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Recovery Ambassadors

In 2016, Eating Recovery Center hosted its inaugural Eating Recovery Day and invited patients, family members, providers of care and community members to support an important mission: to remove stigma, raise awareness and inspire hope for recovery. More than 400 individuals, representing 50 states and parts of Canada, reached out and volunteered to be Recovery Ambassadors and raise awareness and educate their local communities with materials ERC provided. 
To build upon this powerful momentum, ERC launched a social media advocacy initiative designed specifically for Recovery Ambassadors called Mission: Recovery. Recovery Ambassadors receive an email each month with an awareness-related call-to-action and tools to continue the mission of Eating Recovery Day throughout the year.

If you or someone you know would like to be a Recovery Ambassador, please sign up here.

Recovery Ambassador Council

A select group of ERC alumni and family members have been invited to serve on our Recovery Ambassador Council. Our Council members have come forward to share their personal recovery story as a way to help destigmatize and normalize eating disorders and mental health issues. These passionate members speak from the heart and inspire hope for full recovery.
 Members of the Recovery Ambassador Council are available for speaking opportunities in education settings and to various audiences.*
For more information or to request an application, please email Applications due by March 20th

Get to know the Recovery Ambassador Council

Ana Agarrat

Chicago, IL
Ana speaks on behalf of Insight Behavioral Health program that partners with ERC. This program helped Ana recover from Bipolar II disorder as well as severe anxiety. As an ambitious 31-year-old native of Trinidad, she looks forward to educating and inspiring others towards recovery!

“In recovery I realized that my world could fall apart around me, and I did not have to fall with it. I learned the skills that gave me the strength to remain standing through it all. And I am still standing.”

 David Bachman
Wildwood, MO
David speaks as a parent on behalf of the ERC Denver Child & Adolescent program. His 15-year old son is in recovery from anorexia. David and his wife are advocates in the recovery community. David recently spoke on a panel with Dr. Bermudez at the National Eating Disorders Association conference this fall, and received overwhelming positive feedback. 

As a parent, trusting my son’s recovery is the biggest challenge. Believing in him is unconditional. Accepting this as a truth is a commitment. Love, support, and encouragement is everlasting.”

 Eric Dorsa
San Antonio, TX
Eric speaks on behalf of the ERC San Antonio Program. As a gifted speaker, (check out his TEDx talk!), he thrives when using his creativity and talents to inspire and help others put a face to recovery. After a long battle with his eating disorder through his adolescent years, Eric has been in solid recovery for the past 6 years. As an LGBTQ male, he looks forward to speaking with all populations, but is passionate about destigmatizing the presence of eating disorders in males.

“I'm not just recovering from the eating disorder, I'm recovering all the parts of myself I thought were unacceptable and discovering a life worth living!”

 Kelli Evans
Parker, CO
Kelli speaks on behalf of the ERC Denver program. Her inspirational story of recovery from alcoholism and anorexia challenges others, especially hard-working mothers like herself to bravely seek support along the way. Kelli has participated in media opportunities and was featured in our “ERC Story” video posted on our website. Kelli considers the council to be the “next step” in her recovery, as she is ready to “give back” to others. She offers the message that recovery is possible and life-giving, despite the obstacles that may come.

“The grips of shame and pursuits of perfectionism held me back from truly living while I was in my eating disorder. They are gone now that I’ve found recovery! Recovery has given me true freedom!”

Nicole Griswold
Bellevue, WA
Nicole speaks on behalf of ERC Denver program. She is passionate about photography, the outdoors and children, and all parts of her recovery story. Nicole recently spoke with ERC Washington’s alumni, inspiring them to be strengths-focused in recovery.

“Be brave, and remember why you started."

 Savannah Kerr

Hanson, MA
Savannah speaks on behalf of the ERC Denver Program. In her recovery, she desires to give back to the therapy community by becoming a child play therapist. She accompanied Eric Dorsa, Jenni Schaefer and Candice Cameron Bure on May 3rd in New York City in an effort to contribute to Eating Recovery Day’s nation-wide awareness and education efforts.

"We don't stop fighting because it's hard. We keep fighting because it's worth it."

 Joanna Nolen
Sacramento, CA
Joanna speaks on behalf of the ERC California Program. Her passions include eating disorder awareness and prevention as well as cancer research and prevention. She lives life authentically and joyfully, and in doing so, shares her story of recovery hope along the way. In recovery from anorexia, she was able to recognize her worth and personal value and recently shared that on the Dr. Oz show.

"We are told as young children that there is no re-do button in life. I beg to differ. Recovery, is like being able to hit the reset button of your life. While it may not change your past, it allows your past to not dictate your future. It has allowed me to look at life through different glasses. It has shown me that I am worthy of a life filled with connection, love, and adventure. That I am more than enough, simply by living my life authentically true and aligned with my values. My recovery journey started when I decided I wanted my story to have a different ending. You have the chance to hit your reset button and rewrite the end to your own story. Let go, be free."

 Laura Patterson
Littleton, CO
Laura speaks on behalf of the ERC Denver Program. Laura loves reading, baking, yoga and travel with friends and family! She has a calm presence, yet articulates her story of recovery from bulimia with passion. Being a part of the council is a “next step” in Laura’s recovery—where recovery is less about herself and more about others.

The first day that I arrived at Eating Recovery Center I told my team that I wanted “freedom.” I feel that word still encompasses what lasting recovery means to me. Freedom to make healthy choices that are my own, freedom to love my body and freedom to enjoy my life.”

Allison Schwartz
Dallas/Waco, TX
Allison speaks on behalf of the ERC Dallas Program. Allison looks forward to sharing with college students and sorority & fraternity life about the impact her eating disorder recovery has had on her life. She also has a unique story which includes the role of her Christian faith and supportive family in her recovery.

Connection with faith, family, and friends allowed me to realize I wasn’t fighting this alone and could live a joy filled life.”

 Allison Spratt
Denver, CO
Allison speaks as a parent on behalf of the ERC Denver Child & Adolescent Program. Her daughter is in recovery from Anorexia, restricting type. She is an advocate for education and awareness, and desires for others to see and experience hope and support. Recovery is a journey for the family, not just the patient!

“Being a part of my daughter's recovery has been an unexpected journey that has given our family a chance to become stronger and to learn that we all deserve to take up space in the world.”



* Note: Recovery Ambassador Council Members are not treatment professionals and do not provide mental health services. Their role is to bring awareness and education to communities about the dangers of eating disorders, mental illness, how to talk to a loved one, and to provide resources to those affected to get the help they need. All Council Members are trained by ERC staff to be a knowledgeable, informal source of education, support and guidance to those who are interested in eating disorder and mental health support and education. All Council Members are volunteers and are not endorsed by ERC for any activity or service outside of pre-approved council duties.  Additionally, the accuracy of any information or the exclusion of any triggering material is the responsibility of each individual speaker. 

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