Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1999, Shelby Kinnaird leads two PODS Meetups in Richmond, VA. If she's not at home, Shelby is probably attending a nephew's or niece's soccer game, roaming around a farmers' market, or cheering on her beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. She is also the founder and publisher of Diabetic Foodie, a website specializing in tasty recipes for people with diabetes and anyone who wants to eat healthy, and the author of The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes. To learn more about Shelby's philosophy that "a diabetes diagnosis is not a dietary death sentence," visit her website Diabetic Foodie.
Sarah MacLeod was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2005 as a freshman in high school. She became a DiabetesSisters PODS leader in 2014 after seeking personal connections beyond the DOC and has recently began leading the Boston chapter of the T1D running organization, Type One Run. Sarah is a certified holistic health coach, Reiki practitioner, graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and completing a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Her blog What Sarah Said chronicles her health journey dealing with diabetes and complications like gastroparesis and neuropathy. Sarah lives just outside of Boston with her two dogs, Nook & Hawkeye.
Caroline Minor grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 11. Currently a rising senior at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she is studying Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and PR. She hopes to use that degree for the betterment of the T1D community. One of her passions is connecting type one diabetics to the incredible empowerment she have felt from the diabetic community over the years. She shares that "there's nothing quite like having a group of people around you who get it".
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 Diabetes Ramblings, and as a contributing member of the collaborative blog The Type 2 Experience