Carolyn is Co-Founder and Director of Content and Quality at You Part Two. Carolyn was born and raised in Portland, Maine before moving to California and then Texas. Currently, Carolyn is a PhD student at Saybrook University in San Francisco. She also writes grants for a non-profit organization based in Killeen, TX.
Carolyn was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at the age of 15. She has since recovered but continues to struggle with intrusive thought processes and unhealthy habits. Carolyn has developed a wealth of knowledge about eating disorders and the path to recovery through her personal and educational experiences. Carolyn plans to complete her PhD and become a psychologist so that she may help individuals who suffer from eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Carolyn lives with her family in the Washington, DC metro area.
Alison was born and raised in central Maine before moving to Southern California in her early 20s. She developed her career as a business-efficiency and organizational health professional working primarily in this role as an in-house employee and in 2006 founded a self-owned consultancy to expand her working knowledge and business clientele. Alison is currently pursuing a BS in Business Finance to compliment her consulting practice in addition to being hired as a consultant.
Alison was diagnosed with clinical depression at the age of 12. The condition brutally haunted her during her preteen and teenage years, and she was finally committed to a hospital at the age of 25. She continued to suffer from her condition for many years thereafter, having more than one significant episode; the last being during first 3-months of 2009. Alison lives with this condition, understands its draw to the ever-comfortable dark, and also how it is possible to find the pathway out of the pits of despair depression bring—just as so many of those who suffer from depression also do daily.
In 2006, Alison also moved to Zihuatanejo, Mexico where she purchased a local bar. She owned and closely managed operations for 2-years, all the while consulting back in the United States and keeping her residence in So Cal. In late 2009, she was in a near-fatal accident while driving across country to take a job in Boston. Ever strong and positive, Alison is on a journey of recovery expected to last for well over a year’s time. As she continues through this process, Alison still lives as a happy, positive, and fulfilling life. Despite all odds, Alison feels whole for the first time in her life
In the course of her day-to-day battle with depression throughout her life, Alison has acquired immeasurable knowledge, both medical and emotional about the disease: how it manifests; how it affects the depressed-person and those around them; and most importantly, several manners through which a severely depressed person can overcome and win their battle. Through her participation in this project, Alison hopes to educate, empathize, and help individuals who suffer from depression personally, and also those who are affected by a depressed loved one.
Alison lives with her family again in central Maine, inclusive of her beloved dog Jasper, cat Ping (short for Ping-Pong), and One-Eyed Jack (so named for the obvious).
Lynn is a native of the east coast, living mostly in Massachusetts. She now lives in California while working for Hungry-Girl.com, a website dedicated to bringing news of guilt-free food finds and recipes to the inboxes of nearly a million people daily. As a true jack-of-all trades, she is involved in recipe development, content, food styling and food photography, as well as other areas like food tasting! She has contributed to all of the Hungry Girl best selling cookbooks and other publications.
Lynn has spent her adult life finding the right balance in many areas of her life; food, fitness, and self love. She hopes that sharing the knowledge gained from her battles will help others to find the right balance in their lives.
Lynn lives in Los Angeles where she participates in softball, kickball (you read that right), and is currently training for her first 10K and sprint triathlon.
Bronwyn is a native of West-Central Pennsylvania and holds a Master’s degree in Criminology as well as degrees in Sociology/Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciene and Law. Bronwyn has also completed classes toward a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is a certified Humane Educator and volunteers as a peer mentor at a juvenile detention facility as well as a tutor for adult literacy and English as a second language. Bronwyn has been an invited speaker at several universities, giving speeches on topics ranging from white collar crime to the decriminalization of drugs. Bronwyn’s work on the connection between childhood animal abuse and adult violent offenses has been commissioned by the University of South Carolina’s Criminology Department for use in their classes.
Bronwyn has been diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and has survived anorexia nervosa, yet still struggles with issues related to food and body image including overeating.
Gina is an east coast native, currently residing in central Maine with her family. An adult child of two alcoholics, Gina was diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia while an undergraduate. She was later diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder following the death of her mother in 2002. She has spent her adult life trying to overcome struggles with the control over food, self-doubt, and trying to find inner peace and happiness.
Lindsey was born in Colorado, raised in Florida, and now calls Nashville, Tennessee home. She has recently begun her adventure as a travel nurse, taking short term positions in various hospitals throughout the country in the area of Pediatric Critical Care. Lindsey is loving the experience of hopping around, going new places, and meeting new people. Right now she has chosen to stay at her current assignment, receiving eating disorder treatment. Lindsey hopes doing so will help her recover from her eating disorder and also the anxiety that she suffers from, and take on the rest of the USA! She also hopes that sharing her story and recovery course will have a positive impact on those also suffering from eating disorders.