Eating Disorder Network of Maryland (MD/DC/NOVA) - A nonprofit making a difference              501(c)(3)
Who We Are


Sharon Baker

Sharon Baker, is the Professional Relations Representative for The Renfrew Centers of Maryland.  She graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia were she received her bachelor’s degree in Art with a minor in English and Psychology. Prior to joining Renfrew Center. 

Ms. Baker held various sales, marketing, and business development positions in the consumer products sector. She has been a volunteer for organizations such as Art with a Heart, Habitat for Humanity, and CAPSA and has served in a variety of different outreach ministries. 

 Sharon joins the Board with a hope and a desire to help educate communities about the nature of eating disorders and their effect on the lives of individuals and their families.

Bobbi Boteler, RD, LD, CEDRD

Bobbi Boteler has worked in the eating disorder field as a dietitian in private practice for over 10 years at Rebecca Bitzer MS, RD and Associates (RBA) , and now at Empowered Eating, a branch of RBA newly formed that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders across the spectrum.  Bobbi has also recently created a program under Empowered Eating for those suffering from Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).  

Bobbi has completed years of eating disorder training from top experts in the field and continues to stay on top of new treatment protocols and research. Bobbi is a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian through International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (), and a founding member of  the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals ().  Bobbi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Maryland and completed her Dietetic Internship through Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Bobbi is recovered from her own eating disorder, which has been the driving force in her career path, passion for advocacy and awareness of eating disorders, and her strong connection with clients and families she works with.  Bobbi's other passion is her family, including her husband, and three children.  

Rick Deise, LGPC

Rick is a Maryland native who returned to the Maryland/NOVA area after a 3-year work assignment in Europe. He is a pastoral counselor and life coach. Rick has three decades of professional experience in architecture & engineering and now provides leadership development to the DOD. His mid-life celebration led him to earn an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, Maryland. He has clinical experience working with military couples and individuals as well as working with children, adolescents, and adults in the foster care system. 

Rick brings to the Board a passion for working with families and loved ones as they journey through the world of eating disorders. His younger daughter has been in recovery for about 6-years now after a 4-year struggle with Anorexia Nervosa. He blends positive psychology and spirituality into his counseling and coaching work and finds a way to weave some humor into his daily life and practice.

Kathy , LCSW-C

Kathy is a clinical social worker and therapist with more than 15-years serving clients....(more about Kathy coming soon)

Tracey Heffernan

Tracey is a parent advocate and a strong community supporter of families united in the struggle for improving eating disorder treatment and recovery awareness....(more about Tracey coming soon)

Carolyn Labrie, MPH

Carolyn Labrie was born and raised in Portland, Maine. Currently, Carolyn is a doctoral student at Saybrook University in San Francisco. She also writes grants for a non-profit organization based in Texas. 

Carolyn was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at age 15, and is fortunate to now be recovered. Through her personal and educational experiences, she has developed a wealth of knowledge about eating disorders and the path to recovery. Carolyn plans to complete her PhD in Psychology so that she may better help individuals who suffer from eating disorders and related illnesses. 

Carolyn joins the Board with a desire to advocate for those who are struggling, while helping to educate communities about eating disorders and the effect they have on the lives of patients and families. Carolyn lives with her family in the Washington, DC metro area.

Sharon R Peterson, LCSW-C, CEDS
Past Founding Director
Board Member Emerita

Sharon has been an outpatient therapist providing individual,
family, and group therapy for over fifteen years.  She has worked for numerous community mental health agencies and school systems in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Baltimore.  A native of Atlanta, Sharon graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS degree and completed her MS in Social Work from The University of Kentucky. Her first post graduate job was at a community mental health agency in rural Tennessee followed by joining the clinical staff at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore.

Sharon has completed the requirements to receive her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) certificate through the International Association of Eating Disorder () Specialists, a symbol of professional excellence for clinicians who specialize in eating disorders. 

Sharon is now living in Atlanta, GA and in private practice where she specializes in eating disorders, child & adolescent transition, women’s issues, grief counseling, miscarriage or loss of a child.
In addition to her private practice and non-profit commitments, Sharon is a loyal advocate speaking out against bullying due to size, race, religion, nationality, or sexuality.

As Founder and Board Member Emerita, Sharon continues to serve the EDN Maryland Board with distinction as a senior adviser.

Jessica Sides, RD, LDN

Jessica Sides is a registered dietitian in private practice in Baltimore, MD working primarily with adults and adolescents with eating disorders. Nutrition is her second career born from her passion for food and cooking and her desire to help people have a positive relationship with food and their bodies.  In 2010 Jessica received her Master’s degree in Nutrition from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, NY. She has worked on the inpatient and day units with adults and adolescents for over four years at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. Jessica enjoys speaking to parents, educators and the community about fostering positive relationships with food and the non-diet approach to health.

If you would like to contact any of our board members or volunteers, you may do so by emailing us by in the
"contact us" section of this website.
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