The BE REAL Team
Ambassador Program Coordinator
For the past 13 years Stephanie has acted as Project Coordinator for Amy’s Gift, a Quad Cities Eating Disorders Consortium, whose mission is “to promote the hope, help and healing for those with eating disorders in the Quad Cities community”. In this work she connects her community with local and national resources for eating disorders treatment as well as coordinates trainings for eating disorders assessment, treatment and prevention.
In addition, she is a Community Relations Specialist at the Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health, where she acts as an advocate and organizer for various programs and trainings events relating to mental health. She is also a teacher with the Trauma Supports Yoga Team with Challenge to Change.
Stephanie is passionate about sharing the BE REAL materials with others, especially adolescents, so that we can all begin creating a narrative around mental health, self-care and body image that is supportive and sustaining for ALL. With additional work experience as a children’s theatre teacher, Stephanie’s diverse personal and professional knowledge have brought her here today to be a part of the BE REAL Ambassador team!
The BE REAL Board of Directors
President & CEO of The Network of Executive Women (NEW)
As CEO of NEW, Sarah leads a nonprofit learning, leadership and advocacy organization that represents more than 13,000 members, with over 1,000 corporate partners and 22 regions in the United States and Canada. Sarah works toward advancing gender equality and diversity in the retail, consumer goods, technology, and financial services industries. Sarah believes it’s time for more women leaders and more collaborative, flexible, and diverse workplaces for everyone.
Founder/Creator of REbel Curriculum
Laura Eickman, PsyD, is a psychologist and educator whose work focuses on eating disorders, body image, and empowerment. After earning degrees at the University of Nebraska and Baylor University, Laura provided psychotherapy in private practice for more than 10 years. Her commitment to educating the community about mental health and body acceptance eventually turned into her full-time career when she created the REbeL curriculum and began to work in the school setting. The name, REbeL, is based on the philosophy that we want students to “rebel” against conformity, peer pressure, the diet mentality, and our culture’s unrealistic appearance standards. Laura has spoken on these topics both nationally and internationally, and believes body confidence needs to be taught and encouraged everywhere. Laura and her husband live in Nebraska where she spends most of her time driving her three boys around. She also loves baking, yoga, and college football!
Executive Director of National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (ANAD)
Passionate about building community, Lynn Slawsky is a project management professional with executive and operational leadership experience. She currently leads the Research & Evaluation team at Rotary International, where they work to increase understanding and knowledge of Rotary among staff and members. Before joining Rotary, Lynn was executive director of ANAD, a Chicago nonprofit that provides support services for people with eating disorders. She also has managed projects at the University of Chicago Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, American Library Association, and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in international development and a master’s degree in public administration, both from The Ohio State University. She lives with her husband, 5-YO, and 2 kitties in Chicago, Illinois, where she is on the boards of two local nonprofits that are both focused on education.