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Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED

Dr. Bulik holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States. She is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.

Dr. Bulik is also professor in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and director of the Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She is passionate about translating science for the public.

Elissa Myers, CAE, IOM, MA

Elissa Myers is an innovative and creative association executive, specializing in developing great leadership and clear strategic and tactical direction for associations. She serves as Executive Director and ex-officio member of the Board of Directors, of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention. She is passionately committed to bringing to reality the AED Vision of global access to knowledge, research and best treatment practice for eating disorders for everyone, and to the fight to promote the use of empirical evidence in the treatment of eating disorders.

With 30-plus years’ experience as a professional association executive, serving as a key executive of the American Society of Association Executives and as President & CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association and the Partnership for Prevention she has specific experience in staff and volunteer development and leadership, strategic and tactical planning; membership development and retention; member benefits development and marketing; effective internal and external communications, advocacy and public and media relations.

She is frequently called upon as a speaker/lecturer on association management, and has spoken to literally hundreds of associations; is a faculty member of the Institutes for Organization Management; spoken on associations for the US State Department and the US Department of Commerce, and many more organizations.

Steven Dunn, J.D.

Steven Dunn lives in Dallas, Texas, became a licensed attorney in 1984 and has appeared as lead counsel in Texas state courts and federal courts throughout the United States.

In 2009, his daughter Morgan developed severe eating disorders which she bravely fought for 7 years. Finally, at 23 years old, it claimed her life on October 30, 2016. Morgan was known for the fight within her and how she inspired others.  This is epitomized in one of the journals she left behind when she wrote, “I can help everyone else, I just can’t seem to save myself.”

With that, Morgan’s fighting spirit was cemented as part of Steven’s heart and soul. In the last 5 years, he has given 2 TEDx talks on eating disorders and the brain, has made presentations to among others, Apple, Raytheon, The Dallas Catholic Diocese, and before an international conference hosted by the worlds’ largest eating disorder organization. He has now been able to combine his legal experience and eating disorder advocacy and on a national basis, is pursuing treatment centers and others who fail to provide the necessary medical and mental health standard of care which is needed by so many.

Betty Bowman

Betty Bowman is a Congregational Care Minister at Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church, a graduate of SMU Perkins School of Theology Certification in Spiritual Direction, and a graduate of Georgia State University with a BBA in Management.   She also has completed a course in Mental Health First Aid for Youth.

Betty started a support group at Highland Park United Methodist Church for friends and family with loved ones struggling with an eating disorder.  She has been mentoring women and families struggling with eating disorders before and after treatment for over 8 years, as well as being involved in The Elisa Project in Dallas at its inception, and now volunteers with Something for Kelly in several capacities and is involved in the eating disorder and mental health community in Dallas.    She has also worked with children struggling with anxiety and depression by finding them the right doctor, therapist and follow up care.   This passion comes from having an eating disorder herself at age 17.   She is passionate about collaborating with eating disorder specialists and attending workshops and seminars.

Betty founded a support group for women going through infertility (Invisible Sisterhood) in 2016 and continues to minister to these women once pregnant and beyond (Beyond the Bump).   She has worked with families with babies in the NICU and critically ill children and women with high-risk pregnancies.    She has taught several Bible/book studies on anxiety, healthy eating in children and eating disorders.

Betty spent her professional career in the field of investment management and health care administrative services and real estate. 

Betty lives in Dallas, Texas and has been married to Ed for 29 years and has three children (Christina 27, Brooke 26 and Matthew 22).  She loves animals, reading, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Stephanie Setliff

Dr. Stephanie Setliff is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist living in Dallas, Texas. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for over 20 years. After developing and directing the eating disorders program at Children’s Health, she joined Eating Recovery Center Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center in January 2014 to develop and open ERC and Pathlight's Dallas treatment center. She opened ERC Dallas in July 2014 with an intensive, eleven hour a day, seven days a week, Partial Hospitalization Program and a three hour a day, three days a week, Intensive Outpatient Program for the treatment of adults and adolescents, men and women, boys and girls who suffer from eating disorders. In a short time, it was expanded to be a fully vertically integrated treatment program, offering inpatient and residential care as well.

Dr. Setliff received her medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her adult psychiatry residency in Dallas, Texas, and did advanced training in a child and adolescent fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She served as Chief Resident of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry while in her child fellowship. From 2000-November 2013, she was an Assistant Professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Medical Director of the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Medical Center. She also was the medical director for inpatient pediatric psychiatry for a period of time from 2000 through November 2011. She was involved in collaborations with UT and Children’s to increase research on eating disorders at the University.

Dr. Setliff speaks frequently at various eating disorder education, prevention, and treatment programs in an effort to increase awareness about the growing epidemic of eating disorders. She has been interviewed on many local and national news and media outlets and has become a strong voice for eating disorder awareness to the North Texas community. Additionally, for 16 years, Dr. Setliff has served on the Board of Directors of The Elisa Project. She was their 2012 Star of Hope recipient, was the Board Chairman from 2015-2017 and is their current Vice President of Programming. She currently serves on the board of Dallas Child and Family Guidance and the Embody Love Movement Organization.

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