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Our Board of Directors

Denise Johnson, RN, BSN, MBA (Chair)

Denise is a Registered Nurse and seasoned health care professional. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. In her role as the Continuum Administrator at Kaiser Permanente, she and her team are responsible for the care of patients as they leave the hospital and enter alternative care. She understands the importance of support systems to help people achieve and maintain health and hopes to continue to serve the community in this area through her work with the Board.


Vanessa McCaslin (Vice Chair)

Vanessa grew up in the Bay Area, and graduated from The Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Advertising. In her free time she enjoys photography, yoga, and is a member of the Junior League of San Jose. She is currently responsible for the Eating Disorders Resource Center in Silicon Valley’s advertising, promotion, and Facebook page.



Deborah Bingham (Treasurer)

Debi Bingham.jpgDeborah Bingham earned a BS in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Arizona in 1980.  She founded a Nanny Referral Agency for Central Tennessee and has worked in fundraising, managing databases, and donor relations for the past ten years.   Debi worked closely with the Founder to prepare all the forms to obtain EDRC’s 501c3 status and developed the EDRC's original online resource directory.  Debi and her husband and their three children and golden retriever live in the Cambrian area of San Jose.


Denise Bridges

Denise graduated from UCLA with a BA in International Development Studies.  She has worked for various nonprofits including The Health Trust, SV2 and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  Denise joined the board of the EDRC to become more involved at the local level with women's issues.  She lives in Danville with her husband Clarence and daughters Simone and Ruby. She is currently the donor relations officer for the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center


Amy Hsieh

Amy has over 12 years experience in fund development for nonprofits and currently serves as the Grants Manager for Samaritan House. Amy has worked for several nonprofits in the Bay Area and New York City, most recently for Bring Me A Book and the Health Trust. She first started volunteering for EDRC in 2007 because of her compassion for those suffering from eating disorders.  Amy has a background in Fine Arts, enjoys hiking and healthy living, and is committed to helping EDRC impact more individuals throughout the Bay Area who suffer from or care for loved ones with eating disorders. 


Karen Wolf, RN

Karen Wolf is a registered nurse who has been employed at Good Samaritan Hospital since July 1974. Since 1995 she has been working in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. She has a BSN and PHN and MAOM from the University of Phoenix. Her medical affiliations include a certified Cardiac Care Associate in the American College of Cardiology, the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.


Karen is a member of the philanthropic group Clipped Wings, a group formed by retired United Airlines fight attendants. This group does a lot of work with Special Olympics.


Karen feels that her purpose in life is helping others and is pleased to bring this spirit to EDRC.



Emily Caruthers, LMFT, ATR

Emily is a marital and family therapist and registered art therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University, and her M.A. in marital and family therapy (clinical art therapy) at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  She was selected for and completed a highly competitive post-graduate fellowship at Cedars-Sinai, Thalians-Department of Psychiatry in Los Angeles focusing on advanced diagnostic skills and therapeutic interventions.  She have a breadth of clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings both in the Los Angeles area and in Northern California.  Currently she as a private practice in Menlo Park CA and is the founder of the Mid-Peninsula Eating Disorder Clinic, an out-patient clinic in Menlo Park.

In addition to her clinical work, Emily is very active in advocacy efforts to ensure proper funding and resources for the awareness, education, treatment and prevention of eating disorders.  Emily is excited to be a newly elected board member of the EDRCSV.  After volunteering with them for several years, she is looking forward to helping the organization grow, develop and remain vital.



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