(Board Member, 2016-2020), CHAIR
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 advises 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.
David M. Warren
(Board Member, 2015-2020), 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 commercial law. Judge Warren received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laud, from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. He has been a certified as a state and national specialist in business and consumer bankruptcy law since 1992. He is a former national president of Kappa Alpha Order, a college social fraternity with over 130 chapters, and currently is the chairman of FRMT, Ltd., a captive insurance company that insures 33 national fraternities. Judge Warren is married to Keena Bartley, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 18 months of age. They have a daughter, Ashley, age 27, and a son, McLean, age 24. He proudly professes himself to be a person with type 3 diabetes as Keena's diabetes management partner.
(Board Member, 2015-2020), 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!
Donna Rice, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE
(Board Member, 2015-2020), Immediate Past Chair
Ms. Rice served as the Senior Medical Director for the CDE Help Team at Sanofi until 2019. 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, 2015-2020), Past Chair
Diana Karczmarczyk, PhD is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of DiabetesSisters. Dr. Karczmarczyk is currently an Assistant Professor at George Mason University (GMU) in the Department of Global and Community Health. Prior to her role at GMU, she worked full time in public health. Her last role while she worked at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) was as the Director of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Initiatives and the Women's Initiatives. In addition, she has worked in student affairs at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Capital College and James Madison University. Dr. Karczmarczyk has taught courses in health education at George Mason University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at Randolph Community College. Furthermore, she is actively involved in her own community by serving on the steering committee for the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria. 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.
(Board Member, 2015-2020)
Tricia Cedotal joined the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in March of 2017 as the Managing Director of Corporate Alliances. In this capacity, she is responsible for strategy, partnerships and collaborative alignments with Health Care companies within the Diabetes ecosystem. Prior to joining the ADA, Tricia enjoyed a 14 year distinguished career with Johnson & Johnson in Diabetes, most recently as the Lead for Global Professional Relations in the World Wide Marketing Organization of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies. Prior to this role, she worked with Global Strategic Affairs at Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Franchise and was a part of the Professional Education Team at the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute. Between 2008 and 2011, she was a member of the Field Sales Leadership Team that achieved 40% growth, serving as lead for strategic execution of professional relations activity with thought leaders in the diabetes industry. Tricia’s entire career has encompassed marketing, public relations and sales experience. Just prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, she served as the Business Development Director for advertising agencies in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA, USA. Tricia was also President and CEO of a marketing, public relations and training firm in Louisiana, specializing in the health care and oil and gas industries. Tricia began her career in non-profit and served as Executive Director for a rehabilitation center; serving on numerous boards and a state commission. During the course of her career, Tricia developed Type 1 Diabetes. Over time, she became an advocate for patient education and behavior change needs in diabetes.
Barbara Eichorst, MS, RD, CDE
(Board Member 2020 - 2021)
Barbara Eichorst, MS, RD, CDE, joined Voluntis in January 2018 as a Diabetes Clinical Liaison. Prior to Voluntis, Barbara has worked with Healthy Interactions as Vice President of Clinical Care on a global program that involved over 120 countries. With the Conversation Map program, she has traveled to over 40 countries within the last eleven years. Barbara’s experience also includes work in Chicago as an insulin education specialist and a medical liaison. Barbara’s professional experience includes work at the American Association of Diabetes Educators as a program director. Also, at the Chicago based Rush University Medical Center, Barbara was a diabetes program manager. She has provided patient education in diabetes, weight management, cardiovascular disease, among many other chronic conditions at Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Barbara’s professional focus is on behavioral interventions in disease management. She has contributed to multiple publications with her expertise in change activation, empowerment, and engagement.
Deborah A. Greenwood, Ph.D., RN, CNS, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE
(Board Member, 2016-2020)
Deborah Greenwood is President of Deborah Greenwood Consulting, specializing in diabetes and digital health. She has a Ph.D. in nursing science and healthcare leadership, is a diabetes care and education specialist, a researcher, and a clinical nurse specialist, board-certified in advanced diabetes management. Her research interests include digital health, e-Patient engagement, and social media for self-management support. She is an adjunct assistant professor at UT Health San Antonio, Arizona State University, and Volunteer clinical faculty at University of California, Davis. She was the AADE (Now called Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, ADCES) President in 2015 and now serves on several ADCES committees.
Shelby Kinnaird, MS, MA
(Board Member/PODS Representative, 2019-2020)
Shelby Kinnaird, author of The Diabetes Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers and The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes, publishes diabetes-friendly recipes and tips for people who want to eat healthy at her website Diabetic Foodie. She has been involved with DiabetesSisters since 2017 and currently serves as the PODS Leader for two groups in Richmond, VA. Shelby is also a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Virginia Advocacy Council and has attended the ADA’s Calls to Congress since 2017. A former software engineering manager, Shelby holds a BS in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, an MS in Applied Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore. She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1999.
Frank Lavernia, MD
(Board Member, 2018-2020)
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.
(Board Member 2016-2020)
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.
Heather Walker, Ph.D.
(Board Member 2020 - 2021)
Heather Walker is a Social Scientist at the University of Utah Health. She earned her Ph.D. in Disability Studies with a dissertation research project focused on representation in diabetes online communities. Heather believes in doing research that involves action, so one part of her dissertation was dedicated to facilitating a Peer Collaborator action workgroup, which resulted in a social media campaign using #IHearYou. Aside from her dissertation research, she has published research articles in The Diabetes Educator, The Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, and Participations: International Journal of Audience Research. Heather has been living with diabetes, herself, since 2001, and has been a part of diabetes online communities since 2012. She blogs at www.TheChronicScholar.com, and tweets via @Heather_RoseW.
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.