Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) was founded to help those who have binge eating disorder, their friends and family, and those who treat the disorder.

BEDA provides individuals who suffer from binge eating disorder with the recognition and resources they deserve to begin a safe journey toward a healthy recovery. BEDA also serves as a resource for treatment providers to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat the disorder.

By establishing strong connections among members and sister organizations, BEDA’s goal is to give everyone access to the tools they need to live with, treat, and, ultimately, prevent the disorder.

BEDA Mission
BEDA is the national organization focused on increasing prevention, diagnosis and treatment of BED and associated weight stigma. Through outreach, education and resources, BEDA is committed to facilitating awareness, excellence in care, and recovery for those who live with and those who treat binge eating disorder and its associated conditions.

BEDA Values:
Through the following initiatives BEDA provides a community dedicated to helping those with BED and associated weight stigma:

  1. Understanding and Hope
  2. Evidence-based research
  3. Clinically accepted practices
  4. Resources for individuals and families
  5. Educational opportunities for treatment professionals
  6. Advocacy
  7. Cooperation with and empowerment of individuals and organizations to enhance effectiveness
  8. Commitment to equitable treatment and elimination of discrimination in all its forms at all organizational levels and throughout all programs.
  9. Commitment to excellence and to maintaining the membership and public trust
  10. Transparency, integrity and honesty

BEDA Vision:
To create a community where people have access to resources to help them overcome BED and live healthy, productive lives free from weight stigma.

Chevese Turner, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Recognizing the need for an organization to advocate on behalf of affected individuals and the providers who treat them, as a binge eating disordered individual herself, Chevese Turner founded BEDA in June 2008.  A well-rounded career in the health care, pharmaceutical, political, and non-profit arenas performing a variety of leadership roles, including fundraising, marketing, and sales, has prepared Turner to launch BEDA.

Turner was most recently a senior oncology territory manager with Eisai Pharmaceuticals. Demonstrating a command of the health care policies critical to the oncology community, she consistently ranked in the top tiers of her division. In 2006, she won the prestigious “Eagle” award for top sales. Known for her interest in health care policy, Turner developed a consultative style her providers came to rely on.

While with the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), she learned the daily operations of a non-profit entity and gained an understanding of the intricacies of the cancer provider community. Turner worked closely with ACCC’s executive director and director of policy on reimbursement and payer issues. She applied her skills and knowledge to network among ACCC’s primary funders and build educational programs to benefit the organization’s membership.

In her role as a marketing manager with the Pharmaceutical Education & Research Institute (PERI), Turner created and marketed education programs for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Her strategic approach was instrumental in raising awareness for PERI as the “go to” for educational programs for pharmaceutical executives and researchers. The result was an increase in attendees and inquiries for specialized training.

Turner began her career as a sales representative for Novartis Pharmaceutical Company, where she honed her sales skills and knowledge of the health care industry. She spent her spare time working on several political campaigns in Virginia.

Turner attended Temple University in Philadelphia, during which time she was an appointed committeewoman to the city’s 21st ward. She also worked on several state congressional, mayoral, and gubernatorial campaigns as she completed her BA in political science.

Turner lives in Severna Park, MD, with her husband and two sons.

Board of Directors
Trisha Souders Rubin, L.C.S.W.
Founder, Growth and Recovery Center

Vice President
Ellen Shuman
Founder, WellCentered, Inc.

Ashley Southard, Ph.D., LGMFT
Family Therapist and Researcher

Ramona G. Seidel, MD
Partner, Bay Crossing Family Medicine

Theresa Chestnut, MSW, LCSW
Primary Therapist
Castlewood Treatment Center, St. Louis, MO

Allison Grupski, PhD
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Il

Marsha Hudnall, RD, MS
Director & Owner, Green Mountain at Fox Run

Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED CEDS
Founder, Executive Director, Psychiatrist
Oliver Pyatt Centers, West Miami, FL

Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW
Clinical Director, The Center for Eating Disorders Director, Bodywise Binge Eating Recovery Program

Suzanne Ricklin, LCSW-C, BCD, CEDS
Founding Partner, Century Mental Health, Inc.

Meredith Terpeluk, MNA
President, Core Wellness Life Coaching, LLC

Andrew Walen, LCSW-C
Director, The Body Image Therapy Center

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