MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS
Senior Vice President for Community Engagement | Founder, Veritas Collaborative
Chase Bannister (he/him), Founder of Veritas Collaborative, is Senior Vice President for Community Engagement of Accanto Health, the parent company of Veritas Collaborative, The Emily Program, and Gather Behavioral Health. Chase is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. He is Principal of Bannister Consultancy, a firm committed to thought leadership for healthcare strategy & civic engagement, and formerly served Veritas Collaborative as Chief Strategy & Clinical Officer. In 2006, he developed the clinical program for CRC Health Group’s first startup residential eating disorders treatment center.
Chase’s career is marked by achievements in many arenas, including federal legislative initiatives, standards-of-care creation, clinical program innovation, healthcare entrepreneurship, professional education, advocacy, and public awareness campaigns. He played a significant role in ensuring the inclusion of eating disorders policy within The 21st Century Cures Act—the first acknowledgment of eating disorders in the history of federal statutory law. A highly respected speaker, Chase appears regularly on the national stage to present on eating disorders, healthcare policy, and ethics.
Chase is Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action. He is also an active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Leadership Summit, as well as the REDC Consortium, chairing the Special Investigatory Committee on Ethics.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College, Chase was the first to earn concurrent graduate degrees in Clinical Social Work & Divinity from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School and Duke University. He is the recipient of The Arthur B. & Ida Maie Rivers Award for Integrity, Virtue, Gentleness, and Character, as well as The L. Harris Chewning Award for Academic Scholarship and Intellectual & Moral Integrity.