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Francesca Annan RD, qualified as a dietitian in 1990 and has worked as the paediatric diabetes dietitian at Alder Hey Children's Hospital for the last 15 years, working with children and families both in hospital setting and on activity holidays and weekends. As a former track athlete she has combined a love of sport and an interest in nutrition to develop the only "exercise and diabetes" clinic in the UK for young people to access sports nutrition and diabetes management advice and is currently completing a Masters in Sport & Exercise Nutrition.

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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 studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Natalie is a senior territory manager with Animas Corporation and mom to Erin, who is now a senior in college.

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Dr Fiona Campbell is a consultant paediatrician and diabetologist at St James's University Hospital, Leeds. Her research interests are in paediatric diabetes with a particular interest in the use of insulin pumps. She started the paediatric pump programme in Leeds in October 2002 and 90 children currently attending the paediatric diabetes service use a pump to control their blood glucose levels. Dr Campbell has been involved in many local, national and international diabetes research studies and has recently been awarded a grant from Diabetes UK for a multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial to look at the incidence of hypoglycaemia in children using continuous glucose monitoring on pumps versus multiple daily injections. She is an Insulin Pump Association steering group member and has been on the DoH Insulin Pump Working Group which published its report in 2007. She was also the Diabetes UK nominated clinical expert at the TA 57 NICE guidelines review of pump therapy.


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A teacher with an honours degree in English Literature, Jacqui Double enjoys working with all ages of children through Theatre-in-Education; she also has worked with children as an English teacher at secondary level. She has two children, her youngest son Tom diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at aged 18 months old in 2000 and her eldest son Joe aged 8 years old in 2005. Happily her sons are now both using Medtronic pumps with CGM and she claims that her family is far more sane! Jacqui sits on several groups and working parties pertaining to National Diabetes Care. She also presents talks about pumping and about coping with diabetes, and is active in her local area promoting better care at school for children with long term medical conditions. She is married to Olly, a university lecturer, and enjoys living by the sea in Kent.

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Oliver Double is a senior lecturer in drama at the University of Kent, but in a former life he was a professional comedian. His sons Joe and Tom both have type 1 diabetes, and in 2006 this inspired him to write and perform a solo stand-up show, Saint Pancreas, which is now available on DVD ('A tender and uplifting monologue that's surprisingly funny.' Guardian. 'Funny, charming, touching.' Arthur Smith, Balance). He has just started writing a regular column for Diabetes UK's Linkup magazine, in spite of being, by comparison with his wife Jacqui, slightly rubbish at dealing with diabetes.

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Ashley Head is a CWD dad on both sides of the Atlantic – at Friends for Life Orlando and Friends for Life UK! Ash has been a Trade Show Professional for the last 30 years, specializing in international event logistics; he has coordinated shows all over the world. Ash also serves on the Challenge Events Committee for the JDRF UK. He is married to Shayne, and dad to 16 year old Phoebe who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001. He is also dad to Jake, age 22.

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Ragnar Hanas, MD, PhD, is a consultant pediatric diabetologist at Uddevalla Hospital in Sweden. His research interests include injection pain and intensive insulin therapy. He is a member of the Endocrine and Diabetes Section of the Swedish Pediatric Association and was previously on the steering committee. He has taken part in writing national guidelines for diabetes care and has written a comprehensive manual for the management of diabetes care in children and adolescents and young adults, which has been translated into several languages. He is co-editor of the 2009 ISPAD (International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes) Consensus Guidelines for diabetes care in children and adolescents. He is the current Secretary-General of ISPAD.


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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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Peter Hindmarsh is Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology at University College London and Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at University College London Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He has worked closely with the UK Department of Health to assess Paediatric Diabetes Care and practices diabetes within an inter-disciplinary team based on a flat system model. His research interests are in long term complication in diabetes and the mathematical modelling of data sets

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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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Korey Hood, PhD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Staff Psychologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Dr. Hood directs NIH-funded research projects and provides clinical care aimed at promoting health and quality of life outcomes in youth with diabetes and their families. He also serves on several national committees for the ADA and is on editorial boards for Diabetes Care and the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Hood is the author of a recent book entitled Type 1 Teens: A Guide to Managing Your Life with Diabetes. His research, clinical care, and service are fueled by his personal experience with type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed as a young adult and has spent more than a decade managing diabetes. He is passionate about helping children and teens with diabetes, and their families, make diabetes a part of their lives while not letting it run their lives.

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Jackie Jacombs became involved in the CWD parents mailing list in the United States shortly after her daughter Sasha was diagnosed with diabetes in 1999. There was no equivalent support mailing list or website in the UK, so Jackie asked CWD Founder Jeff Hitchcock if he would set up a mailing list for UK families. Jackie now manages that list. This was the start of a strong on-line community in the UK and many hours on the computer each day. Jackie is also involved in working with INPUT, a patient led organization raising awareness of Insulin Pump therapy in the UK. Three years ago she organised a patient-led UK advocacy group for families of children with diabetes. The advocacy group has been working with JDRF, INPUT, and Diabetes UK to raise awareness of the need for support in schools for children with type 1 diabetes and to help families who are trying to get insulin pumps. Jackie has twin 17 year old daughters, both of whom have coeliac. Sasha has type 1 diabetes and has been a pumper since 2004. Jackie is also a lay member of the Science and Research Advisory Group for Diabetes UK.

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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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Dr Reman McDonagh is the Director of European Clinical Operations for Cellnovo. Dr McDonagh joined Cellnovo recently and has been working in the field of diabetes for over four years. Her responsibilities are varied, including development of the Cellnovo System, clinical input and expanding the knowledge-base of diabetes. Her passion for her job comes from the many people she has been fortunate to meet who live with diabetes and have inspired her. She is very pleased to be a presenter at this year's Friends for Life conference in the UK.

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Rosalind Oakey was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1995. She started pumping in 2006 and using CGMS in 2007. Inspired by the difference the pump has made to her own life, she volunteers with INPUT (a patient-led group) to raise awareness of and improve access to insulin pump therapy in the UK.


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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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Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW, CDE,, was President of InBalance Healthcare, a counseling and education service for health care professionals and adults and children with diabetes, for over 10 years. He currently works for LifeScan, as Manager of Diabetes Counseling & Training and is a faculty member of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute. Joe is healthcare professional who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 50 years, Mr. Solowiejczyk has been able to translate his personal experience into patient care. As a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist, he specializes in assessing how family dynamics impact management of diabetes and designing interventions that result in more effective coping and optimal metabolic control.


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Rebecca Thompson RSCN BSc MSc is a Nurse Consultant for paediatric and adolescent diabetes. She has been supporting children and adolescents and their families living with diabetes since 1997, when she started at University College London Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. The service now supports 350 children and young people with diabetes. She started the insulin pump programme including the 'pump school' in 2002 and now as part of the diabetes team, has initiated 150 children and young people on insulin pumps. Rebecca has been involved in a number of national groups including the DoH Insulin Pump Working Group which published its report in 2007, the Paediatric Education Task and Finish Group looking at education of health care professionals within diabetes and the insulin pump stake holder group.

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 attend universities and serve as youth faculty at CWD conferences as time allows.

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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 16 year old Hannah and 14 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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