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DiabetesSisters of Chattanooga, TN

Claire Blum has lived with diabetes for more than 35 years. She is a registered nurse, a certified diabetes educator, and a certified health and wellness coach. Her graduate degree is in experiential education. She works in a diabetes and endocrine practice helping patients start and maintain insulin pump technology. AND she runs a nonprofit to empower people with diabetes to actively participate in their health care.

August 2018: Women in Government National Legislative Conference

Sarah Mart at Women In GovernmentDirector of Operations, Sarah Mart, recently participated in the Women in Government 2018 National Legislative Conference (#WIGbytheBay), held in San Francisco during late June. Sarah, who was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 7, educated policymakers about the importance of diabetes and heart disease issues during the session “The Intersection Between Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease”.

Meet Our Experts (July - December 2018)

Frank Lavernia, MD Frank Lavernia, MD, has been a practicing diabetologist in South Florida for more than 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).

DiabetesSisters of Downtown Chattanooga, TN

Jill Sobon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in June 2015, and knew early on that she wanted to connect and engage with other people with diabetes. She found DiabetesSisters online and noticed that an abundance of support was available to women through DS programs and resources. In 2016 she contacted DS to find out more about the PODS Meetup program, and almost immediately committed to becoming a PODS Leader. She reinvigorated and led a PODS Meetup in the greater Washington, DC area for nearly a year. She attended her first DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute.