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Volunteer for F.E.A.S.T.

We are a global organization created and maintained and funded by families around the world. Until 2017, we operated without paid staff hours. That year we began paying two staffers for one day a week. In 2018 a generous anonymous grant funded a full-time staffer for 12 months to coordinate our operations and organize our programs.

But it is volunteers, like you, who make everything work!

Meet some of our key volunteers, and let us welcome your time and talents to our team!

  • Kym Piekunka
    Kym PiekunkaSpecial Projects Coordinator
  • Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh
    Laura Collins Lyster-MenshExecutive Director and Founder

Our  Team Leaders:

Bookkeeping: Lisa Burns

Live Chat Advisor: Roxie Rockwell

Coffee Breaks Coordinator: Fiona Bromelow

Around The Dinner Table Mod Squad (Forum Moderators):

Around The Dinner Table FACEBOOK Mod Squad:

International Eating Disorder Events and Support Meeting Calendar Editor

Parents: Help Wanted

  • Social Media
  • Translations
  • CPA
  • Fundraising
  • Website Editing Team
  • Supporter Database Management
  • Educator Packet
  • Support Line Staff
  • Write information for our website
  • Be a moderator on one of our forums
  • Put on an educational event
  • Organize other parents for a project

Parents: if you are available for an hour on just one day, or several hours daily, we want you. We have projects small and large, short-term or ongoing. Every single thing you do for F.E.A.S.T. makes the world an easier place for a family out there. Let’s make sure the information and services and policies you wished were there for you are no longer missing when the next family comes around!

Contact us at [email protected] to let us help you help others!

  • Judy Krasna
    Judy KrasnaBoard Member
    Judy Krasna lives in Israel. She is the mother of four (25-year-old triplet girls and a 17-year-old son), mother-in-law of two, and grandmother of an adorable baby girl. Her daughter Gabriella was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa 10 years ago...
  • Lisa Burns
    Lisa BurnsBoard Member
    Lisa Burns is the Canada Task Force Chair for F.E.A.S.T., a co-founding member of International Eating Disorder Family Support, and a co-founding member of World Eating Disorders Action Day...
  • Roxanne Rockwell, Ph.D.
    Roxanne Rockwell, Ph.D.F.E.A.S.T. Hotline Advisor
    Roxanne Rockwell, Ph.D., is the Director of Adolescent Eating Disorder Services at the University of California in San Diego. She acts as a Hotline Advisor for F.E.A.S.T. ...
  • Bronwen
    BronwenAround the Dinner Table forum Lead Moderator
    Bronwen lives in Melbourne, Australia. She works full time and is the sole parent of a young adult daughter and two dogs She joined the Around the Dinner Table forum in 2010 as a desperate parent when her daughter became ill...
  • Scaredmom
    ScaredmomAround the Dinner Table forum Moderator
    Scaredmom lives in Canada and is a new moderator on the Around the Dinner Table forum. Her daughter has anorexia nervosa. She said that through F.E.A.S.T., “I found information, support and a way to help my daughter get better...
  • Fiona Bromelow
    Fiona BromelowAround the Dinner Table forum Moderator
    Fiona Bromelow lives in the southwest of the UK. She and her husband have two adult daughters and two small granddaughters. When her daughters were settled at junior school...
Canada

Thanks for all that you do for families in their time of need. Paying it forward. 🙂

JD Ouellette F.E.A.S.T. Board Member

The fact is this app takes a protocol that may have some efficacy in a specific, high-risk population and when used under strict medical supervision, and they've made it accessible and are marketing to children under very different circumstances. It's unconscionable and I believe it's unavoidable that it will lead to great suffering for most users (diets still don't work for most people, and weight cycling is unhealthy) and possibly even death for some children who are genetically vulnerable to eating disorders.

Concerned Mom, Canada

Our 10 year-old daughter began to gradually lose weight after deciding to “eat healthy” and “get fit” which lead to a full-blown case of Anorexia Nervosa by the time she was 11. Nobody saw it coming.

Dr. Lauren Muhlheim F.E.A.S.T. Advisor

"I cannot adequately express the guilt that parents feel from having allowed their teens to start these diets."

Sarah K. Ravin, Ph.D. F.E.A.S.T. Advisory Panel

As a psychologist specializing in child and adolescent eating disorders, I stand firmly against the Kurbo app, and any app or program that promotes weight loss in children or teenagers.  The best available scientific evidence demonstrates that dieting is, at best, ineffective, and at worst, blatantly harmful.  For many children and adolescents who develop eating disorders, their illness was initially triggered by a diet or an attempt at "eating healthy" (which is usually a diet in disguise).  For these reasons, I would never encourage a child or adolescent under my care, or any child or adolescent I know, to utilize this app or any other weight-loss product.

June Alexander, PhD . F.E.A.S.T. Advisor

As an 11 year old, developing a restrictive anorexia nervosa, if I’d had access to Kurbo, I would have been drawn to it with a magnetic force, and would have quickly become a star user – I would have lost more weight than others, because I would want to do my best (for the eating disorder). I dread to think that this App has appeared at a time when my grandchildren are aged seven to 12 years.