Editorial Board

AADE in Practice 2011-12 Editorial Board


Teresa Pearson, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE 
Executive Editor, AADE in Practice
Principal Consultant, Halleland Habicht Consulting LLC

Teresa Pearson is the Principal Conusltant for Halleland Habicht Consulting LLC. For over 20 years, she has been involved in direct patient care, guideline development, program administration, chronic care and population health, clinical quality improvement efforts, and the multidisciplinary team approach to chronic disease management and diabetes prevention. She has served on AADE’s Executive Committee and has published numerous articles on the above subjects.


Senior Editorial Advisor, AADE in Practice
Dean, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

Jim Fain is the Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Other leadership and educational experiences in nursing include positions at Yale University School of Nursing and the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of The Diabetes Educator for over 20 years and is nationally recognized for his expertise, publications and research in diabetes management. His research has been funded by various sources, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Diana Pihos, MA
Managing Editor, AADE in Practice
Director of Communications, AADE

Diana Pihos joined AADE in 2002, first serving as public affairs director and now as communications director. Prior to that, she managed communications initiatives for a risk management consulting firm and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.


Micki Hall, MS, RD, CDE, CPT
Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy

Micki Hall is a clinical assistant professor in Clinical and Administrative Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy. She is a Registered Dietitian, licensed in the state of Oklahoma, a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Certified Insulin Pump Trainer (CPT). She is the Program Coordinator at the OUHSC Family Medicine Center (FMC) Silver Clinic for Diabetes Self-Management Training where she counsels patients regarding Medical Nutrition Therapy, insulin management, and insulin pump therapy. She has served as Chapter President of the Western Oklahoma Diabetes Educators local chapter of the AADE, is a member of the AADE, the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the Oklahoma Dietetic Association, the Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group of the ADA, and the Insulin Pump Therapy Specialty Practice Group of the AADE. She currently teaches Medical Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes, General Nutrition, and an Advanced Diabetes Elective at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy. Her research interests include insulin pump therapy in family practice and internal medicine practice, teaching strategies to improve diabetes management outcomes, and motivational interviewing. She earned a BS in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma and a MS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).


Cindy Halstenson, RD, LD, CDE
Clinical Program Manager, Diabetes ActiveCare TM

Cindy Halstenson is the Diabetes Clinical Program Manager for the Diabetes ActiveCare TM program of Prescription Solutions, a UnitedHealth Group company in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Halstenson’s work in diabetes care and education includes clinical care, disease management, population health improvement, and program management. She has been involved in various diabetes organizations at the local, state and national level including the Minnesota area American Diabetes Association, the AADE chapter Minneapolis-St. Paul Diabetes Educators, NCBDE, and the Diabetes Care and Education (DCE) dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association. Halstenson has been an associate editor for the first and second editions of the AADE Desk Reference: The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education and served as the newsletter coordinator for DCE.



Gayle Lorenzi, RN, CDE
Community Health Project Manager, University of California San Diego

Gayle Lorenzi is an active member of the study group for the Diabetes Complications and Control (DCCT) study and the follow up Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) study. The EDIC study continues to provide valuable insight into the long-term picture of type 1 diabetes and factors that influence the development of complications. Her experiences include clinical care, clinical research, education and advocacy. She has worked within the pharmaceutical industry, and collaborated with various public health agencies and academic institutions to improve the understanding of diabetes by professionals and the public. She maintains active involvement with several professional organizations, has published in professional journals and presented at local, national and international scientific conferences.


Jerry Meece, RPh, CDE, FACA 
Owner, Director of Clinical Services, Plaza Pharmacy and Wellness Center

Jerry Meece is a pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator who is owner and Director of Clinical Services of Plaza Pharmacy and Wellness Center in Gainesville, Texas, one of the first freestanding pharmacies in the country to achieve Provider Education Recognition from the American Diabetes Association. He has delivered over 1,500 lectures across the country and internationally on the subject of diabetes, disease state management and clinician/patient behavior in the health care setting. He has written numerous articles on diabetes care and insulin use in the patient with diabetes. In 2001, Jerry became the first practicing community pharmacist ever to be elected to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators and to serve on their Executive Board in the position of Vice President. Among the awards Jerry has received for his work in diabetes care is the Individual Educational Excellence Award from the Texas Pharmacy Association, the Innovative Practice of the Year award by the Texas Pharmacy Association and the Legislative Leadership award by AADE. Jerry currently serves on consultant boards and speaker bureaus for several health care companies as well as being a faculty member for the Johnson and Johnson Diabetes Institute.


Joseph Nelson, MA, LP, CST
Licensed Psychologist, Golden Valley Psychotherapy Associates

Joe Nelson is a licensed psychologist in private practice and specializes in the psychology of chronic disease, behavior change, sexual problems, and kids and teens.  He worked at the International Diabetes Center for 20 years, directing the psychological services for 12 years. Nelson was a member of the Professional Practice Committee of the AADE for four years, and has been on the Minnesota State Plan Steering Committee for 8 years. Nelson gives presentations nationwide to professionals and patients related to the emotional aspects of chronic disease, sexual health, and behavior change.


Hildegarde Payne, RN, MA, CDE 
Associate Director of Diabetes Center, Queens Hospital Center

Hildegarde Payne is the Associate Director of Diabetes Center at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, Queens. Payne has been the coordinator of an ADA accredited diabetes self-management education program since June 2004, and has developed a diabetes curriculum and conducted group education classes for patients who speak Spanish and Haitian Creole. Payne has over 34 years of experience, and currently serves as the President of the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators. She is also active in the African-American Special Practice Group of AADE, as well as the American Diabetes Association.