Monika Ostroff, LICSW, CEDS-S (she, they)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 104

mostroff@medainc.org

Monika Ostroff, LICSW, CEDS-S is the Executive Director of the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, Inc (MEDA). Prior to leading MEDA, she directed several residential, partial hospital and intensive outpatient eating disorder programs in addition to having owned a thriving private practice. Monika is the co-author of Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery and a contributing author to Self-Harm Behavior and Eating Disorders. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of eating disorders, Monika has presented at many national conferences, taught at the university level, and appeared on many media broadcasts, publications & podcasts. Practicing from a trauma informed, social justice and staunchly HAES® aligned lens, Monika is a dedicated ally and strong advocate working to ensure access to equitable, compassionate, and affirming care for all. Her passion for treating eating disorders and mentoring other professionals was borne out of her own struggle with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa and life experiences.

Ruth Elliott, LICSW (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 108

relliott@medainc.org

Ruth earned her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of New Hampshire in 2004. Her drive for becoming a therapist evolved from her own decades long struggle with an eating disorder. Recovery is something that Ruth holds hope for in each person that she works with. She has worked in many different areas throughout her career but is devoted to helping people fully recover from their eating disorders. Ruth has worked in the eating disorder’s field for the last 15 years as a clinician, and most recently, as the clinical director of an eating disorder PHP and IOP. She is also a yoga teacher who is enthusiastic about helping people connect with their bodies in a way that eating disorders do not allow. Ruth is passionate about educating the community, professionals, parents, and caregivers about eating disorders, advocating so that people suffering from eating disorders can receive fair, compassionate, and equitable care. She practices eclectically and finds immense joy in helping people live in their bodies compassionately. Ruth is grateful to have the opportunity to work for MEDA and continue work that brings her joy.

Megan Lissandrello, LICSW (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 103

mlissandrello@medainc.org

Megan received her Bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University. Most recently, she worked at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in their Suboxone clinic and on the inpatient medical units. Megan provided individual and group therapy and treated those with substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and trauma. Prior to this, she worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital providing assessments, outreach, and therapy. Megan has also worked in various educational settings with a variety of age groups including directing an after-school program for elementary school students and working with students at Babson College. Megan strongly believes in treating each person with compassion and empathy while working from a strengths-based perspective.

Darcy Schultz, LMHC, ATR (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 107

dschultz@medainc.org

Darcy earned a bachelor’s degree in Ecological Communication from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay, and worked as a exhibit/graphic designer for several years before pursuing a career in mental health. Soon after graduating from Marylhurst University with a master’s degree in Art Therapy in 1994, she started working in a tribal Community Mental Health outpatient clinic, followed by day treatment/CBAT and wraparound team experiences. As an Art Therapist and LMHC, Darcy facilitates emotional healing through creatively engaging clients of any age in schools, outpatient and group practice in recent years. She has worked with diverse clients who present with eating disorders/disordered eating, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and ADHD. Darcy is excited to be part of the MEDA community as it embodies many of her personal and professional values as a clinician with lived experience.

Brianna Donahue, LCSW, MSW (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 121

bdonahue@medainc.org

Brianna received her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health with a focus in Addiction Studies from Alvernia University and Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College. Prior to this, Brianna worked with those living with substance use disorders, particularly with the adult and teenage populations. After completing her graduate level internship at MEDA in 2021, she has joined the team as a Clinical Intake Coordinator. During her graduate level internship, Brianna provided individual and group therapy to individuals living with eating disorders and strongly believes in a person centered, strengths based approach.

As someone who has fought for recovery herself, Brianna is very passionate about continuing to support others through the recovery process and help them develop courage and self-compassion. MEDA’s mission and vision strongly align with Brianna’s passion in supporting, educating, and advocating for individuals, families, and communities effected by eating disorders continues to grow and she is enlivened by the work in this field as well as being part of the MEDA team.

Jenna Mehlhorn, LMHC, CADC, EMDR level II trained (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 106

jmehlhorn@medainc.org

Jenna received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Plymouth State University with a CAGS in eating disorders through the Eating Disorder Institute. Jenna completed her graduate-level internship at Cambridge Eating Disorder Center
providing individual, family, and group counseling to those recovering from an eating disorder. Jenna has experience treating eating disorders in residential, PHP, IOP, and outpatient settings. She is also a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She has worked in residential settings providing individual, group, and family therapy to adult women struggling with substance use and other co-occurring disorders.

Jenna’s passion for becoming an eating disorder therapist comes from her own past challenges with disordered eating and an unhealthy relationship with exercise. She
believes every individual has within them the resources for self-healing and growth and uses a person-centered and strengths-based approach. Jenna is dedicated to helping guide others in developing strategies that support their own recovery and that strengthen concepts of self-compassion and living a life more authentically.

Geneva Driscoll, LCSW (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 114

gdriscoll@medainc.org

Geneva received her master’s degree in social work from Boston College. Prior to joining MEDA’s team, Geneva treated eating disorders throughout various levels of care including residential, PHP, and IOP. Throughout all levels of care, she has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy. She was also involved with research in the eating disorder field through the Applied Psychology Program for Eating and Appearance Research at Northeastern University for many years, broadening her passion for understanding the development of, treatment of, and populations impacted by eating disorders.

In addition to treating others, Geneva’s own recovery experience has led to her commitment to supporting those with eating disorders in a holistic and compassionate way. Geneva is excited to join MEDA in providing equitable care and resources to a broad population of individuals with eating disorders.

Carolyn Judge (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 105

cjudge@medainc.org

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.

Jamie (OJ) Bushell (they, them)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 110

jbushell@medainc.org

Jamie (OJ) Bushell received a BA in comparative literature from Hamilton College and a MS in speech-language pathology from Boston University. OJ created the blog and social media platform, thirdwheelED, to increase the visibility of how eating disorders and other mental illnesses impact an often-marginalized LGBTQIA+ community. OJ worked in the public health field as a project coordinator for three years on a federally funded project that focused on advancing recovery for mental health and substance use disorders. OJ’s work is not only informed by their own lived experience in recovery, but also by their belief in the universal possibility of recovery. OJ is excited to join the MEDA team as the Office and Communications Coordinator to share their passion in preventing and treating eating disorders.

Debbie Cutler-Ortiz, MSW (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 203

dcutler-ortiz@medainc.org

Debbie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Buffalo State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University Debbie has decades of experience advocating for policy change that would increase paths to economic security for low-wage individuals and families.  A number of years ago Debbie began focusing on nonprofit philanthropy and has since grown this capacity.  She is thrilled to unite her clinical experience and interest in raising awareness about eating disorders with her experience in the field of development to assist in growing MEDA’s platform. 

Emily Emilio, MSW (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 109

eemilio@medainc.org

Emily received her BA in Psychology at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. During that time, she worked with children and their families, primarily from underserved communities. From this experience and her growing drive for social justice and advocacy, Emily pursued a Masters degree in Social Work at UConn’s School of Social Work in Hartford, CT. She concentrated in Policy Practice where she learned to understand and navigate larger institutional systems, the policy arena, and advocate for accessible and affordable resources. While in her Graduate program, Emily used her understanding of policy to advocate and better support the clients she worked with; primarily connecting children, adolescents, and their families with resources in their communities. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending down time relaxing with her fiancé and their two dogs.

Audrey Steffano, LICSW, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 102

asteffano@medainc.org

While I have felt compelled to work with and advocate for the eating disorders population since I was in high school, my passion was only further solidified after I went through my own struggles with disordered eating and exercise behaviors. As someone who has now found freedom, flexibility, and fun with both food and exercise, I feel all the more inspired to help others achieve the same. I have recently become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and feel especially passionate about helping others achieve intuitive eating and movement in the current diet culture. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton and my Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College. Most recently, I worked as the senior clinician of the Dual Diagnosis Partial Hospitalization Program at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, where I provided individual and group therapy for those struggling with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness, and often in addition to other complexities including trauma and suicidality. Prior to working in the PHP, I worked on the inpatient detoxification unit at Faulkner and provided treatment to individuals seeking medical attention for withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs.

Kathy Coe (she, her)

(617) 558-1881 ext. 120

kcoe@medainc.org

Kathy works part-time as an administrative resource. After a long career in high tech management, she retired a number of years ago but subsequently concluded that idle time was not in her DNA. She is grateful to have found MEDA where she enjoys supporting the team on various projects, including maintaining the organization’s database and assisting with a myriad of tasks associated with the MEDA conferences and other events. She is happy to have plenty of free time to play golf, do needlepoint, spend time in the garden and enjoy the company of her six grandchildren.