Staff

Laura Eickman

Founder

Laura Eickman, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and the founder of REbeL. She focused on eating disorders throughout her education and training at the University of Nebraska and Baylor University, and has worked with adolescents and adults with eating and body image issues for more than 15 years. Dr. Eickman is committed to increasing prevention efforts in this field; she founded and developed the REbeL Peer Education Program in 2008. She strives to ensure that REbeL is a research-based program, and works to keep our outreach efforts innovative and impactful. Dr. Eickman loves to travel, watch college football, and spend time with her husband and three young boys.

Laura Lahue

Executive Director

Laura LaHue, M.Ed. is an educator in Kansas. Through her experience in the elementary and middle school level, she has seen first-hand the necessity of self-love and acceptance, as well as the harmful impact due to the absence of these qualities. In addition to incorporating practices that prevent negative body image issues inside the school, Laura works with adolescents to promote and celebrate individual beauty and differences on an activism level. Through her work with REbeL, she provides training to other educators and administrators on these topics. Laura received her undergraduate degree in Education from Kansas State University and holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from The University of Missouri – Kansas City. Outside of her work with students and adults, Laura enjoys all things coffee, summer afternoons on patios, and spending time with friends and family.

Jessica Betts

Program Director

Jessica is a master’s level Registered Dietitian and is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. While at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she obtained her undergraduate degree, she became heavily involved in eating disorder education, outreach, and prevention efforts on campus. She has lived in Kansas City for the last 6 years and has worked in a variety of settings. Throughout her career, she has focused on the importance of listening to and reconnecting with our bodies and developing a healthy relationship with food and exercise. She enjoys speaking in front of large groups and loves working one-on-one with clients but she also loves the challenge and excitement of coordinating large-scale projects. Her passion is working in the realm of eating disorder treatment and prevention and empowering young women. She likes to spend her free time with close friends and family, getting hooked on Netflix shows, staying active, and attending live music events around town.

Courtney Gray

Development Director

Courtney attended Avila University, where she studied Sociology and Psychology. She entered the non-profit world in 2008 when she began working for the YMCA of Kansas City in their School Age Services division. She later dove into event coordination — organizing gala’s, wine tastings, golf tournaments, and bike rides — before transitioning to the role of Manager of Development & Sponsorship with the Head For The Cure Foundation. There she learned she had a knack for working with businesses interested in becoming further involved with the community.

Courtney is originally from Des Moines, Iowa where she was born and raised an Iowa Hawkeye fan. She has been in the Kansas City area for over 10 years and has developed a love for coffee, long strolls through Target, reality TV, and time spent with her husband and son.

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