Chase Bannister is the Co-Founder of Veritas Collaborative. Highly regarded for his emphasis on constituency-building and practice ethics, Chase carries an unmistakable zeal for advancing public awareness of eating disorders, evidence-based treatment, and access to care. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Chase is credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp), and was elected inaugural president of the North Carolina iaedp Foundation Chapter. Chase is an active member of The Academy for Eating Disorders, The Residential Eating Disorders Consortium, The Eating Disorders Leadership Summit, and serves as Board Vice President of The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action.
Chase has offered expert guidance on mental health to the Food and Drug Administration, testimony to the US Department of Labor regarding access to care, and Congressional Briefings on eating disorders in the context of a changing healthcare environment. In 2016, he was invited to The White House to discuss eating disorders policy from his perspective as a healthcare executive. He continues to develop key relationships on Capitol Hill, playing a significant role in ensuring the inclusion of eating disorders policy within The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama—the first acknowledgement of eating disorder illness within federal statutory law. 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.
Chase 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.