Eileen Hoffman is an aspiring expert in her own diabetes (type 1), which was diagnosed at age 43. When not testing her blood sugar, eating, and exercising, she works in international development and travels the world designing and implementing programs to build economies and create jobs. As a result she has amassed many tips and tricks for traveling with diabetes and a unique insight into diabetes in the developing world. After spending 13 years living abroad, she now lives in the Washington DC area where she enjoys tending her garden and recently started taking ballet classes. She thought if she could take on diabetes at age 43, why not ballet at 47?
Jennifer Houchins is a thirty-something uber-geek-girl who secretly wants to be a superhero. She will neither confirm nor deny that she gets distracted easily, but she does like shiny objects, most notably in the form of bicycles and/or automobiles. For the past 26 years she has lived with Type 1 Diabetes, which can make life challenging in every respect. Her favorite activities include cycling, hiking, and kayaking. She doesn't claim to be very good at any of these but enjoys them immensely anyway.
MindyBartelson is the Partnerships and Communications Coordinator at the College Diabetes Network (CDN) in Boston, MA and a former CDN Chapter Leader. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on March 8, 2000 when she was 7 and diagnosed with PCOS and endometriosis during the summer of 2016 at age 23. She enjoys diabetes camp, travel, crafts, reading, and being awkward. You can check out her blog and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @mindy_bartleson.
Rachel Zinman was diagnosed with Type 1/LADA diabetes in 2008 at the age of 42. She started yoga in high school at age 17, and by age 19 was hooked. Thirty years later she still practices and passionately teaches teachers and beginners alike in workshops, trainings, and retreats internationally. She is a mother, musician, writer, and her first book on yoga for diabetes will be published in 2017. Her blog on yogafordiabetes was listed as one of the best blogs in January 2016 by DiabetesMine, and her articles have been featured in Insulin Nation, A Sweet Life, Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Daily and LyfeBulb.
Robin Fein Wright is a 63 year old woman who has been living with Type 2 diabetes for more than 14 years. She is a psychotherapist and uses both her personal experience and professional perspective in her role as a PODS co-leader in the Princeton, NJ area. In addition, she has been blogging for Diabetes Sisters over the last two years and recently started the blog “62+ and Type 2”. She has found keeping connected to the diabetes community essential to maintaining a lifestyle of self care and hopes to inspire others to do the same.
Sue Rericha was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in March 2008 after having gestational diabetes five times (1993-2004). She is married to her high school sweetheart and the proud mother of five children. She currently teaches first grade in a small rural school district, and recently earned an MSEd in reading with a Reading Specialist endorsement. Education and empowerment are very important to Sue professionally and personally. She is involved in online advocacy through her blog at diabetesramblings.com, and as a contributing member of the collaborative blog The Type 2 Experience.