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. 

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

Arévalo currently serves as Director of Nutrition Services and Outreach Programs and Coordinator of Diabetes Management Programs at Community Pediatrics. In 2013, she received the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Medical Association for her leadership in nutrition services among Latinos. Her previous education and research work has been featured in national and international TV and printed media, peer reviewed journals and presented at various national conferences. Arévalo continues to work to provide health care to the most undeserved families in NY and abroad. 





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.





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. 





Veronica Brady, PhD, 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.

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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.  





Nancy D'Hondt, RPh, CDE, FAADE
2017 AADE President

D'Hondt is a Clinical Pharmacist and Diabetes Educator at St. John Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. She is President of the 2017 Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Through her experience in AADE leadership, she understands the importance of integrating organizational and member needs into a solid strategic plan; to think globally without overlooking member satisfaction; and to continue building the foundation that is the strength of this organization.  

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Jane Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE

Dickinson is a nurse and certified diabetes educator. She is the Program Director of the solely online Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management program at Teachers College Columbia University. Jane also provides diabetes education for patients, community members and healthcare professionals in Northwest Colorado. She has been active in diabetes social media since 2011, and her research focuses on the impact of language in diabetes.





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, 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.

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Jasmine Gonzalvo, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDE, LDE

Gonzalvo is Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University. Her clinical practice for Eskenazi Health involves provision of Cardiovascular Risk Reduction services operating under a collaborative practice agreement in a primary care clinic and in a population with serious mental illness. Dr. Gonzalvo’s research interests and publications relate to cardiovascular risk reduction in individuals with serious mental illness, integration of the Spanish language into her practice and academic settings, and diabetes self-management education in the pharmacy setting. 






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

Greenwood is President and Owner of Deborah Greenwood Consulting, Sacramento, CA specializing in diabetes and digital health. She has published and lectured on technology enabled models of care, digital health, e-Patient engagement and social media for self-management support. She worked for Sutter Health for 10 years, most recently as a research scientist and program director for the largest AADE accredited DSMES program. She has a PhD in Nursing Science and Healthcare Leadership, focusing in Informatics.






Sheila Harmon, RN, MSN, APN, CDE

Harmon is a diabetes educator/consultant with Access Community Health Network in Chicago, Illinois as well as the director of Provider Practice at the University of Illinois Miles Square School Based Health Centers.  






Rachel Head, RD, CDE

Head is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator specializing in pediatric diabetes and the role of social media and mobile technologies in disease management. Head works as a CDE at One Drop, a mobile diabetes management platform, where she develops diabetes education programs and provides individualized diabetes education and support to people with diabetes. She is active in the Diabetes Online Community: @RachelHeadCDE.






Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, 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. 


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. 






Molly McElwee-Malloy, RN, CDE 

McElwee-Malloy is the head of patient engagement and director of marketing for TypeZero Technologies, an artificial pancreas company. She also volunteers with the Charlottesville (VA) Free Clinic to help oversee the Diabetes Insulin Titration Telemedicine Program. She's active in the diabetes online community: @MollyMacT1D. 





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.

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Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, 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.  





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.

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Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE

Smithson is a registered and licensed dietitian, certified diabetes educator, 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 four decades to serve as an expert for print and online resources including local and national newspapers, magazines and radio. 





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.






Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE
2016 AADE President

Warshaw is a nationally recognized dietitian/nutritionist and diabetes educator. She applies nearly forty years of experience in her work as a book author and freelance writer, media spokesperson, consultant, diabetes educator and weight management coach. Warshaw is well known for her expertise in diabetes management and healthy eating with particular expertise in healthy restaurant eating.

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