Celebrations, awards, and new members to the EDRC family!
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June 2016 Family and Friends Newsletter

Celebrating 10 Years of Service!

EDRC celebrated its 10 year anniversary on May 14th with support from Good Samaritan Hospital and generous donors.

Silver Bell Awards were presented as per EDRC's mission of awareness. recovery, and advocacy. Once again, we thank Dr. Stewart Agras, Dr. Debra Safer, and Dr. Jim Lock for raising awareness; Thomas Insel for promoting recovery; and Jim Raphael for advocating for victims denied coverage by insurers.

Dr. Thomas Insel, Dr. Lara Gregario and the 49ers' Paraag Marathe each shared dynamic, powerful messages that reemphasized the need for the often overlooked problem of eating disorders to be addressed.

Thank you to all those who attended-- community members, treatment professionals, family, and friends. We hope you enjoyed our celebration and speakers, and look forward to another 10 years of service!

Volunteer Spotlight: Natalie Rangel

Natalie Rangel comes aboard as a staff member at EDRC after working as a support group leader. She has worked previously with NAMI's Peer Pal, a program in which people with various mental illnesses are matched with mentors who have already experienced the same illness.

Natalie is an invaluable part of EDRC's office staff who keeps our operation streamlined and organized. We are excited to have her as a member of our team.

"I'm excited to be working at EDRC alongside Janice and to contribute what I have learned in my own recovery to reduce the stigma surrounding this illness. " -Natalie Rangel

Welcome EDRC's New Board Members!


Mike Lee has more than 20 years of R&D experience in the EDA (Electronic Design Automation) industry, and currently serves as a director in Synposys working for verification products. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from National Taiwan University, and PhD degree in electrical engineering from Princeton.

"I'm honored to join the EDRC family as its board member. I would like to help the organization grow, and reach out to more people to raise awareness of eating disorders."  Mike Lee

Monica Waldman grew up in Southern California where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from California State University Northridge. 

After 20 years in high tech, she decided to take some time off to become a certified yoga instructor, continue her work on wheel and hand built ceramics, complete a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Saint Mary’s College of California, be appointed a member of the Los Altos Public Arts Commission and spend more time raising her daughter.
Monica’s interest in eating disorders was sparked by a family member’s diagnosis. She has filled in as a facilitator for the bi-monthly EDRC Family & Loved Ones Support Group in Mountain View and hopes to help other families through her work with the EDRC.

More In The News

Words of Gratitude


"You have been a great source of support and hope. You have reached out to your legal resources who have quoted applicable laws that I can take to the meeting and use as leverage for my insurance to pay for the level of treatment my daughter needs in order to recover from anorexia"

- Patricia

In The News

Over half of those mentally ill denied coverage

Click here for the full article.

Quick Updates

Janice Bremis Honored at SCCMA Banquet

EDRC's executive director was honored by the Santa Clara County Medical Association, receiving a Citizens Award on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016.

Earlier this may, Janice also received the Silicon Valley Business Journal's "Woman of Influence" award. Congratulations Janice!

New Children's Book on Body Image

Andrea Wachter, LMFT recently wrote "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the I Feel Fat Spell."

It addresses body image, promoting positive relationships with ones body to the reader. 

Andrea was interviewed by HuffPost for the new book, which is available to purchase here.

Be-You-Tiful Essay Contest Winners Announced

After receiving essay submissions from over 22 middle and high schools, 7 students were awarded between $100-$300 for their stand out pieces. 

Read their powerful essays here.

No-cost Parenting Program for Mothers with ED History

Stanford University is recruiting mothers with a past or current eating disorder whose children are 1-5 years old for a parenting program research study.

This study will be at Stanford or Berkeley and provides $100 per family for completion. Contact for more information.
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