Staff Leadership

 

Christie Dondero Bettwy – Executive Director

christie-dondero-2015-headshotChristie came on as Rock Recovery’s first paid staff member in April 2013. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, she volunteered with the organization for almost three years, served as Board President for a two-year term, and acted as Director of Development and Community Programs. Christie worked for Habitat for Humanity’s seventh largest U.S. affiliate in North Carolina and as a consultant with PwC in Washington, D.C. prior to coming on staff. Having gone through recovery herself, Christie understands the depth of emotional, physical and spiritual support needed to recover and is passionate about spreading the message that freedom from disordered eating is possible. Christie lives with her husband Ryan in Washington, DC and enjoys traveling, ballet, activities with her church and visiting her family in Florida.

Dr. Diana Gaydusek – Clinical Program Director

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Dr. Gaydusek is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Prior to assuming the role of Clinical Program Director, Dr. Gaydusek volunteered with Rock Recovery for three years as a group therapist and as the Administrative Program Director. Dr. Gaydusek received her B.A. in psychology from Hamilton College and her M.A. in school psychology from Marist College. She received a second M.A. in clinical psychology and her doctoral degree from the American School of Professional Psychology. She completed an APA accredited clinical internship at Princeton House Behavioral Health, which included a 6-month eating disorder rotation at the University Medical Center of Princeton. During her doctoral training, Dr. Gaydusek worked with adolescent and adult eating disorder clients at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. In addition to working at Rock Recovery, Dr. Gaydusek is working at Center for Discovery with adolescents and families and Mind Body Health where she provides individualized evidence-based therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Gaydusek has extensive experience in conducting individual, group, and family therapy and is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Maudsley Family Based Treatment for eating disorders.

Erin Bair, M. Div. – Chaplain

erin-headshot-1Erin joined the Rock Recovery team as its first chaplain in the fall of 2015. She is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and has previously served in parish ministry and hospital chaplaincy. Having known many people affected by disordered eating, Erin is grateful to get to support Rock Recovery’s clients, helping them to know the freedom that God’s love and grace offers them. Erin grew up in Georgia and attended college and divinity school in Boston. Nine years into living in the DC area, she’s convinced she’s found the best of both worlds. In addition to working with Rock Recovery, Erin is a speaker and retreat leader and is training to be a spiritual director. In her free time, she loves to read, cook, hike, and spend as much time as possible in Arizona with her nieces and nephew.

Kristyn Y. Brier – Manager of Development & Community Events

Kristyn became Rock Recovery’s second full time staff hire in October of 2017.  Born and raised in New Jersey, Kristyn is new to the DC area. Before joining the Rock Recovery team, Kristyn worked at a small community center in Philadelphia, PA where she ran the children’s after school and summer day camp program. It was during this time that she fell in love with community outreach and event planning. She was drawn to Rock Recovery because of the organization’s powerful, Christ-centered mission to serve those struggling to find recovery and freedom from eating disorders. Kristyn has an educational background in Developmental Psychology, having obtained her BA from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA and her MS from the University of Pittsburgh. Kristyn is excited to be a part of this wonderful organization and the work they do, as it only adds to her love of life in the city!  Kristyn spends her free time exploring DC and its fascinating history with her friends, reading, writing, traveling and shopping at her favorite stores!

Colleen McCarron – Lead Therapist

Colleen is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who specializes in working with women and men with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Colleen’s first role working with people struggling with eating disorders was as a therapy assistant at Rock Recovery! She volunteered as she was working toward her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University. After graduating, she worked at The Renfrew Center of Bethesda as a primary therapist, working with women and families in Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient levels of care. She then went on to work as a primary therapist at Center for Discovery Alexandria in the residential level of care. She has also led groups in outpatient eating disorder treatment, and worked in private practice since 2015. She currently works in private practice in Old Town Alexandria and Arlington, VA. She utilizes an emotion-focused and humanistic perspective, and teaches CBT, DBT, and mindfulness skills with clients struggling with eating disorders. She is currently completing certification for Dr. Brene’ Brown’s The Daring Way approach, which incorporates shame resilience and self-compassion skills into her treatment practice.

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