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There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community. Subscribe via RSS to receive automatic updates. We want to hear your story. Email us (blog@emilyprogram.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

March 12, 2024
Katy Kowalsky

Katy Kowalsky

MHRIR, PHR, CCP

Chief People Officer

Katy Kowalsky (she/her) is the Chief People Officer at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. She oversees the Human Resources team responsible for talent management, employee engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and total rewards.

With over 25 years of experience in HR, Katy is a well-rounded executive skilled in leading through change, fostering innovation, and aligning the people strategy with the business strategy. Katy has a genuine desire to empower and better the professional lives of the company team.

Katy holds a Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree, a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and certifications as a Prosci Change Practitioner, PHR, and CCP.

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January 5, 2024
Tom Britton

Tom Britton

DrPH

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Tom Britton (he/him) is the Chief Executive Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. Tom’s involvement in the behavioral health field spans more than 30 years, and his extensive clinical and leadership work history provides him with the foundation necessary to lead Accanto Health with an unwavering commitment to our mission of delivering exceptional individualized and collaborative care for the whole journey so individuals and families can thrive.

Before coming to Accanto, Tom was the CEO of American Addiction Centers, and before that was President and CEO of Gateway Foundation, the nation’s largest non-profit substance use treatment provider, and held operational leadership positions in the eating disorders division of CRC Health that are now the eating disorder programs within Acadia Healthcare.

Tom is committed to lifelong learning, completing a Doctorate in Public Health at the Gillings School of Global Health, a master’s degree in addiction treatment, and a master’s in marriage and family therapy. Dr. Britton has taught and lectured throughout the country and is considered an expert in the intersection of behavioral health and the larger context of public health and policy.

Personally, Tom has used his history of addiction and recovery to guide organizations to a place of compassionate and science-driven practice.

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November 2, 2022
Dirk Miller

Harry Holmberg

Vice President of IT

Harry Holmberg (he/him) is the Vice President of Information Technology (IT) for Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. In this role, he is responsible for providing platforms, systems, and IT support to all Accanto employees.

Harry is a seasoned executive who has spent over 25 years in healthcare and life science IT services, leading in various capacities. He is known for his broad depth of knowledge in information technology, cyber security, business intelligence, and decision support. Harry has also played key leadership roles in several mergers & acquisitions and divestitures.

Harry spent 2.5 years at Kindeva Drug Delivery leading their IT Infrastructure and Security Teams. Prior to Kindeva, he worked for Acova Integrated Health for 2.5 years, leading their IT Function, and United Health Group for 23 years in various leadership positions. Harry holds numerous industry certifications and credentials in Cyber Security, Data Management, IT Architecture, and ITIL.

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October 12, 2022
Jessie Morsching

Jessie Morsching

MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Jessie Morsching (she/her) is the Chief Financial Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. She oversees the revenue cycle, accounting, and finance teams, which are responsible for a variety of tasks including the creation of financial statements, preparation of board materials, and processing of payroll and expense reports.

Jessie is a seasoned executive who has spent over 20 years in multi-site healthcare services, leading in various capacities. She is known for her broad depth of knowledge in finance and accounting, as well as for being a proven partner and leader in operations, sales, strategy, and business development.

Jessie spent eight years at Alliance Healthcare Services (now Akumin), leading its largest division—radiology—which provided services in 49 states to over 1000 customers. Prior to Alliance, she worked for the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (now RAYUS) for 12 years before her career start in public accounting. Jessie holds a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management and is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

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September 27, 2021
Sydney Brodeur Johnson

Sydney Brodeur-Johnson

PhD, LCP, CEDS

Senior Director of Clinical Services and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Dr. Sydney Brodeur-Johnson (she/her) is the Senior Director of Clinical Services and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. Her passion is providing best-practice, research-informed, and multiculturally competent treatment to patients and their families suffering with eating disorders. She is committed to increasing access to effective treatment, training professionals to deliver gold-standard care, and empowering them to be the best providers and people they can be.

Dr. Brodeur received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2005 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in the interdisciplinary treatment of adolescents with eating disorders. She assisted with the opening of Carolina House, a residential eating disorder treatment facility in Durham, NC, and was its first Center Director. From 2008–2019, Sydney served as the eating disorder specialist and Associate Director for Training at University Counseling Services at VCU. In that role, she maintained APA accreditation of the psychology internship program and was the administrator for the training program for students in psychology, social work, and counselor education. She also served as a member of the Center’s executive team.

In her free time, Sydney enjoys spending time with her children and partner, being outdoors, listening to music, and traveling.

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August 6, 2021
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Accanto Health

Accanto Health is the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health, two nationally known treatment programs offering a full continuum of care for children, adolescents, and adults of all genders.

Beside you every step of the way

Accanto means “beside” in Italian. This speaks to our commitment to serve our clients the whole way through their treatment journeys, across all services and levels of care. We honor the incredible courage it takes to reach out for help, and in turn, we meet each individual where they are and provide warm, caring treatment every step of the way.

Recognizing that one size does not fit all, our programs provide exceptional, individualized care for people with eating disorders of all ages in a gender-diverse and inclusive environment, incorporating an array of individual, group, and family therapy, nutrition, psychiatry, medical care, yoga, education, and support services.

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Our programs

The Emily Program

The Emily Program offers in-person and virtual treatment across Minnesota, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Learn more about The Emily Program here or by calling 1-888-364-5977.

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Gather Behavioral Health offers in-person and virtual treatment across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Learn more about Gather Behavioral Health here or by calling 1-888-364-5977.

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