volunteering, and media-making.

For more information: http://lisamariealatorre.com/

 

Marcella Raimondo headshot.Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH is a Psychologist for Kaiser Permanente’s adult eating disorder clinic in Oakland,California and part of the NCAL regional leadership team. She has been providing multicultural eating disorders trainings since 1995. She wrote articles for NEDA’s Making Connections newsletter on eating disorders and multicultural populations and martial arts. She is on the board of founders of About-Face, www.about-face.com, Board member for Eating Disorders Recovery and Support (EDRS) and West Coast Chair for BEDA’s 2016 conference. She is also an Adjunct Faculty for University of California Berkeley Extension. Marcella’s own recovery from anorexia nervosa and her martial arts training inspires her dedication to body nurturance and community celebration. She is honored to be on the ASDAH Advisory Board.

For more information: http://www.marcellaedtraining.com/

 

Dr. Joy Cox headshot.Joy 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. 

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