As the Executive Director, Lisa 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 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.
Colleen ensures all the Foundation’s programming, development, strategic planning, and operations activities achieve their full potential. Her passion for preventing eating disorders, strengthening mental health and positive body image, and fighting stigma stems from the intersection of many parts of her life – as a dancer in her youth, a women’s studies minor in college, a volunteer crisis center and support group facilitator, a media producer, and a mom raising a “differently-wired” son.
After starting her career in human resources, Colleen spent 18 years working for one of Minnesota’s top non-profits – American Public Media / Minnesota Public Radio. While there, she managed a national distribution partnership with the BBC World Service that achieved record U.S. public radio audience growth. She raised grant funds for a wide range of regional and national programs. She developed strategic plans, managed multiple projects across departments, and organized many events. She was a founding producer of On Being, helping the program grow into a Peabody-award winning public radio conversation. She’s thrilled to apply her non-profit expertise to growing The Emily Program Foundation’s reach and impact through the work of a talented, dedicated and fun team.
Colleen has a degree in history from Northwestern University. She lives in Falcon Heights, MN with her husband, son and Labrador retriever.
Emily joined us first as a volunteer Community Educator, but 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 on 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 for 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 bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Catherine University.
With six years of experience in nonprofit and foundation administration, Lindsay works with Foundation team members and key stakeholders to maximize the Foundation’s operations and communications to better fulfill our mission. Lindsay loves being a part of the new team deeply dedicated to discovering innovative and effective strategies to end eating disorders and is excited to invite others into this important work. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul and a fundraising certificate from the University of St. Thomas. Lindsay and her husband live in Richfield, MN.
Billie is a current consultant to, and former executive director 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.
Recently 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 work 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.
Her interest in positive psychology deeply reflects the Foundation’s mission of 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. She enjoys managing different social media platforms, including a new Instagram account, so please be sure to follow the Foundation for exciting and inspiring updates! To our readers: You are enough!
Remember, A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms. – Zen Shin