F.E.A.S.T. is proud to announce a new position and a new member of our paid staff: Kym Piekunka has joined us as our first Special Projects Coordinator.
Piekunka started in the office in June 2019 and since coming on board has been on fire updating and coordinating our communications, fundraising, and administration. Alongside our Executive Director, the SPC supervises volunteers, supports caregivers, and consults with the Board of Directors on policy and strategy.
Among the skills she brings to F.E.A.S.T. are her technology, social media, and relationship-building. Since joining our Executive Director in the office, she has become an integral part of our improved connectivity inside the organization as well as increased engagement with the broader eating disorder advocacy world. We are taking on topics and projects now that were not feasible without dedicated paid professional staff.
Piekunka operates from her US west coast office, offering F.E.A.S.T. additional span of coverage in supporting families around the world.
“F.E.A.S.T. needed additional staff to handle the new projects and collaborations on our plate, but it’s not just hours to fill, it’s Kym’s experience and interests that make this an ideal fit. We are really proud to have her on board and the response from our board of directors and volunteer community has been enthusiastic and grateful. Kym is an asset to our organization.”
Hiring Piekunka also represents a milestone in expanding our focus: her interest in family support is from the vantage point of a sibling. In 2007 she created KymAdvocates.com, a site for siblings of those with eating disorders. Her goal was to offer a space where siblings could hear and share their stories and not feel alone. She also joined forces with Bridget Whitlow, LMFT, to create a sibling survey to hear a variety of sibling experiences and determine if they did indeed need support. Originally believing they might receive 50 responses at best, Piekunka and Whitlow were stunned with 450 responses to date, from nine countries, and ages 9 to 70 years participating.
The survey is still open and welcomes more sibling participants. Click here for details.
We welcome Kym to our team!