Management & Operations

Without our volunteers, Rock Recovery couldn’t exist. Members of our Management & Operations Team donate their time to keep Rock Recovery running, doing everything from updating our website to training volunteers.

Christie Dondero Headshot 1Christie Dondero – Director of Development & Community Programs

Christie came on as Rock Recovery’s first paid staff member in April 2013. Prior to assuming the Director of Development and Community Programs position, she volunteered with the organization for almost three years and served as Board President for a two-year term. 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.

Cecilia Liu - photoCecilia Liu – Bookkeeper

I am Cecilia, a graduate accounting student from GWU. I come from China where non-profit organization is not common. I’d like to join Rock Recovery, partly because I want to apply accounting skills in real practices. The more important reason is that I was touched by the mission that Rock Recovery works for, the enthusiasm that other staff have on non-profit causes and the story of Cary. In my spare time, I like dancing, listening to music and reading.



Angela Edwards - photoAngela Edwards – Database Administrator

Angela Edwards has been with Rock Recovery since September 2011 and assists with management of the organization’s donor database and coordination with the finance department.  Her work behind the scenes helps the Rock Recovery further their mission and grow the organization.  In addition, she has helped with our ongoing Community Needs Survey and our Program Evaluation process. Angela has a background in social research and is particularly interested in workforce issues and labor markets.  In her free time she trains and races in triathlons and hangs out with her husband, dog, and cat.



Jackie Quinlan - photoJackie Quinlan – Development Coordinator

Jackie Quinlan joined the Rock Recovery team in the fall of 2012 as Development Coordinator.  Jackie is a DC-area native and received her undergraduate business degree from Cornell University.  With experience in the hospitality industry, sales, human resources, and data analysis, Jackie is thrilled to have the opportunity to help support Rock Recovery’s mission. An active member of the Arlington fitness community, Jackie is passionate about balanced healthy eating and wellness.  Outside of volunteering with Rock Recovery, Jackie works full-time as a Product Analyst for a research and advisory firm. In her spare time she enjoys distance running, cooking, watching professional sports and reality TV.

Arthi RaArthi Ragugu – Marketing / Events

Arthi has been living and working in DC for about 4 years now and came across Rock Recovery when she was simply looking for a way to get more involved in the community. She had read about the organization online and was immediately drawn to the mission and vision Cary Larson created. She assists in Rock Recovery’s events and marketing, particularly around Grub for Good. Outside of Rock Recovery, Arthi works full-time in the health care industry and enjoys long-distance running (training for her first full marathon), hot yoga, and baking.


Michelle RodakMichelle Rodak – Marketing / Events

Michelle says she has always been interested in eating—how humans need to eat to live, but our relationship with food is so much more than that. People connect eating with feelings of family, happiness, and sadness, but there must be a balance between “eating to live” and “living to eat.” She was drawn to Rock Recovery to learn more about her own relationship with food and to help others explore theirs in order to not just be alive, but to truly live! Michelle is an employment specialist who helps young adults find and maintain employment. She is a sucker for the cobblestoned streets of her neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia, and loves jumping rope, puppies, football, and sequins.



Liz ElkoLiz Elko – Marketing / Events

Liz represents Rock Recovery at local events, and has also played an active role in starting a New ID Group for the organization. Liz volunteers for Rock Recovery because she wants to help others in their fight against eating disorders, just as she has overcome similar personal challenges. She lives in the D.C. metro area and works as a program assistant for both the Healthy Lifestyles and Community & Workplace Wellness programs at Inova Health System. Liz enjoys long-distance running, the great outdoors, international travel, Bible studies and event planning. She will soon start classes at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to earn her certification as a health and wellness coach.


Kristen Hostetter – Marketing / Communications

Kristen Hostetter, a D.C. area native, graduated from East Carolina University in 2006 with a B.A. in Communication, focus in public relations. She started her professional career in 2007 with digital B2B publishers, FierceMarkets. There, she currently works as the sales and marketing manager, developing digital marketing campaigns for clients in the healthcare space and heading product marketing efforts for the sales team. In 2011, Kristen began working for Rock Recovery to help develop a marketing communications strategy. She has enjoyed bringing awareness to Rock Recovery’s mission of supporting the journey to freedom from disordered eating and has enjoyed expanding her experience in PR, marketing and event planning. She started grad school in the fall of 2013 at Marymount University where she is pursuing a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In her free time, Kristen enjoys yoga, running and playing with her goldendoodle, Fletcher.


Tara Miller – Marketing / Communications

Tara Miller has a passion for digital marketing and communications, with special interest in social media marketing, search engine optimization, and email marketing. Tara started her career in the art world working on public relations and marketing campaigns for several well-known museums. After the art world, Tara explored working for a public relations agency, where she gained valuable experience in digital communications with a variety of commercial and non-profit organizations.

She currently works in-house for Georgetown University where she serves as Assistant Director of Online Marketing and Communications for the McDonough School of Business. Tara’s focus over the last two years at Georgetown has been on developing their social media marketing strategy and implementation plans from scratch. Tara is also pursuing her MBA at Georgetown and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2014.


Signy RobertsSigny Roberts – Graphic Design

When Signy first heard about Rock Recovery, she instinctively wanted to help—to give support where she would have wanted it herself years ago and to instill hope that life can be amazingly free from food addiction. She is volunteering to assist Rock Recovery in the area of her professional expertise: graphics and branding. Signy developed the Rock Recovery logo and slogan, “Bridge to life.” She owns and operates a graphic design marketing firm—Significant Communication—based in Ashburn, Virginia. Her interests include art, typography, photography, cycling, skiing and aerobic dancing. As a Kukuwa Dance Workout instructor, she is particularly passionate about African dancing and living an active, healthy lifestyle with her husband and two children—who are all very into cycling. Her particular interest is mothering through recovery: preventing children from falling into body image distortion traps and allowing them to intuitively connect with their appetites and body needs.


Kelsey GiordanoKelsey Giordano – Communication and Development Specialist

Kelsey Giordano has been volunteering as Rock Recovery’s communication and development specialist since August 2013. She is a student at American University studying public communication and psychology. Kelsey fell in love with Rock Recovery’s mission from the moment she heard it; she could not be more delighted to work for this important cause, and has enjoyed doing it alongside the amazing individuals who make up the organization. Kelsey can always be seen smiling, whether she is exploring DC, spending time with friends and family, baking, or babysitting.


Rachel KramerRachel Kramer – Research Assistant

Rachel Kramer is a Master’s student studying psychology at American University. She is an active member of the Body Image Research Lab at American University, and is passionate about research related to eating disorder and body dissatisfaction prevention. She is currently working on her thesis examining whether self-compassion acts as a buffer against body dissatisfaction. Rachel is thrilled to be part of the research team at Rock Recovery, where she hopes that she can help support research that will enable better understanding of eating disorder prevention and treatment (something she is really passionate about). She enjoys doing yoga, biking around the DC metro area, and photography.


Kelly Cotton – Marketing / Communications, Web Administrator

Stefanie Winston – Legal Assistant

Tracy Kyckelhahn – Research Assistant

Evelyn Meier – Research Assistant

Rupa Raote – Research Assistant

Caroline Ebrill – Executive Assistant