As women, runners, coaches, and human beings, TS writer Sandi and I (Ray-her twin!) were fed up with hearing about eating disorders among young female runners. We knew our friends were too. The Mary Cain story, where she was body-shamed by her famous coach, was the final straw.
Ray is originally from Cleveland, OH. She graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Social Social Sciences from Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH. For the next few years, she worked at several non-profit organizations, such as the YMCA and Girls on the Run of Northeast Ohio. She also served as Co-President of the Coalition for Children’s Mental Health in Hudson, OH, while exploring her backyard, Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Finally, it was time to take her adventure to Colorado, where she backpacked the Colorado Trail with her Australian Shepard before enrolling in Naropa University’s Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy program. Ray completed her practicum internship at Rocky Mountain Integrative Academy, an alternative high school, in Westminster, CO. She then went on to complete her 9-month internship at Harmony Foundation, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center in Estes Park, CO. Ray fell in with Estes Park, the community, and her new backyard of Rocky Mountain National Park, deciding to call it home and open up Wanderlust Counseling.