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. In 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 a 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 Keri, 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 it’s 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.
Leslie Barber, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Leslie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, CA. Leslie has been licensed as a Vocational Nurse with the State of California since 1998. Her medical knowledge is an asset in rounding out her understanding of the strong connection between the mind and body.She brings a compassionate, open, and direct approach to her work with children, families, and individuals. Her primary modalities include cognitive behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy, art therapy and play therapy. Leslie’s areas of expertise include attachment issues, grief and loss, anxiety and depression and their relationship to eating disorders. Her desire is to provide a safe, nurturing space where her clients can learn to be more comfortable in their own skin. Leslie’s own journey through recovery and specialized training in eating disorder treatment gives her deep insight into the client’s path to recovery. She also has several years of experience in serving those with eating disorders at the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization level of care. Her role in program management and treatment coordination brings added expertise to her private practice. Leslie has a heart for dancers as she grew up learning the art of dance from the age of four to twenty-one.
Kira Olson, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Kira is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee in final completion of her Master’s degree at Western Seminary. She completed her undergraduate studies at Taylor University in 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
Chris Gorsuch, Yoga Instructor
My name is Chris Gorsuch and I have been in health and fitness most of my life. I was active in sports in my school years before I joined the US Army. The Army gave me the foundation of balance, strength, and dedication I needed. Later in my life I went through a long period of chronic back pain that almost destroyed my life. I fought back by learning about mind body disorders and reconnecting with my spiritual roots. I’ve practiced meditation for many years. In 2015 I was introduced to yoga. I found yoga to be a complete system for optimum health and in 2016 became a yoga instructor. My passion is to help people become the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves through spiritual, physical, and nutritional guidance. I believe that “True strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t (Rikki Rogers)”.