Vanessa McCaslin (Chair)
Vanessa grew up in the Bay Area, and graduated from The Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Advertising. In her free time she enjoys photography, yoga, and is a member of the Junior League of San Jose. She is currently responsible for the Eating Disorders Resource Center in Silicon Valley’s advertising, promotion, and Facebook page.
Karen Wolf, RN (Vice Chair)
Karen is a registered nurse who has been employed at Good Samaritan Hospital since July 1974. Since 1995 she has been working in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. She has a BSN and PHN and MAOM from the University of Phoenix. Her medical affiliations include a certified Cardiac Care Associate in the American College of Cardiology, the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Karen is a member of the philanthropic group Clipped Wings, a group formed by retired United Airlines fight attendants. This group does a lot of work with Special Olympics. Karen feels that her purpose in life is helping others and is pleased to bring this spirit to EDRC.
Deborah Bingham (Treasurer)
Deborah earned a BS in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Arizona in 1980. She founded a Nanny Referral Agency for Central Tennessee and has worked in fundraising, managing databases, and donor relations for the past ten years. Debi worked closely with the Founder to prepare all the forms to obtain EDRC’s 501c3 status and developed the EDRC’s original online resource directory. Debi and her husband and their three children and golden retriever live in the Cambrian area of San Jose.
Amy has over 12 years experience in fund development for nonprofits and currently serves as the Grants Manager for Samaritan House. Amy has worked for several nonprofits in the Bay Area and New York City, most recently for Bring Me A Book and the Health Trust. She first started volunteering for EDRC in 2007 because of her compassion for those suffering from eating disorders. Amy has a background in Fine Arts, enjoys hiking and healthy living, and is committed to helping EDRC impact more individuals throughout the Bay Area who suffer from or care for loved ones with eating disorders.
Mike has more than 20 years of R&D experience in the EDA (Electronic Design Automation) industry, and currently serves as a director in Synposys working for verification products. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from National Taiwan University, and PhD degree in electrical engineering from Princeton. When his son was a boy scout, he volunteered as scoutmaster for the troop. He became exposed to the seriousness of eating disorders when his daughter started volunteering at EDRC in January 2015. He helped her research academic papers when she was drafting a survey to collect data on how insurance companies deny coverage for ED patients. To his surprise, very little prior work had been done in the US to study the socio-economic aspect of EDs despite the pressing need for a more comprehensive insurance policy, as EDRC is overwhelmed by patients and their parents who struggle to find ways to cover the expenses for recovery.
Mike is honored to join the EDRC family as its board member. He would like to help the organization grow, and reach out to more people to raise awareness of EDs. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis with his wife, skiing with his children, and taking backpacking trips in the wilderness (once in a long while). He also would like to help his daughter’s on-going survey project, to see if the result can help answer some pressing questions.
Monica grew up in Southern California where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from California State University Northridge. After 20 years in high tech, she decided to take some time off to become a certified yoga instructor, continue her work on wheel and hand built ceramics, complete a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Saint Mary’s College of California, be appointed a member of the Los Altos Public Arts Commission and spend more time raising her daughter.
Monica’s interest in eating disorders was sparked by a family member’s diagnosis. She has filled in as a facilitator for the bi-monthly EDRC Family & Loved Ones Support Group in Mountain View and hopes to help other families through her work with the EDRC.
Jeannie has worked in the Addiction and Recovery field since 1988. She has worked in residential, inpatient, outpatient and dual diagnosis settings. Jeannie is a counselor, a teacher, a trainer, an Interventionist, and a Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist. Jeannie currently works as a counselor for CRC Health Services, one of the largest Addiction Treatment providers in the country. She was an addictions counselor at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Behavioral Health Outpatient Department and the Continuing Care Coordinator at Bayside Marin in San Rafael.
In addition to substance abuse she specializes in working with individuals with Eating Disorders and Sexual Addiction. Jeannie maintains a private counseling and consulting practice in Los Gatos, CA. and works as a lead counselor for the on-line treatment provider, “e-Get Going”. Jeannie is dynamic, inspirational and highly motivational.
Jeannie is a Professor at Cal State University teaching Relapse Prevention and Sexuality and Addiction.
Stephanie Klindt, a Bay Area native, has been working in the mental health field in a variety of roles since 2007. She holds a Masters Degree from Loma Linda University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California.
She began her career working as a clinician for the County of San Bernardino. While there she worked with a wide range of clients experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues in county clinics, on the county’s crisis response team, and in a school-based non-profit setting. She was awarded the MHSA stipend from the State of California while working in the County and was certified in the Trauma Resilience Model (TRM) in 2010. Most recently, Stephanie served as the Director of Business Development at San Jose Behavioral Health. Currently, Stephanie represents Constellation Behavioral Health as their Clinical Outreach Representative for the Peninsula, South Bay, and Central Coast region where she helps individuals get into residential treatment. She also works with clients providing assessment and therapy at Los Gatos Therapy Center in Campbell, CA.