MEDA Founder

Rebecca Manley, MS
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

Rebecca Manley, is the founder of the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) and has been working with women and girls with body image and eating concerns for 28 years. Rebecca holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and English from Saint Michaels College, and a M.S. in Family Studies with an emphasis on early childhood development and counseling from Wheelock College. She is also a certified coach and a member of the International Coach Federation as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Rebecca is best known for her work in eating disorder prevention and for working with women with eating concerns. Her published curriculum entitled, “Teaching Body Confidence” has been featured on the televised news programs World News Tonight on ABC News, 48 Hours news on CBS as well as many other national and local stations.

Rebecca also worked with the Office of Women’s Development in Washington, D.C. and helped develop their body image curriculum. In 2001, she spearheaded the first eating disorder screening program for high schools, developed the educational materials for the program and co-produced the video used for the program. More recently, Rebecca has been working with athletic team coaches to help them develop positive strategies for working with girls. In addition to her work at MEDA, Rebecca recently launched a private coaching practice focusing on teen girls. Rebecca has been named one of the top 125 graduates for Wheelock College’s 100 year anniversary celebration and continues to be actively involved in MEDA, serving on the board of directors and the Education and Outreach Committee.


Leslie Bernstein

Board Members

Luana Bessa
Licensed Psychologist

Robert Cohen
Director of Innovation and Category Growth, Panera Bread

Michael LaCrosse
Principal, CLA

Thomas McCann
Co-Founder and Psychologist, Bayberry Psychology and Consulting

Kirsten Meisterling
Healthcare Consulting / Healthcare Management Consultant

Ting Piper
Senior Finance and Operations Executive

Coiel Ricks-Stephen
Public Health Executive