BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Debra Hopkins

Debra Hopkins

Debra is the Founder and President of the 501(c)3 Breaking The Chains Foundation (BTCF) as well as an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Health Coach.  She holds several ACE certifications such as Corrective Exercise Program Design, Special Olympics Inclusive Fitness Training, Practicing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as an Exercise Professional, Mental and Physical Exercises for Long-Term Stress Management, among many others.

Jillian Rose Reed

Jillian Rose Reed

Jillian is most recognized and beloved as Tamara in MTV’s “Awkward” and Simone on “Weeds.” She has appeared on several TV shows such as “Jessie,” “Hung”, “Lucifer”, “The Middle,” and much more. She was recently brought on to host “Present Tense with Jillian Rose Reed”, a web series by Maker Studios and Morgan Spurlock’s company, Warrior Poets.  Every episode dives in head first to a different social issued facing Millennials. Presently, Jillian can be heard as the voice of Naomi on Disney’s animated TV series, Elena of Avalor.

Alex Little

Alex Little

A native of Seattle, Alex is a Professional Choreographer, Director, Master Teacher and Performer. She has choreographed for clients & companies such as Nike, Nike NFL, Audi, Genentech, Thunderhead.com, Tarbell Realtors, and The Young Americans; She has also contributed choreography to Knott’s Berry Farm (figure skating shows), the opening production for America’s Got Talent (NBC) and Alex was a Jazz coach to Karina Smirnoff & Apollo Ohno on Dancing With The Stars (ABC).

Krista Stryker

Krista Stryker

Krista Stryker is is an NSCA-CPT and a leading expert on high intensity interval training (HIIT) and bodyweight fitness. Krista is the author of the new book, The 12-Minute Athlete: Get Fitter, Faster, and Stronger Using HIIT and Your Own Bodyweight from Tiller Press/Simon & Schuster. She is the founder of 12 Minute Athlete and the 12 Minute Athlete app as well as a writer, TV guest/host, and motivational speaker.

Nola Chef Gason

Nola Chef Gason

Chef Gason is a two-time James Beard scholar and private chef in New Orleans. He’s competed on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’, been featured in Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, New Orleans’ morning shows and magazines.

Amy Hart

Amy Hart

Amy Hart is that girl who can’t believe it when people tell her she’s pretty. After multiple surgeries for Thyroid cancer and the after-effects of radiation therapy left her with scars on her face and neck, she fell into a dark depression.

Breanna Lynn

Breanna Lynn

Breanna Lynn is a mental health clinician by day and a children’s book author by night. Breanna holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in family studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and a master’s degree in forensic psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Courtney Hope

Courtney Hope

Courtney Hope is an actress, model, fitness enthusiast, and philanthropist.  She believes in the power of human connection and empathetic healing through honesty, broadening perspective and artistry. She stars as ‘Sally Spectra’ on the long-running CBS Series The Bold And The Beautiful, having been part of the cast the last two years.

FOUNDERS COUNCIL

Danielle Kelmar, LCSW TEAM-CBT Therapist

Danielle Kelmar, LCSW TEAM-CBT Therapist

Danielle Kelmar, LCSW, joined Breaking the Chains Foundation in 2014 and currently has a private practice in Menlo Park, CA treating teens and young adults who are struggling with an eating disorder, anxiety and depression. She works with an individual client as well as their families using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and applies mindfulness tools and techniques. 

ADVISORY BOARD

Krysia St. Cyr

Krysia St. Cyr

Krysia St. Cyr is a holistic coach for the creative community. As the Director of Student Wellbeing at The CLI Conservatory, she daily uses her certifications as a life-coach, holistic nutritionist, and soon-to-be yoga instructor to help dancers nourish their whole being. She is passionate about helping dancers break through the mental and emotional barriers they face as performing artists to pursue and live out their dreams. 

Marissa Hentis PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Marissa Hentis PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Marisa Hentis is a physical therapist who specializes in the performing arts. She sees patients clinically at USC Physical Therapy at UPC- Student Health Center. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Katherine Leist

Katherine Leist

Katherine Leist, a passionate and dedicated dancer, master teacher and choreographer whose journey through the world of dance has been a testament to perseverance, creativity, and an unwavering love for the art form. Originally from Worcester, MA, Katherine honed in on formal dance training at a young age focusing on styles such as jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, modern, hip hop and musical theater under the guidance of her accomplished teachers at Charlotte Klein Dance Centers. She continued to embrace the discipline and technique of dance as she trained and earned her BA in Dance and a minor in Marketing from Hofstra University.

Karen Zarsky

Karen Zarsky

Karen is an experienced senior leader in Human Resources, celebrated for her strategic insight and visionary initiatives. Throughout her extensive career, she has been responsible for fostering purpose-driven workplaces and spearheading award-winning organizational cultures, learning environments, and leadership development programs.

Eric Hart

Eric Hart

Eric has been a professional actor for over 40 years. He has traveled the world with the international tours of Les Misérables and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as originated roles -not only on the Broadway stage- but world premieres across the USA. In the past 20 years, he has taken up directing and is enjoying that immensely.

Raja B. Marhaba

Raja B. Marhaba

Raja B. Marhaba is the Founder and President of The Jonathan Foundation for Learning Disabilities, Inc. The motivation for establishing it was driven by her personal struggles with having two children with disabilities and multiple battles she endured to obtain appropriate special education and related services from their school district over a period of eight years.

Laura Barrett Larkins

Laura Barrett Larkins

Laura Barrett Larkins is an actress, social media content creator, as well as the Founder of LéBL Creative Consulting, a digital marketing company focused on content production, community management, influencer relations, and experiential marketing. In 2023 she will be launching a concept store and co-working club inspired by her work in the creative and digital marketing world. She is currently based in London.

Krista Godfrey, RDN, Eating Disorder Specialist

Krista Godfrey, RDN, Eating Disorder Specialist

Krista is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist that has worked exclusively in the treatment of eating disorders since 2011. Her experience includes working with people battling all types of eating disorders in a variety of different levels of care including inpatient hospitalization, a partial eating disorder treatment program and in the outpatient setting.

Laurie Wollman, LCPC, BC-TMH

Laurie Wollman, LCPC, BC-TMH

Laurie Wollman is the Regional Assistant Vice President at The Renfrew Center and is stationed in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Renfrew Center has been the pioneer in the treatment of eating disorders since 1985, with a core focus on empowering women to change their lives. 

CLINICAL ADVISORS

Dr. Gia Marson

Dr. Gia Marson

Dr. Gia Marson is a psychologist, clinician, author and lecturer in private practice in Santa Monica, CA. She is the psychologist consultant for UCLA’s Medical Outpatient Feeding and Eating Disorders Program & was the Founder/Director of the UCLA CAPS Eating Disorder Program and a psychologist-member of the UCLA Athletic Care Committee.

Dr. Kelli Rugless, PsyD

Dr. Kelli Rugless, PsyD

Dr. Rugless is a licensed clinical psychological who knows that every woman has the potential and power to be a positive force of change in her personal life, workplace, and community.  Helping women achieve this potential and power is Dr. Rugless’ passion.