Feeding Matters Volunteer Spotlight is a monthly Q & A series that shares the stories of our growing network of change agents, the driving force behind our vision to create a world where children with pediatric feeding disorder will thrive. This month we bring you Elina Zimmerman.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I'm a CF-SLP at a special education preschool in the San Francisco Bay Area. After over a decade as a Montessori teacher and then a wilderness survival instructor, I decided to pivot my career and pursue a Master's in Speech Language Pathology, which I completed in December 2020. I live in Oakland, CA with my partner and 2 Huskies.
What motivated you to become involved with Feeding Matters?
During my studies, I developed a passion for pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. Since graduate programs typically offer very little information on PFD, becoming involved with Feeding Matters was one of the ways I could broaden my knowledge.
How have you volunteered with Feeding Matters?
My primary volunteer responsibilities include managing event, provider, and resource submissions on the FM website.
What has been your favorite part of volunteering with Feeding Matters?
I loved attending the Annual Community Event virtually this year - it was energizing and inspiring!
What sets Feeding Matters apart from other organizations?
The way FM connects families to one another for support is invaluable. Also, their commitment to research is helping to create a broader evidence base for clinicians who assess and treat PFD.