About AADE

AADE Media Spokespersons

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. 

Become an AADE Spokesperson 

Are you interested in becoming an AADE Spokesperson? AADE members should monitor their email for an annoucement in mid-March of each year for a call for applications. To qualify, we ask that applicants commit to the following:

  • Term of service: 3 years starting at your training at the AADE annual conference.
  • Media Interviews: As an AADE spokesperson, you would act as a resource for media and help shine the light on issues important to AADE members and those they serve. All media would be coordinated by AADE. Interviews are usually scheduled via email and we ask that you respond in a timely manner.
  • Blog Creation: As the "eyes in the field," your expertise and in-depth knowledge of current issues affecting your clients are a helpful and effective teaching tool to share with your fellow diabetes specialists. We ask that you commit to writing one blog post (300 – 500 words) per year of service. This will be scheduled with AADE on a yearly basis.
  • Media Opportunities: AADE will hold bi-monthly calls (every other month) to discuss stories you are seeing in the media, topics that are resonating with your patients, and to identify potential media opportunities as they arise, with a focus on local stories. You are asked to make these meetings within reason.
  • Media Training: All AADE spokespeople MUST attend media training held at the AADE annual conference in order to begin their service. Media training includes travel and hotel expenses as well as AADE annual conference registration. The full day training typically takes place the Thursday before the conference begins. 

To interview an AADE media spokesperson, contact: 

Matt Eaton  |  800.338.3633  | media@aadenet.org   


Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE

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


Sandra Arévalo, MPH, RDN, CDN, CDE, CLC, FADA

Arevalo is the Program Director of Community & Patient Education at Montefiore Nyack, NY. She has served as chair in various organizations committed to improving the nutrition of Latinos and high risk populations in the US. She is the author of Microwave Chef, a book inspired by people living in shelters. Her work in nutrition education and diabetes for the underserved has received multiple awards of excellence, has been presented nationally and featured in national and international TV and printed media.



Nicole Bereolos, PhD, MPH, CDE

Bereolos is a clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator working in a private practice in North Texas. Her practice focuses on helping people better cope with living with a chronic medical condition, especially diabetes. She also helps others with behavioral weight management, smoking cessation, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and stress management. 

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Veronica Brady, PhD, MSN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDE

Brady is a certified diabetes educator as well as board certified in advanced diabetes management. She has presented nationally and internationally on the subject of diabetes and the management of patients receiving high dose steroids. She has authored several publications in the area of diabetes in Oncology Nursing Forum, Journal of Diabetes Therapeutics and Technology and the Clinical Advisor.

Timika Chambers

Timika Chambers, MSN, RN, BSN, CDE

Chambers is the president and founder of Fuel Your Core, LLC. She has over 20+ years of nursing experience, with a master’s degree in nursing education, and is both a certified diabetes educator and certified integrative nutrition health coach. Her areas of expertise include diabetes and lifestyle management to help clients achieve harmony in their emotional, physical, social, and spiritual well-being. Chambers also works for the Whole List Doc as an independent contractor certified integrative nutrition health coach. 

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Susan Cornell, BS, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA, FAADE

Cornell is the associate director of experiential education and an associate professor in the department of pharmacy practice at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. She is a clinical pharmacist consultant and certified diabetes educator, specializing in community and ambulatory care practice. Her current clinical practice is with the Bolingbrook Christian Health and Will-Grundy Medical Clinics, where she trains students as they provide diabetes education classes and other services for patients in under-served community clinics.  


Carla is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She has a PhD with emphasis in exercise physiology and taught classes in exercise physiology, sports nutrition and clinical dietetics for 14 years at the University of Montana. She has worked for over 30 years in the field of diabetes, with special emphasis in type 1 diabetes and the use of insulin pumps and sensors. She volunteers with AADE, is on the executive board of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) and is a yearly volunteer for diabetes camps as a dietitian and teen medical coordinator.

Shani Davis

Shani Davis, PhD, ANP-BC, CDE

Davis received a master’s degree in Adult and Geriatric Advanced Nursing Practice and has PhD in Nursing. Her clinical experience has been in endocrinology, chronic disease management, and primary care and she has worked, presented, and instructed on advanced diabetes management strategies throughout Florida. She serves on the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Tampa Community Leadership Board, Tampa's Central City YMCA board, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) national research committee, and has served on several ADA and AADE national conference planning committees throughout her 17 plus years of practice. 


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 of 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

Lorena Drago, RD, MS, CDN, CDE 

Drago 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.


Deborah Greenwood, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE
2015 AADE President

Greenwood is President of Deborah Greenwood Consulting, in Sacramento, CA specializing in diabetes and digital health. She is also a co-founder of A Fresh POV for You, guiding people with diabetes to focus on possibilities, opportunities and creating a vision for the future, which incorporates principles of solutions focused therapy into diabetes care and education. She is an Adjunct, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University and University of California Davis. Her research interests include technology-enabled self-management education and support incorporating digital health, e-Patient engagement and social media. Greenwood was the 2015 President of AADE and now serves on the AADE research committee, DANA Editorial Board and the Peer Support Work Group. She also serves on the board of directors for Diabetes Sisters.



Karen Kemmis

Karen Kemmis, PT, RN, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, FAADE

Kemmis is a physical therapist 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 is certified in geriatrics through the APTA and has been certified in Pilates for rehabilitation and exercise for aging adults. 

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Jodi Lavin-Tompkins, MSN, RN, CDE, BC-ADM

Lavin-Tompkins is an advanced practice nurse and certified diabetes educator with over 25 years in the field of diabetes management. She is board certified in advanced diabetes management. Her Master’s degree and NP certification are from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. Lavin-Tompkins is the Director of Accreditation at AADE, where she oversees the accreditation process for diabetes programs around the country, the credentialing process for the BC-ADM, and the accrediting process for continuing education hours for programs and services inside and outside of AADE. 


Chris Memering

Chris Memering, RN, BSN, CDE, FAADE

Memring is a nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator. Memering has served in various positions for AADE, was named as a Fellow of AADE, and elected to the Board of Directors to serve for the term of 2019-2021. She is also a member of the Diabetes Advisory Council for the state of North Carolina, and sits on several advisory boards, including her local pharmacy’s Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) AADE program and her local YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Her practice is in care of the hospitalized patient with diabetes, but interests also include technology use in diabetes, on-line peer support for those with diabetes.

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David Miller, RN, BSN, MSEd, CDE, LDE, FAADE

Miller is the Diabetes Care Coordinator for Community Health Network in Indianapolis. He is a Certified Diabetes Educator and earned a Fellowship in Diabetes from AADE. Miller has been a manager of ICU and med-surg units, education departments, and quality services, in addition to serving as a diabetes educator for Eli Lilly and Astra Zeneca. He has been published in national journals, authored chapters for nursing textbooks, presented at national conferences, and has been Editor-in-Chief for several professional books.


Richard Peng, MS, MBA, ACSM-RCEP, CDE

Peng is a clinical exercise physiologist and certified diabetes educator in the health enhancement department at DaVita HealthCare Partners in Los Angeles, CA. He works with patients in exercise assessment, exercise prescription and fitness evaluation. He also teaches diabetes education classes in Vietnamese. Peng currently sits on the board of the National Certified Board for Diabetes Educators and is a financial leader with the California Coordinating Body of AADE.


Joanne Rinker, MS, RDN, CDE, LDN, FAADE

Rinker is a Master’s level dietitian and has her BS and MS in Human Nutrition from West Virginia University. She is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 18 years of experience. Rinker is the AADE Director of Practice and Content Development. In this role she heads up content for the AADE Annual Conference, works as the staff liaison to the Professional Practice Committee, as well as the Favorably Reviewed Committee, and serves as the staff content expert.  

Kellie Rodriguez

Kellie Rodriguez, MSN, RN, CDE, MBA

Rodriguez has more than 20 years of diabetes education experience across all diabetes types and technologies. She is currently employed as the Director, Global Diabetes Programs at Parkland Health & Hospital System (PHHS) in Dallas, Texas where she is responsible for building an effective and creative infrastructure and system of care delivery to advance diabetes care and education within PHHS and broader Dallas community. Rodriguez has held positions at a variety of organizations including the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) and American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

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Donna Ryan, RN, RD, MPH, CDE, FAADE
2018 AADE President

AADE 2018 President Donna Ryan is director of population health for Ascension Health in Florida and Alabama. She is an RN, RD, CDE and holds a Masters in Public Health. Her professional interests include expanding diabetes educators into new models of care and improving the quality of diabetes care. 


Evan Sisson, PharmD, MHA, CDE, FAADE

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.


Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE

Smithson is a registered and licensed dietitian, certified diabetes educator, chronic care professional and former national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Wellness with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Benedictine University. Smithson combines her expertise as a certified diabetes educator with her experience living with type 1 diabetes for over five decades to serve as an expert for print and online resources including local and national newspapers, magazines and radio. 

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Kathleen Stanley, CDE, RD, LD, MSEd, BC-ADM, MLDE

Stanley has spent over 25 years in the field of diabetes education and diabetes management, and has authored books and articles over the years related to diabetes. She has held national positions in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the American Diabetes Association. Stanley currently works for Baptist Health Lexington, in Lexington, Kentucky as the Program Coordinator for both the diabetes department and outpatient nutrition services department, providing oversight to diabetes education programs, diabetes prevention programs, and outpatient nutrition programs in Kentucky.


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Valari Taylor, MS, RDN, LDN 

Taylor is a licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, with a passion for working with persons with diabetes and prediabetes, and works full time with the geriatric population. Through funding by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, Fauntleroy teaches cooking classes for persons with diabetes and or prediabetes. She is an active member of AADE and was the acting co-chair for the Cultural Diversity Group.


Melanie Teslik, RN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, CPHQ

Teslik is a Diabetes Nurse Educator at NYU Winthrop University Hospital in the department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism on Long Island, nationally recognized by the Joint Commission in Diabetes, NCQA, and ADA. She is an active AADE member participating at the state and local levels as well as in national AADE committees. Her background in nursing has always been in education and performance improvement (CQI). Through the years, she has been in many management positions supporting this endeavor.




Melissa Young, PharmD, RPh, BC-ADM, CDE

Young is a clinical pharmacist with 20 years of experience in diabetes education and management. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and has earned a Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management. She specializes in the treatment of adults with complex diabetes and metabolic disorders while providing chronic disease management services for veterans. Young holds a teaching affiliation with the University of Utah and leads a national committee for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Her current interests include opioid safety, disease prevention and matters related to healthcare policy.  

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