F.E.A.S.T Board of Directors

F.E.A.S.T Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors includes parents and other people from around the world who have a dedication to evidence-based, family-centered eating disorder treatment.

Sarah Krevans, Chair of the Board of Directors


Leslie Feder, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee


Leah Dean, Executive Director


In January of 2012, Leah Dean took over from Laura Collins (now Policy Director) as F.E.A.S.T.’s new Executive Director. Leah has been a F.E.A.S.T. member and active volunteer for the past three years. She lives in the US and has a Master’s degree in Architecture. Leah has put her organizational skills to work on helping to update the F.E.A.S.T. website and coordinate F.E.A.S.T.’s membership database. Leah is excited to serve as F.E.A.S.T’s new Executive Director and continue working towards F.E.A.S.T.’s mission of empowering parents to help their children.

“F.E.A.S.T. has an amazingly smart and talented membership of people who really want to be able to do something - anything - that will help the next family avoid the mistakes and pitfalls they have encountered. By bringing caregivers together, F.E.A.S.T. has begun to harness the energy and dedication of its members in a way that I believe will make real progress in how eating disorders are understood and treated now and in the future.”


In her free time, Leah enjoys hiking, yoga, skiing, beading, and spending time with her family.


Contact Leah Dean: ldean@feast-ed.org

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, Policy Director


Lisa LaBorde, Secretary


Lisa LaBorde lives in Toronto, Canada.  She is the mother of 2 daughters, the youngest of whom was diagnosed in 2011, at the age of 10, with restrictive anorexia.  F.E.A.S.T  provided unimaginable support to Lisa's family during the term of her daughter's active illness and Lisa is committed to engaging in eating disorder advocacy and education work in the hopes of assisting other families who find themselves in similar circumstances.   Lisa is a member of the F.E.A.S.T. Canadian Task Force and is working locally with her co-members on education and treatment option issues.
Lisa holds a law degree from Queen’s University and has an active legal practice focused on child protection litigation and family and organizational mediation.

Bridget Bonnin


Fiona Bromelow


Belinda Caldwell


Belinda Caldwell is an experienced nurse who has been the CEO of the Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA), for the last 6 ½ years. She participated on the Steering Committee of Australia’s first eating disorders conference for families and carers “At Home with Eating Disorders” which was held in May 2013 in Brisbane. The conference was a partnership effort between The Butterfly Foundation, ANZAED, EDOS and F.E.A.S.T.

Belinda’s daughter was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in February 2011 and Belinda and her family have helped her to recover using the Maudsley Method. In the process, F.E.A.S.T. has been her lifeline and a connection to other families in similar situations. She has coordinated the informal gathering of Melbourne mums from F.E.A.S.T. for the last 14 months.

Denise Clancy

Denise Clancy is the mother of three "wonderful and beautiful" daughters, Meghan 20, Emily 18, and Shannon, 17. She has been married to her husband Douglas for 27 years. They live in Michigan, US, in the middle of 12 acres of woods with two dogs, three cats and many forest animals. Her daughter, Emily, spiraled into full blown restrictive Anorexia in the fall of 2005 shortly after her 13th birthday by wanting to eat healthy and beginning to excessively exercise.

"We were lucky to have and find some great clinicians in our area that used Family-Based Maudsley. This has been a long process and journey and a five year battle and vigilance with Ed but our daughter is now in a full recovery or remission from ED and living on campus at a local university. We have such great Hope for her bright future and a Life without ED!"

Clancy was nominated and elected to the F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors in January 2011.
Email Denise Clancy

Raye-Ann de Regnier


Becky Henry


Jacques Neher


Rachel Polonsky


Rachel Polonsky is a writer and academic, based in Cambridge, UK. She is the mother of four daughters.  She has been a supporter of Laura Collins’s work since 2007. She is interested in helping families to discover and develop their own resources for dealing with eating-disordered children, and in promoting evidence-based treatment.

Polonsky was nominated and elected to the F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors for a term beginning January 2011.

Contact Polonsky:

Nicki Wilson


I have three children, two daughters and a son. My husband and I have been married for 28 years and we live in Wellington, the beautiful capital city of New Zealand. After a 25 year career working in marketing and communications, I have spent the last 10 years mainly focused on applying my skills and experience to causes closer to home. I have served on several boards over this time, including the Wellington Free Kindergarten Association, (Board member for one 3 year term, chair of the board for one term), two 3 year terms as member of Board of Trustees of our children's primary school, and most recently the board of EDANZ (Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand). Our oldest daughter was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa at 16.  She is now well into her recovery - weight restored and eating independently for over a year at the time of writing. Early last year I started up a support group for carers in Wellington, and soon after was invited to join the board of the EDANZ which until then had been Auckland based and focused.

I have found the support and advocacy role I am playing here in Wellington to be incredibly worthwhile, connecting and supporting carers of sufferers, advocating for families, and promoting awareness and understanding around the community. This “work” is my primary focus currently and the more exposure I get to families, and their struggles to find treatment and support for their loved ones, the more I am committed to doing what I can to promote awareness, change perceptions and improve access to effective treatment.

Colleen Wise


Colleen Wise is a parent—a really good parent. She and Allan Maas have been married forever. She left her career in civil engineering to raise their three children. She now makes her living as a fiber artist and author and serves as a director of her local water utility and the president of Celebration Lutheran Church.  Still, she considers parenting her lifework.

When their daughter became ill with anorexia nervosa in 2008, they nursed her back to physical and mental health using FBT principles with a non-FBT team. Finding F.E.A.S.T. and Around the Dinner Table early in their daughter’s diagnosis proved crucial to their daughter’s recovery.  Since then, Colleen has been passionate about helping other families help their children.  She has started a monthly parent support group in Seattle; she is also a Moderator on F.E.A.S.T.’s  Around the Dinner Table Forum.

Jennifer Whisman


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A Welcome from Policy Director, Laura Collins

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Thank you to our past Board members:

  • Axa Carnes, 2008-2010 (past Forum moderator)
  • Lydia Spottswood, 2008-2010 (past Forum moderator and member of Medical Education Task Force)
  • JoAnne Terry, 2008-2010
  • Therese Waterhous 2008-2010 (past Forum moderator and now a member of our Advisory Panel)
  • Sandy Skalski 2009-2012
  • Carolin Gray 2009-2012
  • June Alexander 2011-2013

In Memorium : Charlotte Bevan F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors


Charlotte Bevan joined F.E.A.S.T. in November 2009. She was an active participant and eventually a Moderator on the Around the Dinner Table forum (ATDT).  Charlotte co-founded F.E.A.S.T.’s UK Task Force and, in 2013, was elected to the F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors.

Charlotte became an active eating disorders advocate on the internet in various areas including Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and on various blogs and newspaper articles.   She developed an extensive network of ED advocates from patients and carers to professionals. She was well known for reaching out and coaching parents facing eating disorder diagnoses and looking for effective treatment.

In 2010, Charlotte started writing short animated films with another parent, Mary, whom she met on the ATDT forum.  The first film was published in January 2011 and C&M ED Productions was born.  C&M have their own You Tube channel (CandMedPRODUCTIONS) and to date, have had over 35,000 views of their films.  

Charlotte started her own blog in November 2011 and has had some 40,000 page views since then.  Charlotte was also part of the ECHO project and helped out on the New Maudsley Approach website. In November of 2012, she helped to organise a conference in the UK in conjunction with Janet Treasure's Eating Disorders team at the Maudsley Hospital.

In her spare time, Charlotte was a wife, mother, Labrador adorer, farm secretary and Downton Abbey enthusiast. Charlotte was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and lost her life to the disease in January of 2014. Charlotte’s advocacy work continues through the Charlotte’s Helix Genetics Initiative. More information on the Helix project can be found at www.charlotteshelix.net.

She will be dearly missed in the F.E.A.S.T. community and throughout the world.


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