Interim Executive Director
(617) 558-1881 ext. 21
Leslie has a biology degree from Trinity College in Hartford, and she has taught high school and middle school science for thirty years. She focused primarily on girls’ science education and became the middle school division head for The Winsor School in Boston. Leslie is a strong advocate for young people finding their voice; during her time as a teacher, she fostered the development of confidence in young women through support of their individuality. Leslie worked with a dedicated faculty to create best practices for teaching in the 21st century. As part of that work, she developed an understanding of many mental health issues and became sensitive to the impact that those issues can have on families. Leslie comes to MEDA after serving for two years on the Education and Awareness Committee and as the Treasurer of the Board. As the Interim Executive Director, Leslie brings her teaching skills, honed ability to multi-task, and her “anything is possible” attitude.
Amanda DeStefano, LICSW
Clinician, Chief Clinical Director
(617) 558-1881 ext. 20
Michelle Pierce, MA, MHC
Clinician, Director of Clinical Programming
(617) 558-1881 ext. 15
A graduate of Lesley University, Michelle earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus in Holistic Studies. She has a background working with populations including LGBTQIA+, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Family Systems Theory, Equine/Animal Assisted Therapy, Suicide Prevention, as well as Etiology of Addiction. Michelle believes in bringing to her clinical work an approach that includes a sense of calmness and tranquility. She has extensive experience in mindfulness and meditation training. Michelle loves to provide support and education in both group and individual settings. She brings with her a strong sense of social justice and wellness to the work. Michelle is dedicated to promoting increased acceptance and sensitivity toward eating disorders.
Monique Bellefleur, Ed.M, LMHC
Clinician, Director of Community Education
(617) 558-1881 ext. 18
Monique is a two-time alum of Boston University. Monique graduated first with her B.A. in Psychology and then with her Ed.M in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has clinical experience in suicide prevention, psychiatric rehabilitation, and eating disorder treatment. Additionally, through her years spent working with international university students and their families, Monique has gained extensive experience in working with a multi-cultural population. Monique specializes in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder from a body positive perspective and believes that self-compassion is the key to developing a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and our inner-selves.
Director of Philanthropy
(617) 558-1881 ext. 10
Carolyn earned a BS from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She worked at one of the oldest architectural firms in the country for 24 years. As a Principal in the firm, she was able to work closely with healthcare professionals, planning and managing large and complex hospital and research facility building projects. Her focus was creating healing environments for patients, their families and caregivers balanced with the complex needs and issues faced by the medical profession. She changed gears a number of years ago to spend more time with her family and became interested in the nonprofit world. She brings her strong organizational and management skills to MEDA and is excited about working with the MEDA team and community to raise awareness about eating disorders and help promote education and awareness.
Julia Spinella, MA
Organizational Development Coordinator
(617) 558-1881 ext. 19
Julia holds a MA in Organizational Psychology from William James College and a BA in Organizational Development, Psychology Minor from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Julia has experience working in the fields of team building, consulting, and human services and brings her organizational and facilitation skills to MEDA. She is passionate about Positive Psychology, meditation, and holistic wellness and completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. Julia believes in MEDA’s mission and enjoys working with the team.
Graduate Clinical Intern
(617) 558-1881 ext. 23
Meagan is a second year Master’s candidate at Lesley University and is thrilled to be at MEDA for the 2018-2019 academic year. Meagan currently holds a B.S. in Counseling Psychology, also from Lesley University, and has experience working in both outpatient and inpatient settings. While Meagan’s real passion lies in the treatment of eating disorders and the promotion of positive body image, she has previously worked with adults and adolescents with substance use disorders. Meagan’s own recovery from an eating disorder has inspired her to pursue this career path, and she is excited to be a part of the MEDA team.
Graduate Clinical Intern
(617) 558-1881 ext. 23
Mackenzie is currently in her second year of her doctorate program in Clinical Psychology at William James College. She previously obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has a passion for body positivity and the treatment of eating disorders, and in college, she was a peer leader for the Body Project, a program that works to counteract body dissatisfaction and disordered eating habits. Mackenzie is excited to be working with MEDA this year and is looking forward to getting more involved in the community it serves.