Amy Waddle, CEO/Founder, Professional Speaker
Amy Waddle is a former pre-professional classical ballet dancer and eating disorder survivor. Amy stopped dancing when she was seventeen due to a spinal injury. She founded Dancing With ED in 2012 after healing from an 18 year battle with bulimia brought on by the traumatic injury. At the start of her professional career, she worked as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist but changed paths entering the behavioral health field due to her own diagnosis of Bipolar II disorder. She has worked as a Children’s Specialist in a Domestic Violence Shelter, a Paraeducator in Special Education, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. Amy is also a professional speaker, and works in her community of San Luis Obispo County, Ca. as an award-winning Mental Health and Eating Disorder Recovery Advocate. She is a member of the Suicide Prevention Council of San Luis Obispo, National Alliance for Mental Illness. She is a Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Q.P.R. for suicide prevention trainer, and speaker for the Stamp Out Stigma Speakers Bureau. Ballet has always been her passion, and in her heart, she will always be a dancer. She lives with her husband and daughter on the Central Coast of California. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Kerin, Director of Finance Lutheran World Relief
Caroline Kerin resides in Baltimore MD with her husband and three kids. Most of her professional career has been with Non-Profit organizations and their finance department. Caroline has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is working on a Master’s degree in Accounting Information Systems. Caroline has a passion for helping vulnerable and marginalized. Caroline loves accounting and uses an organization’s financial data to tell its story. She is a lifelong learner and believes in the pursuance of excellence in all she does. In her free time, Caroline enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and children.
Kira Olson, Marriage and Family Therapist
Kira is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She completed her master’s degree at Western Seminary (2017) and bachelors degrees at Taylor University, Indiana, in Exercise Science and Psychology (2007). Her experience has included working as a residential addictions counselor, providing life skills coaching for adults with developmental disabilities, managing an eating disorder nonprofit, and coordinating outreach and admissions for a residential treatment center. She has also worked clinically in community mental health with clients experiencing eating disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction, and other complex mental health issues. As an athlete and dancer, Kira is passionate about movement and the correlation between mind, body, and spirit. Through her own recovery journey, she has experienced a variety of relationships with movement and her body. Dance for her has become a powerful means of expression, healing, and connection to herself and others. Her desire is to support Dancing With ED’s mission through community outreach, marketing, and education coordination and to help the dance community regain balance, freedom, and joy in dance.
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” -Martha Graham