advertisement
 

  Back to Back to La Jolla 2007 Conference La Jolla 2007 Faculty
Photo  

Natalie Bellini, R.N., C.D.E., has had diabetes since she was a young child and within a year of finishing nursing school started to care for people with diabetes, first focusing on high risk pregnancy and then pediatrics and insulin-requiring adults. She has lectured extensively to clinicians, patients and their families about diabetes, the psychological effect of the disease and how to keep going on the hardest of days. Natalie has worked with children and adults of all ages and has assisted in initiating and expanding pump programs at numerous hospitals and private practices. She believes in truth in education and that knowledge is power. Natalie works for Animas Corporation.


Photo  

Bruce Buckingham, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego, and did his pediatric and endocrine fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. On become an attending at CHLA, he had the pleasure of working with Dr. Fran Kaufman as she started her endocrine fellowship. He subsequently moved to the Children's Hospital of Orange County where he remained for 18 years. While at Orange County he had the opportunity to work with an incredible parent organization, the PADRE foundation. For the last 6 years he as been working at the Stanford Medical Center. He has a long standing interest in glucose sensors, and while at Stanford has conducted a number of studies using the GlucoWatch and Minimed CGMS. He is currently the Principal Investigator at Stanford for the mulitcenter NIH trial (DirecNet) to assess the use of glucose sensors in Children.


Photo  

Steven V. Edelman, MD is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego. He is director of the Diabetes Care Clinic at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in San Diego. Dr. Edelman received his medical degree from the University of California at Davis. His postgraduate training included a residency in internal medicine at UCLA - San Fernando, a clinical fellowship in diabetes and metabolism at The Joslin Clinic, a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at The Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, and a research fellowship in diabetes and metabolism at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Edelman is Founder and Executive Director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, a series of educational and motivational conferences and health fairs for people living with diabetes. He has written 4 books and more than 150 publications including articles and abstracts.


Photo  

Jeff Hitchcock is the creator, editor, and webmaster of Children with Diabetes. After earning a degree in computational mathematics in 1981, Jeff worked in high tech and traveled the world, meeting Brenda, who would become his wife, in Africa. He worked in defense related industries until 1995, when he started a small Internet company and launched Children with Diabetes. He subsequently worked at LEXIS-NEXIS and Pearson plc on Internet initiatives, and now works full time bringing Children with Diabetes to you.


Photo  

Crystal Jackson is a CWD mom and manager the American Diabetes Association's government relations and advocacy division. She is one of the ADA's most valuable resources on anti-discrimination laws and protecting the rights of persons with diabetes. As a parent of a child with diabetes, Crystal was instrumental in the development and implementation of law and policy in Virginia that resulted in improved standards of school diabetes care. Crystal has contributed to many diabetes publications including the National Diabetes Education Program's Helping the Student with Diabetes to Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel and is a member of the Virginia Diabetes Council.


Photo  

Kim Kelly, Pharm. D., is the Director of Diabetes Programs at LifeScan, Inc., in Milpitas, California. Dr. Kelly has a lengthy and distinguished career involving both patient care and administrative roles, including President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. His research and experience have included a number of publications, participation on editorial boards and review panels of several journals, involvement in medical curriculum development, and various committees of professional organizations. Currently, his activities center around developing diabetes health management and educational programs for various health care providers and provider organizations. Delighted to work with children and teens alike, Dr. Kelly participated as a volunteer in the Orlando and Universal City Friends for Life conferences, where he became 'hooked' in working with the wonderful CWD kids and families. He joined CWD as 'regular faculty' in 2004, focusing on the Tween programming.


Photo  

Rick Philbin, M.Ed., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., is a regional manager for Animas Corporation, an athletic trainer, and an individual with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Animas, he managed a comprehensive sports medicine center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Rick is a presenter for Fitness in Today's Times On-site Corporate Wellness Program and is very active in diabetes as it relates to exercise. He has spearheaded an effort to bring a chapter of the Diabetes, Exercise, and Sports Association (DESA) to the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area and lectures frequently on exercise through DESA. He is currently the chapter president and a national board member. Rick's professional experience also includes working as an Athletic Trainer for a Chicago-based sports medicine center, where he worked with professional athletes from the Chicago 76ers and Flyers. He believes education is paramount for good diabetes management. As an avid exercise enthusiast with Type 1 diabetes, Rick practices tight management of his diabetes while on an insulin pump.


Photo  

Gary Scheiner, having had type 1 diabetes since 1985 and working as a Certified Diabetes Educator since 1993, knows the latest and best techniques for achieving optimal diabetes control. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Gary has authored a book and dozens of articles, and speaks at local and national meetings on diabetes, fitness and motivation. Gary received the 1997 William Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient Activities by the American Diabetes Association, as well as the 1998 Allene Van Son Award for the development of effective diabetes teaching tools by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In 2002, he was granted the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Education Research award for the study of basal insulin levels in pump users. Gary owns and operates Integrated Diabetes Services, a private practice located just outside of Philadelphia, specializing in intensive blood glucose control and lifestyle intervention for people with diabetes.


Photo  

Scott K. Scolnick, M.Ed., is the Regional Manager for the SE US with Animas Corporation. He has had Type 1 diabetes since 1975. Scott has been on a pump since 1996. Prior to his work with Animas, Scott received his Masters in Counseling Psychology and has Post Masters Training in Marriage and Family Therapy. He was a marriage and family therapist from 1985-1988. Scott developed and ran Child Adolescent Inpatient and Community based treatment programs from 1988-2000 in Virginia, Indianapolis, Texas, New Mexico, Greater Philadelphia area and Upstate NY. He specializes in using creativity and the imagination in problem solving and decision making. Scott believes in the ideas of empowerment and catching people doing right. He likes to challenge the way in which people think and act in order to help people thrive with diabetes.


Photo  

Mike Schurig M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who has had type 1 diabetes since age 12. Mike works as a registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Nemours Orlando Children's Clinic, as well as serving as CWD's dietitian. Mike has had experience in diabetes education with kids and adults, and has been involved in CWD conferences since the first formal conference in 2001. Mike is active with local ADA activities, regional diabetes educator groups, and the CWD website. His interests are insulin pump education and technical advances in diabetes. Mike enjoys visiting the nearby theme parks and enjoying Central Florida with his wife Gayle and his daughter Allyson.


Photo  

John Walsh, PA, CDE is a Physician Assistant and Diabetes Clinical Specialist who has provided clinical care for patients with diabetes for 25 years. He specializes in diabetes care for people on pumps. He is co-author of Pumping Insulin, now in its fourth edition, Using Insulin, STOP the Rollercoaster, and The Pocket Pancreas. President of Diabetes Mall, he is also webmaster of diabetesnet.com, a highly trafficked source of diabetes information and technology visited by 6,000 people a day. John is a consultant for medical corporations and a frequent speaker on pump therapy, diabetes therapy, intensive diabetes management, and the future of smart pumps, meters and continuous monitors. John has worn a wide variety of insulin pumps for the last 23 years.


Teen Programming Staff

Photo  

Natalie Bellini, R.N., C.D.E., has had diabetes since she was a young child and within a year of finishing nursing school started to care for people with diabetes, first focusing on high risk pregnancy and then pediatrics and insulin-requiring adults. She has lectured extensively to clinicians, patients and their families about diabetes, the psychological effect of the disease and how to keep going on the hardest of days. Natalie has worked with children and adults of all ages and has assisted in initiating and expanding pump programs at numerous hospitals and private practices. She is currently a Territory Manager with Animas Corporation. Natalie believes in truth in education and that knowledge is power. She enjoys working with children and teens, and has a second full-time job as mom of her own teen, Erin. Natalie will be leading the Teen Program at this conference.


Photo  

Katie Daugherty, MPH, has had type 1 diabetes for 19 years, having been diagnosed at the age of 10. She believes that having diabetes has enriched her life in many ways and has made her a better person. Katie has lots of family members with type 1 diabetes: her sister-in-law, cousin, and uncle were all diagnosed within 5 years of each other, and they all relied on Katie to teach them everything about type 1! When she is not attending CWD events, Katie is a Program Manager in Research & Development at Abbott Diabetes Care Inc., where she is known as "the test strip guru." Originally from the Boston area, she is a dedicated Red Sox and Patriots (and Tom Brady) fan, and she now resides in the San Francisco Bay area. Interests include health policy, writing, laughing, and long-distance running. She plans to complete at least one marathon in 2007! How does Katie view CWD? Quite simply: I'm home.


Photo  

Nabil Elarbi, father of four wonderful children, resides in King of Prussia, PA. He became involved with diabetes in December 2003, when his daughter Maryam was diagnosed with diabetes at age 10. He spent his first night at the hospital searching the internet for information on his laptop and stumbled onto the CWD website. It was then that he decided that his family was going to attend the 2004 Friends for Life conference in California. The entire family has been hooked ever since and look forward to it as the highlight of their year. Nabil has always had a special touch working with youth and young adults. He enjoys reading, traveling, and promoting health education in under-served communities. Nabil owns a small Healthcare IT consulting firm.


Photo  

Chris Tull is first and foremost Trevor's dad and Bernadette's husband. Since Trevor’s diagnosis in late 2002, Chris served as a Legislative Chair and Diabetes Advocate, lobbying in his local districts and on Capitol Hill for diabetes funding and awareness. After attending his first CWD conference in 2003, Chris became very involved with CWD conferences, serving as staff for the teen program and overseeing all security matters for each and every conference. His diabetes claim to fame? In his eagerness to remove the air bubbles from Trevor's syringe the first time he gave a shot, he flicked it so hard that he bent the needle, causing his son to proclaim, "Oh, Dad's going to be good at this!" Chris is a police officer in Virginia Beach, and a former Marine.


Photo  

Jim Vail was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19 while he was a sophomore at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Jim graduated with a degree in Media Communications and was a producer for CNBC Business news in Washington, D.C., for nine years all the while wrestling with the unpredictability of NPH and Regular insulin. After finally going on a pump in October of 2001 and 'getting his life back,' Jim pursued Animas Corporation, the maker of his insulin pump, for a job and a chance to reach others with diabetes. Jim made the jump from CNBC and has been with Animas Corporation as a Territory Manager since April 2002.


Tweener Programming Staff

Photo  

Kim Kelly, Pharm. D., is the Director of Diabetes Programs at LifeScan, Inc., in Milpitas, California. Dr. Kelly has a lengthy and distinguished career involving both patient care and administrative roles, including President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. His research and experience have included a number of publications, participation on editorial boards and review panels of several journals, involvement in medical curriculum development, and various committees of professional organizations. Currently, his activities center around developing diabetes health management and educational programs for various health care providers and provider organizations. Delighted to work with children and teens alike, Dr. Kelly has participated as a volunteer in the Orlando and Universal City Friends for Life conferences as well as the Focus on Fitness and Nutrition conference in Baltimore and the Focus on Pumping conference in Washington, D.C. He joined CWD as 'regular faculty' for the San Antonio Focus on Fitness and Nutrition conference, and extends his tenure as faculty to this summer's conference, focusing on the Tweener and Elementary age programming.


Photo  

Melissa Ringley, R.N., C.D.E., Manager of Clinical Services at Animas Corporation, is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing-Wise Virginia, and has been involved in diabetes education for over 12 years. When her daughter was diagnosed with diabetes 12 years ago, Melissa dedicated herself to learning about diabetes and giving back that learning to patients and the medical community alike. Melissa has presented to numerous groups of patients with diabetes as well as health care practitioners, and has worked with hundreds of insulin pump patients with all types of diabetes and from all walks of life. Melissa is known for her caring attitude and genuine concern for all her patients, and for her active involvement in the diabetes community. She will be taking the lead role with the Tweener track at this conference.


Elementary Programming Staff

Photo  

Brian Foster, MSE, is committed to working with children and their parents on the social and psychological issues that develop from having diabetes. Brian holds both his bachelor's and master's degrees in education, with concentrations in psychology and exercise science. He holds a certification in health fitness through the American College of Sports Medicine and is currently pursuing a clinical certification in exercise physiology. Brian was diagnosed with diabetes at age seven and has been an avid athlete since. He competed in both high school and collegiate athletics and now regularly competes in events ranging from ultra-marathons to triathlons (including the last four Boston Marathons.) He is involved in a number of athletic associations including the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association, Insulin Factor, and Team Type 1. He currently is a Pump Support Representative for Animas Corporation. He is married to Tricia Stewart, another faculty member of Children with Diabetes.


Photo  

Lauren Lanning is a self-proclaimed Jersey Girl transplanted to Colorado. She has been involved in the CWD diabetes conferences since the very first gathering in Orlando in 2000, where she volunteered to make name badges. Little did she know. Lauren now coordinates the Elementary Programming for every CWD conference. She has two adorable daughters, Monica (who is now a teen!) and Sarah, who are the inspiration in her life. A computer geek at heart, Lauren has her own web design business. For fun, she completes century rides in Death Valley to raise money for diabetes research.


Photo  

Michelle Rago is an attorney and CWD mom. She graduated from Harvard University in 1986, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Sociology. There she received the First Annual Ben Teel Memorial Prize for Public Service. She graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1990, receiving a Charles Evans Hughes Fellowship. Michelle has practiced complex commercial litigation since graduation, specializing in securities and other class actions on behalf of investors. In 2000, Michelle's son Trent was diagnosed with diabetes at age 4. Due to the diagnosis, Trent's daycare would not accept him back. Since then, Michelle has worked hard to keep abreast of the changing laws with relation to diabetes and school, insurance coverage, and discrimination on account of diabetes. She is a member of the parents list on the CWD website and often assists parents with legal issues that arise in connection with diabetes. For her selfless work with CWD families, Michelle was awarded the Hitchcock Distinguished Service Award at Friends for Life in 2006.


Photo  

Gayle Schurig works in Orlando as a behavior analyst, specializing in children with developmental delays, and has worked with children and families for many years. Gayle became involved with CWD after assisting her husband, Mike, with conferences. Mike is a diabetes educator and dietician, but also has type 1 diabetes. Gayle and Mike's daughter, Allyson, has also become involved by joining IDYA and loved making "friends for life."


Photo  

Tricia Stewart, MS, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, is a registered dietitian, diabetes educator and board certified in diabetes management. Currently, she works as a Senior Clinical Manager at Animas Corporation, interacting with a diverse group of individuals with diabetes. Her role includes providing comprehensive diabetes education and empowering individuals to succeed with insulin pump therapy. Her past experience includes working as a pediatric and adult educator at the Joslin Diabetes Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts. Tricia is bilingual in Spanish. At Joslin, she assisted with starting a diabetes education program for the Latino community. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Brian, who has type 1 diabetes and their two Labrador retrievers.


Photo  

Joanne Stroud is a healthcare consultant and a CWD Mom. Her son Ben was diagnosed in 1998 at the age of ten and CWD quickly became their lifeline. She attended her first conference in 2003 as a volunteer and instantly became hooked, telling Laura she'll do anything (within reason of course!) she can to assist CWD. Joanne is a self professed soccer mom; her husband Jim coached the CWD IDYA soccer team that took their 'game' to Italy in 2004. They also have two other sons, Kyle (20), a student at Savannah College of Art & Design and James (15), a high school sophomore and avid soccer player.


Childcare

Photo  

Mary Babin, RN, BSN, CDE is one of the first clinical employees at Animas Corporation and the first coordinator of childcare for the little ones at the CWD conferences. Mary leads a team of certified diabetes educators providing childcare in a safe environment for kids under 5 with and without diabetes. Providing this service alleviates the concerns of many parents of kids with diabetes – allowing them to attend the sessions with peace of mind knowing that their children are cared for by skilled professionals. This supports Mary’s belief that education is the key to successful blood glucose management. As Executive Director of Clinical and Patient Services at Animas, she is responsible for overseeing pump educators and the pump support team throughout the US. Mary has devoted her career to the world of medicine. As a graduate of Eastern University and Presbyterian School of Nursing, Mary has been in intensive care nursing for over 25 years and a Certified Diabetes Educator for 10. This busy mom and devoted professional has been involved with CWD since 2001. You can spot her at the conferences-she’s the one with the trail of kids behind her!


Photo  

Heather Valdes Speer is first and foremost the mom of a person with diabetes. Her daughter Stephanie (T1DM dx May 1990) was 3 years old at diagnosis and is now a college coed. Heather has worked closely over the last 16 years with families who have children with Type 1 diabetes in both diabetes education and clinical research. She joined the CWD Ask the Diabetes Team in June 1997 and has been a regular participant in Friends for Life and CWD regional meetings since 2000. Heather is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Clinical Research Coordinator and Certified Health Education Specialist at Children's Hospital Orange County (CHOC). She also has worked as Project Coordinator for the Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation (PADRE) in Orange, California.


La Jolla 2007: Focus on Pumping
spacer
Conference - Registration - Program - Youth program
Faculty - Sponsors
Report from the Conference - More Photos



                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Saturday March 08, 2008 17:30:00
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.