Our Team

Meet NIED’s Steering Committee


Wendy Preskow, Founder, president & chief advocate of the National Initiative for Eating Disorders, NIED.
Wendy is the passionate voice and driving force behind NIED. She was driven by the severe nature of her own daughter’s illness to create Awareness, Understanding and Action to counter the desperate situation facing Eating Disorder individuals and their families in Canada.

Wendy was one of 25 people to receive Volunteer Toronto’s 2017 Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to the community. In 2017, she was also a recipient of York Centre’s 15 for 150 Award, and was honoured as a CAMH Difference Maker – one of 150 Leading Canadians in Mental Health.


Patti Perry, RN, MSN. Co-Founder, Clinical Advisor.

Patti is the Founder (1980) and Director of the Eating Disorders Clinic Incorporated. She brings over 40 years’ experience working with Eating Disorders in both Canada and the United States.

Patti is educated at the level of Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Child Psychiatric Nursing with two sub-specialties of Developmental Psychology and Psychiatric Nursing, with degrees from Wayne State University (1972 and 1974), in Detroit Michigan. As well, she is trained as an educator, consultant and therapist in the area of treatment of sexual dysfunction and crisis intervention.

In addition to her work in Eating Disorders, she was an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing for six years (1975-1981) as well as a Field Clinical Advisor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine (1992 – 1998) and a Clinical Associate in Graduate Studies of the University of New Brunswick (1996 – 2002). In 1993, was designated an “Expert Witness in the treatment of Sexual Abuse” by the Ontario Courts. She is the author of the chapter, Sexual Abuse in Eating Disorders in the text, Group Therapy For Treatment of Eating Disorders, eds. Harper-Guiffre and MacKenzie (1992).

Patti has been a facilitator of groups at Sheena’s Place, Toronto Ontario, a support centre for individuals with Eating Disorders. She has created the “Expression Bean Bags”, “Inner Child Doll Packet” and other tools for use in therapy. She is the author, co-producer and co-host of the six, half-hour television shows called The Weight Craze (1989). She has written several monographs and has produced numerous experiential, therapeutic techniques for use in therapy. She has also created Self Esteem Booklets, Strong Woman Affirmations, and Relaxation Meditations for use in groups. She is currently facilitating to support groups for individuals with Eating Disorders who also suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma and addictions.

Patti is a member in good standing of the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists, the American Academy of Eating Disorders, Binge Eating Disorders Association, National Eating Disorders Association and a founding member of National Initiatives for Eating Disorders.

Lynne Honey Koss. Co-Founder, Communications & PR.

Lynne truly believes in Gandhi’s quote: “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” With her friend and business partner, Wendy, struggling daily to help her daughter cope with anorexia and bulimia, she encouraged Wendy to gather the troops and take action.

Lynne has honed her marketing, administrative and leadership skills over the course of a 25-year career serving companies such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, The Hospital for Sick Children, The Career Foundation, Shropshire Communications and her own charity, Seeds For Change, that grows healthy neighbourhoods through school and community gardens.

Her work with charities has enabled her to master the intricacies involved in the direct relationship between the private and not-for-profit sectors.


Mark Ferdinand, B.A. (Hon.), LL.B., Executive Director (part-time), Public Policy Volunteer.

Mark is a former federal public servant and association executive. He currently works as a public policy and strategic design consultant based in Ottawa. Mark is passionate about mental health policy and social activism. Over the last 30 years, he has volunteered on a number of community Boards as well as national and international advisory committees, including serving as President of the Board of a community legal aid clinic in Ottawa, a member of the Quebec Education Mathematics and Science Alignment Project (QEMSAP), a member of the Advisory Council to the third Annual Canadian Science Policy Conference, and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC).

Marlene Sachs
, M.S.W., B.S.W., R.S.W. Volunteer Coordinator.

Marlene enthusiastically provides a wealth of relevant and all-encompassing experience to the Steering Committee through her current work at LOFT Community Services, and previous work at Sheena’s Place and CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and as Vice President, Board of Directors for North York Women’s Shelter.

Marlene has worked with youth and adults with a range of mental health and addiction issues, has practical experience with client engagement, psychosocial assessments, counselling, case management, crisis management and group work using solution-focused brief coaching and CBT. 

Her extensive network with other organizations specializing in mental illnesses, superb organizational skills and outgoing personality are incredible assets to NIED’s mission of generating awareness about Eating Disorders, and propelling action and change.


Alexandra Macri, BBA. Social Media Strategist.
Alex is a Marketing professional with a specialization in Internet communications and digital innovation.

She is a dedicated advocate for those suffering from Eating Disorders, as well as their families and friends supporting them. Her ambitions are driven by a strong belief that full recovery can be a reality for all sufferers – when given the adequate public awareness, support and access to treatment that’s missing in Canada’s health care system.

Alex is committed to building a strong network of Eating Disorder advocates to make a difference for millions of sufferers and transform the way our culture marginalizes Eating Disorders.

She hopes to channel her tenacity to develop ways of promoting healthy self-esteem, and help Eating Disorder sufferers find their true voices and identities in health.

Stephanie Griver, BSW, MSW, RSW. Support Group Facilitator.

Stephanie is a Social Worker specializing in Mental Health. With over 10 years of experience in the field, Stephanie has worked with children and adolescents and their families who are coping with Eating Disorders, dual diagnosis, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other mental health disorders. Stephanie completed her MSW at Wilfrid Laurier University and Interned at Southlake Regional Health Sciences Centre in the Eating Disorder Program where she had the opportunity to attend a workshop on Family Based Therapy with Dr. Daniel Le Grange.

Currently, Stephanie is a Social Worker in the Eating Disorder Program, Outpatient Services at Halton HealthCare (formerly Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital).

Stephanie supports families utilizing Family Based Therapy (FBT) to help parents and their teens on their journey of combatting Eating Disorders. Families are the key in supporting their loved one. Stephanie’s message to them is to remember to remain hopeful and strong as recovery is possible.

Sandy Provost, DSW, ERF. Event Coordinator.

Sandy is a passionate advocate for Eating Disorders sufferers and their families.

She graduated from Humber College as a Developmental Service Worker and has worked in the field for 28 years. She has supported children, youth and adults with Special Needs, teaching life and vocational skills at Community Living Mississauga and Cambridge and ErinoakKids Centre. She also worked with seniors at Comcare Health Services.

For the past 15 years, Sandy has worked in the Education field as an Educational Resource Facilitator. Sandy enjoys doing charity work and fundraising for various agencies.

As a lived experience Mom who supported her daughter with an Eating Disorder, Sandy can certainly identify with NIED.