From left to right: Judi Goldstein, MSS, LSW; Samuel E. Menaged, JD; Gayle Brooks, PhD, CEDS-S; Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS-S, F.iaedp
Samuel E. Menaged, JD
Samuel Menaged is the Founder and President of The Renfrew Centers and The Renfrew Center Foundation. Mr. Menaged founded The Renfrew Center over 35 years ago as the country's first residential treatment facility specializing in eating disorders. A former healthcare attorney, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his JD from New York University School of Law. Mr. Menaged is a Board Member of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium and the past President of the Board of the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy and Action, an advocacy group based in Washington, DC.
Judi Goldstein, MSS, LSW
Judi Goldstein is Vice President of The Renfrew Center Foundation. She has been with The Renfrew Center since it opened in 1985, serving first as Director of Admissions and later as Director of Marketing and Vice President of Professional Relations and Education. Ms. Goldstein participated in the strategic growth and expansion of the organization, including the start-up of The Renfrew Center of Florida and several outpatient sites. Since 1994, Ms. Goldstein has been responsible for the development of The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference serving as Conference Chair. She received her Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work in 1982. Ms. Goldstein is a Founder of the National Eating Disorders Association.
Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS-S, F.iaedp
Adrienne Ressler is Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation, and has served as senior staff for more than 28 years. She attended the University of Michigan for both her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees and received a faculty appointment as a Lecturer in the School of Education. A body image specialist, Ms. Ressler’s trainings reflect her background in body-focused/somatic methods to treat eating disorders and body image. Fellow and past-President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp), she presently chairs iaedp’s Senior Advisory Council. Ms. Ressler is the Co-Founder and former Co-Chairperson of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies Special Interest Group of the Academy for Eating Disorders and an Advisory Board Member of the non-profit, Eating Disorder Recovery and Support in Petaluma, CA.
In 2016, she was selected as the inaugural recipient of Eating Disorder Hope’s Seal of Excellence award for her "empowering work as a body image specialist" and in 2013 was granted the “Hope” award by South Florida’s Gratitude for Giving annual recognition breakfast. Author of chapters on the use of experiential therapies for eating disorders in three textbooks, Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter, Treatment of Eating of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap, and Embodiment & Eating Disorders: Theory, Research, Prevention and Treatment, her work has also been included in the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Ms. Ressler is published in Social Work Today and Pulse, the journal of the International Spa Association. A frequent contributor to the popular media, she has appeared on the TODAY show and Good Morning America Sunday.
Gayle E. Brooks, PhD, CEDS-S
Gayle Brooks is Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for The Renfrew Center. Dr. Brooks leads the Renfrew Clinical Excellence Board and the Clinical Training Department, and also serves as Co-Chair for Renfrew's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. She has clinical and administrative oversight responsibility for Renfrew’s residential facility in Florida and for the non-residential sites in CA, FL, GA, IL, NC, and TN. For the past 30 years, she has treated patients from diverse backgrounds who suffer from eating disorders. Dr. Brooks served as the eating disorders specialist in the HBO film Thin, has appeared on Good Morning America and has been featured in the following publications: The New York Times, People Magazine, Essence Magazine and Perspectives, The Renfrew Center Foundation’s journal for professionals. A frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, Dr. Brooks speaks on topics such as the treatment of the complex patient, eating disorders and cultural diversity, the interplay between eating disorders and trauma, and eating disorders in mid-life women. Dr. Brooks is a member of the iaedp Board of Directors and former Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity Special Interest Group.