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.





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.





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

Greenwood is a program director at the Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network as well as a clinical performance improvement consult and research scientist at the Sutter Health Office of Patient Experience in Sacramento, CA. She has published and lectured on technology enabled models of care and the emerging concept of e-patient.   





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 eduction 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





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 serves as the director of training and technical assistance at The Center for Healthy North Carolina where she works to increase community coalitions and build strategies to reach the Health North Carolina 2020 goals. She was named the 2013 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and currently serves on the AADE board of directors 2015-2018. 






Dawn Sherr, MS, RD, CDE

Sherr is the Associate Director of Practice Management for the AADE. She oversees position statement and practice document development and revision; annual meeting education program planning; and the Favorably Reviewed logo program. She is also a Master Trainer for the National Diabetes Prevention 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.





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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