National Eating Disorders Association

Given the current state of our world, NEDA recognizes the importance of prioritizing connection and community, which is why we are launching our new NEDA Connections series. Each day, we will join you via video for 10-20 minute check-ins, resources, activities, and presentations from various NEDA community leaders such as staff, volunteers, eating disorders professionals, and more. We recognize that everyone is managing their schedules as best we can in these times, so all content will be archived on this page and accessible after our live sessions.


Gabe Gavito, MS, Volunteer Program Supervisor

Remote Volunteering

This conversation will be taking place via Facebook Live on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 12:30 pm ET, and will subsequently be linked to this page.

Gabe Gavito is the Volunteer Program Supervisor 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.

Karen Samuels, Ph.D.

Eating Disorders in Midlife and Beyond

Karen Samuels is a licensed psychologist in Ormond Beach, Florida. Her career has been dedicated to empowering women and other forgotten populations through her community involvement, psychotherapy practice, publications, workshops/trainings and consultation. She is the founder and President of COPE: Community Outreach to Prevent Eating Disorders, a nonprofit since 2001. She is a consultant to Halifax Family Medicine Residency Program, training physicians in interprofessional Eating Disorder treatment teams. She is also an affiliate and contributor to the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College. Utilizing Relational Cultural Theory (RCT), she spearheaded media literacy programs for middle schools in two school districts, as well as conducted eating disorder recovery groups with midlife women. She has published widely, presents at national conferences, and can be found on podcasts, tweetchats, and Huffington PostLive highlighting eating disorders and related concerns. A lifelong yogi, she served as the resident psychologist and body image specialist, promoting size acceptance and diversity with online videos and blogs, on the yoga and wellness platform Dr. Samuels received the 2014 National Eating Disorders Association Westin Family Award for Activism and Advocacy in recognition of her community and social justice work.

Jessica Hickman, National Walks Director

NEDA Walk Wednesday: Upcoming Virtual Walks

Jessica Hickman is the National Walks Director at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), where she oversees 95+ city walk campaigns and supports the dedicated walk coordinators who make it all possible. Jessica’s passion for her work stems from her personal experience with eating disorders and body image issues. Through NEDA Walks, she is committed to building communities of hope, strength, and healing. When she’s not traveling to a NEDA Walk, you can find Jessica cooking, crafting, or watching cute kitten videos on Instagram.

Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LCSW-C

Coping with an eating disorder and/or maintaining recovery during COVID-19

Jennifer Rollin is a therapist and founder of The Eating Disorder Center in Rockville, Maryland, an outpatient therapy practice that provides virtual therapy in California, New York, and Maryland—as well as recovery coaching worldwide. Jennifer has spoken about eating disorders on NBC, ABC, FOX, and PBS and at national conferences, colleges, and therapy centers. She has written about eating disorders for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Jennifer has been named as one of the top eating disorder experts in the country by Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

Chelsea Kronengold, MA, Communications Manager

Intro to NEDA Connections & Community Guidelines

Chelsea Kronengold is the Communications Manager at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), overseeing NEDA’s social media and communications. Additionally, Chelsea serves as a master trainer for the Body Project, an evidence-based body confidence and eating disorders prevention program for women and girls. Chelsea frequently speaks on behalf of NEDA about her personal and professional experience with body image, eating disorders, media literacy, and weight stigma; she has appeared in national media platforms including Teen Vogue, Huffington Post Live, Seventeen Magazine, WebMD and SiriusXM Doctor Radio.

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