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Heal with Grace

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Event Details

Event Location: Online
Event Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Event Times: 11:30am - 12:30pm Eastern Time
Fundraising Goal: $100,000

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Guided Meditation

Alyssa Saquilayan, RN, BSN, NC-BC

Alyssa is a Registered Nurse, yoga teacher, and embodiment coach. A former nurse at Fortune 400 companies in Silicon Valley and a Board-Certified Nurse Coach empowering others to take ownership of their health. A Filipina-American who recovered from binge eating disorder striving to raise awareness for mental health and eating disorders in people of color and marginalized communities. Through powerful conversations, community engagement, and holistic healing, She coaches women of color to reconnect to their innate love in order to live & eat freely. Trained in India as a yoga teacher, Alyssa guides students through an accessible journey of mindful movement, self-awareness, and gratitude that harmonizes the flow of the body, mind, and soul. She is also a co-founding member of @kapwayoga, a new Instagram platform to elevate wellness and yoga in the Pilipnx community. Connect with Alyssa on Instagram @alyssacoaching.


Community Impact

Chris Novak Micka

Chris joined NEDA in 2018 as Chief Development Officer, working closely with the Fundraising team, the Programs team, and the NEDA Network, which is a consortium of 20 locally-based, mission-aligned organizations across the country. She has nearly 25 years of experience with relationship management for nonprofit organizations in the reproductive health, community development, and mental health fields. Chris holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Political Science from Fordham University, where she also minored in Women's Studies.


Rachel Curran, MA, LAC, NCC

Rachel Curran is a School Counselor at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, NJ and an Adjunct Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University. Rachel is proud to be a Trainer and Facilitator for The Body Project, and is passionate about early interventions and prevention programming for her students. Rachel previously volunteered as a Support Group Leader for the Eating Disorders Association of NJ. Rachel holds the following certifications: NJ State School Counselor Standard Certification, Licensed Associate Counselor (NJ), and Nationally Certified Counselor. Rachel received her Master of Arts in Counseling Services and Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Fine Arts, from Rider University.   


Hope, Strength, & Healing

Ilene V. Fishman, LCSW, ACSW, FAED

Ilene V. Fishman, LCSW, ACSW, FAED, has maintained a general psychotherapy practice with a specialization in the treatment of eating disorders for 36 years in both Montclair, NJ and New York City. Ilene helped found the National Eating Disorders Association and currently serves on its Executive Board of Directors and as a clinical advisor. Ilene speaks widely as an expert on the subject of eating disorders across numerous multimedia platforms. Look for her upcoming book, THE DEEPER FIX, available Winter 2021.


Kendall Baker

Since losing her best friend to an eating disorder in 2018, Kendall has been devoted to advocacy and raising awareness for eating disorders. She maintains her own blog at, focusing primarily on grief, eating disorders and other mental health issues. In 2019, Kendall wrote an article titled, "My Best Friend Died of Anorexia," which NEDA published on their blog. Attention from the article led people to reach out to her seeking treatment options, and Kendall frequently provides recovery resources to those suffering from eating disorders. Kendall has spoken at various treatment centers in the past two years,  sharing her own story of recovery from anorexia and bulimia, focusing on hope and the idea that recovery is not out of reach for anyone. Currently Kendall holds a BS in Psychology, and she hopes to soon pursue a Masters in Social Work so she can work with people struggling with eating disorders in a clinical setting.


Building a Brighter Future Through Research & Advocacy

Heather Hower, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, QCSW

Heather Hower, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, QCSW, serves as a Faculty Associate Specialist at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. She is on the Board of the National Eating Disorders Association, a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense, a Faculty Member and conference presenter at Academy for Eating Disorders, a conference proposal reviewer for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Eating Disorders, an advocate for the Eating Disorder Coalition, a research assistant for Jenni Schaefer’s forthcoming book, and a writer of blogs for NEDA, Jenni Schaefer, Project HEAL, and Medium. Heather’s current research interests include capitalizing on eating disorder traits as strengths, promoting temperament-based treatments, and defining recovery. 


Kerry Donohue

Kerry Donohue has served as NEDA's Public Policy Manager since 2014. In her role, Kerry has worked with advocates across the country on grassroots legislative campaigns at both the state and federal level related to eating disorders awareness, education, early intervention, and access to treatment. Prior to joining NEDA, Kerry was a legislative aide in the New York State Assembly where she worked on legislative strategy and constituent services. She also previously worked on the government affairs team at a law firm where she coordinated multi-state legislative campaigns for a wide array of businesses and organizations, and supported the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice Group. Kerry holds a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a master’s degree in public policy.


Goal: $100,000
Amount Raised: $59,380

Participant Center 


  1. Team Cozine - $38,582
  2. Shannon's Butterflies - $2,350
  3. Shiny Dimes - $1,420
  4. Allie's Team - $580
  5. Just Breathe - $528
  6. Project Maria - $245
  7. Allive24 - $180
  8. Sisters are Forever - $150


  1. Glenn Shannon - $5,000
  2. Ryan Finkelstein - $4,905
  3. Geoffrey Craddock - $2,500
  4. Emily Molina - $2,350
  5. Rachel Schmitz - $1,420
  6. Dan LePage - $1,000
  7. Liz Thompson - $1,000
  8. Martha Watson - $950
  9. Allison Reich - $655
  10. Christina Dockery - $605