Leadership Changes at Project HEAL
July 30, 2019
Dear Project HEAL Community,
I joined Project HEAL’s Board of Directors in 2016, after meeting Kristina and Liana and learning of their remarkable organization. It was a time of transition: Kristina had recently stepped into the role of CEO, and she and Liana were working hard to further refine the Project HEAL mission by learning from leading academics, clinicians, and the recovered community about what was most needed in the field.
With insights from those conversations, strong internal leadership, partnership from the board, and your support, Project HEAL became the country’s strongest voice that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. We’ve helped over 120 people get access to quality treatment, we’ve partnered with The Kennedy Forum to build a model treatment access program for eating disorders, and we’ve launched Communities of HEALing – the nation’s first evidence-based peer support program for people with eating disorders.
We’ve also built a remarkable team: a strong and diverse Board of Directors and Advisory Board that I am proud to call colleagues, and a staff of nine tenacious, skilled professionals who have grown Project HEAL’s programs from the seeds of ideas into direct service work that provides hope and tangible healing to thousands of individuals and families across the nation.
Today we’re in another moment of transition and opportunity for the organization. Kristina, who has been at the helm of Project HEAL for 5 amazing years, will be stepping down as CEO at the end of this year. She isn’t going far — she will remain an active member of the Board of Directors.
We will miss Kristina’s day-to-day leadership, but we’re also excited for this transition. We are both proud to support Kristina moving into the next phase of her personal work in the eating disorder space, and we look forward to supporting a new CEO for Project HEAL who is uniquely equipped to lead us in the next phase of our growth: strengthening our programs, planning for scale, and growing our community of supporters. Scion Staffing, a leading nonprofit executive recruitment team, is shepherding our search for Project HEAL’s new CEO.
I think Kristina summed up our sentiments about this search well when she told us, “I honestly can’t wait to meet our next CEO and to help them make Project HEAL stronger than ever.” We know you’ll be eager for news about our next steps, too, and we’re committed to keeping you updated on the search process and transition.
In the meantime, Kristina, Liana, myself, and our entire board and leadership team at Project HEAL want to thank you. Thank you for being a part of the team and staying committed to moving us forward into the future. More importantly, thank you for working with us to ensure that all people with eating disorders can access recovery.
Chairman of the Board