Press Release

American Association of Diabetes Educators Announces New Consumer Advisor Program

For Release April 29, 2009


Chris Martin, 630.670.2745,
Diana Pihos, 312.601.4864,

CHICAGO—April 29, 2009—The American Association of Diabetes Educators has selected five members to serve as official association consumer advisors, assisting members of the media as sources for stories about diabetes.

“The AADE believes strongly in consumer education and increasingly that means reaching out to the media about the important role diabetes education plays in controlling one of the nation’s most dangerous public health threats,” said Lana Vukovljak, MS, MA, chief executive officer of the AADE.

AADE staff will connect members of the media with an appropriate consumer advisor to ensure accurate and timely information is passed along to the journalist’s audience.

Consumer advisors were chosen from the ranks of current volunteers who are familiar with the association and expressed an interest in working with the media on diabetes story requests.

The consumer advisors are: 

  • Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, senior associate director of Ambulatory Care Nutrition Programs at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx;
  • Evan Sisson, PharmD, MHA, CDE; doctor of pharmacy and a certified diabetes educator and assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.
  • Marcia Draheim, RN, CDE, is AADE’s 2009 volunteer president. She is currently the president of Draheim Dimensional Presentations in Cedar Rapids, IA.
  • Kim DeCoste, RN, MSN, CDE; manager of the Diabetes Center of Excellence at the Madison County (KY) Health Department in Richmond, Ky.
  • Deborah Fillman, MS, RD, LD, CDE, is currently AADE’s volunteer president-elect and is the director of community education for the Green River District Health Department in Owensboro, Ky.

To view their entire biographies, visit:

About the AADE:
Founded in 1973, AADE was created by and for diabetes educators.

We are dedicated to providing our members with the tools, training and support necessary to help patients change their behavior and accomplish their diabetes self-management goals.

As a multidisciplinary professional association, AADE represents and supports the diabetes educator by providing members the resources to stay abreast of the current research, methods and trends in the field and by offering opportunities to network and collaborate with other healthcare professionals.

AADE is constantly working towards our vision of successful self-management for all people with diabetes and related conditions.