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Meet Our Dedicated Staff

Lisa RadzakExecutive Director

0017 LisaWe welcomed Lisa to The Emily Program Foundation in April 2017 as its second Executive Director.

As the Executive Director, Radzak has the overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Foundation’s strategic growth plan, which includes staff, programs, fundraising, and execution of its mission to save lives, change minds, and work to eliminate eating disorders. Her responsibilities also include ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems.

Lisa Radzak has over 15 years’ of experience in public affairs, local, state, and federal government relations, nonprofit leadership, law, and community relations. Previously, she was with Minnesota Public Radio|American Public Media where she oversaw community relations, regulatory affairs, and local, state and federal government affairs. Prior to that, Radzak worked at the Minnesota Legislature, in the Office of the House Majority Leader, where she served as a policy advisor and administrative liaison to other governmental bodies and agencies. Radzak is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and a member of the Minnesota Bar, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Ramsey County Bar Association. She holds a degree in Spanish and political science from the University of Minnesota Duluth. A recipient of the 2014 40 Under 40 Minneapolis-Saint Paul Business Journal Award,  a Minnesota Supreme Court appointee to the Minnesota’s Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility Board, and a member of the 2012 class of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Saint Paul, Lisa lives with her family in Saint Louis Park, MN


Emily Monson, LSW Senior Manager, Programs & Impact

0033 EmilyEmily has been a member of our team since August 2013, joining us first as a volunteer Community Educator, Emily now leads the development and implementation of all Foundation programs. Emily works with Foundation team members and key stakeholders to evaluate our work and ensure all program offerings have the greatest impact against the our mission. You may also find Emily delivering some of our highly engaging and effective programs in the community to a wide range of audiences. Emily uses her skills as a social worker and her passion of working with people to drive the Foundation’s vision of a world without stigma and shame around eating disorders, food and body image. Emily has a bachelors in social work from St. Catherine University.


Billie Gray, Ph.D. (program presenter)

Gray_BillieBillie is a current consultant to, and former executive director (2014-2017) of, The Emily Program Foundation. She is committed to promoting healthy relationships with food and positive body image, helping people receive the right level of treatment sooner, and addressing risk factors that lead to eating disorder development.

Billie has an undergraduate degree in business administration from the Carlson School of Business and a masters and doctorate in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota. She is currently enrolled at St. Mary’s University in pursuit of her doctorate in Psychology and licensure as a Psychologist.

Prior to joining the Emily Program Foundation, Billie spent 12 years in the financial services, working with financial advisors and their teams in a training, development, and coaching capacity.  She was also a small business owner for six years, working mostly with non-profits and government agencies in needs analysis and program design, development, management, and evaluation.


 Liz ParroquinCommunity Educator, St. Joseph Worker

Liz head shotRecently graduated with a psychology degree from St. Olaf, Liz was accepted as a St. Joseph Worker for a year of service. She is excited to begin working with The Emily Program Foundation as a Community Educator, giving presentations about eating disorders and increasing the Foundation’s virtual presence. Liz strongly believes in the power of prevention through education and healthy habits, saying:

My interest in positive psychology deeply reflects the Foundation’s mission in promoting a healthy body image for everyone. Unfortunately, several media outlets perpetuate unhealthy perceptions of what all bodies should look like, which is why we need organizations like The Emily Program Foundation. I’ll be managing different social media platforms, including a new Instagram account, so please be sure to follow the Foundation for exciting and inspiring updates! To my readers: You are enough!

Remember, A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms. – Zen Shin