Youth Advisory Board
Are you passionate about awareness and support for teens and young women/AFAB living with PMDD? Apply today for the IAPMD Youth Advisory Board! Please contact Sandi MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Destiny “Desy” Whitaker
Youth Advisory Board Chair
Destiny is a 17 year old who resides in Eastern North Carolina and lives with multiple chronic illnesses - one of which is PMDD. She is extremely excited to join the IAPMD Team and looks forward to the journey that lies ahead. She hopes to help improve the research and understanding of PMDD and treated in both the medical and social climate. She has many endeavors but in them all possesses the main goal of improving people’s understanding of things that are often misunderstood and connecting with them in some way.
Brett Buchert, Me v PMDD
Brett is the mind and heart behind Me v PMDD, a symptom tracking app for anyone fighting through Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) that arose from her own decade long struggle with the condition. Passionate about mental health, she received her degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and plans to pursue further degrees to advocate for the importance of mental health and fight for better treatments for PMDD Warriors. Brett is also the IAPMD Peer Support Team Lead, a former college rower, active rock climber, and animal lover.
“I joined the YAB because I want to help teens and young adults find effective ways of coping with and managing PMDD early so they are not held back by the condition and can achieve their dreams and goals.”
Kristin Drouin MSW, Inova Health System
As a Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapist and a licensed social worker, Kristin is passionate about mental health advocacy. Recently named The Luv U Project's uLead Young Professional of the Year, she brings to the board experience as a crisis counselor and as a fundraiser for suicide prevention organizations. Diagnosed at age 21, Kristin is one of the board's youngest members.
"My primary goal as a member of the YAB is to reach girls, teens and young adults with reproductive mood disorders, so that they may know they are not alone. As an individual with lived experience, raising awareness about female suicidal ideation is of equal importance to me."
Megan is 19 years old and has lived in Montreal, Canada all her life. As a recent graduate of CEGEP, Megan has been studying International Development and recently spent time in Nicaragua. While studying, Megan also played soccer, did rowing, and volunteered for an organization called the Friendship Circle. During my free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, boyfriends, friends and do art.
“I decided to join the IAPMD Youth Advisory Board is because about 5 years ago I began to slowly develop breakdowns, anxiety and deep sadness. I found myself in a place that I did not seem to know how to get out of. I strongly believe that this should not be the case for anyone and I do hope that creating more awareness about PMDD will help others who have felt the way I have.”
Iyoniodi Stella D Etire
Iyoni is currently studying medicine at the University of Ghana Medical School, Ghana. Iyoni also has a BSc in Biomedical Science from University of Essex, UK.
“I am very passionate about mental health issues because I can relate to them. Over the years, I have developed mechanisms to cope with the emotional rollercoaster ride of PMDD.
I decided to join the Youth Advisory Board because I want to help young people who are dealing with Premenstrual Disorders, to let them know that they are not alone and that there are people who understand exactly how they feel. I also want to contribute to the other, non-pharmacological ways of managing PMDD.”