AADE Spokespeople

AADE's spokespersons are a select group of diabetes educators who have agreed to assist media as sources for stories on diabetes. They represent AADE's commitment to public education, through the media, of the important role that diabetes educators play in the healthcare system. 

To interview an AADE media spokesperson, contact: 
David Harrison, 410.843.3869, david@harrisoncommunications.net
Matt Eaton, 312.601.4864, media@aadenet.org


Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, CDE

Antinori-Lent is a diabetes nurse specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Shadyside Hospital, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE
2014 AADE President

Bardsley is an assistant vice president in the Scientific Affairs Division of MedStar Health Research Institute in Hyattsville, Maryland.



Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE

Dobbins is a food and nutrition expert, spokesperson, speaker, blogger, podcaster and media coach with more than 20 years’ experience.  She is the owner of Sound Bites, Inc., where she promotes sound science, smart nutrition and good food. She lives in the Chicago suburbs.

Lorena Drago, RD, MS, CDN, CDE

Drago is senior associate director of Ambulatory Care Nutrition Programs at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, which includes serving as the director of the Diabetes Education Program and the WIC Program. She also maintains her own private practice, and is the owner of Hispanic Foodways, which specializes in creating culturally and ethnically-oriented nutrition and diabetes education materials.

Sheila Harmon, MSN, APN, CDE

Harmon is the near south regional manager and a certified diabetes educator with Access Community Health Network in Chicago, Illinois.

Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, CDE

Kemmis is a physical therapist, exercise physiologist, and certified diabetes educator at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where she splits her time between the Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate, outpatient rehabilitation department, and as an adjunct professor for the PT program. Kemmis also has certifications in Pilates for rehabilitation and exercise for aging adults.

Molly McElwee-Malloy, RN, CDE 

McElwee-Malloy is a patient care coordinator: diabetes education with the University of Virginia Diabetes Education Management Program in Charlottesville, VA. 

Tami Ross, RD, LD, CDE
2013 AADE President

Ross is a nationally recognized speaker and health and nutrition writer who has co-authored many books, including What Do I Eat Now?: A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes, and Diabetes Meals on $7 a Day or Less. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dawn Sherr, MS, RD, CDE

Sherr is a practice manager at AADE, specializing in educational content development and professional practice issues. Previously, she worked with both pediatric and adult patients, and in both the inpatient and outpatient settings as a team member of an accredited diabetes education program.

Evan Sisson, PharmD, MHA, CDE

Sisson is an assistant professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy where he teaches pharmacy, nursing and medical students about drug therapy for hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes. His practice settings include a university-based outpatient pharmacotherapy clinic and a local free clinic. In the free clinic, he regularly conducts diabetes education classes.