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ADCES 2021 Award Recipients

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award
Steven V. Edelman, MD

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This award recognizes outstanding contributions and service across the diabetes landscape and honors an individual who serves as an extraordinary role model and has dedicated themselves to diabetes care be that through research, care, self-management or on-going support.

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2021 Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award
Dennis J. Pillion, PhD

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In honor of the first ADCES President, this award recognizes outstanding contributions and service to this association.

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2022 Diabetes Care and Education Specialist of the Year
Samuel Grossman, PharmD, PhD, CDCES, FADCES

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Honors a diabetes care and education specialist who has made a special contribution to the field through dedication, innovation and sensitivity in patient care.

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2021 Donna Tomky Award for Excellence in Practice
Eileen Egan, DNP, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDCES, FADCES

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This award in memory of former ADCES President Donna Tomky recognizes a member who advances the integration of self-management behaviors with clinical management through practice, health plan or heath system innovation.

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2021 Advancing the Vision Award
Sandra Chmelnik, RDN, CDCES

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Recognizes a member whose program or project advances the ADCES Project Vision strategic pillars to achieve the outcomes inspired by ADCES’s mission.

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2021 Innovative Use of Technology Award
Suzanne Lohnes, MA, BSN, RN, CDCES, BC-ADM
Shelby Nicole Roberson, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES

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This award supports the innovative use and integration of software and/or technology into practice.

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Shelby Nicole Roberson, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES


2021 ADCES Rising Star Award
Holly Falke, MS, RD, LD, CDCES

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This award recognizes a diabetes care and education specialist who has less than five years of diabetes care and education experience and has demonstrated leadership and commitment in his/her practice.

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2021 Research Award
Margot Porter

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Recognizes outstanding work in the scientific area of diabetes care and education. This new award signifies the importance of research to the organization.

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Lifetime Achievement Award
(f.k.a. Living Legend Award)

Recognizes an individual who exemplifies the proud history of diabetes care & education and serves as an extraordinary role model.  This award was first given in 2008. Past winners include:

2020 – Dr. Jane K. Kadohiro, DrPH, APRN, CDCES, FADCES
2019 – Carole Mensing, RN, MA, CDE, FAADE
2018 – R. Keith Campbell, RPh, FASHP, CDE, FAADE
2017 – Linda Siminerio, RN, PhD, CDE & Margaret Powers, RD, PhD, CDE
2016 – Robert Anderson, BS, MEd, EdD & Martha Mitchell Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE
2015 – Ann Albright, PhD, RD
2014 – Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE 
2013 – Linda Haas, PHC, RN, CDE
2012 – Marion Franz, MS. RD, LD, CDE
2011 – Diana Guthrie, ARPN, PhD, BC-ADM 
2010 – Francine Kaufman, MD 
2009 – James Gavin, III, MD, PhD 
2008 – Frank Vinicor, MD

Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions and services to the Association. Past winners include: 

2020 – Virginia Pergallo-Dittko, RN, CDCES, BC-ADM, FADCES, FAAN
2019 – Teresa L. Pearson, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE
2018 – Malinda Peeples, RN, MS, CDE
2017 – Barbara Schreiner, PhD, APRN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM
2016 – Sandi Burke, PhD, ANP, RN, FAADE, FAAN & Kim DeCoste, RN, MSN, CDE, MLDE, FAADE
2015 – Marcia Draheim, RN, CDE and Patti Geil, MS, RD, FADA, CDE
2014 – Dr. Jane K. Kadohiro, DrPH, APRN, CDE, FAADE
2013 – Donna Tomky, ANP-BC, CD, FAADE
2012 – Carolé Mensing, RN, MA, CDE, FAADE
2011 – Martha Price, DNSc, APRN, CDE
2010 – Amparo Gonzelez, RN, CDE, FAADE
2009 – Donna Rice, MBA, BSN, CDE
2008 – Linda Siminerio, PhD, RN, CDE
2007 – Mary Austin, MA, RD, CDE
2006 – Virginia Valentine, CNS, BC-ADM, CDE
2005 – James Fain, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, FAAN
2004 – Ginger Kanzer-Lewis, EdM, RN, BC, CDE
2003 – Kathy Mulcahy, MSN, RN, CDE 
2002 – Gary Arsham, MD, PhD
2001 – Debbie Hinnen, ARNP, BC-ADM, CDE, FAAN
2000 – Karmeen Kulkarni, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
1999 – Ann Nettles, MSN, RN, APRN, CNS
1998 – Martha Funnell, RN, MS, CDE
1997 – Peggy Bourgeois, RN, MN, CDE, FAADE
1996 – Elizabeth Walker, PhD, RN, CDE, FAADE
1995 – Linda Haas, PHC, RN, CDE
1990 – R. Keith Cambell, RPh, FASHP, CDE, FAADE

Diabetes Care and Education Specialist of the Year
(f.k.a. Diabetes Educator of the Year Award) 

Honors a diabetes educator who has made a special contribution to the field through dedication, innovation and sensitivity in patient care. Past winners include:

2021 – Joshua Neumiller, PharmD, CDCES, FADCES, FASCP (selected in 2020 / serves in 2021)
2020 – Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, CDE (selected in 2019 / serves in 2020)
2019 – Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE (selected in 2018 / serves in 2019)
2018 –Stephen Ponder, MD, FAAP, CDE (selected in 2017 / serves in 2018)
2017 – Marci Butcher, RD, LN, CDE (selected in 2016 / serves in 2017)
2015-16 – Not awarded
2014-15 – Susan Weiner, RDN, MS, CDE, CDN
2013-14 – Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE
2012-13 – Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
2011-12 – Ann Constance, MA, RD, CDE, FAADE
2010-11 – Elaine Massaro, MS, CNS, RN, CDE
2009-10 – Mary Sullivan, RN, DNP, ANP-BC, CDE
2008-09 – Janis Roszler, RD, LD, CDE, MSFT
2007 – Teresa Volpone, PharmD, RPh
2006 – Laura Hieronymus, ED, RN, CDE, BCADM
2005 – Mary Bowens, RN, BSN, CDE
2004 – Theresa Garnero, APRN, MSN, RN, CDE
2003 – Fern Vining
2002 – Mary Jo Dudley, RN, BSN, CDE
2001 – Gayle Lorenzi, RN, CDE
2000 – Patricia Haldi, MSN, RN, CRRN, CDE
1999 – Marianne McAndrew
1998 – Peggy Adams, MSN, RN, CDE
1997 – Sherry Trunnel
1996 – Suzanne Laws, MS, RD, LD, FADA, BC-ADM
1995 – Sunnie Bell
1994 – Ruth Breitenback, RN, BS, CDE
1993 – Anne Whittington, MBA, MSN, RN, CDE
1992 – Jean Ranch Coulter
1991 – Alice M.Y. Taniguchi, RN, CDE
1990 – Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, MA. RN, BC-ADM, CDE
1989 – Aurora "Mickey" Reyes, RN, BSN, CDE
1987 – Mary Jean Klebba, RN, CDE
1986 – Cynthia Pasquarello, BS, RN, CDE
1984 – Virginia Valentine, CNS, RN, CDE
1983 – Barbara Ritch, RN, BSN

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