ANAD Staff Members
Lynn came to ANAD in 2017 with 15 years of experience working for nonprofit, hospital, university, and state government organizations. She previously served as ANAD's Director of Community Relations. Her background is project management, in which she is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional). She holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, where she was President of her graduate student association. She got her bachelor's degree in International Studies at Ohio State as well. Lynn volunteers whenever possible, and especially enjoys being part of a chef team at a local soup kitchen that prepares homemade meals for low-income neighbors each week. She also enjoys mentoring young women in their career growth, and hanging out with her toddler.
Michelle attended the University of Texas in Austin majoring in Nutrition with a Business Foundations Certification. During her undergraduate career, she served as a Lead Mentor for the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan Scholars to assist natural science students in jump starting their careers and how to manage their classes. Throughout her 4 years in college, she dedicated a lot of her time volunteering for many non-profit organizations such as Feed My People, Texas THON, Austin Child Guidance Center, and Hope Clinic. She has a strong passion for helping others, especially those in marginalized communities. After graduating from UT Austin, she served as an AP and Pre-AP Chemistry teacher through Teach for America-Memphis. It was probably the most challenging and rewarding 2 years she worked there, and she learned so much about her students and the school system she was placed in. As a teacher, she learned to see the world through a different lens thanks to her students. She’s had the privilege to engage with students and be a role model for their growth. Soon after her teaching career, she became a health coach manager for a tech company based in New York. She’s passionate about sustainable health and wellness while helping people to set their own goals that are unique to them. Currently, she serves as a Mentor for ANAD and is fully recovered from her past eating disorder. Michelle’s hope is to empower those struggling with eating disorders to overcome any challenges and carve a path to full recovery.
Gabriella recently switched career trajectories from event marketing to social work. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2018 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Columbia School of Social Work. Gabriella was introduced to the ANAD community during her time as a sister of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and has contributed as both a volunteer and employee of ANAD. Gabriella plans to practice social work within the eating disorder field, doing clinical counseling for those experiencing eating disorders.
Omri Avraham (she/her)
Program Coordinator, Support Group Leader, Team Leader
Omri lives in the Bay Area (CA) and has been involved with ANAD's support groups since their days at Project HEAL. A proud transfer student and first generation college graduate, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied Sociology and was involved in the Alternative Breaks program. She spends her non-ANAD days as a worker/owner at a 100% employee owned bakery and cheese shop, and is also a Certified Yoga Teacher. Omri hopes to eventually pursue her MSW and work with Eating Disorders in a clinical capacity. In her spare time she likes to bake, hike, read, and explore new places/meet new people.
Kathy Luan (she/her)
Kathy is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan planning on majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. With ANAD, she hopes to spread eating disorder awareness and learn more about eating disorder recovery. Outside of ANAD, Kathy is an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and a figure skating coach.
Jalik Navarro (she/her)
Program Coordinator, Helpline Team Leader
I am the first-born daughter of Cuban immigrants and am currently living in Miami, Florida. In addition, I am a full-time undergraduate 4th year college student at Nova Southeastern University, where I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Pre-Health. I wish to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the near future. Some of my favorite hobbies include reading and spending time with my dog. I previously suffered with anorexia nervosa in my early teen years, and am happy to say that I have been fully recovered for 4 years now. As a result, I am very passionate about spreading awareness and offering any possible support to those currently struggling through their own eating disorder recoveries. Previous to interning at ANAD I was an ANAD mentor!
Leslie Castillo (she/her)
Leslie graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelors' in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. At DePaul, she was an undergraduate research assistant for two years. She is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. She plans to counsel adolescents and adults in the near future. Leslie is excited to intern at ANAD and learn more throughout her experience!
Beth Moy (they/them)
Beth is currently a graduate student working toward their Master of Public Administration at Adler University in downtown Chicago. They received their bachelor’s degree in Music Business from Augsburg University in Minneapolis where they solidified their values around compassion and service. Through ANAD, they hope to gain a better understanding of eating disorder recovery and to help the program support as many participants as possible. Outside of school and ANAD, Beth enjoys reading, hiking, watching movies, and pointing out every dog they see on the street
ANAD Board of Directors
Maria Rago, PhD (she/her)
Maria is the clinical director and founder of Rago & Associates. She has extensive experience in individual, marital, and family therapy, eating disorders, supervision, and professional consultation. Maria's leadership has been important across inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. She was instrumental in founding the eating disorders program at Linden Oaks in Naperville, Illinois.
In 2012, Maria was awarded ANAD's Vivian Meehan Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in her service and her commitment to helping people with eating disorders and their loved ones. She helped start some of ANAD's most memorable programming, such as candlelight vigils and Recovery Night meetings. Maria has been a passionate and outspoken leader on the topics of eating disorders, obesity, and body image, and has spoken across the country and in Europe to help change people's views and assumptions on those topics. Her book, Shut Up, Skinny Bitches (2010), encourages readers to love food and their bodies.
Matt DeBoer, CFP® (he/him)
Treasurer and Secretary
After earning his degree in Accounting from Illinois State University in 2014, Matt began working as a Corporate Accountant for a mutual fund company in the suburbs of Chicago. Pursuing his dreams, to work directly with people, Matt was promoted to the sales desk where he worked closely with other financial professionals. Still feeling that he could make a greater impact in people’s lives he made the switch in 2017 to work directly with a select group of clients and joined DeNardo Financial Group, of Wells Fargo Advisors. In this role, as a financial advisor, he is able to work directly with individuals and families and focuses on creating solid investment plans to assist them in reaching their goals.
Matt joined ANAD to further his dream of making a real difference in people’s lives. He works closely with the ANAD board to create annual financial documents and conducts financial reviews to ensure the longevity of ANAD so that the organization can continue to effect positive change in the world.
Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. Member SIPC.
Patricia Santucci, MD, FAED, FAPA (she/her)
Vice President, Education Director
Patricia Santucci received her medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. She is a board certified psychiatrist and practiced in the western suburbs of Chicago focusing on women’s issues, adolescents and eating disorders. In addition to her private practice, she served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatric at Stritch School of Medicine. She was recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, founding member and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and board member and past Volunteer Medical Director for Our Children’s Homestead, a non-profit organization based on the Boy’s Town model for traumatized foster children. Her hospital based activities included medical directorships of adolescent units and development of eating disorder programs. After serving as Director of Mercy Center and later the Linden Oaks Eating Disorder Program she became Medical Director of Edwards- Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, Illinois.
Her interest in ANAD began soon after the organization was launched. She has served as a Board Member since 1977 and held office as Executive VP and President. Much of her career has been devoted to developing curriculum and training for medical and mental health professionals. As an active advocate for the field, she has testified before Congress and the National Institute for Mental Health on several occasions. Additional contributions include the initiation and launching of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Coalition for Eating Disorders, Harvard Eating Disorder Task Force, Editorial Board Eating Disorder: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, National Eating Disorder Screening Program and APA Guidelines for Eating Disorders.
Stephanie Covington Armstrong (she/her)
A Brooklyn native, Stephanie is an author, playwright, screenwriter, eating disorder recovery advocate and speaker. In 2009, Stephanie became the first African-American to detail her experience with an eating disorder with the release of her memoir, Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat: A Story of Bulimia. Since then, she has become a sought-after speaker and lecturer, helping to bring attention to eating disorders in marginalized communities. She has collaborated with NEDA, presented at ICED, is a regular keynote speaker, and is a member of the steering committee formed to create World Eating Disorders Day in 2016 to bring global awareness to those who struggle. Using her voice to raise awareness about eating disorders, Stephanie continues to use her platform to raise awareness about eating disorders and is regularly featured in magazines and on television, radio, and podcasts.
Al Augustine, JD (ret.) (he/him)
Originally from Lithuania, Board Member, Al Augustine, quickly made Chicago his home when he immigrated there in 1947. After spending his early youth at St. Rita High School, Notre Dame University, and the Illinois Law School, he began work in a corporate and banking firm in 1969, then spent the following 5 years as the Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Illinois agency that licenses and disciplines most professions in Illinois including: doctors, nurses, psychologists, accountants, and others. In 1979, Al began his firm and retired in October 2015.
Al still consults as a retired attorney and has represented professionals across the country especially those providing integrative medical and dental care. Al brings his decades of legal expertise within the medical community to ANAD and will co-chair ANAD’s Governance Committee.
Kristen Gehrig (she/her)
Kristen comes to ANAD with over 20 years of experience as an international business leader focused on Sales, Marketing, Brand Management and Product Development.
Having a passion for healthy eating as well as helping women succeed, Kristen has been active with the Fox Valley Food for Health organization in St Charles, IL. This organization prepares healthy meals for families who are recovering from a health crisis such as cancer. Kristen also devoted 3 years as an English Language Tutor at the Dominican Literacy Center which serves immigrant women in the Aurora, IL area.
Kristen is an avid runner who has completed five marathons and numerous half marathons and 5Ks. Kristen also enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her husband, Walter, and her pets Lucky (Jack Russell Terrier mix) and Mimi (tabby cat).
Denise Hamburger, JD (she/her)
Denise is the founder and executive director of BE REAL a nonprofit that focuses on providing body confidence resources to educators and parents all over the country. Denise teaches the body image unit in health classes in Chicago-area middle and high schools. She created Body Confident Schools, a professional development workshop for educators. She has delivered this training to over 850 teachers, counselors, social workers and school administrators all over the country. In the last 25 years she has been an active social advocate for children, sitting on over a dozen local and national children’s charity boards. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, practicing as an environmental attorney in her first career.
Anna K. Orland, DDS (she/her)
Anna K Orland D.D.S. is a practicing dentist in Wheaton Illinois for the last 27 years. She graduated from Loyola University where she was awarded the Public Health Award for volunteerism. She has been interested in Eating Disorder complication in Dentistry and has been an advocate for diagnosis of Eating Disorders in dental patients. She has lectured in this area at National Louis University and local schools. She is the program dinner chair for the West Suburban Dental Society and course chair for the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Anna had volunteered for the Oak Park Infant Welfare for 7 years. She has provided educational programs for Head Start and volunteers for the Chicago Dental Society Foundation Dental Clinical Wheaton. Being fluent in various Slavic Languages, she enjoys travel and physical fitness. She lives with her husband in Wheaton and has three grown children.
Kristen K. Portland, MA (she/her)
Kristen graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, just before moving to Chicago. Once there, she began her professional career in marketing management before transitioning to her passion: the world of nonprofits. She worked for the YMCA and volunteered with a variety of organizations including the Anti-Cruelty Society, the National Abortion Rights Action League, Girls on the Run, the Chicago Area Runners Association, and community libraries.
Kristen began working for ANAD in 2018. As part of a two person team, Kristen ran programming, helped with conference planning and execution, organized webinars, managed the website, and so much more. The project she is most proud of is implementing Beekeeper, a platform connecting volunteers, staff, and other ANAD affiliates. In 2020, Kristen stepped down from her staff role at ANAD in order to care for her new baby girl with the help of her husband Grant, their two dogs & cat. She is also an avid reader, runner, and ANAD supporter!