ANAD is thrilled to introduce the charter members of our Junior Board of Directors. We are fortunate to have their expertise, leadership and passion advocating on behalf of our mission to prevent and raise awareness about eating disorders. Watch for their contributions on social media and our blog as they share their stories and inspire all of us to accept ourselves and accept others.
Mallory Faye began speaking at middle schools around Illinois at 16, when she learned how much she loved sharing her story of loss and gain from her struggles with anorexia and bulimia. In 2012, Faye co-wrote the song “Something to Live For,” and has traveled nationwide to perform her single and speak about her story. Based in Chicago, Faye works closely with ANAD. She wrote a book, “Be FreED,” on her recovery to instill hope for the struggling.
Ashley Gilday has been a resource person and school presenter with ANAD since 2006. She grew up in Naperville and now lives in Chicago with her husband and a kitty, Maya. Gilday is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and educating people about food and wellness. Gilday works full time as a business development manager at Daiya Foods. In her spare time, Gilday writes for online publications and creates content for her blog.
Ashley Ice is a student at Aurora University, studying for an MSW degree. Her intended specialization is in the field of eating disorders. Additionally, Ice has accepted a position as a counselor at Center for Discovery, an eating disorder residential treatment center. She has completed a recent internship at ANAD and is now co-leading ANAD support groups for ED recovery.
Samantha Maciaga is a graduate of Benedictine University with a B.A. in psychology and has recently started earning an M.A. in counseling psychology at Trinity Christian College. While an undergraduate student, Maciaga was admitted into inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa. She fully recovered due to the excellent care she received along with her faith and the support of family. She recently accepted a job at Timberline Knolls as a behavioral health specialist. She has a husband, Derek.
Laura Nebor is a student at Illinois State University studying elementary education. She has seen the effects that eating disorders can have on high school and college students and wants to help promote a healthy mind and body lifestyle for her peers. Nebor has brought ANAD to ISU by leading a support group on campus. Nebor’s goal is to spread ANAD to other universities across the country in the hopes that students will learn to love and accept their bodies.
Patrick Noonan is a fourth-year undergraduate psychology student at North Central College. He is working on a research project for the Rall Symposium in which he is analyzing depression and its correlation with the occurrence of dieting and binge-eating behaviors among undergraduate students of various ethnicities. He interned as a member of the crisis-line team at the National Runaway Safeline in 2013. This coming term, Noonan will become a member of an organization focused on mental health advocacy and stigma reduction.
Annie Parks recently graduated with her Master of Library and Information Science degree. She has lived in the western suburbs most of her life and is married with a cat, Spartacus. She’s a fiercely loyal friend who loves learning, art, and language. Some of her interests include reading, sewing/quilting, watching Blackhawks hockey, and learning Korean. She looks forward to life and living without shrinking from what comes, good and bad.
Kaitlyn Pasquinelli graduated in May with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Illinois Chicago. She plans to work with professional dancers, which she was formerly on track to become before choosing graduate studies, or in neurological rehabilitation, where she has experience working with individuals with stroke or spinal cord injuries with locomotor rehabilitation. She would like to make a difference for people with eating disorders and contribute to education, research, and support.
Allison Riggio is the research director at Crain’s Chicago Business. She received her B.A. in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and began her career with Crain’s shortly after graduating. She oversees a staff of three and manages the production of data features published annually. Riggio recently began taking classes in the Master of Social Work program at Loyola University. She lives in Chicago with her boyfriend, John, and their two cats, Racine and Rosemary.
Stephanie Schmidt is a student at Marquette University. She aspires to be a nurse so that she can help others the way nurses in the hospital helped her when she had an eating disorder. She likes to run and make collages in her spare time. She wants to educate and raise awareness on her campus about how serious eating disorders are. She is excited to be a part of the board.
Alison Smela is in long-term recovery from alcohol and an eating disorder after living for over three decades struggling with both. She has contributed to magazine articles and co-hosts webinars on the subject of recovery later in life. She serves on the board of MentorCONNECT, the first global nonprofit online eating disorder mentoring community; has a forthcoming book, “Stop. Breathe. Recover”; and maintains a blog, “Alison’s Insights.” She lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband, Matthew.
Zach Stafford is a writer and activist who lives in Chicago. He is a columnist at RedEye and co-edits the BOYS anthology series, which showcases the diverse and powerful stories of queer men all around the world. Stafford is the community outreach coordinator for the Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention and Division of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He obtained his B.A. in women’s and gender studies from DePaul University.