Mary E. Machuga
BA, Executive Director
Mary has an extensive background in business and nonprofits in the Erie area. Realizing that there is an almost total gap in services for eating disorders and body image issues, she has worked since 2018 in making local prevention, awareness, and treatments available. She recognizes that eating disorders are complex illnesses and strives to have White Pine Center provide help for body, mind, and spirit. When not working, Mary can be found reading, playing her piano, and relaxing with family and friends.
MS, LPC, Clinical Director
Brandes started her career in eating disorder treatment in 2006 at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, working in an eating disorder inpatient setting, going on to work at COPE’s inpatient program in Pittsburgh. She also has research experience as a diagnostic evaluator for depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders and started a private practice in 2010, focusing on eating disorders and trauma. Brandes is excited to have the opportunity to help build White Pine Center for Healing as a dedicated eating disorder and trauma treatment and prevention facility. In her spare time, Brandes enjoys spending time with family, camping, gardening, and raising chickens.
Brittny has 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults within residential facilities, personal residences, and as a school counselor. Her passion is empowering youth with tools and strategies to navigate their mind and body awareness, support systems, self-esteem, and relationship building, identifying obstacles, and finding solutions. Brittny can be found spending time with her family and working on arts and crafts projects.
Ellen has extensive experience providing services to individuals and groups in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings, focusing on addictions. She emphasizes a person-centered therapeutic approach while utilizing techniques from evidence-based modalities such as CBT, DBT and Mindfulness-based approaches. Ellen also teaches ballet, enjoys golfing and spending time with her rescued pit bulls.