NIED Board

NIED Board2019-10-08T14:59:47-04:00

Wendy Preskow

ECE

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR EATING DISORDERS (NIED).
Wendy is the passionate voice and driving force behind NIED.

In 2012, Wendy was driven by the severe nature of her own daughter’s illness to create an organization that was focused on raising Awareness, Understanding and Action to counter the desperate situation facing Eating Disorder individuals and their families in Canada.

Since that time, Wendy has interacted with over 10,000 people and families across Canada, and actively participated in improving public health, mental health, statistics and standards organizations’ understanding about Eating Disorders in Canada.

In recognition of Wendy’s tireless and impactful efforts, in 2017, Wendy was honoured to be named one of 150 leading Canadians who are making a difference for mental health by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Patti Perry

RN, MSN

CO-FOUNDER, CLINICAL ADVISOR
Patti is one of the co-founders of NIED. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Psychotherapist. She is the founder of The Eating Disorders Clinic Inc, a community based, outpatient clinic for treatment of individuals and family struggling with Eating Disorders, and has been treating Eating Disorders for almost 45 years.

She has been active in the community speaking out about Eating Disorders, facilitated groups at Sheena’s Place, and served on many committees and boards related to Eating Disorders. She has supervised numerous beginning therapists and mentored many young professionals. She has many unpublished monographs relating to the practice of psychotherapy and treatment of Eating Disorders. She is a member in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Lynne Honey Koss

CO-FOUNDER, COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC RELATIONS
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, PUBLIC POLICY LEAD
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 CO-COORDINATOR
Marlene enthusiastically provides a wealth of relevant and all-encompassing experience to the Steering Committee through her previous work at LOFT Community Services, 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.