Collective Members

In the Say It Brave Collective, artists, storytellers, clinicians and mental health advocates come together to share hope, personal stories and hard-won wisdom. 


Shay Ayres
Shay Ayres, Recovery Advocate
Shay lives in Colorado with his family. An avid learner and science nerd, Shay loves to read about topics of interest and share them with his wife, who listens patiently. In his spare time (what’s that?), Shay likes to hunt, fish, hike, fly airplanes, travel and scuba dive.
Ivy Watts
Ivy Watts, Mental Health Advocate
Ivy Watts, a former Division II All-American track athlete, who appeared to have it all together struggled daily with her mental health, in silence. After finally seeking help, Ivy is now dedicated to promoting mental wellness and reducing stigma around mental illness by sharing her story through public speaking and her blog, Beautifully Simply You.
David Bachman
David Bachman, Parent Advocate
David Bachman is a parent advocate for adolescents with eating disorders. As a member of ERC’s Recovery Ambassador Council, David raises awareness on his family’s journey with their son’s eating disorder.  David contributes to blogs and articles on successes and challenges for parents as they go through their own journey with their child’s illness and recovery.
Gloria Lucas
Gloria Lucas, Xicana Body-Positive Advocate
Gloria Lucas is a Xicana womxn from California and the founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride. She has a background in sexual health education, HIV/AIDS services and trauma & substance abuse services for women and transgender folks. In 2014, she founded Nalgona Positivity Pride from years of dealing with the lack of women of color representation in the eating disorder awareness community.
Robyn Cruze
Robyn Cruze, Author and Speaker
Robyn is the cofounder of a family mental health awareness initiative, Wide Wonder, that aims to make mental health and addiction recovery an everyday conversation. She also serves as a Director of Advocacy consultant at Eating Recovery Center. A background in TV, film and theatre acting, and a master’s degree in performing arts, Robyn is a sought-after keynote speaker.
McCall Dempsey
McCall Dempsey, Recovery Advocate
McCall Dempsey, founder of Southern Smash, is an eating disorder survivor and passionate recovery advocate. After a 15-year battle, McCall sought treatment in December 2010. Since then she has made eating disorder awareness and prevention her life’s work and passion. McCall travels the country, sharing her story of hope and healing with audiences everywhere.
Nōn Wels
Nōn Wels, Mental Health Advocate
Nōn Wels is a mental health advocate, writer, doggo lover, runner, empath and feely human who resides in Southern California. In his late teens and early twenties, he nearly died from a mixture of undiagnosed depression, anxiety and anorexia. Now, in his late 30s, Nōn shares his experiences openly to allow others to be seen and heard.
Sunnie Gruwell
Sunnie Gruwell , Parent Advocate
Sunnie Gruwell resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and six children. She graduated with a teaching degree in health education from Brigham Young University, but is lucky enough to be able to stay home to raise her kids. Her faith and religion are very important to her, and the strength that comes from those beliefs has helped her family make it through whatever trials they have faced.
Lindsey Hall
Lindsey Hall, Eating Disorder Recovery Speaker and Writer
Lindsey Hall is an award-winning eating disorder recovery speaker and writer, focusing on what she refers to as "the nitty gritty topics not discussed." Having struggled with the eating disorder cycle for many years, Lindsey has actively been in her coined "flexible recovery" since 2014, and is the author behind "I Haven't Shaved in Six Weeks," a blog written to humanize the stigmas of eating disorders.
Shannon Kopp
Shannon Kopp, Eating Disorder Recovery Center National Recovery Advocate
Shannon Kopp, an Eating Disorder Recovery Center National Recovery Advocate, is the best-selling author of Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life (HarperCollins). After battling depression and a debilitating eating disorder for many years, Shannon found hope in the unlikeliest of places: at her local animal shelter.
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