2013 Weekend for Women Conference Agenda, Speakers, Panelists and Contributors - Raleigh, NC

2013 Weekend for Women Conference Agenda, Speakers, Panelists and Contributors - Raleigh, NC

Weekend for Women Conference Agenda

The Partner's Perspective Program Agenda

2013 Conference Speakers, Panelists and Contributors

Weekend for Women Conference Agenda*

Friday, May 3, 2013

6:00-7:00pm- Sign-in/Registration (Meet ‘n’ Mingle begins)

6:30-7:30pm- Meet 'n' Mingle appetizers served 

7:30-9:00pm- Structured Networking activities


Saturday, May 4, 2013

8:00am-10:00am- Third Annual orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk in downtown Raleigh, NC, Emceed by ABC11 Anchor, Anna Laurel  (BREAKFAST-on-the-Go)

10:00am-10:15am- Welcome & Introductions by DiabetesSisters' Founder, Brandy Barnes, MSW (Video Recording begins)

10:30am-11:15pm- Education Session(s) #1

Option 1: Ignite Your Diabetes Power, Speaker: Riva Greenberg

In this workshop, Sisters will experience three quick-starts for creating better health and turning on your Diabetes Power. You will identify what you are doing well and your next steps forward, discover your unique strengths and how they can serve your diabetes, and learn what keeps your Diabetes Power always charged.  Come discover how to ignite your Diabetes Power: we'll turn it on together!

Option 2: Learning to LOVE Exercise, Speaker: Ginger Vieira, BS

In this workshop, Sisters will understand the basics of exercise physiology, how your workout will impact your blood sugars, and how to fine-tune your diabetes plan to have better blood sugars during exercise.

11:30-12:15- Education Session(s) #2

Option 1: Vitamin Supplements: Which are a NO and which are a GO for Women with Diabetes?, Speaker: Stefanie Ferreri, PharmD

In this workshop, Sisters will learn the safety and effectiveness of commonly used dietary supplements for diabetes.

Option 2: Diabetes Technology: Determining What You Need and How to Get it, Speaker: Amy Tenderich, MA 

In this workshop, Sisters will learn about diabetes technology tools such as which glucose meters, insulin pumps, and continuous glucose monitor systems (CGM) might be right for you and what are the steps to acquiring them. You will also learn how to sort through the myriad of new phone apps appearings for diabetes and understand how these apps might help in your diabetes management.

12:15pm-1:45pm- LUNCH with Keynote Presentation by Mother Love “Listen Up Girlfriend! Diabetes Ain't Easy, but it IS Manageable!” (Education Session #3) and Awards Ceremony (for number of years lived with diabetes)  

1:55pm-2:55pm- Education Session(s) #4

Option 1: Smart Sisters Live Longer: Unlock the Secrets of a Long, Happy Life with Diabetes, Moderated by Brandy Barnes, MSW;  Panelists: Shandra Botts (T1 for 35 years), Connie Hanham-Cain, RN, BSN, CDE, (T1 for 50 years), Mary Pruiett (T1 for 60 years), Earnestine Thomas (T2 for 50 years), Laura Young, MD, PhD

Come listen to women just like you!  This panel includes women who have been living and thriving with diabetes for many years.  Questions from attendees are encouraged and welcomed.

Option 2: Developing a Personalized Weight Loss Plan, Speaker: Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE   

In this interactive workshop, Sisters will learn the benefits and limitations of weight loss in people with diabetes and others.  During the session, you will identify the basic principles of weight loss and list ways to improve your own diets.

3:00pm--3:25pm- Afternoon BREAK

3:30pm-5:15pm- Education Session(s) #5

Option 1: SisterTalk: Creating Better Relationships & Marriages, Moderated by: Rhonda Merwin, PhD; Panelists: Brandy Barnes, MSW, Daphene Kimball, RN, Anna Norton, MS, Kerri Sparling

Come listen to women just like you!  This panel will address how to create successful relationships with your partners.  Questions from attendees are encouraged and welcomed.

Option 2:  Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food, Speaker: Lorriane Platka-Bird, PhD, RD

In this workshop, Sisters will learn more about the incidence of eating disorders in people with diabetes, how to identify these challenges, and how to overcome them.

5:15pm-- Wrap up/Surveys/LIVE Streaming Webcast ends

6:00pm-8:00pm- “NIGHT ON THE TOWN”

Sisters will have an opportunity to socialize over dinner in one of four local restaurants in downtown Raleigh.  Each dinner will be led by one of our esteemed Conference speakers - Riva Greenberg, Kerri Sparling, Amy Tenderich, MA, and Ginger Vieira, BS.  Each restaurant has a limit on attendees.  Sign-up for dinner will be available on-site at Conference.

8:15-10:00pm- COFFEE & DESSERT SOCIAL; Special Performance; Book Signing with Authors Riva Greenberg, Ginger Vieira, BS,  and Jill Weisenberger

Join your Sisters and Partners for laughter, music and dessert!  


Sunday, May 5, 2013

8:00am- 9:15am -  Making the Most of Your Personalized Workout Regimen, Speaker: Ginger Vieira, BS 

In this workshop, Sisters will learn how to adjust their exercise routines and learn to burn more fat than glucose.

8:00am-10:00am- PODS Leader Training, Led by Anna Norton, MS, and Kelli Turner

Want to take the Sisterhood back to your hometown?  This workship will provide training to Sisters who wish to create PODS Meetups to reach women with diabetes in their hometowns.

10:30am-11:30am- Presentation of Sisterhood Superlatives 

11:30am-3:00pm- A Day in the Field (Off-site Field Trips)

Sponsored by Novo Nordisk
Join us for a fun, educational off-site field trip to Novo Nordisk's insulin manufacturing facility, located south-east of Raleigh near the town of Clayton, NC.  As the only insulin manufacturing facility of the company in the US and the second in North Carolina, the FDA-approved facility covers 264 acres and operates 24/7 with 420 full-time employees. A new expansion to the facility, completed in 2012, increased the production capacity for insulin delivery devices (delivered as auto dosers). On this 40-minute tour, you'll see firsthand how the facility uses recombinant DNA to produce insulin through a product formulation wherein human insulin crystals are mixed with chemical stabilizers and highly purified water.  You'll then see how the resultant product is filled into glass vials and cartridges under aseptic conditions, inspected, and packaged for distribution.   
COST: FREE to all registered Conference participants. Bag lunch provided.
NOTE: Sign-up for field trip will be available at registration/information table at the Weekend for Women Conference.  Space is limietd. 
It's a farm with a mission: Growing fresh, local food to help those in need and educating about sustainable agriculture.  Enjoy a spring afternoon tour of the six-acre Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Teaching Farm in Raleigh.  This innovative program is a hub of activity teaching organic gardening to low-income children and families, nutrition classes that help people learn to cook healthy, affordable meals, and offering youth farmer training programs.
We all know the importance of fruits and vegetables to staying healthy and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a nonprofit that works to prevent hunger in our community wants to ensure all people - regardless of income - have access to local foods that are higher in taste and nutrition.  You'll have a chance to tour the farm, learn more about the volunteer support that helps keep it running and yes, even get a chance to gather eggs and help feed the goats and chickens.
COST: FREE to all registered Conference participants. Bag lunch provided.

NOTE: Sign-up for field trips will be available at Sign-In Desk at Conference. Space is limited.


The Partner's Perspective Program Agenda*


Friday, May 3, 2013

6:00-7:00pm- Registration/Sign-in; Meet ‘n’ Mingle (same location as wives/partners)

6:30-7:30pm- Appetizers served; Meet ‘n’ Mingle (same location as wives/partners)

7:30-9:00pm- Small Group Structured Networking (Men convene downstairs in lounge room)


Saturday, May 4, 2013

8:00-10:00am- Third Annual orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk in downtown Raleigh, NC, Emceed by ABC11 Anchor, Anna Laurel  (BREAKFAST-on-the-Go)

10:30-11:45am- SESSION 1: Diabetes 101: What You Really Need to Know

12:00-1:30pm- SESSION 2: LUNCH with Keynote Presentation by Mother Love "Listen up Girlfriend! Diabetes Ain't Easy, but it IS Manageable!" and Awards Ceremony 

2:00-3:30pm- SESSION 3: Unmasking Diabetes-Related Issues and Open Discussion about Relationship Issues, Speaker: Rhonda Merwin, PhD

In this workshop, Partners will learn about the challenges of living with diabetes, the implications for partners and family members, and strategies on minimizing the impact and improve the quality of life for the entire family. Partners are encouraged to share their experiences and provide support for one another.

4:00-5:00pm- SESSION 4: dPartners: Walking the Tightrope, Speaker: Claire Blum, RN, CDE

In this workshop, Partners will learn how to be supportive without intruding, how to be "mindfully present" without mindlessly meddling, and what to do when their partner needs you most.

6:00 - 8:00pm - Dinner on your own

8:15-10:00pm-  COFFEE & DESSERT SOCIAL; Special Performance; Book Signing with Authors: Riva Greenberg, Ginger Vieira, BS,  Jill Weisenberger

Join Sisters and Partners for laughter, music and dessert!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

10:30am-2:00pm- Partners gather for an brunch in downtown Raleigh


2013 Conference Speakers, Panelists and Contributors

Mother Love, Keynote Speaker

Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1990, Mother Love is a well-known veteran of talk radio who is heard weekdays from 2 - 4 PM (PST) on LATALKRADIO.COM.  

On a mission to enlighten people everywhere on the importance of better diabetes care and empowerment, Mother Love has lost over 100 pounds over 9 years ago and has improved her diabetes management through hard choices and healthy lifestyle changes.   In the past, she served as the Co-Host for dLife TV's "For Your Diabetes Life" seen Sundays on CNBC. An accomplished author, Mother Love has written three books: Half the  MOTHER, Twice the LOVE; Forgive or Forget: Never Underestimate the Power of Forgiveness; and Listen up Girlfriends.  In 2009, Mother Love presented her message, "The Spirit of Health" to over 100 church congregations in 100 days reaching over 75,000 church members. To date, she has conducted over 250 radio interviews to promote diabetes awareness, reaching more than 9 million people with The American Diabetes Association’s I DECIDE to FIGHT Diabetes Campaign. 

Recent honors include: Distinguished Citizens Award from The Black Employees Association and the Community Service Award in 2012 by The Smith Family of Pasadena/Altadena, CA; American Diabetes Association’s Spirit Award in 2011, USC Anneburg School of Journalism and Communications History Makers Award in 2010, Most Inspirational Woman of 2010 from Women In Business, American Diabetes Association's Volunteer of the Year in 2008, Living History Makers Award in Arts & Entertainment in 2007.

Mother Love lives with her family in Southern California.


Brandy Barnes, MSW

Brandy Barnes holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has many years' experience working in healthcare settings, spending time at non-profits such as the American Cancer Society and for-profit organizations such as Sanofi.

She is responsible for the creation of DiabetesSisters, an internationally-regarded non-profit organization.  As a women with diabetes, she has dedicated her career to helping improve the health and quality of life of women with diabetes and to actively advocate on their behalf.  As founder and CEO of DiabetesSisters, she has created an infrastructure that focuses on a healthy peer support system that provides encouragement, empowerment, and education to nearly 10,000 women with diabetes worldwide.

Brandy has served as a member of the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council since 2000, becoming a Board Member in 2011.  She also serves as a Subcommittee Member for the newly formed Women's Program at the American Diabetes Association.  She has lived with diabetes for more than 22 years and has written numerous publications and articles about diabetes.  Currently, she is working with Natalie Strand, MD, winner of CBS' The Amazing Race, on their upcoming book on women and diabetes (scheduled for release in 2014).  Her greatest diabetes accomplishment to date is the healthy birth of her eight-year-old daughter, Summer.  Along with Summer she resides in Durham, NC, with her husband, Chris.

Shandra Botts

Shandra Bott's journey started with type 1 diabetes diagnosis at the age of 8 in 1977. Unlike most women at DiabetesSisters, she has her own biological DiabetesSister who is 4 years younger and was diagnosed 8 years after Shandra. Although their medical issues have been very different over the years, having someone to talk to about diabetes issues has been a blessing for her. Who else knows what it truly feels like to be low except someone else with diabetes? Because of this experience, she knew DiabetesSisters was a great idea when she first heard about it. Shandra is a project manager. She is married to wonderful man, has an awesome 10 year old son and an extremely supportive family. 

Claire Blum, MS Ed, RN, CDE, CHWC

Claire Blum was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 17 and has lived with diabetes for more than 35 years.  She lives in Chattanooga, TN, where she serves as Program Coordinator for Partners & Peers for diabetes Care, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to empowering people with diabetes to actively participate in their health care through partnerships that promote trust and enhance learning.  She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Mindfulness Practioner, and Insulin Pump Specialist.

Stefanie P. Ferreri, Pharm.D., CDE

Dr. Stefanie Ferreri is a clinical associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her clinical interests include diabetes, immunizations, nonprescription therapy and clinical pharmacy services in community pharmacy. In addition to her role as academic professor, she serves as director of the school's community pharmacy residency program and she practices in a community pharmacy health care center. The community pharmacy health care center has an accredited diabetes education program where she counsels many patients with diabetes about medications including vitamins and dietary supplements. 

Riva Greenberg

Riva Greenberg has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 41 years and is an author, health coach, inspirational speaker and columnist for The Huffington Post. Riva has written three books - Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes - that help people with diabetes build emotional resilience, understand how diabetes works. and know how to work it! Riva gives workshops to help people "flourish" with diabetes – to have a great life not despite, but because of diabetes - and she helps medical professionals work more effectively with patients on behavior change.

Riva has been cited as a top diabetes online influencer, travels the country as an A1C Champion peer-mentor, and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Connie Hanham-Cain, RN, BSN, CDE

Connie Hanham-Cain has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of eight.  Her experiences as a research participant in the DCCT during the 1980s inspired her to follow the calling of becoming a nurse and a CDE to reach out to other people with diabetes.  Her professional background includes extensive experience in the application of holistic nursing, therapeutic dance and movement techniques, and energy healing modalities for chronic physical, emotional and psychological health challenges.  She has served as a Diabetes Resource Coordinator for two community based health care programs in update NY, and she has many additional years of clinical experience as a mental health nurse with people of all ages.  Publications include "My Sweet Life: Successful Women with Diabetes" as a contributing author, and a contributing author/editor for "Managing Diabetes: Complications and Comorbidities" published by the AADE.  In her community, she has the pleasure and honor to work with a great team of DiabetesSisters volunteers and they serve together as northeast PODS Champions for DiabetesSisters.  Connie is proud to be a Joslin 50 Year Medalist.

Daphene L. Kimball, RN

Daphene L. Kimball was first diagnosed with hypoglycemia twenty years ago before her official diabetes diagnosis.  Born in New Jersey, she is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Nursing degree in Health Education.  She has practiced Maternal Child nursing for forty years, is an American Red Cross Nurse and instructor, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a Perinatal Case Manager.  She is S.A.N.E trained in South Carolina and Georgia for the Medical Reserve Corp. District 6 and also volunteers as a DiabetesSisters PODS Leader in Keysville, Georgia.

Because diabetes runs in her family, Daphene has taken an active role as a member of DiabetesSisters.  Her grandmother and sister have both lost limbs to the disease, and her sister, Maxine, has lost three toes.  Daphene and Maxine attended their first DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women Conference in 2010.  She has two sons and resides in South Carolina.

Nancy Lelle-Michel, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM

Nancy Lelle-Michel is a clinical nurse specialist at Duke Adult Diabetes Program. Originally from the Bronx, NY, she has worked in various nrsing position in New York and New Jersey before settling in North Carolina in 2004. She is passionate about caring for patients with diabetes, with a special interest in insulin pump and CGM therapy. Nancy has lived with type 1 diabetes for 36 and has two healthy children.

Rhonda M. Merwin, PhD 

Rhonda M. Merwin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. She received her PhD from the University of Mississippi and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Duke before joining the faculty in 2008. Dr. Merwin has expertise in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and specializes in the treatment of disordered eating and body image, generally and specifically in the context of diabetes. Her research on mechanisms of eating disorder development among individuals with type 1 diabetes is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 

Anna Norton, MS

Anna Norton is the Operations Manager of DiabetesSisters and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Science from Florida International University.  She has spent her professional career in thenon-profit sector, managing volunteers and fundraising for large healthcare instituations and public universities.  

Anna has lived with type1 diabetes for 20 years and has been featured on DSMA En Vivo and in Cheryl Alkon's book, Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Exisiting Diabetes. Her greatest diabetes triumph is leading a full and complete life, including marrying her husband, Mike, in 2005 and welcoming their healthy son, Patrick, in 2007.  She resides in Cary, North Carolina.

Lorraine Platka-Bird, Ph.D., R.D. – Dietitian, Nutrition Therapist

Dr.Lorraine Platka-Bird received her doctorate from Michigan State University in 1980 with a major in human nutrition and a minor in psychology. She became a registered dietitian in 1982.

As a dedicated professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at the State University of New York for 19 years, Dr. Platka-Bird taught a wide variety of courses including Weight Management, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutritional Biochemistry, Sports Nutrition, Human Physiology, Nutrition Across the Life Span, and numerous related courses. During this period of time Dr. Platka-Bird was granted some of the most prestigious teaching awards offered in the State University system.

Dr. Platka-Bird has been counseling individuals with eating disorders for over 25 years. She takes a holistic approach to treatment, considering all aspects of physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In addition to helping clients develop a healthy relationship with food, Dr. Platka-Bird helps individuals minimize eating disorder thoughts and behaviors, improve self-image and self-esteem, and develop healthy coping skills and life skills to improve overall quality of life.

Mary Pruiett, MBA 

Mary Pruiett was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly before her sixth birthday in 1953, and has managed to live a normal life, which she attributes to her parents’ determination that she could, and to her extended family’s love, knowledge and support.  She attended public schools, went camping with the Girl Scouts and went away to college, all before the days of home blood testing equipment and the ability to tightly manage glucose levels.  In the 1980s Mary and her doctors took advantage of tight control to manage two successful pregnancies and recover from major surgery. In the meantime she earned an MBA and worked continually until retiring in 2008.

Mary is a member of the American Diabetes Association, recipient of the Lilly Foundation 50-Year Diabetes Award, and participant in the Joslin Diabetes Center’s research study of long-term type 1 diabetes. 

Kerri Morrone Sparling

Kerri Morrone Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 26 years, diagnosed just before she started second grade.  She believes that, “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.”

Kerri is the creator and author of www.SixUntilMe.com, one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs, started in May 2005. She has contributed to many diabetes-related websites and publications, and is a passionate advocate for diabetes awareness.  Focusing on the psychosocial side of diabetes and how peer-to-peer connections can impact diabetes management, Kerri presents regularly at new media conferences and currently works full-time as a writer and consultant. 

Kerri and her husband, Chris, live in Rhode Island with their daughter.

Earnestine Thomas

Earnestine Washington Thomas, has lived with Type 2 Diabetes for the past 50+ years. She was diagnosed at an early age, but was able to control it with her mother's help using diet until age 19 when she had her first pregnancy. Earnestine started taking meds at the age of 21 when using her diet was no longer effective. She did not let diabetes control her life. She attended the Aiken County LPN school and graduated with a Nursing License, Certification in Pharmacology, and Certified CPR Instructor Adult/Child/Infant/AED & First Aid, African American HIV/AIDS Instructor, and Nurse Assistant Instructor for the American Red Cross.

Earnestine has been married to her husband for 45 years and is the mother of two daughters, four grandsons, three great granddaughters, and one great grandson. She is currently practicing as a home health nurse working with patients with diabetes on how to control their disease through diet, exercise, and medications as directed by a physician.

Amy Tenderich, MA

Amy Tenderich was shocked by a diagnosis with “juvenile” Type 1 diabetes at age 37, right after the birth of her third child. Suffering from extreme isolation and a lack of real-world information, the former journalist set out to create the networked resource she was lacking herself. Her site www.DiabetesMine.com has become the country’s No.1 influencer blog on diabetes.

She’s also made it her mission to spur innovation in diabetes care that actually originates with patients. She launched an international crowdsourcing competition called the DiabetesMine Design Challenge that culminated in the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit event, hosted at Stanford University annually.

In 2011, Amy jointed Alliance Health Networks, creators of the hugely successful DiabeticConnect online patient community, as Vice President of Patient Advocacy.

Amy is passionate about patient empowerment, and has become a well-known public speaker and advocate for all people with diabetes and all engaged “e-patients” everywhere.

Kelli Turner

Kelli Turner is the PODS (Part of DiabetesSisters) Meeting Coordinator.  Kelli was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in July 1990, during her sophomore year of college.  Growing up in the Boston, MA, area and attending college less that 90 miles away from the city was a blessing for her and her diabetes care at an early start.  She transferred from the UNH campus health center to the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston within hours of her diagnosis and received her first insulin shot just 12 hours after being diagnosed.  Twenty years later, after many frightening challenges and any years of searching for other women living with diabetes, she found DiabetesSisters with the help of her endocrinologist.  Kelli attended the first DiabetesSisters event in 2009 and immediately became involved with the organization. DiabetesSisters has touched many avenues of her live, allowing her the opportunity to meet, laugh and share with other Sisters who are living happy and healthy lives with diabetes.

Kelli owns a small business in the Raleigh area, and lives with her fiance, Paul, and their beloved labrador retriever, Jackson.

Ginger Vieira, BS

Author of Emotional Eating with Diabetes and Your Diabetes Science Experiment, Ginger Vieira has lived with type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999. Today, she is a Diabetes Coach in her own business, Living in Progress, where she coaches people across the country on the phone in their emotional and physical health. With a B.S. in Professional Writing from Champlain College, she is a certified cognitive coach, personal trainer, and Ashtanga yoga instructor. You can find her freelance-writing work at DiabetesDaily.com, InsulinNation.com, Diabetes Forecast magazine, and Vermont's SevenDays newspaper.

Well-known in the diabetes online community, Ginger has built a following of over 3,500 friends on Facebook, largely due to her 40+ video blogs on life with diabetes at her YouTube channel, and inspiring history as a competitive powerlifter. During 2009 and 2010, she set 15 records in drug-tested powerlifting with her best lifts including a 308 lb. deadlift, 190 lb. bench-press, and a 265 lb. squat. 

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE

Jill Weisenberger has been on a mission for more than two decades to help people improve their diets, lose weight and live healthier. She has worked as both a nutrition counselor and a diabetes educator in the hospital and research settings, and now in private practice in Newport News, VA. Jill is the author of Diabetes Weight Loss – Week by Week (American Diabetes Association 2012). Her writing has appeared in Environmental Nutrition where she is contributing editor, Diabetic Living, Diabetes Monitor, Kids Eat Right, Today’s Dietitian, and more. She is a frequent guest on local television stations and radio throughout the country and is often quoted in both print and web publications.

Jill also consults to the food industry, offering expert advice to clients, acting as a spokesperson and creating original recipes with their product line. A few recent clients include Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese, California Walnut Commission and Boar’s Head Provisions.

Jill is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and six practice groups including the Weight Management Practice Group, Diabetes Care and Education and the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group for which Jill is chairperson of the Authors and Writers Specialty Group. She is also a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. 

Jill is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in communications and a graduate degree in human nutrition. She lives in Yorktown, Virginia with her husband and daughters.


*Agenda is subject to change based on speaker's schedules, hotel space availability, and other factors that are out of DiabetesSisters' control.  Please check this page frequently for Agenda and Conference Speaker updates.  Stay tuned for detailed descriptions of session topics.