ASDAH Leadership Team
The ASDAH Board of Directors is chosen by member vote. Elections are held annually; all positions serve two-year terms. Any full voting member of ASDAH is eligible to run for office. The elected board functions as the ASDAH Leadership Team and meets 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.
Board of Directors (2021-2022)
- Vision & Strategy Leader (2020-2022)
Veronica Garnett (she/her)
- Interim Projects & Operations Leader (2021-2022)
Ani Janzen (they/she)
- Advocacy & Development Director (2020-2022)
Jaden Fields (he/him)
- Treasurer (2021-2023)
Patrilie Hernandez (she/they)
- Secretary (2021-2023)
Ayana Habtemariam (she/her)
- Membership Director (2020-2022)
Kelsey Bigbee (she/her)
- Digital Marketing Director (2021-2023)
Misia Denéa (she/they)
- Education Director (2021-2023)
- Community Liaison (2021-2023)
Aaron Castillo (he/him)
- Lisa Marie Alatorre, Facilitator (she/her)
- Marcella Raimondo (she/her)
ASDAH Board of Directors Bios
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.
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 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.
Patrilie Hernandez, MS (she/they) has over 14 years of professional experience working in the health and nutrition sector as an educator, advocate, project manager, and policy analyst. She combines her academic background in culinary arts, anthropology and nutrition/health, with her lived experience as a large-bodied, neuroatypical, queer multiracial femme of the Puerto Rican diaspora to disrupt the status quo of the local nutrition and wellness community and advocate for a weight-inclusive health paradigm in educational settings. Patrilie currently works as a public health specialist and nutritionist in addition to being the founder of Embody Lib, a platform that helps people of the global majority reclaim their health and wellbeing. In her spare time, Patrilie likes cooking for others, looking at the moon, and spending time with her partner and her chihuahua.
Ayana Habtemariam MSW, RD, LDN, is a nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and macro social worker. She is the owner of Truly Real Nutrition, LLC, a private nutrition practice where she empowers clients to give up dieting in exchange for trusting their bodies and breaking free from the grasp of diet culture, anti-blackness, and anti-fatness that cause deep feelings of failure and shame. She encourages her clients to embrace the beauty, power, and connection that their food traditions, unique experiences, and values add to their lives.
Ayana is committed to increasing awareness of fat liberation ideologies in Black communities. She believes that weight-centric approaches to health and wellness only serve to exacerbate body image issues, stress, and anxiety which, along with existing as a Black person in anti-Black world, contribute to increased rates of chronic diseases often seen in Black communities. Recently, she has begun to explore the idea of health as, yet, another unachievable construct designed to keep the most marginalized groups oppressed.
As a first-time mother of a baby girl, her commitment to shifting the paradigms through which we view, understand, and relate to ourselves has increased tenfold. Ayana envisions a world where the norm for the most marginalized individuals and groups value who they are and are valued by the world no matter what.
Ayana has been a registered dietitian since 2007 and has 15+ years of experience educating the public on the relationship between the nutrition environment and health outcomes. (Her views on this have evolved). Prior to transitioning to private practice, Ayana owned a community-based nutrition company in Philadelphia where she worked with community leaders and local politicians as a nutrition policy advocate and community nutrition educator. In this capacity, she wrote legislation that was introduced in Philadelphia city council, testified on nutrition policy issues, and developed and implemented community nutrition programs for non-profit organizations. Additionally, she has extensive experience as a clinical dietitian and managing teams.
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 (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.
Misia often collaborates with Arianna Wheat LMFT/Drama therapist and founder of Fat Girls Wanted to lead Healing Arts programs for Fat Femmes of Color. In 2016 she created a short film Bi/Black/BodyPositive/Bliss with the help of the Queer Woman of Color Media Arts Project. She also participated in the 2017 Fat Activism Conference.
Misia volunteered on the ASDAH 2018 Portland Conference Committee and is grateful to be of service on the ASDAH Board 2020 -2022.
Aaron Castillo (he/him/his) is a student at Brown University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Identity. After taking a class called “Fatphobia and Diet Culture in the United States,” created by one of his peers, he became interested in how Health At Every Size® principles could be applied to food psychology. Originally from Harlingen, Texas, Aaron is Mexican-American and works to include his identity in every aspect of his life. At Brown, he is pursuing an engaged scholarship certificate in “critical research methods” to understand how to conduct equitable research. Aaron is a student in the Program for Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown and hopes to become a psychiatrist studying food psychology, promoting HAES®, and practicing weight-neutral care. In his free time, Aaron likes watching Netflix, baking, and spending time with friends.
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, 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/