Board of Directors

Sylvia KampSylvia Kamp – VP Fiduciary

Sylvia serves as Fiduciary Vice President of Rock Recovery, allowing her to combine past legal experience with a passion to help young men and women. She is excited to meet other people with the same goals of raising awareness and lowering the prevalence of disordered eating. After 10 years of coaching Division I collegiate athletics, Sylvia now works for the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This job recently moved her from the Midwest to New Orleans, Louisiana. Sylvia loves to watch sports — especially NASCAR, football, and college basketball — and she is probably the only person with horseshoe and fleur-de-lis tattoos! She enjoys running, biking, reading, and exploring her new town.


Clara Hanson - photoClara Hanson – Secretary/Historian

Clara serves as the Board Secretary of Rock Recovery. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2012 with a degree in Sociology and American Studies. Clara currently works as a media analyst, and looks forward to using her organizational skills to advance the mission of Rock Recovery. In her free time, Clara enjoys cooking, painting, reading, exploring DC, and playing with her sister’s golden retriever.


Michelle Poling – VP of Communications and Marketing

Michelle Poling, MS, RD, LDN, joined the Rock Recovery team in 2013 with over four years experience assisting clients struggling with eating disorders. Michelle graduated from James Madison University, completing programs in both Dietetics and Media Arts & Design with a concentration in Corporate Communications. From there, she attended Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY earning her master’s degree in Healthcare Policy & Management while completing a dietetic internship program. With no intention to move back to her hometown in the D.C. area just yet, Michelle headed South to practice medical nutrition therapy at a large hospital, as well as a local substance abuse rehabilitation center in Baton Rouge, LA. In 2008, she made her way back up to Baltimore to accept a position as a registered dietitian with the Center for Eating Disorders. She spent the next four years providing nutrition services for eating disordered clients across all levels of in-patient and out-patient care. Relocation to DC brought Michelle to Rock Recovery where she now enjoys the opportunity to serve as the VP of Marketing & Communications, as well as a registered dietitian with the FIG! Program. She is excited to bring awareness to Rock Recovery’s mission, programs, and community events, while continuing to directly support affected members of this population. In her free time, Michelle enjoys exploring the DMV, baking, dancing, and attending local sporting events.

ceceinbrownCerissa K. Burden, M.S., SPHR- VP, Human Capital

Cerissa K. Burden, M.S., SPHR is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by HRCI, with a Masters from Abilene Christian University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University in Human Resource Management & Organizational Development. With well over a decade of human resource experience Cerissa’s experience spans corporate, government, and non-profit sectors. Her specialties include: International HR, Workforce Planning/Recruiting/Retention, Policy and SOP development, Employee Relations, Performance Management, HR Legal Compliance, Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Vendor & Contract Management, and Total Rewards Management.

Being one that believes in using her skills to help her community no matter where in the world she may be living; Cerissa is excited to be able to use her human resource skills and experiences to help Rock Recovery in its important work and to support its wonderful staff and volunteers to continue the mission of setting people free from disordered eating.

Walter SczudloWalter Sczudlo – Senior Advisor to the Board

Walter Sczudlo, J.D., LL.M. joined the RR team in 2010 with an expertise in nonprofit legal issues including matters related to nonprofit boards, governance, strategic planning and organization management; as well as staff organization, recruitment, management, and retention. He is pleased to bring to RR his knowledge about best practices in philanthropy based on his background in nonprofit law and policy. Walter is also very active as a public policy advocate on nonprofit issues, having organized passage of the CARE (Charity Aid Recovery and Empowerment) Act and other legislative initiatives including the IRA Charitable Rollover. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, Mr. Sczudlo served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), for nearly ten years. Walter is an active runner with two triathlons and a marathon behind him.


Naomi PizarroNaomi Pizarro – Senior Advisor to the Board

Naomi Pizarro, PHR, comes to Rock Recovery with more than 20 years of experience, to lead and coordinate the Human Resources function as the VP of Human Resources.

Naomi’s professional experience spans organizations in the Washington metropolitan area with 50 to 300+ employees, and some of these firms, with field staff worldwide, including in high conflict areas such as Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, and Lebanon, in addition to countries in Africa and the Middle East. In her past positions, Naomi has ensured that staff recruitment, hiring and development, employee relations and the overall human resources strategic direction complements and responds to the strategic long and short-term goals of the organizations.  Naomi has a certificate in Human Resources Management from the George Mason University and is also a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She earned her degree in General Studies with emphasis in English and Mathematics from Northern Virginia College.  She enjoys traveling, sailing and spending time in her native Northern Virginia with her family.

Terribeth PhotoTerribeth Brunker Smith

Terribeth serves as a Board Member for Rock Recovery. She graduated from Centre College with a BS in Psychology and earned a Specialist Degree from the University of Eastern Kentucky in School Psychology. Terribeth will work on the outreach for Rock of Recovery focusing on the Hungry for What? programs. She works for Scholastic, Inc. and lives with her husband, 10 year old son and 3 cats in Northern Kentucky.