ADCES Media Spokespersons

ADCES' spokespersons are a select group of diabetes care and education specialists who have agreed to assist media as sources for stories on diabetes. They represent ADCES' commitment to public education, through the media, of the important role that diabetes care and education specialists play in the healthcare system. 

Become an ADCES Spokesperson 

Are you interested in becoming an ADCES Spokesperson? ADCES members should monitor their email for an announcement 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 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: ADCES 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. Spokespersons are also 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. 

To interview an ADCES media spokesperson, contact: 

Matt Eaton  |  800.338.3633  | media@adces.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.

Marlisa Brown

Marlisa Brown, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN

Brown is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, 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 CW. Post

John Bucheit

John Bucheit, CDE, PharmD, BCACP

Bucheit is a certified diabetes educator 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 patients with dyslipidemia, diabetes, and hypertension. Additionally, Bucheit contributes to AADE publications and pursues research on cardiometabolic risk reduction in people with diabetes.

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. She is a certified American Council of Exercise (ACE) personal trainer and 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 both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Adult and Geriatric Advanced Nursing Practice from Florida A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of South Florida. 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 has previously served on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Tampa Leadership Board, and currently serves on Tampa’s Urban Core YMCA Board, the local BayCare Diabetes Advisory Council, the AADE national research committee. Davis has routinely served on national conference planning committees for ADA and AADE over the past decade in many capacities throughout her 18 plus years of professional practice. She proudly owns Your Best You, P.A., Personalized Primary and Diabetes Specialty Care Clinic in Tampa, Florida; and works as NP, Diabetes Educator, and Clinical Preceptor in the clinic.  


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.



Dahlia Gomez

Dahlia Gomez, MS, RD, LD, CDE

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, CDE

Isaacs is a certified diabetes educator 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

Karen Kemmis, PT, RN, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, FAADE
2019 AADE 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, 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.

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, Pharm.D., MBA, BCACP, CDE, 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 educator and board certified in advanced diabetes management as well as a fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Her research interests include patient empowerment and health literacy. 

Nathan Painter

Nathan Painter, PharmD, CDE, FAADE

Painter is a clinical professor and certified diabetes educator 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.


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

Peng is a clinical exercise physiologist and certified diabetes educator in the health enhancement department at 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 examination committee for the National Certified Board for Diabetes Educators and is the financial leader for the AADE Los Angeles County Local Networking Group and California Coordinating Body of AADE.

Chauntae Reynolds

Chauntae Reynolds, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Reynolds is a board-certified clinical pharmacy specialist and certified diabetes educator. 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.


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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2013 AADE President

Ross is a registered and licensed dietitian, certified and licensed diabetes educator, 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 ten 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. 

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

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 a professor and certified diabetes educator at VCU School of Pharmacy where he teaches pharmacy, nursing and medical students about drug therapy for hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes. The Center for Healthy Hearts is an urban, free, chronic disease clinic where Sisson provides direct patient care and manages drug therapy under a collaborative practice agreement with the medical director.


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.


Carrie Swift

Carrie Swift, MS, RDN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE

Swift received her bachelors and masters of science in human nutrition from Washington State University. Since 1990 she has been a certified diabetes educator, 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 AADE Board of Directors. She currently serves as a Certified Diabetes Educator and Quality Coordinator at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA.


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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.



Joe Trotter

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

Trotter is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. 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, 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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