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Outreach Team

The Emily Program’s outreach team is dedicated to providing healthcare professionals and communities with information on eating disorders and services at The Emily Program. Want to learn more? Attend a continuing education opportunity, stop by an event, join one of our consult groups, or contact us today at outreach@emilyprogram.com.

Kelsey Ford

Kelsey Ford

Director of Outreach

​Kelsey (she/her) is the Director of Outreach for Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. Her passion for challenging stigma and systemic inequities around eating disorders is rooted in years of experience in mental health advocacy and awareness education. Kelsey holds an undergraduate degree in Health & Wellness Management from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and an MBA-HC from Concordia University-St. Paul.

Contact Kelsey at 651-645-5323 ext. 1630 or kelsey.ford@emilyprogram.com.

Jordan Alvarez

Jordan Alvarez

Professional Relations Specialist

Jordan (he/him) is a Professional Relations Specialist for The Emily Program’s Southeast region covering Georgia. Armed with deep clinical knowledge and experience, Jordan strives to make eating disorder treatment more accessible by providing valuable education to local providers. Before joining The Emily Program, Jordan conducted mental health research centered on eating disorders, body image, and LGBTQ+ mental health concerns.

Jordan is originally from New York and received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Skidmore College. He furthered his education at Auburn University, completing his Master’s in Counseling Psychology.

Contact Jordan at 404-736-4271 or jordan.alvarez@emilyprogram.com.

Katie Armstrong

Katie Armstrong

Senior Professional Relations Specialist

As a Senior Professional Relations Specialist for The Emily Program, Katie (she/her) connects with professionals, community members, and other treatment facilities to provide awareness and information on treating eating disorders. Katie’s introduction to the eating disorder field began more than ten years ago, working at the front desk of the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED). This role gave Katie a unique opportunity to observe both the clinical and business sides of eating disorder treatment. When CCED merged with The Emily Program, she transitioned seamlessly to an outreach role. Katie graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Affairs.

Contact Katie at 216-765-0500 ext. 4221 or katie.armstrong@emilyprogram.com.

Brenda Burnside

Brenda Burnside

Professional Relations Specialist

Brenda (she/her) is a Professional Relations Specialist for The Emily Program’s Southeast region covering Charlotte and western North Carolina. Passionate about supporting the underserved and giving back to her community, Brenda is honored to help bring specialized, quality treatment to those suffering with eating disorders. 

Brenda has worked in healthcare for over 18 years, and spent the last ten in wellness and community health. During this time, she fine-tuned her skills in clinical operations, account management, and business partner development, cultivating long-lasting relationships with healthcare providers, medical centers, and medical-related organizations nationwide. Brenda holds a medical assistance degree and healthcare administration certificate from Central Piedmont in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Contact Brenda at 704-962-0707 or brenda.burnside@emilyprogram.com.

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Lexus Hartley

Professional Relations Specialist

As a Professional Relations Specialist, Lexus (she/her) spreads awareness of eating disorders and compassionate, individualized care to those in The Emily Program’s Northwest region. Lexus’ passion for helping others led her to The Emily Program and inspired her undergraduate focus. She graduated from The Lake Washington Institute of Technology with a degree in Public Health, specializing her studies in Community Education and Engagement, with a minor in Business.

Contact Lexus at 206-488-7317 or lexus.hartley@emilyprogram.com.

Caitlin Purk

Caitlin Purk

Professional Relations Specialist

A Professional Relations Specialist for The Emily Program’s Eastern region, Caitlin (she/her) works to build relationships with professionals and the community while spreading awareness for eating disorders and individualized care. Cailin’s experience and passion for advocacy, outreach, and communications led her to The Emily Program. She ardently believes that no person’s story should go unheard. Caitlin completed her undergraduate degree in Public Relations at Heidelberg University and her Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Global Health at The Ohio State University. In her free time, Caitlin loves being outdoors and is an avid reader.

Contact Caitlin at 866-479-9469 ext. 1656 or caitlin.purk@emilyprogram.com.

Marybeth Sullivan

Marybeth Sullivan

Professional Relations Specialist

Marybeth (she/her) is a Professional Relations Specialist for The Emily Program’s Southeast region covering the North Carolina triad and Tennessee.

She thrives on the communication and relationship-building aspects of her role, having spent many years running her own full-service marketing company before joining Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. Marybeth considers her role to be her dream job – one that perfectly complements her extensive background in marketing and sales, along with previous positions held at the Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders. Marybeth received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Marybeth at 828-388-4448 or marybeth.sullivan@emilyprogram.com.

Caley Willrich

Caley Willrich

Professional Relations Specialist

Caley (she/her) is a Professional Relations Specialist for The Emily Program who has nearly a decade of experience educating and connecting local community professionals with resources to better serve their clients and help increase access to care. Caley sees mental health as an area that lacks understanding and uses her role to change the perception of this stigma. With the skills she brings to the table and her passionate belief that no one should have to face personal battles alone, Caley’s focus is to bring greater awareness of resources to local communities. Caley graduated from Carroll College with a dual degree in Communication and Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys soaking in everything that the Inland Northwest has to offer with her husband and daughter.

Contact Caley at 509-847-4779 or caley.willrich@emilyprogram.com.

Chrystie Soriano

Chrystie Soriano

Outreach Marketing Specialist

As an Outreach Marketing Specialist for Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health, Chrystie (she/her) plays a vital role in bringing eating disorder awareness and education to health professionals. She flourishes in the event planning and continuing education aspects of her role, having spent many years in marketing and tradeshow planning before joining the Accanto team. Chrystie received her undergraduate degree from Dominican University in New York.

Contact Chrystie at chrystie.soriano@emilyprogram.com.