Katy Litwack, Office Manager/Peer Education Coordinator
Katy came to Beyond Hunger in 2006 bringing both a background of health care related office experience as well as a passion for non-profit community work in Marin County. She began her work at Beyond Hunger while finishing her coursework for her Bachelorís Degree in Public Health at UC Berkeley which she completed in the end of 2006. Born and raised in Marin County, Katy has been working with local non-profits from an early age. In her teen years, Katy spent much of her time facilitating expressive art groups with DrawBridge, a Marin-based non-profit that provides art programs for homeless and other underprivilaged children. Through her work with Beyond Hunger, Katy has developed a strong connection and passion for the cause to end the cultural obsession with food and weight. She enjoys working in the office communicating with clients and staff helping facilitate Beyond Hungerís service to the community.
Avvy Mar, Ph.D., Drop In Group Facilitator
Avvy Mar is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco and Marin County. Avvy has been working with teenagers and adults in her private practice since 1997. Avvy combines a relational psychodynamic orientation with her years of training in Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practice. Avvy initiated the Eating Disorders treatment program at Kaiser Vallejo in 1999, working wiht children, teens, adulta and families. Avvy specializes in long term eating disorder recovery, trauma and abuse recovery, parenting issues with special needs children and post traumatic issues relating to medical trauma.
Barbara Murphy, MA, Psy.D., Group Facilitator
Barbara Murphy is a Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in downtown Novato. Her love of working with eating disorders has grown from her own experience of personal recovery. Barbara was part of the start-up of Quest, an Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorders Program in 2001, and managed the program for many years. Her experience with families, adolescents, and groups has been especially fulfilling. As a Commercial/Instrument rated pilot, Barbara also works with those who have a fear of flying.
Shannon Myers, MA, MFT, Drop In Group Facilitator
Shannon Myers is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Rafael. Shannon received her undergraduate degree at Santa Clara University and her Masters degree at the University of San Francisco. She works with adults, couples, families, and adolescents. Shannon has a background in family therapy and adolescent development. Her specialties include working with issues of depression, low self-esteem, body image issues and eating disorders, parenting challenges, abuse, and life transitions. Shannon offers a sliding scale and is aware of many community resources. She is a member of the Marin Eating Disorders Task Force and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Carol Normandi, MS, MFT, Co-founder of Beyond Hunger, Group Facilitator and Board Member
Carol Normandi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice since 1992. She is a co-founder of Beyond Hunger, Inc. and co-author with Laurelee Roark of two books developing Beyond Hunger's approach: It's Not About Food: Ending Your Obsession with Food and Weight (Putnam 1998), and Over It: A Teen's Guide To Getting Beyond Food and Weight (New World Library 2001). Carol works with adults, children, couples and families, specializing in eating disorders and body image disturbances. She has facilitated support groups, led workshops, and lectured about eating disorders for more than twenty years. Carol provides clinical consultation for Beyond Hunger.
Cristina Olsen, PhD, Development Associate
Cristina Olsen has more than 20 years experience in non-profit work and fundraising. She was certified as a fundraising executive (CFRE) by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in 2004, and also holds a PhD in Spirituality. Cristina was born in Argentina and speaks fluent Spanish. Prior to her activities in fundraising, she worked abroad as a translator and interpreter and was an adjunct professor for a number of years teaching world religions and meditative practices. In addition to helping Beyond Hunger with our development efforts, Cristina is also a life coach certified by The Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael.
Laurelee Roark, MA, CCHT, Co-founder of Beyond Hunger, Group Facilitator, Peer Education Coordinator and Board Member
Laurelee Roark is a co-founder of Beyond Hunger, Inc. She has facilitated support groups, led workshops, and lectured about eating disorders for more than twenty years. She is co-author with Carol E. Normandi of two books developing Beyond Hunger's approach: It's Not About Food: Ending Your Obsession with Food and Weight (Putnam 1998), and Over It: A Teen's Guide To Getting Beyond Obsessions with Food and Weight (New World Library 2001). Since the late 1980's, Laurelee has been facilitating Beyond Hunger support groups, workshops, presentations and training facilitators. She also provides hypnotherapy, EFT, yoga instruction and low level laser light therapy treatments. Laurelee's latest book is titled: Your Name is Edith: A Mother Daughter Love Story (IUniverse, 2008)
Helen Shamis, MA, MFT, Group Facilitator
Helen Shamis is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, who has lived in Marin County for almost ten years. She has worked with community non-profit programs, local mental health agencies and colleges in California since 1990. Specifically, her experience includes crisis counseling, individual, group and family treatment regarding adolescent life issues, working with children with learning disabilities and supporting clients to recovery from different eating disorders.
Meg Tinsley, MA, MFT, Group Facilitator
Meg Tinsley received her MA in somatic (body-oriented) psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1998 and has been licensed since 2003. She has worked in private practice, school-based, and hospital settings--the latter as a chemical dependency counselor for adults and adolescents in a Recovery Center. She has also been trained in Authentic Movement, a Jungian-based dance therapy approach, and enjoys assisting clients in their healing work via creative approaches. In addition to being a facilitator at Beyond Hunger, she is currently launching a private practice in Petaluma, and especially welcomes clients struggling with eating disorders.