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ADCES National Leadership Election

President-Elect

Please note: The candidates’ bios may not appear in the same order as listed on the ballot.


Hughes.jpg Lucille Hughes, DNP, MSN/Ed, RN, CDCES, BC-ADM, FADCES
Director of Diabetes Education; Service Line Administrator for Endocrinology and Digestive Health
Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital
Oceanside, NY

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

The ADCES mission could not be more relevant, meaningful and important to me as it has been during the COVID-19 pandemic. The actions we have taken together have advanced the DCES into a world of innovation. As the Director of Diabetes Education, I successfully transitioned my staff to virtual care and education in order to continue to proactively serve our patients with diabetes. I empowered my team to embrace change and technology and overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic. Amid uncertainty, I was able to find new ways to support my staff, ensure their safety, while continuing to provide excellence in diabetes education and management. This new reality necessitated extending our work hours and how we educated our patients. We embraced telehealth, created new programs to address COVID19 and diabetes, implemented diabetes technology in the hospital setting, and used this opportunity to successfully showcase our value to hospital administrators.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

The ADCES 2019-2012 Strategic Plan describes four critical objectives that intertwine and are codependent on each other. Of the four, I believe implementing the vision for the specialty and defining the diabetes-cardiometabolic care framework are two strategic initiatives that coevolve, are synergistic, and most urgent for ADCEDS to advance. We launched our rebranding for the organization and retitling of the specialty to increase awareness and extend our reach beyond diabetes education. We are on the trajectory to expanding opportunities for our members by defining new models of care such as the use of technology and virtual platforms to provide diabetes care, management, and education. By creating and supporting new models of care and proving our expertise in the diabetes-cardiometabolic framework, we open doors for new employment opportunities for our members and therefore reach a more diverse population of patients living with, and at risk for, diabetes and cardiometabolic related diseases.

If you are elected, how will you use your position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

Through supporting and empowering people, I will continue to advance the role and value of the DCES in the same way I have successfully executed over the past 33 years. Throughout my career as a CDCES, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas of diabetes care and education including home healthcare, inpatient hospital care, and outpatient diabetes education centers to name a few. These diverse experiences have afforded me the opportunity to embrace, and relate to the trials, tribulations, and successes of our members. My passion and proven capability to serve and grow our specialty has enabled me to advance to senior leadership roles. As President, I will use this position to raise awareness of our specialty and our value to our members and strategic partners to ensure we continue to positively impact the patient living with, and at risk for, diabetes and cardiometabolic diseases.

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ONeal.jpg Katherine S. O'Neal, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, CDCES, BC-ADM, AE-C, CLS, FADCES
Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
Oklahoma City, OK

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

The word ‘empower’ is what really drives the mission of ADCES home for me. This single word, empower, guides me every day in my approach to teaching learners, working with patients, and in my approach with research. By definition, to empower someone is to ‘make them stronger and more confident’. I am very passionate about sharing information and resources with my learners and patients so that they can be empowered to be lifelong learners and continue to grow their knowledge and skill sets whether it is to be a better healthcare provider or better manage diabetes. With the ADCES mission statement starting with the word, empower, a very strong statement is being made that as an association, we take responsibility to, similarly, provide information and resources to empower the DCES to continuously expand their knowledge and provide better care for persons with diabetes.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

One thing this past year has really brought to the forefront is the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as the uniqueness of each individual. The strategic plan covers 4 important objectives. My hope would be for ADCES to recall the mission of the association and that is ‘to empower…’. We have rebranded, we have initiated discussions on the care models and we have emphasized the role for a DCES on the healthcare team. Our work isn’t finished; however, let’s take a pause and focus on identifying and serving the needs of our unique members and diversifying our membership. Let’s take care of our community and ‘exemplify (our) organizational excellence’. We each have different strengths and perspectives and with a broader membership, we can work collaboratively to reach the full potential of each of the elements of the strategic plan and continue to change the landscape for DCES.

If you are elected, how will you use your position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

It would be an absolute honor to serve ADCES and the membership as an officer in whatever role is identified that I can best serve.  I have a unique background and can bring a different perspective to the association. Prior to my current position, I worked in marketing, sales, project management and computer programming/IT support. This experience has helped shape my current career within healthcare and academia by giving me the skills to develop partnerships with various provider groups, foster collaborations, and develop new clinical services to name a few. Additionally, as an Asian American, I bring a perspective of cultural diversity. Ultimately, as an officer for ADCES, I truly feel that that I would be the voice for the membership to serve the collective needs; however, my experiences will help give me a foundation to have those conversations and ideas to further the role and value of DCES.

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Treasurer

Please note: The candidates’ bios may not appear in the same order as listed on the ballot.


Akindana.jpg Adeola Akindana, DNP, CRNP, FNP, CDCES
Inpatient Diabetes Nurse Practitioner
University of Maryland Prince Georges Hospital
Cheverly, MD

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

I started my journey of becoming a diabetes educator in 2005 by calling the then AADE Membership Department and asked, “How do I become a Diabetes Educator?” I was given guidance with lots of encouragement. I have never missed a conference and along the way I met so many other educators that mentored, encouraged, and challenged me to grow, present, publish and even run for office(s). I epitomize what ADCES mission stands for, as I have since become a nurse practitioner to expand my abilities and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of many, gave me a career, ability to make friends, network, grow and give back through serving the organization.   ADCES’s mission shows dedication to the profession and care team and is forever reinventing itself to elevate who we are and what we do. For me, this is the most important because it makes me feel valued!

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

ADCES has positively positioned itself for the future with rebranding of our name and enlarging what we do beyond diabetes education. Having had the opportunity to be part of developing and driving the vision and strategic plan, I would say every part of it has been well thought out and no less important. However, I believe implementing the strategic plan that results in “Improved Skills and Increased Opportunities for the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (DCES)” is most critical as it positions, prepares, and propels us into other roles as diabetes technology expert, cardiometabolic and population health arena, and new ways of providing patient centered care. The world is moving fast and much has changed since the pandemic, unfortunately, having devastating impact on people with diabetes.   It is therefore imperative that we are prepared to practice differently using technology, be flexible/intentional, and promote inclusiveness/diversity with the workforce we are grooming.

If you are elected, how will you use your position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

If elected and given the opportunity, I will focus on promoting what we do and who we are. DCESs are passionate and dedicated to this profession and their patients, but many programs are shutting down.  I will be the Voice for the Voiceless, continuing to advocate for capacity building, public service awareness/campaigns, and lending my voice to the legislative process. We have the tools and would work diligently to enlighten PCPs on who we are/importance of utilizing our services. Anything less is cheating the patients and setting them up for potential negative outcomes. DCES should be seen as consultants and refer patients similarly as to a cardiologist or gastroenterologist. I have been a loud voice and catalyst regarding improving inclusiveness and diversity and will continue to push and agitate for this, to increase opportunities for patient to be served by people who looks like them or learn more about them.

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Memering.png Chris Memering, MSN, RN, CDCES, FADCES
Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
CarolinaEast Medical Center
New Bern, NC

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

In my almost 20 years as a practicing nurse, I feel have found my place in healthcare through ADCES and the world of diabetes care and education.  Like ADCES’s mission empowering people with diabetes is my guidepost in healthcare.  As DCES, I am equipped to address my patient’s health with the most current knowledge and techniques.  Through the multitude of opportunities including, diversity and inclusion, technology in diabetes care, new models of care,  telehealth, and now, Covid, ADCES has given me these skills.  Advocacy efforts at state and national levels, the ability to collaborate in care, research, and resources across the miles with colleagues from many disciplines of healthcare empower us all to grow.  ADCES lives its mission daily and allows me and my fellow DCES colleagues to provide the highest level of quality care.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

Advance Integrated Care -  The interconnectedness of the Strategic Plan expands our opportunities to promote our expertise and reach. Both the implementation and advancement of the specialist strengthen our collaboration within the interprofessional care team. Our care is most effective within the care pathway and cardiometabolic space, and not in the silo of diabetes alone. Our members need ADCES to advance the identity and abilities of the DCES and demonstrate our crucial inclusion in a complete care team.  Defining the diabetes-cardiometabolic pathway allows ADCES to showcase how integral the DCES is to the healthcare teams to which we have long been assets. Through integrating our knowledge, skills, and abilities in the cardiometabolic realm, we can showcase how well our patient-centered whole-person care improves the lives of the people we serve.

If you are elected, how will you use your position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

I have always felt that being a member of ADCES allowed me the knowledge and confidence to help advance the role and the value of the DCES within my own practice, institution, and locality. As a member, we promote the work and passion we have to make a difference in the life of persons with diabetes and to influence practice for healthcare professionals who work with those with diabetes. As a board of directors member for ADCES, I have seen how much more visible to other professional organizations, person-facing communities, and industry partners/allies you become. As an officer, we are the face of the organization. I will have the ability to sit at the table to represent our members, customers, and organization and continue to elevate the integral place the DCES plays in healthcare.

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Director

Please note: The candidates’ bios may not appear in the same order as listed on the ballot.


Cox.jpg Carla Cox, PhD, RDN, CDCES
Diabetes Educator and Clinical Dietitian
Mountain Vista Medicine
South Jordan, UT

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

ADCES has lead the way for many of us through the years to enhance our overall knowledge of diabetes, not just the disease itself, but the wide spectrum of challenges that arise, and the vast amount of education needed for management. The development of the AADE-7 provides a framework for including all of the different pieces required to enhance the knowledge of persons with diabetes so that they may more effectively take charge of their care. The DANA site has provided a high level of access to understanding the technologies that are so important to our profession at this moment in time.  But the BEST part of ADCES is the fellowship. The people that work in the office, the volunteers and the persons in field are the best group of individuals with whom I have ever interacted and worked!

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

There is great potential for the future of the DCES as noted in the strategic plan. Providing excellent educational resources is paramount for the DCES to be the epicenter of the diabetes team. Through webinars, sharing current research and gaps that should be addressed, and updating knowledge of supportive technologies and data interpretation will all be needed to keep the DCES on the leading edge. By providing this information, the DCES can feel confident in reaching out to providers and organizations to be included within the care and management of the people with diabetes and cardiometabolic conditions that they serve. This will also enhance the desirability of others to join ADCES and enrich the organization through shared knowledge and experiences.
   
If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

A board member is part of a team that enhances the development of the organization. This includes assessing the needs of the persons within the organization. As a board member, I would listen carefully to the members, and help to provide support for new ideas and the remake of old ideas keeping in mind the overall strategic plan of the organization. I believe in fiscal responsibility to promote the sustainability of the organization and looking for support to help enhance the growth and development of ADCES.

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Evert.jpg Alison B. Evert, MS, RDN, CDCES
Manager, Nutrition and Diabetes Programs
UW Medicine Primary Care
Seattle,  WA

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

As a Diabetes Care and Education and Specialist I need a place to go for up to date information to guide, inform, and to support my practice, wherever it may be located. The mission statement sends a resounding message that as a member I can look to the ADCES to provide me with assistance. During the public health emergency, the ADCES has been my go-to resource as our team of diabetes educators pivoted from in-person to virtual diabetes self-management education. If I have learned anything in the past year, it truly takes ‘a village’ to navigate the ever-changing healthcare landscape.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

Working in primary care where the majority of people with diabetes receive care, the two elements of the ADCES Strategic Plan that resonated with me were: Exemplify Organizational Excellence and Advance the identity of the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES).  ADCES needs a robust member base in order to support the role of the diabetes educator – from novice to expert on the care team. I believe that it is critical to grow membership among the broader care team, not just the individuals that hold the CDCES credential. I also applaud the ADCES vision for the future, to expand and advance the role of the CDCES in demonstration of expertise within the full range of cardiometabolic conditions: hypertension, obesity, and cardiac disorders. And finally, growing and diversifying ADCES product offerings to support members providing direct patient care and population health efforts are equally important goals over the next three years.

If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

If elected to the Board of Directors, I would bring my years of experience from a wide range of diabetes education practice settings to this position. I currently manage diabetes education programs and nutrition services embedded in primary care practices associated with a large healthcare system. In addition, I contribute to population health efforts in our health system. I believe these current and relevant experiences would equip me to represent the voice of many members at the table where decisions are made for the ADCES membership.

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Galloway.jpg Nicholas Galloway, BSN, RN, CDCES
Coordinator of Diabetes Education
University Hospitals
Cleveland, OH

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

The ADCES mission is a mere reflection of the spirit of the members and contributors within the organization. Knowledgeable, resourceful, compassionate, relentless, inquisitive, and insightful are just a few of many adjectives that describe ADCES members. Since joining the organization, I was in awe of the volume and quality of resources available to me as a new educator. I drew inspiration from many outstanding educators and often challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and implement something new at my clinic. Though I’ll admit that not every approach or change to patient care was a success, I always had terrific ADCES mentors who supported my efforts and gave valuable feedback. I embodied the mission of ADCES and have excelled in providing care and support to people with diabetes.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

Looking ahead, ADCES should focus on developing core competencies for healthcare professionals who are a part of the diabetes education and support team but do not fill a DCES role—creating educational content that outlines the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals to meet a specific set of standards when providing care for the PWD. Furthermore, enhancing the knowledge of other care team members may be an excellent opportunity to exemplify the ADCES organization and develop a pipeline to recruit new members. In addition to growing interprofessional membership, we should collaborate on new projects and improve access to ADCES resources with other professional organizations.

If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

If elected to the ADCES Board, I will be committed to advancing the organization's strategic plans and be proactive in assessing and developing future goals. I would establish and promote the DCES as the expert in diabetes and cardiometabolic conditions, create new tools and resources that address racial inequalities and barriers to healthcare, and advocate and nurture new innovative ways to educate and support PWD. My passion for helping others and determination to advance our specialty will be the driving force if elected as a Board member. I believe my professional and personal experience with diabetes will complement the Board's diversity. Thank you for your consideration.

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Isaacs.jpg Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES, FADCES, FCCP
CGM and Remote Monitoring Program Coordinator, Endocrine Clinical Pharmacist
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

Diabetes technology is rapidly expanding and it’s hard for some people to keep up. The diabetes care and education specialist is the key team member to leverage technology to support the person with diabetes and the rest of the team. In my role as 2020 diabetes care and education specialist of the year, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to speak around the country (mostly virtually) about how to optimize CGM in clinical practice. I’ve shared our best practices at Cleveland Clinic diabetes center including our CGM shared medical appointment  model. I’ve also had the huge fortune to take part in the ADCES technology summit including writing groups for a position statement and practice paper about incorporating technology into clinical practice. As the world is changing, we as the DCES can be leaders with remote monitoring and virtual care, for the ultimate purpose of improving the lives for people with diabetes.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

With the recent professional name change comes new opportunities to educate our team members about all that we can do. We truly are so much more than educators. I think the most important strategic priorities for ADCES are population health, technology and cardiometabolic health. As technology expands, it provides great opportunities to engage people with diabetes in remote and virtual platforms and allows for expansion of population health efforts that support diabetes management and cardiometabolic health. The use of smart pens, CGM, insulin pumps, mobile apps, and remote monitoring platforms are facilitating free flowing data allowing the entire  care team to be more connected. We have to be growth minded and anticipate the future so we can be ready. ADCES is the organization that ensures the DCES is current on new developments and ready to be the technology champion and innovator on the diabetes care team.

If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

I would work hard to push diabetes technology forward and have more diabetes care and education specialists become the technology champion or specialist in their respective work settings. This is an area growing exponentially and by elevating the DCES to meet this need, we will help so many people with diabetes. I would work hard on advocacy efforts to improve access to the DCES and reimbursement practices. I think there is a lot of work to be done to increase knowledge and skills in the cardiometabolic space. We can also be utilizing social media as a tool to promote the value of the DCES.  There is also much work to be done to address health disparities in healthcare. The DCES can take a leading role in this area.  In terms of the how, I will listen to members, build rapport, take action, and follow through these projects to completion.

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Ives.jpg Virginia "Ginny" Ives, RDN, LD, CDCES, LPC, ACE-CHC, FADCES
Director of Nutrition Services
Cooper Clinic, Cooper Aerobics Enterprises, Inc.
Dallas, TX 

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

In the ever-changing world of healthcare, ADCES has helped navigate and empower my personal journey in diabetes care by keeping me current with the latest treatment guidelines, technology, and diabetes trends. It has also allowed me to help support my fellow educators through volunteering and networking on the local, state and national levels, connecting me with talented, smart and innovative practitioners. ADCES continues help me and my colleagues rise to the challenge of staying relevant in this dynamic area of practice by supporting and advocating the profession and anticipating advances in diabetes management and care.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

To keep our profession robust, advancing the identity of the DCES is KEY to promote us as THE diabetes management experts and as an essential part of the health care team. Providing a path for those practitioners to choose our specialty early on in their career journey is essential to help us grow.  Expanding the diabetes cardio-metabolic care framework to improve access and quality is CRUCIAL as access continues to be a significant barrier to diabetes education and care. Collaborating with other interprofessional organization will only strengthen our position and relevance. Lastly, defining and implementing vision for our specialty is ESSENTIAL. As the healthcare environment continues to change, we must stay fully integrated in the health care team and expand to new models of care to anticipate and navigate those changes.

If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

My career is dedicated to the practice of diabetes care and education. I want to support those colleagues who have done the same. If elected, I will use many and varied experiences in diabetes care to bring informed and innovative ideas and opinions to the Board. I bring a passion for diabetes management that continues to fuel my excitement to support and grow the profession. As a forward thinking and innovative practitioner, I am open to new ideas and accepting of views and opinions of others. I will work hard, listen well, advocate and understand the diabetes care practitioners I represent. For 32 years, I have cared for persons with diabetes and value the support and advocacy of ADCES. I am committed to the success and impact ADCES and the field of diabetes management. It would be my honor and privilege to serve on the ADCES Board of Directors.

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LaManna.jpg Jacqueline LaManna, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES, FADCES
Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida College of Nursing
Orlando FL

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

ADCES is in the throes of transformational change. Visionary prior leaders recognized the urgency of re-envisioning diabetes education within the rapidly-changing healthcare environment. This need for redefinition of the diabetes educator role is reflective of my 25-year journey as a DCES. Like many DCESs, my early practice was as a “diabetes educator”. My role expanded over time to incorporate program leadership, population health, advanced clinical management, and research, but my title remained unchanged. The recent addition of “care” to the organization’s name and diabetes educator title better reflects the expanding horizons of DCESs in supporting outcomes to diverse populations of PWD and cardiometabolic disorders. My broad experience in varied aspects of diabetes care and active research supporting ADCES in building a body of evidence demonstrating the value of the DCES provide me with a skill set to support ADCES leadership in its ongoing efforts to reimagine diabetes care and education.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

Related 3-year priorities for ADCES are full implementation of the transformative vision for the specialty and advancing the identity of the diabetes care and education specialist (DCES).  Ongoing dissemination of  data-driven role redefinitions to diabetes educators and stakeholders (people with diabetes [PWD], healthcare professionals, employers, payers, partner organizations, and policy makers) is essential. The expanding DCES role suggests a need to showcase a body of evidence supporting the value of the specialty in improving population and system-level outcomes of PWD and those with diabetes risk associated with cardiometabolic conditions. Understanding of contributions of the DCES in evolving, outcome-focused payment models is required to advocate for improved DSMES utilization. The COVID-19 pandemic showcased the importance of technology, particularly telehealth and patient-generated data, in diabetes self-management education and support. ADCES additionally must prioritize assessment of impacts of health equity on access and uptake of these critical technologies in diverse and underserved populations.

If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

ADCES’s Vision for the Specialty, “optimal health and quality of life for persons with, affected by, or at risk for diabetes and chronic conditions,” is critical in emphasizing the DCES’s leadership role in delivering increasingly complex diabetes care and advocating for people with diabetes (PWD). The inclusion of “care” in the new organizational name and in the revised description of the diabetes educator is a major step in showcasing these competencies. While DCESs understand the rationale for the rebranding, patients, other providers, the public, and health leaders at local, state, and national levels also must appreciate the impetus for this change. As a board member,  I would support dissemination of robust outcome data showcasing the value of DCESs in delivering person-centered care and serving as technological experts. Sharing ADCES's story with evidence is critical in ensuring this organization's seat at the table as a valued resource in diabetes care.

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Ruck.jpg Daniel Ruck, DNP, FNP, BC-ADM, CDCES
Nurse Practitioner
Florence Endocrine Clinic
Florence, AL

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 8 years old. Many healthcare professionals blurred past me that week, but I only remember one - the diabetes care and education specialist (DCES). The educator helped give me the strength to administer the first insulin injections. The educator helped me understand how my new diagnosis was not a death sentence. The educator simplified when I was overwhelmed.  My first encounter with the DCES set me on a path that allowed success as a diabetic, and ultimately a path to help others as an educator myself.  The ADCES mission is meaningful and powerful to me because I believe the DCES who can give innovative education, management, and support can change the lives of their patients.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

Diabetes care is changing. We are no longer siloed into focusing on just our specialty. Instead, we approach diabetes holistically. New technologies and medications are available to simultaneously benefit diabetes, cardiac, obesity, and kidney specialties. Therefore, the ADCES vision of promoting a diabetes cardiometabolic framework is an urgent priority. Promoting new technologies and encouraging their understanding is key to accomplishing the vision of our specialty. Another urgent piece of the Strategic Plan is advancing the vision of ADCES through careers pathways for healthcare professionals who are interested in starting or expanding their role as a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (DCES). Helping those who are interested in becoming a DCES is important because it is the start of the pipeline that allows us to grow as a community. As the community grows it increases the reach and influence of those DCES who are working hard to help patients.

If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

I will work to improve education, community and training opportunities. The COVID epidemic has shown that technology can be a powerful tool for this purpose, and I will focus on the ways ADCES can help members use technology. For example, DANAtech.org is one of ADCES biggest assets, and I will work to promote the use and adoption of DANAtech. In addition, I want to focus on growing membership among the broader care team. A focus on growth allows ADCES to prosper in the future. Growing the organization means decreasing the hurdles to organizational involvement and helping healthcare professionals understand the benefit of ADCES for themselves and their sphere of influence.

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Srivastava.jpg Sneha Srivastava, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES, DipACLM
Associate Professor
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Department of Pharmacy Practice
North Chicago, IL

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

When I think of diabetes, I think about how much we as healthcare professional can impact a persons life – how we can empower each and every person with the passion we carry within ourselves for diabetes care and education. Each person with diabetes is an individual, and that’s how each of us approach the conversation and management – making a difference with expertise and compassion. By empowering ourselves with the expertise of the other CDCES within our organization and the shared mission and vision of every one of us, we can make a difference in each of our patient’s lives. We come from different backgrounds and disciplines, work with patient in different capacities – but our shared passion connects us all and I am so thankful to find an organization that allows for us to meet to enhance our learning and work together to bring everything back to organizations and our patients.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

All of us, together, are the future – of ADCES and beyond. In an ideal world, all persons with diabetes would have the opportunity to have access to someone who truly has the knowledge, expertise, and priority for diabetes care and education. As I think about how we can employ our strategic plan, I believe we need to embrace our vision and communicate our skill set to our healthcare team. We have the capacity to make a difference to all aspects of cariometabolic care of our patient, and it’s through our voice that we can be heard and through our actions that we can demonstrate and implement, and through our passion and shared goals that we can exemplify. We can all work together to integrate what we do within all that we do to advance our identity which will ultimately meet our vision and mission of impacting the outcomes of the person at the center, with diabetes.

If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

If I had the honor to represent our members, I would take the opportunity to advance the role and value. We do the work that we do because we truly believe we can empower people with diabetes by enhancing knowledge, providing skill and tools to address all the complexities of diabetes. The reality is that healthcare systems may not truly understand the value of what we do – and I would like to be our voice – to be heard loud and clear – through patient stories, through your stories of challenges and successes, and with the copious amount of research that shows the value we bring to individuals and systems. I will converse with individuals providing the care and the people making policy to ensure the connection of what we do and impact that is made is clearly seen.

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Member Affiliates Liaison

Please note: The candidates’ bios may not appear in the same order as listed on the ballot.


Payne.jpg Tammie Payne, CRNP, CDCES, CPT, NP-C
Nurse Practitioner
UPMC CMI
Everett, PA

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease and everyone is on different levels in the disease process leading to ever-changing educational concepts which empower the CDCES to adapt education to the current situation. This mission statement makes me feel empowered to provide holistic care for a person with diabetes beyond education.  It shows the person with diabetes that we are capable of managing not only their diabetes but the entire disease process with ongoing support. It allows educators to be innovative in their teaching methods that are patient-centered. It allows me to be in the driver’s seat to create and enhance my teaching skills to what I feel is specific to my current patient population while creating an environment conducive to learning that offers ongoing support to sustain outcomes and success in the management of diabetes.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

Growing membership and strengthening collaborations with interprofessional organizations is where I feel they need to focus. For ADCES to advance we need to look at the current CMS recognition guidelines with respect to outcomes of our education process. We are empowering CDCES to practice to the top of their abilities only to then have them restricted by pay inconsistencies, limited resources, and collecting statistics that are not relevant to their performance. We need to strengthen the ability for all disciplines to be able to bill for telemedicine services after this pandemic on the merit of being certified and not because your profession has an NPI number. Diabetes educators are becoming a dying breed and we need to have the tools and resources to make them successful at their jobs so that others will join.

If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

If elected to the board, I will be a strong advocate for empowering CDCES to practice to the top of their certification level while helping to grow membership. I feel that being an active educator and provider puts me at an advantage since I see issues and restrictions that CDCES face in their day-to-day routines and can empathize with their struggles. I see the struggles of the CDCES trying to provide excellent education in a world of limited reimbursement and overwhelming data collection as well as being the provider having trouble getting my patients the education they need. By involving interprofessional organizations I feel we can help bridge this gap and improve the value of the DCES.

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See.jpg Michael See, MS, CEP, CDCES
Health & Wellness Coordinator
Verizon
Taunton, MA

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

What makes the ADCES mission meaningful, powerful, and personal to you?

It was almost twenty years ago that I discovered now what is ADCES. The inter-professional nature of the organization and the unwavering commitment of its members and organizational staff to working in the prevention and management of diabetes and related conditions is what defines the organization. I have been empowered to take on state and national leadership roles because of the organizational nature of ADCES. How it provides members and state organizations the opportunity to collaborate, and grow in the service of our members and the diabetes community. In recent years, I have been inspired by the organization’s desire and ability to redefine a vision for the specialty. Diabetes in its various forms is a challenging disease for people at risk of or diagnosed with it and those who care for them. ADCES is at a critical juncture and I want to be someone who moves the organization and members forward.

As you look ahead to the next three years, which elements of the Strategic Plan will be the most urgent for ADCES to advance?

The developmental work has been done and the groundwork has been laid over the last few years with the development of the Strategic Plan and Vision for the Specialty. Now is the time for implementation. As we emerge from the pandemic, we need to raise our voice locally and nationally in support of our services. We need to seize new opportunities by developing innovative models of care to expand opportunities and access. In conjunction with our emerging expertise in cardiometabolic care, we need to utilizing technology in its many forms to expand services and improve outcomes. There is an increasing awareness that diabetes has profound health and economic impact on our society. The next three years will have a profound impact on our profession and we need to seize the opportunity by being adaptable and focused.

If elected to the Board of Directors, how will you use this position to advance the role and value of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

If elected to the ADCES Board as a Member Affiliates Liaison I would use a variety of strategies to understand the challenges and opportunities state coordinating bodies experience and the needs of our members and the diabetes care community. Equally as important, is to access the wealth of knowledge, skills, and experience that exist and to disseminate best practices for state and national operations, creating a vision going forward. As we emerge from the pandemic, state coordinating bodies, members, and potential members are looking for guidance and resources to better equip them in their practice. ADCES has an innovative, members-focused structure that needs to continue to evolve. This position is critical in linking together the ADCES professional staff and national members and growing the organization and serving the diabetes community.

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Nominating Committee

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Griggs.jpg John Griggs, MSN, RN-BC, FNP-C, CDCES
Diabetes Educator
Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf
Port St Joe, FL

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

APPLICANT’S STATEMENT

My multiple leadership roles have given me extensive experience in interview processes, evaluation of skillsets, and selection of ideal candidates. I would bring excellent communication, strategic flexibility, critical thinking, and strong networking skills to this role. While I have not had a previous leadership role in ADCES, I have a passion for making a difference in the care of persons with diabetes. I feel this position would be an ideal venue for becoming more involved in the organization and making impactful changes. Not reflected in my resume is my active membership in multiple hospital committees and being on the Board of Directors for my home owner’s association. I think this position is pivotal in selecting the most appropriate candidates to carry forth the vision and strategic plan of ADCES. I would love the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful organization.

What leadership attributes will you look for in potential candidates for Directors and Officers?

Crucial attributes for Board Directors and Officer candidates include being visionary leaders who are willing to be flexible in their thinking and adapt quickly to change. I feel it is essential that candidates for these positions come from diverse backgrounds and represent all professions that impact the care of persons with diabetes. These individuals should possess the energy and charisma to help move the organization through the ever-evolving healthcare landscape. Other valued attributes include honesty, transparency, and the willingness to try new processes and strategies

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Kemmis.jpg Karen Kemmis, PT, RN, DPT, MS, GCS, CDCES, FADCES
Joslin Education Team Leader
Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

To view this candidate’s Personal Statement video, please click here.

APPLICANT’S STATEMENT

As a member of our Association for over 20 years, serving in various leadership positions for over 15 years, I have been involved in the vast changes of our organization and specialty. My work on the Board of Directors provided me with experiences that support the responsibilities of the Nominating Committee. I have been involved in multiple strategic planning processes, was highly engaged in the creation of our Vision for the Specialty, and was President of the organization as we retitled and rebranded to Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (DCES). I have a deep understanding of the skills and attributes needed to be a successful contributor to the Board of Directors, the Association, and the specialty. In my career, I work with Joslin leadership and supervise our DCES team to advance our strategic initiatives and manage operations as we provide quality care to those we serve.

What leadership attributes will you look for in potential candidates for Directors and Officers?

Building on the momentum our Association has experienced over the past several years, Directors and Officers must be strategic, forward-thinkers. The ability to look to the future is critical to drive our specialty forward, remaining relevant in our ever-changing world. Knowledge of healthcare trends, new models of care, and social determinants of health is needed to advance the specialty. Critical thinking and objectivity are necessary as the board assesses current situations, considers possibilities, and determines best actions to create success. The ability to communicate with others on the board, expressing one’s own thoughts and being receptive to others’ ideas, will promote an atmosphere for successful planning and actions. Relationships with our corporate partners and comfort with advocacy are positive attributes for our leaders. Knowledge of current literature and various practice models in the field of diabetes care and education are required to generate strategies for successful advancement of the specialty.

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Maryniuk.jpg Melinda Maryniuk, RDN, MEd, CDCES, FADA
Owner
Maryniuk & Associates,Consulting
Same as home

APPLICANT’S STATEMENT

I have been a volunteer with all my professional organizations for over 40 years, including ADCES (just finishing a 3-year term on the Board of Directors), ADA and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Most of my career has been in leadership roles with major diabetes institutions (including Joslin Diabetes Center).  All of these activities have strengthened my skills to identify both outstanding leaders, as well as rising stars who can help move ADCES and our profession forward.   Based on my recent experience on the ADCES Board, I recognize the importance of identifying individuals who can help us advance the Vision for the Specialty.  I’m also proud of our Association’s priority to place Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities at the forefront, and I want to maintain that focus.

What leadership attributes will you look for in potential candidates for Directors and Officers?

Leadership attributes that I will look for include:
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Neumiller.jpg Joshua J. Neumiller, PharmD, CDCES, FADCES, FASCP
Vice-Chair & Associate Professor
Washington State University
Spokane, WA

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APPLICANT’S STATEMENT

I am excited at the potential opportunity of serving ADCES through membership on the Nominating Committee. As a member of ADCES since 2009, I have directly benefited from the educational offerings, resources, and sense of community that ADCES offers its members. Based on my work as a clinical pharmacist and DCES, as well as my volunteer experience, I believe I am well suited to serve ADCES in this role. Some of my previous service activities include serving on the AADE annual planning committee from 2013-2014 and serving on ADA’s Professional Practice Committee from 2016-2019 (including committee Chair from 2018-2019). Additionally, I currently serve as a Course Director for the ADA’s Advanced Postgraduate Course and as a member of the ADA’s Scientific Sessions Planning Committee. Through these activities I have been fortunate to network with a variety of diabetes professionals, which I believe will serve me well in this role.

What leadership attributes will you look for in potential candidates for Directors and Officers?

If elected to the 2022 Nominating Committee, I will play an important role in identifying individuals with leadership attributes necessary to fill Board of Director and Officer roles with ADCES. Leadership attributes that I believe are important when selecting professionals to serve in these roles include a track record of service to the specialty (through previous ADCES service and/or service to other diabetes-centered organizations); dedication to the improved care of people living with diabetes through clinical practice, diabetes care and education, and/or program development; and a clear dedication to the mission, vision, and guiding principles of ADCES.

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Shane-McWhorter.jpg Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDCES, FASCP, FADCES
Professor (Clinical) Emeritus; clinical pharmacist
University Of Utah/Pharmacotherapy; CHC, Inc.
Work from home currently

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APPLICANT’S STATEMENT

My name is Laura Shane-McWhorter, and I am a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. I had the honor of serving on the national Board of Directors from 2018 to 2020 and served on several committees, including the Awards Committee. I still serve on the Awards Committee. Prior to that, I served as the Chair of the Pharmacy SPG (before it was called a Community of Interest), and on the Professional Practice, Research, and Fellows Committee. I have written items for the BC-ADM exam.  I have written chapters for the Desk Reference and was the lead member of the writing team of the Pharmacist Scope of Practice document.  In providing service, my belief in the ADCES strategic plan and mission was strengthened. Our greatest strength is our interprofessional collaboration, where we all learn from each other. Hopefully our work will improve the lives of persons with diabetes.

What leadership attributes will you look for in potential candidates for Directors and Officers?

We live in an imperfect world, but leaders should strive to lead by example, be creative, and be able to think out of the box. Some specific attributes include the following:  Having a sense of vision and purpose, integrity, being confident and able to inspire others to do their very best.  A good leader should also be an effective communicator, while showing empathy and humility.  A good leader must be well organized and able to delegate, but yet be accountable in the end.  The ability to learn from other members of the team and work with them is essential. Resilience and emotional intelligence are signs of maturity in a great leader. Placing the needs of the organization before one’s own and being able to admit when mistakes are made and learn from them is critical. Finally, having a great sense of humor is also a must!

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