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Henry Anhalt, DO, FAAP, FACOP, FACE, CDE is the Director, Medical Affairs at Animas Corporation. Prior to his appointment at Animas he was Director, division of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and at the Infant's and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Anhalt has published widely in both the lay press and the scientific literature on a variety of topics in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. He serves on the Advocacy and Public Outreach Core Committee of the Endocrine Society and the Public Policy Committee of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. Dr. Anhalt maintains an active clinical practice in Hackensack, NJ and is known as a compassionate leader in diabetes care; he is a certified diabetes educator and champions the use of pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring technology in all children with diabetes. Dr. Anhalt is a sought after speaker and is often quoted in the Wall St. Journal, LA Times, and CNN. He lectures widely both in the United States and internationally.

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Natalie Bellini, RN, CDE, has had Type 1 diabetes since she was a young child. Within a year of finishing nursing school, she started to care for people with diabetes, focusing first on diabetes in pregnancy then pediatrics and insulin requiring adults. She has worked on the medical side of camps for children and teens in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She has spoken nationally and internationally as an expert in both working with teens and their parents with diabetes as well as infusion set choice, usage and maintenance. Her fundamental goal when developing the teenage curriculum for Children with Diabetes conferences is that each and every teen that attends finds a passion in life and pursues it. She is currently attending Drexel University part time in order to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Natalie is a senior territory manager with Animas Corporation and mom to her own teen, Erin, who is now a junior in college.

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Dana Dignard, RD, CDE, has had type 1 diabetes for 26 years. She has 20 years of experience as a dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Dana worked for 16 years in paediatric and adult diabetes education at Centenary Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Four years ago, Dana had the exciting opportunity to begin working with Animas Canada as a Territory Manager in Ontario Central. She loves her role with Animas as it has afforded many new opportunities and allowed her to meet so many wonderful people, the most rewarding of which is being part of the CWD family. Dana is also a busy mom to her two children Mathieu and Cassia, who have become part of the CWD crew as well. She could not do any of this without the love and support from her husband, Dan.

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Jay Hewitt was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1991. After being diagnosed, Jay became an elite Ironman triathlete and 3-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Distance Triathlon. He raced for Team USA at the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006 in Sweden, Denmark and Australia. The Ironman triathlon is the world's longest and most grueling endurance race - a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike race, then running a 26.2 mile marathon ... a total of 140 miles all in one day. Jay has competed in 14 Ironman triathlons, over 20 half Ironman triathlons and 8 individual marathons, and is a 3-time finisher of the Boston Marathon. He has been featured on the cover of Diabetes Health, Diabetes Forecast, and in numerous other national publications and television documentaries on CNBC, WGN, PBS, and Lifetime. He speaks regularly at diabetes events, including Children with Diabetes, Joslin Diabetes Center, ADA Research Foundation and JDRF. Jay is an attorney, author and dynamic motivational speaker to corporations and conventions on his message of "Finish Line Vision" (www.finishlinevision.com) and will inspire you to reach your finish line. He is the author of a powerful motivational book, Finish Line Vision, on overcoming obstacles, achieving personal and professional goals, a healthy lifestyle and work-life balance.


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Tom Karlya, Vice President of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, is commonly known throughout the diabetes community as Diabetes Dad, used virtually everywhere, including his monthly column which appears at www.dLife.com/diabetesdad. He's been active since his daughter, Kaitlyn, was diagnosed in 1992 at the age of two. In 2009, his son Rob was also diagnosed, at age 13. Tom has been introduced to the NY State Capitol, testified in Washington, D.C., appeared at diabetes-related events at the United Nations and has lectured across the US about being a Diabetes Dad. He received numerous commendations for his work in the Katrina efforts where he was instrumental in organizing aid to over 10,000 people with diabetes. Tom was awarded The Jeff Hitchcock Distinguished Service Award from CWD in 2008 among many other awards from groups and organizations. For 12 years as an actor, he starred in the New York Production of Tony 'N Tina's Wedding, with the original Company and also at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., in Summer of the 17th Doll. His film, lbs., was at the Sundance Film Festival, and appeared in Unsolved Mysteries, Spin City, The Cosby Show, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, America's Most Wanted, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and more as well as numerous commercials. He won 13 Telly Awards, a FREDDIE Award, and was nominated for an Emmy Award while Executive Producer of dLife on CNBC. Tom will tell you that above everything else, he's just a CWD Dad.

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Lauren Lanning, mom of Monica, 17, dx 8/96, pumping 5/99, CGM 9/05, and Sarah, 15 ... her CWD "sig line." Lauren became involved with CWD shortly after her daughter was diagnosed in 1996. 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. Lauren now coordinates the Elementary Programming for every CWD conference. Back home in Denver, she has served on the boards of the JDRF and CWD Foundation. She and her husband Steve have chaired and coached her local JDRF Ride team for many years. Lauren has worked as an elementary school computer teacher and now works at The Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver as the IT Manager.

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Barbara Pasternak has achieved tremendous success in both her professional career and through the many hours she has dedicated to the community. Together with her husband, Barbara has managed a successful manufacturing company for over 30 years. However, Barbara's greatest achievements come from the ten years that she has dedicated to improving the lives of children across Canada who are struggling daily with the challenges of living with diabetes. As the mother of three boys, two of whom have diabetes, Barbara has seen first-hand the many challenges children face as they grow up with this difficult and unrelenting disease. In 1999, Barbara founded the Diabetes Hope Foundation to enable children and young adults living with diabetes to aspire to their full potential through education, self-management and future independence. Through Diabetes Hope Foundation, she has successfully raised over $5 million to provide hope and financial support to children and youth across Ontario, British Columbia and Newfoundland.

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Mike Riddell, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Sciences at York University. In addition to loving his job as a university professor investigating the effects of exercise and stress on diabetes, he loves mountain biking, playing squash and jogging. He has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 14 and has always been physically active and interested in metabolism. Recently, Dr. Riddell developed a unique sports camp at York University for youth (ages 10-17 years) with type 1 diabetes interested in improving their skills at soccer, tennis or basketball. He is currently training for a half marathon with friends who also have type 1 diabetes.

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Harold Sanco is the 1998 United States National Master's Aerobic Champion and two time bronze medalist at the National Step Challenge Competition. He has been voted Washington, DC's "Best Instructor" by Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post. He is an internationally acclaimed instructor having taught in seven countries. His "Urban Funk" aerobics class has been highlighted in People, Allure and "W" magazines. At CWD conference, Harold helps kids and adults learn that exercising can be fun.

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Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Exercise Physiologist who has had type 1 diabetes for 25 years. He owns and operates Integrated Diabetes Services, a private practice located just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive insulin therapy for children and adults with Type-1 diabetes. He and his staff of diabetes educators provide consultations throughout the world via phone and internet. Gary earned a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Science from Benedictine University. He received his diabetes training with the Joslin Diabetes Center. In addition to serving on the Children With Diabetes faculty, Gary serves on the Board of Directors for the Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association and is an active volunteer for the ADA, JDRF and Setebaid Diabetes Camps. Gary has written four books and dozens of articles on various topics in intensive diabetes management. He has received several awards for his teaching tools and techniques, and speaks regularly at regional, national and international conferences. A husband, father of four and avid sports fan, Gary has been a pump user since 1994, and a CGM and Symlin user since 2006.

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Barb Wagstaff is the founder and creator of the website www.diabetesadvocacy.com, which focuses on Wagstaff, advocating, and promoting the awareness of Type 1 diabetes. As a mother of two children, one of whom has Type 1 diabetes, Barb devotes her time to working on issues affecting people with diabetes in Canada. She was the major driving force in creating changes to the Disability Tax Credit for those living with Type 1 Diabetes in Canada. Barb has a special interest in the issue of children with diabetes in the school system and is a vocal advocate for the need of federal unity on the subject. Barb continues to work with the Canadian Diabetes Association and other groups to see real changes in all provinces on a variety of advocacy issues.

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Jill Weissberg-Benchell, Ph.D., C.D.E., Pediatric Psychologist, Associate professor of Psychiatry, Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. She has been a certified diabetes educator for over 20 years and is an author of numerous research articles, and a co-author of a book on transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Dr. Weissberg-Benchell works with children, teenagers and their families to facilitate adaptation and coping with diabetes and other chronic conditions.


Teen Programming Staff

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Lorelei Domaschuk, RN, CDE, and husband Blair were introduced to diabetes in 1999 when their son, Austin, was diagnosed at 2 1/2 years of age. Austin starting pumping at 3 1/2 years of age. In 2006, their daughter Meagan was diagnosed at 7 1/2 years of age. She used an insulin pump from day one. Their oldest daughter Nikki attends university. Diabetes keeps Lorelei busy, helping her children learn to control their diabetes effectively. Diabetes for Lorelei is not just at home, but also on the job. She is the manager for Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management in Central Zone Alberta; diabetes programming for all ages is a passion for her. She also volunteers as an advocate with CDA and with JDRF reaching for a cure. The Domaschuk family attended their first CWD conference in Toronto in 2007 and now strongly encourage all families to attend CWD events.

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Anna Kiff, from Montreal, has had type 1 diabetes for 43 years. She recently became a pumper after many years of MDI. She enjoys connecting with others who have type 1 and who share her passion for education and awareness. She currently works at Body1 as a diabetes mentor when she is not busy with plans to explore the world with her sailboat and/or motorcycle. Diabetes doesn't rule her life!

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Alanna Landry RN, CDE, has been a pediatric nurse for 20 years and has worked with children with type 1 diabetes for 13. She is part of a great team of professionals at Markham Stouffville Hospitals Pediatric Diabetes program. She feels honored and privileged that each day she is able to work with the great kids and families that attend their clinic. After attending the Friends for Life conference in Orlando last summer, Alanna knew that she needed to give back to CWD because the experience inspired and moved her deeply. When not at work, she is parenting three teenagers Kelsi 18, Taylor 16, and Carter 13.


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Jeffrey Molnar is a university student at York University majoring in history and minoring in French. He likes to exercise at the gym and is involved in many sports including tennis, swimming, squash, and running. He aspires to eventually become an elementary school teacher.


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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 since April 2002.

Tween Programming Staff

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Nadine Ahrens has had type 1 diabetes since 1973. Over the last 38 years, she has witnessed and experienced many new methods of treatment and control of her diabetes. She enjoys organizing as well as participating in various diabetes-related events, including fundraisers, support groups, networking and awareness events. As a qualified teacher, Nadine has worked with young people ranging in age from 4 to 14 years of age. She is currently employed with a French-language educational media group in Ontario.

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Kim Babcock, RD, CDE, has worked in paediatric diabetes for almost 20 years, and enjoys working with children and their families. She has volunteered at several CWD conferences, including Friends for Life in Orlando in 2009. Kim has volunteered for the Canadian Diabetes Association, assisting with the development of the paediatric component of the Beyond the Basic Resource Manual. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two girls, and their pets! Along with insulin, Kim feels that laughter really is the best medicine!

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Whitney Gowanlock, RN, CDE, has worked in adult and paediatric diabetes education for the past 15 years and is a certified pump trainer. She is a past chair of the National Paediatric Interest Group of the Canadian Diabetes Association and sits on the exam writing committee for DES. Whitney is a member on the Provincial School Task Force, working to ensure safety of children with diabetes in schools and to standardize education materials. She has worked with local First Nation communities to assist in the prevention of type 2 diabetes for the last eight years. She is the proud mother of four children. Whitney enjoys camping, reading, traveling and caring for the 265 patients she calls family.


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Sarah Ketcheson was diagnosed with diabetes at 14. She attended Camp Huronda, a summer camp for kids with diabetes in Ontario, Canada, as both a camper and staff member for 10 years where she got to swing on high ropes, go on canoe trips and hang out by the lake. She has a background in Ecology and is a certified teacher who currently gets to combine these two interests while working at an Outdoor Education Centre.

Elementary Programming Staff

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Lorraine Anderson, BSc, RD, CDE, is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. She has had type 1 diabetes for over 20 years and believes that having diabetes has made her a stronger and healthier person. Currently Lorraine is employed as a Clinical Manager with Animas Canada working in the Toronto area and is very passionate about insulin pump therapy. She enjoys working with kids with type 1 diabetes at Camp Huronda in the summer months and is a busy full-time mom to her three children Nicholas, Nathan and Kara.


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Marilyn Fry, RD, CDE is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Marilyn has been working with children with type 1 diabetes for almost 20 years. Initially, Marilyn worked at the pediatric diabetes clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She currently works with families with type 1 diabetes at Markham Stouffville Hospital in Markham, Ontario. Her interests include insulin pump education and toddler feeding challenges.

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Jen Hanson has grown up with diabetes. She was diagnosed at age three, and began attending Camp Huronda when she was eight. It was here that she met some of the most influential and amazing young people living with type 1 diabetes. She has been involved with Huronda for the past seventeen years as a camper, climbing staff, challenge course staff, pottery instructor and, most recently, as the Camp's program director. Jen completed her bachelor of kinesiology and bachelor of education degrees at Brock University where she also competed as a varsity athlete. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education degree, with research focusing on the role that outdoor experience can play in the development of character in type one diabetics. Jen teaches art at the elementary level and hopes to soon begin work as an outdoor educator. She is also a member of Connected in Motion, a group of active young diabetic adults living life to the fullest, as well as being involved with the Diabetes Hope Foundation.

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Dana Mills, a self-declared movie addict who loves dogs, good books, sewing, quilting and playing paintball, will join CWD's elementary staff for the first time this year. She has had type 1 diabetes for 28 years and celiac for the past year. Dana recently graduated with a BS in Nursing.

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Erin Randall was first introduced to diabetes in 1986 when her sister, at the age of five, was diagnosed with type 1. She has been involved with Camp Huronda, a summer camp for children with diabetes in Ontario for six years, as a counselor, swimming instructor/lifeguard, and most recently as Waterfront Director. She has also been involved in numerous diabetes events throughout Ontario as a volunteer, participant and organizer. Erin is completing a Nursing Degree at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with the intent of pursuing a career in diabetes education.

Childcare

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Virtue Bajurny has worked in childcare settings for over ten years. She is currently completing a graduate degree in social work at Ryerson University in Toronto. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 17 years ago, at the age of 15.

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Alanna Chambers, RD, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9, just shortly after her older sister's diagnosis. From a young age, she knew that she wanted to go into a health profession field so that she could work with other families with diabetes. She completed her dietetics degree at McGill University in Montreal and has been following her dream ever since. Alanna is a registered dietitian and now works with Animas Canada as a Territory Manager in British Columbia. She loves every opportunity she can get to work with kids including volunteering at the diabetes summer camps and at CWD. Alanna is happy to ensure that the little ones are in good care and have a great time while at CWD.


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Mark Chambers, PhC is happy to be involved as a newcomer to the CWD team. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax and is currently working as a community pharmacist in Kelowna, British Columbia. Mark has always enjoyed getting involved and volunteering in many diabetes related events as his wife has type 1. He is thrilled to be working in childcare and looks forward to ensuring that each CWD conference is both fun and memorable for your children!

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Alyssa Kyllo runs on insulin. She is 20 years old and currently attending Thompson Rivers University in hopes of pursuing a career in Animal Health. At the age of seven, Alyssa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, two years after her brother had been diagnosed. Alyssa's FFL experience started in Pasadena in 2002, followed with Los Angeles (2004), Orlando (2006 and 2010), Seattle (2008 and 2009), Toronto (2009) and Vancouver (2010). Diabetes doesn't stop Alyssa's passion for the sport of curling, and she has learned that the key to performance is staying on top of her diabetes. At the age of eight, she started attending diabetes camp in Gibsons, B.C., and continued through their leadership program to become a counsellor. Alyssa loves working with the CWD kids!


CWD Staff

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Jeff Hitchcock is the creator, editor, webmaster and president 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.

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A finicky connoisseur of hotel meeting space, cappuccino, and kid-friendly cheese and fruit platters, Laura Billetdeaux is CWD's VP of Education and Programs. Since 2000, Laura has organized every single CWD conference, always keeping in mind the true purpose of CWD - education and support of families with type 1, and always keeping in mind why it all works – the efforts of so many dedicated individuals. Laura lives in Manchester, Michigan with husband Neal, who graciously and energetically assists with the conference teen programs. They are parents of Sam and Carolyn who both serve as youth faculty at CWD conferences as time allows.

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Scott and Heather Kyllo live in British Columbia, Canada with their two children, Alyssa (20) and Chad (17). Their path along the diabetes road started in 1996 when their son, Chad, then age 2 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when they were residing in Bahrain in the Middle East. The World Wide Web had just arrived in Bahrain and it brought to the Kyllo's the safety of the CWD family. Two years later, when life was becoming somewhat comfortable and routine, Alyssa, then age 7, was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Chad was also diagnosed with celiac disease in 2001. The family attended their first Friends For Life conference in 2002. Getting to meet the CWD'ers in person was like Christmas in July! Scott is a Senior Director of IT for Conservation International. He works from home in what is often referred to as "Mission Control" providing remote support to 66 offices in 33 countries and Laura in Michigan. The Kyllo's are extensively involved in curling during the winter months. Their summers are spent enjoying the Sunny Okanagan on Shuswap Lake. They are strong advocates of the CWD conferences and believe anyone with a connection to diabetes should attend…although warn that the conferences are much like potato chips… hard to stop at just one.

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Mike Schurig, MS, RD, LD, CDE, serves as Conferences and Content Manager for Children With Diabetes. As a diabetes educator, registered dietitian and person with type 1 diabetes since the age of 12, Mike has had extensive experience in diabetes education with kids and parents. 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.

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Julia Mattingly is mom to 15 year old Hannah and 13 year old Ethan, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10 months and started pumping when he was 3. Julia, Ed, and the kids have been to every single Friends for Life conference and most of the regionals as well! Julia coordinates registration at each conference, and you can always find her when you need a smile and a "Hi Y'All!" Julia loves coordinating registration and being able to meet and talk to everyone who walks in the door. Her best CWD memory is from 2001 when she met all of her CWD email buddies in Orlando for the first time. She also loves to see the smiles on her children’s faces when they re-connect with their CWD friends each summer.

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