ANAD Community Engagement Committee

In 2024, we formed the Community Engagement Committee to assist in the building of a community that is representative and supportive of all who struggle with eating or body concerns. By combining diverse lived experiences and backgrounds, we seek to engage in and advance some much-needed conversations.

Committee Members

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Audrie Segura

(she/her)

I have been volunteering with ANAD since 2021 because I enjoy being close to the eating disorder recovery community and being of service.

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Livia Sara

(she/her)

I believe vulnerability is the greatest strength. Through sharing my story and providing guidance, I help others write their own stories and live with purpose.

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Mak Dowell

(she/her)

I was barely diagnosed with an eating disorder due to stigmatization by my weight, race, and economic status. I have to do this important work and I want to. It is an ongoing dialectic.

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Jennifer Yu

(she/her)

Today, I stand here as a friend and a fighter that’s hoping no teen will ever have to meet the feelings of inadequateness, stress, and isolation that come with a teen eating disorder.

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Eric Pothen

(he/him)

I do this work to help reduce the stigma and shame around struggling with an eating disorder, disordered eating, and body image. There is nothing that brings me greater joy than creating a safe space for others to feel seen, heard, and less alone.

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Kristin Schmitz

(she/her)

I hope that my story can help those who are struggling feel less alone. I hope that reaching out to people helps eliminate the stigma and inaccessibility that still surrounds mental health care. I want people to know that Health at Every Size is possible!

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Joce Leo

(Any Pronouns)

As a queer and disabled person with an eating disorder, I’ve found that there are many spaces in which I do not “belong”; and traditional eating disorder treatment harmed me. I am not the only one who shares a similar story. I believe that caring from an abolitionist-informed, harm-reductionist space shows authentic love and care for other suffering humans.

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Kevin Jarvis

(they/them)

I am joining this committee because I want to be a voice of change and represent the queer/disabled community that is often forgotten about. I do this work because I believe nothing will change unless the unheard are offered a seat at the table

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Gloria Jen

(she/her)

I hope I can help bring a voice to the Asian American community and also those who may feel like their eating disorder journey doesn’t fit into the stereotypical narrative. I’m here to break boundaries and stigmas, and I’m excited to work with everyone!
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Rebecca Edmonds

(she/her)

We all deserve recovery & the ability TO recover. Yet, so many people don’t have access to sustainable recovery for many different reasons. Through this committee and the greater works of the ED recovery community as a whole, I believe we can achieve more beneficial, accessible, and competent care for one another.

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Shandra Ashford

(she/her)

Helping my daughter through her eating disorder was one of the most challenging things I have done. My daughter didn’t look like the face of an eating disorder. Medical providers were dismissive of our concerns. I want to help ensure her story doesn’t contune to happen to someone else. 

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Kevin Jarvis

(they/them)

I am joining this committee because I want to be a voice of change and represent the queer/disabled community that is often forgotten about. I do this work because I believe nothing will change unless the unheard are offered a seat at the table