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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, Veritas Collaborative, 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.
Chief Financial Officer |
Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer
Jessie Morsching (she/her) is the Chief Financial Officer and Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer or Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative, 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).
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, Veritas Collaborative, 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.
MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS-S
Vice President for the Department of Child and Adolescent Medicine
Dr. Anna B. Tanner (she/her) is Vice President of Child and Adolescent Medicine for Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative, and Gather Behavioral Health. In this role, she has the opportunity to help our youngest patients access treatment across our system with age-appropriate medical care. She works with our child and adolescent medical sites across The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative brands and also enjoys providing direct care to patients at Veritas’ Atlanta facility.
Dr. Tanner is driven to provide research-based medicine to our youngest patients and is passionate about preventing the long-term effects of eating disorders in children and adolescents. Medical complications in eating disorders are often treated through an age-neutral lens, yet children and adolescents have unique medical complications related to growth and development.
Dr. Tanner is a board-certified pediatrician who has specialized in the care of complicated adolescent patients, in particular patients with eating disorders, for almost 25 years. Dr. Tanner completed medical school and residency at Vanderbilt University and then remained there to serve on the Pediatrics faculty in the Division of Young Adult and Adolescent Medicine.
Dr. Tanner has been very involved in advocacy and education efforts and serves on national and international committees for eating disorders education. She speaks frequently across the United States on the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, especially as they affect children and young adolescents, and contributed a book chapter on that topic in the 4th edition of Dr. Philip S. Mehler’s Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Guide to Medical Care and Complications.
Dr. Tanner currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. She is co-chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) Medical Care Standards Committee and a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) Curriculum Committee. Dr. Tanner is a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and a Certified Eating Disorders Supervisor. She has been named by Atlanta magazine as a “Top Doctor” every year from 2013 to 2023 and named by Castle Connelly as an Exceptional Woman in Medicine and one of America’s Most Honored Doctors.
Accanto Health is the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative, two nationally known eating disorder 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.
The Emily Program offers in-person and virtual treatment across Minnesota, Washington, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Veritas Collaborative offers in-person and virtual treatment across North Carolina and Georgia.
MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS
Senior Vice President for Community Engagement
Chase Bannister (he/him), founder of Veritas Collaborative, is Senior Vice President for Community Engagement of Accanto Health, the parent company of Veritas Collaborative, The Emily Program, and Gather Behavioral Health. Chase is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. He is Principal of Bannister Consultancy, a firm committed to thought leadership for healthcare strategy & civic engagement, and formerly served Veritas Collaborative as Chief Strategy & Clinical Officer. In 2006, he developed the clinical program for CRC Health Group’s first startup residential eating disorders treatment center.
Chase’s career is marked by achievements in many arenas, including federal legislative initiatives, standards-of-care creation, clinical program innovation, healthcare entrepreneurship, professional education, advocacy, and public awareness campaigns. He played a significant role in ensuring the inclusion of eating disorders policy within The 21st Century Cures Act—the first acknowledgment of eating disorders in the history of federal statutory law. A highly respected speaker, Chase appears regularly on the national stage to present on eating disorders, healthcare policy, and ethics.
Chase is Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action. He is also an active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Leadership Summit, as well as the REDC Consortium, chairing the Special Investigatory Committee on Ethics.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College, Chase was the first to earn concurrent graduate degrees in Clinical Social Work & Divinity from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School and Duke University. He is the recipient of The Arthur B. & Ida Maie Rivers Award for Integrity, Virtue, Gentleness, and Character, as well as The L. Harris Chewning Award for Academic Scholarship and Intellectual & Moral Integrity.