Our Leadership Team

Christie Dondero Headshot 1Christie Dondero – Executive Director

Christie came on as Rock Recovery’s first paid staff member in April 2013. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, she volunteered with the organization for almost three years, served as Board President for a two-year term, and acted as Director of Development and Community Programs. Christie worked for Habitat for Humanity’s seventh largest U.S. affiliate in North Carolina and as a consultant with PwC in Washington, D.C. prior to coming on staff. Having gone through recovery herself, Christie understands the depth of emotional, physical and spiritual support needed to recover and is passionate about spreading the message that freedom from disordered eating is possible. Christie recently fell in love with spin classes and in her spare time she enjoys traveling, ballet, activities with her church and visiting her family in Florida.


Elise Peterson headshot jpgElise Peterson – Program Director

Elise is originally from the Midwest, and moved to the East coast to earn her Master’s in Counseling from Regent University. After graduating and moving to the DC area, she became involved as a volunteer with Rock Recovery. She was drawn to the organization’s faith-based values, its belief that freedom from disordered eating is truly possible, and its commitment to making treatment accessible to those who struggle.

During her time volunteering with Rock Recovery, Elise has had the privilege of seeing clients reclaim hope for recovery and a healthy life. She is thrilled to be coming on staff with Rock Recovery to serve as Program Director.

Elise comes to Rock Recovery from Center for Discovery, a residential treatment facility for adolescents who suffer from eating disorders. In her spare time, Elise enjoys being on the water, playing music, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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