Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Donna Rice, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE
(Board Member, 2015-2019), CHAIR

Ms. Rice serves as the Senior Medical Director for the CDE Help Team at Sanofi. She is the recent Past President of the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute, and affiliate of Baylor Health Care Systems in Dallas Texas. She is also the 2007 Past President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and currently is Chair of the Diabetes and Education Research Foundation for AADE.

Diana Karczmarczyk, PhD, MPH, CHES
(Board Member, 2015-2018), PAST CHAIR

Diana Karczmarczyk, PhD is the Chair of the Board of Directors of DiabetesSisters. She is also the Senior Analyst for Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Prior to her current role at ASTHO, she worked at the American Diabetes Association. Her last role while she was there was as the Director of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Initiatives and the Women's Initiatives. Prior to that, she worked in Student Affairs at The University of North Carolina as a Coordinator for Residential Learning where she developed the Alternative Spring Break program and the "Make a Difference" service learning residential program. In addition, she has worked in student affairs at Capital College and James Madison University. Dr. Karczmarczyk has also taught courses in health education at George Mason University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at Randolph Community College. She currently teaches Human Sexuality, Men's Health and Personal Health courses at George Mason University. She is the Chair of the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network in Alexandria, Virginia and the Chair of the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee. Dr. Karczmarczyk is a master certified health education specialist who holds an MPH degree in public health with a focus on community health education and a PhD in Education with a minor in public health and a specialization in international education.

David M. Warren
(Board Member, 2015-2019), TREASURER

Judge Warren was appointed to the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in February 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner in the Raleigh and Rocky Mount offices of Poyner Spruill LLP, where he concentrated his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and comercial law. Judge Warren received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a past Chair of the Bakruptcy La Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He was recognized as a Tier 1 attorney in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring area for North Carolina by Chambers USA 2009-2013, and by Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy and Law Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law for 2013. Judge Warren is married to Keena Bartley, who was diangozed with type 1 diabetes at 18 months of age. They have a daugher, Ashley, age 24, and a son, McLean, age 20.

Vicki Norris
(Board Member, 2015-2018), SECRETARY

Ms. Norris is the Director of Marketing for Highwoods Properties, a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), headquartered in Raleigh, NC. In this role, Vicki serves as lead strategist of corporate marketing as well as oversees the management of Highwoods’ robust corporate marketing team that supports the firm’s national divisions.  Ms. Norris has over 25 years of business experience, with a strong background in strategic and tactical business leadership and has been honored to have served on many not-for-profit boards and committees over the past several years. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, and currently lives in Wake Forest, NC, with her husband, David, and their three children. Diagnosed with delayed onset adult juvenile type 1 diabetes at the age of 40, Ms. Norris is passionate about diabetes research, education and most of all support - knowing we are not alone!

Matt Stella
(Board Member, 2015-2018), Finance Committee

Mr. Stella is National Policy & Advocacy Director, CV & Diabetes at Johnson & Johnson. Prior to his position, Mr. Stella worked for various pharmaceutical and medical device companies in business, training and sales capacities. With an expertise in communication and a lengthy management and leadership history, he has effectively created and maintained business partnerships. Most recently, his work involved establishing and maintaing patient and physician advocacy partners, while also leading grassroots efforts. Mr. Stella graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.

Erika Armani

Erika Armani, MBA
(Board Member/PODS Representative, 2015-2019)

Erika Armani is employed as the Associate Ethics Counselor at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  Previously she worked as Deputy Ethics Counselor for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration both as a Team Leader on the Ethics Staff and as a Biomedical Engineer where she reviewed medical devices for safety and effectiveness.  Erika received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.  Erika has been involved with DiabetesSisters since 2013, serving as a PODS Leader first in Washington, DC and now in Denver, CO.  She has also contributed to DiabetesSisters as website administrator. She joins the board as the PODS Leader Representative, acting as a liaison between the board and PODS Leaders. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1989.

Tricia Cedotal
(Board Member, 2015-2018)

Ms. Cedotal is currently Lead for Global Professional Relations in the Worldwide Marketing Organization of Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Solutions Companies. Over the past 11 years, Ms. Cedotal has had a distinguished career within Diabetes Care and Johnson & Johnson. In 2013, she led the Number One Field Sales Team for Animas in the launch of the SGLT2 INVOKANA and in Insulin Pump Therapy sales. Prior to this role, she worked with Global Strategic Affairs and Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Franchise and was part of the Professional Education Team at the Johnson & Johnson Institute. During the course of her expansive career, which included leading a marketing, public relations and training firm, she developed type 1 diabetes. Over time, she has become an advocate for patient education and behavior change needs in diabetes. She currently resides in Greensburg, Louisiana and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Deborah A. Greenwood, Ph.D., RN, CNS, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE
(Board Member, 2016-2019)

Dr. Greenwood is a Research Scientist, in the Research, Development and Dissemination department and a Clinical Performance Improvement Consultant, on the Quality and Clinical Effectiveness team, in the Office of Patient Experience at Sutter Health, Sacramento, California. She also is the Program Director for the Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network (SHIDEN).  Deborah has worked at Sutter Health for the past 10 years. She was the 2015 President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and serves as the immediate past president in 2016. She recently received the2014 Award of Achievement from the National Council of Alpha Chi Omega. She is an active member of multiple diabetes associations as well as the American Telemedicine Association and the Health Information Management Systems Society.

Rita Kalyani

Rita Kalyani, MD
(Board Member, 2018-2019)

Dr. Rita Kalyani is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and completed her medical degree, residency, and fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Kalyani is an active clinician in the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Diabetes Center. She directs the Diabetes Management Service for Johns Hopkins’ Total Pancreatectomy Islet Auto Transplant Program. Dr. Kalyani is NIH funded for her research on diabetes and aging and sex differences in diabetes. She is past Chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Professional Practice Committee and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes POC-IT Guide for health care professionals and the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide to Diabetes. She is actively involved in public education and diabetes awareness efforts, including appearances on national television and radio. She was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2017.

Frank Lavernia

Frank Lavernia, MD
(Board Member, 2018-2019)

Dr. Lavernia has been a practicing diabetologist in South Florida for over 35 years. He was the founder and director of the North Broward Diabetes Center in Florida. He is an adjunct faculty member of the National Diabetes Education Initiative (NDEI), Vascular Biology Working Group (VBWG), and for the Coalition for the Advancement of Cardiovascular Health (COACH). He is also a member of the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and the National Hispanic Medical Association. He lectures on obesity, pre-diabetes, diabetes and their complications, and lipid and hypertension disorders. He presents at Pri-Meds, American College of Physicians, NACE, PCN, and ADA programs, and has lectured extensively in St. Maarten, St. Eustatius (Statia), St. Croix, St. Thomas, Bermuda, Çuracao, and Aruba.

Michele Polz
(Board Member, 2016-2018)

Ms. Polz is the founder & principal of M1 Consulting whose passion and goal is to collaborate with clients to design impactful data-driven customer acquisition and retention models leading to bottom line results.  She is currently advising within Digital Health Technology, Biotech/ Pharma companies from early discovery through life-cycle management focusing on integrated care and value based models. Before consulting, Michele spent the last 8 years in Life Sciences, both at Sanofi and Biogen. In her roles at both organizations, she was responsible for the development and operationalizing modern consumer strategies that led to new approaches to connect to the patient and the care networks across the lifecycle; improving the overall customer experience.  She is an advocate for putting the patient first.

Andrea Thomas
(Board Member 2016-2019)

Ms. Thomas is the Executive Vice President for the United Planning Organization (UPO) in Washington, DC, where she guides and oversees the Communications, Development, Technology, Advocacy and Volunteerism Divisions to guide critical change and business information integration for the organization. Prior to serving in an executive capacity with the organization, she joined the agency in 2007 to serve as the director for the newly formed Youth Services Division. Throughout her career, she has pursued her passion for encouraging higher education for low-income and under-represented youth through her work with various community organizations including: the Consortium of Universities, District of Columbia Community Prevention Partnership and the Institute for HIgher Education Policy. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Arts in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, Ms. Thomas has a particular interest in the health and well-being of professional women who are living with diabetes.

John Buse, MD, PhD
(Founding Board Member, 2008-2014)

Dr. Buse is a former President of the Medicine & Science Division of the American Diabetes Association (2008). He is also the Chief of the Endocrinology Division of the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Buse is a former Associate Editor of Diabetes Care and Clinical Diabetes. He is also the Vice-Chair of the National Health Institutes' (NIH's), largest diabetes study ever, called the ACCORD Trial. He is also an active clinician with a UNC-based diabetes practice in Chapel Hill, NC.