DALLAS (Jan. 15, 2010) – The Elisa Project, a Dallas-based organization dedicated to educating individuals, families and the medical community about eating disorders and the importance of positive body image, has named James Gresham, Timberline Knolls’ chief executive officer, to its Board of Directors. Timberline Knolls (TK) is a Chicago-based residential treatment center offering an environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders and co-occurring disorders. Gresham joins 14 other Elisa Project board members who serve to guide the 11-year-old organization.
“James brings to The Elisa Project his passionate leadership to help families and their loved ones who are struggling with eating disorders,” said Todd Betanzos, President at The Elisa Project. “As a founding investor and CEO at Timberline Knolls, James has developed broader insurance options for families, increased the breadth of recovery programs, and supplemented the admissions process to provide parents and other family members with more information to help them make better decisions at a critical time in their lives. We are confident that his distinguished record as a leader and administrator will help to guide our organization to make a real difference.”
In 1999, Rick and Leslie McCall founded The Elisa Project, a non-profit organization, to provide individuals and their loved ones with education and support. Their daughter, Elisa, was a vibrant 20-year-old college student who, like many her age, suffered the pain of an eating disorder and recorded her struggle in her personal journal. She had hoped to reach out to others, but found her own struggle too great and ultimately took her own life. The publication of her journal has inspired many in her community to rally around the cause of combating eating disorders. That is Elisa’s great legacy. Those involved work to increase community awareness of the disease, promote recognition of the warning signs, encourage those battling an eating disorder to seek treatment and provide objective information to families regarding the availability of appropriate professional services locally and farther afield.
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center was founded in 2005 with a team of compassionate psychiatrists, psychologists and clinicians dedicated to helping adolescent girls and women achieve full lives. Since becoming Timberline Knolls CEO, James Gresham has teamed together a group of medical experts in the treatment of eating and co-occurring disorders, chemical dependency and mood disorders who realize and see the critical need for a new type of treatment center that combines excellence in psychiatric care with awareness of the realities of recovery. From this vision, Timberline Knolls serves its residents, bringing new life not only to the women who are treated but their families.
About The Elisa Project
The organization works to increase community awareness of the disease, promote recognition of the warning signs, encourage those battling an eating disorder to seek treatment, and provide objective information to families regarding the availability of appropriate professional services both locally and farther afield. For more information, contact TEP@TheElisaProject.org or 214.369.5222.
About Timberline Knolls
Timberline Knolls is a residential treatment center located on 43 Beautiful acres just outside Chicago, offering a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders, and co-occurring disorders. By serving with uncompromising care, relentless compassion and an unconditional joyful spirit, we help our residents help themselves in their recovery. For more information, call 877.257.9611.