Gabe Gavito is the Program Manager at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). He graduated from Mercy College in 2017 with a master's degree in mental health counseling. Gabe was a volunteer on the NEDA forums and Helpline prior to becoming a staff member in 2013. He has recruited and trained hundreds of volunteers to support NEDA through its different programs and services. In 2019, Gabe supported the Helpline staff with the transition of the national Helpline in NYC into a fully remote program, allowing volunteers from all across the country to get involved in an effort to better support individuals and families seeking information and support.
Lynaé DePriest aka Thoughtress (they/them) is a multi-hyphenate creative, born and raised in Illinois and based in NYC. They have been featured at Joe’s Pub, Harlem Pride, FlameCon, The Wild Project, New York Theatre Workshop, Caveat, The Tank, UCB, Magnet Theatre, The PIT, Stonewall Inn, The Center, The Cell, The Crane, Bowery Poetry and Nuyorican Poets Cafe. You can also hear them chatting it up and performing on podcast episodes for Thank You for Coming Out, GeeksOut, Vox Celeste, Adventures in Black Cinema, and the Story Pirates Podcast. When they aren't performing and creating, they volunteer as an advocate for rape crisis and intimate partner violence survivors and share their experiences as a queer/trans artist and eating disorder survivor thru projects including NEDA x VideoOut, “Be You” (Stand with Trans) and Coloring Outside the Lines (The Loft).
Jenni Schaefer has authored several books, including Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too, and contributed to anthologies like the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
An Ambassador with the National Eating Disorders Association and a Meadows Behavioral Healthcare Senior Fellow, she is a sought-after presenter on eating disorders, trauma, and posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release Jenni's next book, which is about fighting through PTSD and finding a life worth living after trauma.
For more information visit JenniSchaefer.com.
Emmi Beuger is currently a law student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and has a Master’s in Public International Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
She first became involved with NEDA in 2017 after attending the NEDA Amherst Walk.
Emmi is currently in recovery and has found that advocacy through fundraising and education has been a driving factor in her continuing recovery.
For the Warrior Experience, Emmi has individually raised almost $2,000 by utilizing her social media presence (@emm_mi on all platforms) and by sending thank you notes to donors.
Outside of law school and her legal internship, Emmi enjoys film photography, creative writing, snowboarding, and making coffee as a barista.
Jennifer Trujillo-Armijo is a licensed Social Worker in the state of New York, currently working as a clinical coordinator in Long Island City School. She specializes in treatment of adolescents and children. She is also a first generation Mexican-American who believes in de-stigmatizing mental illness not only in her community but amongst the Latinx community.
Along with volunteering at the National Eating Disorder Association, Jennifer has volunteered in her local community in Queens, NY providing resources to adults and hopes to open up her private psychotherapy practice to be accessible to all with a specialization in Eating Disorder treatment.
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