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 graduate school in Clinical Psychology to continue 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 cat lover.
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."