Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists



ADCES Media Spokespeople

ADCES spokespeople are a select group of diabetes care and education specialists who have agreed to assist media as sources for stories on diabetes, prediabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. They represent the organization's commitment to public education, through the media, of the important role that diabetes care and education specialists play in the healthcare system. For more information on ADCES, check out this fact sheet

To interview an ADCES media spokesperson, contact: 

Adolfo Luna  |  800.338.3633  |   

Become an ADCES Spokesperson 

Applications are now open! Apply today. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2022. For questions, please email

Are you interested in becoming an ADCES Spokesperson? ADCES members should monitor their email for an announcement in May 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 ADCES annual conference.
  • Media interviews: As an ADCES spokesperson, you would act as a resource for media and help shine the light on issues important to ADCES members and those they serve. All media would be coordinated by ADCES. 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 care and education specialists. We ask that you commit to writing one blog post (300 – 500 words) per year of service. This will be scheduled with ADCES on a yearly basis.
  • Media opportunities: Spokespersons are responsible for understanding their local and state media outlets (ADCES can help to identify), staying current on their coverage and proactively seeking out local exposure via getting to know those who cover the health and other relevant beats. 
  • Media training: All ADCES spokespeople MUST attend media training held at the ADCES annual conference in order to begin their service. Media training includes travel and hotel expenses as well as ADCES annual conference registration. The full day training typically takes place the Thursday before the conference begins. 


Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES
2020 ADCES President

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, CDCES, CLC, FADA

Arevalo is the program director of community and 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 U.S. 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.


Kristine Batty

Kristine Batty, Ph.D., APRN-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES

Batty's passion for diabetes education began when her grandfather was treated for the disease. For over two decades she has developed her expertise as a diabetes care and education specialist. Her experience includes being the owner of a diabetes specialty practice, a member of an inpatient diabetes management service, and an educator of healthcare providers and students on the management of diabetes. Additionally, she is a member of the ADCES Professional Practice Committee and co-leader of the ADCES Technology COI.

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Veronica Brady, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES

Brady is a certified diabetes care and education specialist 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.

Marlisa Brown

Marlisa Brown, MS, RDN, CDCES, CDN

Brown is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes care and education specialist, author and chef. She has been president of Total Wellness Inc. for more than 25 years and specializes in diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disorders. Brown is a National Speakers Association professional member, past president, media representative, PR chair of the New York State Dietetic Association, recipient of the 2011 Diabetes Educator of the Year and Emerging Dietetic Leader Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitian of the year Long Island Dietetic Association, Best Nutritionist Of Long Island  L.I Press, and Community Service Award C.W. Post. 

John Bucheit

John Bucheit, CDCES, PharmD, BCACP

Bucheit is a certified diabetes care and education specialist and board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist. He holds a faculty appointment as an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy where he coordinates the advanced diabetes course for Doctor of Pharmacy candidates. Bucheit also works under a collaborative practice agreement with a free health clinic in Richmond, Virginia where he provides comprehensive medication management services for individuals with dyslipidemia, diabetes, and hypertension. Additionally, Bucheit contributes to ADCES publications and pursues research on cardiometabolic risk reduction in people with diabetes.

Dahlia Gomez

Dahlia Gomez, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES

Gomez graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and went on to obtain her masters in nutritional sciences from the University of the Incarnate Word. She has worked in the community setting with infants to geriatrics for over 10 years. She obtained her certificate of training in adult weight management in 2013 and is currently working on obtaining the CS-OWM, multidisciplinary board certification in weight management. She currently works in outpatient diabetes and nutrition education for University Healthy System and as a clinical dietitian for Baptist Hospital PRN in San Antonio, TX. 

Diana Isaacs

Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES

Isaacs is a certified diabetes care and education specialist, and holds board certifications in pharmacotherapy, ambulatory care and advanced diabetes management. She is the continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) program coordinator and endocrinology clinical pharmacy specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center. Her role includes clinical practice, teaching and research. Isaacs also provides medication management and runs a robust CGM shared medical appointment program.

Karen Kemmis

2019 ADCES President

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, CDCES, 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 and Content at ADCES.  

Marjorie Madikoto

Marjorie Madikoto CFNP, MSA, CDE, BSN 

Madikoto is a family nurse practitioner and certified diabetes care and education specialist. As the CEO and founder of the Diabetes Self Care Management Institute, she advocates for people with diabetes to live well. Madikoto is also a highly skilled registered nurse with more than 20 years of diverse clinical experience. Her other affiliations include community advocacy with the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP). She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, Sigma Theta Tau International, South African Association of Nurses, and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Chris Memering

Chris Memering, MSN, RN, CDCES, FADCES 

Memering is a nurse and certified diabetes care and educations specialist. She has served in various positions for ADCES, was named as a fellow of ADCES, 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) ADCES program and her local YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Her practice is in care of the hospitalized individual with diabetes, but interests also include technology use in diabetes and online peer support. 

Rohit Moghe

Rohit Moghe, PharmD, MSPH

Moghe is an advanced practice pharmacist specializing in chronic disease management (mainly diabetes) and geriatric populations. He sees individuals across multiple points in their continuity of care from critical and acute care to outpatient management; from one-on-one visits to group classes; across all spans of levels of education, age, socio-economic status. In his practice he discusses proper use of medications, lifestyle medicine (diet, activity, stress management, sleep, relationships) and non-medication approaches such as natural products to managing diabetes.


Katherine O’Neal, PharmD., MBA, BCACP, CDCES, BC-ADM, AE-C, CLS

O’Neal is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and an adjunct associate professor with the College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine. Her clinical practice is with internal medicine ambulatory care focusing on chronic disease states, especially diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and asthma. O’Neal is a certified diabetes care and education specialist, and board certified in advanced diabetes management as well as a fellow of ADCES. Her research interests include patient empowerment and health literacy. 

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Tamara K. Oser, MD

Oser is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Director of the High Plains Research Network and a diabetes researcher. Her daughter and husband have type 1 diabetes. As a practicing family physician, she cares for many patients with diabetes and believes team-based care is the best approach. Additionally, Oser contributes to ADCES publications and her research interests include peer support and diabetes technologies.

Nathan Painter

Nathan Painter, PharmD, CDCES, FADCES

Painter is a clinical professor and certified diabetes care and education specialist at UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and clinical pharmacist at UC San Diego Health Family medicine, with 15 years of experience in diabetes education and management providing direct patient care under a collaborative practice. At the school of pharmacy, he is responsible for training student pharmacists about drug therapy for diabetes, tobacco cessation, anticoagulation and prescription drug abuse.

Sara (Mandy) Reece, PharmD, CDCES, BC-ADM, BCACP, FADCES

Reece has a diverse background in the pharmacy arena having worked in community pharmacy, state pharmacy association, public health, primary care and diabetes education. She is currently associate professor and vice chair of pharmacy practice department PCOM Georgia School of Pharmacy. Her passion for diabetes and caring for individuals with diabetes has led to her area of clinical and research specialty – endocrinology, with a focus in diabetes. She provides clinical and education services at Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Family Medicine (Family Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program) in Gainesville, Georgia. 

Chauntae Reynolds

Chauntae Reynolds, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES

Reynolds is a board-certified clinical pharmacy specialist and certified diabetes care and education specialist. Her clinical practice is within a primary care office where she provides individualized chronic disease education and management. Areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension, asthma/COPD and dyslipidemia management. Other areas of interest include preventative health, women’s health, tobacco cessation and improving medication access.

Kellie Rodriguez

Kellie Rodriguez, MSN, RN, CDCES, 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 Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE), the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) and ADCES. 

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2013 AADE President

Ross is a registered and licensed dietitian, certified and licensed diabetes care and education specialist, and a nationally recognized speaker and health and nutrition writer from Lexington, KY. She has over 25 years experience providing diabetes and nutrition education in a variety of settings. Ross has co-authored 11 books and has written more than 100 articles for professional and lay publications. She has been featured in USA Today and on national television shows. Tami was 2008 Diabetes Educator of the Year of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Diabetes Care & Education dietetic practice group. Her passion lies in translating science into practice in ways that are understandable and do-able. 

Gary Scheiner, MS, CDCES

Scheiner is owner and clinical director of Integrated Diabetes Services, an international practice based just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive insulin therapy and advanced education for children and adults. He has been a certified diabetes care and education specialist for more than 25 years and has had type 1 diabetes for 35 years. Scheiner was named 2014 Diabetes Care and Education Specialist of the Year by ADCES. He has published more than 100 articles and written six books, including “Think Like A Pancreas-A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin.” He lectures internationally and serves as an advisor to many companies and organizations in the diabetes industry.

Vandana Sheth

Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDCES, FAND

Sheth is a nationally recognized and award winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and owner of a successful private practice in the Los Angeles area. She has over two decades experience and specializes in intuitive eating, food allergies, vegetarian nutrition, diabetes and family nutrition. As a go-to expert, she is a valuable resource for expert commentary, story ideas and background. Her media appearances include global, national and local TV, Radio, Print and Digital outlets. She is also a dynamic speaker and has presented at many conferences. She is the author of a published cookbook - My Indian Table: Quick & Tasty Vegetarian Recipes. 


Mark Smith

Mark Smith, PharmD, CDCES, AFAA-CGFI

Smith is a clinical pharmacist and diabetes care and education specialist. In addition to practicing pharmacy in the retail community setting, he also serves as pharmacy supervisor at Hill Hospital in York, Alabama. An Auburn University Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of nearly 10 years, Smith provides medication therapy management and diabetes education consultations. He is also a certified group fitness instructor that is passionate about empowering and improving the physical activity of those in the community. 

Carrie Swift


Swift received her bachelors and masters of science in human nutrition from Washington State University. Since 1990 she has been a certified diabetes care and education specialist, and became board certified in advanced diabetes management in 2003. Swift has served in many volunteer and professional roles in diabetes education, having previously served two terms on the ADCES Board of Directors. She currently serves as a certified diabetes care and education specialist and quality coordinator at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA.


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Dana Thompson MS, RDN, CDCES

Thompson is a certified diabetes care and education specialist and the founder of Advantage Diabetes and Nutrition Prevention Services in Phoenix, Arizona. She is certified as a type 2 diabetes prevention provider by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her skills are called upon by private organizations such as corporate wellness entities, insurance providers, and not-for-profit organizations to assist in the development of value-based type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes self-management education. She assists organizations in identifying the best methods to program these services into their specific organizational structure. Whether the diabetes care program experience is in person or virtual, her goal is to help people with diabetes live a wonderful life.

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George "Joe" Trotter, Jr., BSN, RN, CDCES

Trotter is a registered nurse and certified diabetes care and education specialist. Within his current role, he focuses on the care, glucose management and education of the hospitalized person with diabetes. Trotter also co-leads outpatient classes for those newly diagnosed with diabetes, refresher/update classes and sessions for women with gestational diabetes. He is a lifestyle coach for his hospital’s CDC-recognized  National Diabetes Prevention Program and also serves as a staff nurse at Kiki’s Kids Camp for Youth with Diabetes. Trotter is living and thriving with type 1 diabetes. Additional interests include diabetes technology, specifically insulin pumps and CGM, Diabetes Distress and management, and the cardiovascular disease-diabetes relationship.


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

Young is a clinical pharmacist with 20 years of experience in diabetes education and management. She is a certified diabetes care and education specialist, 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.  



Young is a foreign medical graduate from the Philippines with a Master of Science in global health. She previously worked for private health insurance companies in Guam and now serves as manager of outpatient specialty services for Guam Regional Medical City. Young is passionate about building health systems capacity and integrating access to care for people with diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCD) in limited resource settings within the US-affiliated Pacific islands. As a certified diabetes care and education specialist, she champions a stronger framework for delivering DSMES and provides technical assistance for culturally relevant DSMES resource development and training tailored to interdisciplinary Pacific NCD collaborative teams.

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