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Jun 12, 2017
Editor’s Note: The bulk of eFYI’s articles are devoted to highlighting key news and resources to keep you informed of the educational, social, political and practice trends that impact diabetes education.

EFYI is pleased to take a moment to present a good-natured look at the lives of AADE Board members who are making significant contributions to the organization and specialty. 

In this issue of eFYI, we present to you 2017 Board Members Tammi Boiko, MSN, RN, CDE, BC-ADM and Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, FAADE. 
We look forward to profiling the entire Board over the course of 2017.


BOD - BoikoTammi Boiko, MSN, RN, CDE, BC-ADM has been an Active Member with AADE for 14 years and has worked in diabetes education for 20 years. 

I am the Manager, Diabetes Services at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. This position entails

  • Outpatient Diabetes Clinic (ADA Certificated)
  • High risk patients: insulin pumps, diabetes and pregnancy
  • Inpatient Diabetes Nurse Educator
  • Staff education, Physician education
  • Chair, Inpatient Glycemic Control Committee

I wanted to become an AADE Board Member because: AADE is my personal venue to remain current with evidence-based recommendations in clinical care and treatment, diabetes research and peer-to-peer networking. Throughout the years, I have enjoyed my membership with AADE, and my desire to hold a Board of Directors position is to give back to this wonderful association. My time on the Board will no doubt be a win-win! I look forward to learning from thought leaders within the world of diabetes, and to provide AADE with my personal time to participate in advocacy and any tasks to help AADE to remain the respected resource for diabetes educators around the world that it has been for many years!

The best thing about being a diabetes educator is: Diabetes is my passion, I love watching patients grow from the anxious newly diagnosed person with diabetes to a confident person who is excited to use the knowledge they gained and live a life free from complications. Love my chosen career! 

The best dish I cook is: I enjoy cooking! But I am best known for my Holiday Kahlua Cake! Everyone around me, whether diagnosed with diabetes or not, breaks down and eats this chocolaty cake and asks for the recipe! By no means is it a “healthy” treat...just the best yummy chocolate cake around!

An interesting fact no one would guess about me: In high school, I was determined to never take any science courses. I was required to take one science class to graduate...so I took Weather. And today, my friends from high school cannot understand why I have a Master’s of Science in Nursing! We've all heard how the temperature can affect blood glucose control…maybe that Weather class paid off somewhere along the line.


BOD - KemmisKaren Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, FAADE has been an Active Member with AADE for 16 years and has worked in diabetes education for 21 years.

I am a clinical Physical Therapist, adjunct professor and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) at SUNY Upstate Medical University including our Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate. In my practice, I specialize in diabetes, balance dysfunction, geriatrics, osteoporosis and orthopedics; work with patients to develop individualized exercise programs, teach in diabetes self-management classes and our weight-management program for people with diabetes; participate in strategic planning and quality initiatives; and supervise/mentor students.

I wanted to become an AADE Board Member because: AADE is THE organization for diabetes educators. We will be a strong profession if we think of and describe ourselves as diabetes educators. AADE is THE organization that brings us together, provides the tools to become effective educators, and works to move our profession forward as we provide quality education to those with diabetes.

The best thing about being a diabetes educator is: Being able to work with individuals with and affected by diabetes to help them help themselves. There are so many misconceptions and stigmas associated with diabetes. Many people with diabetes want to live a healthy life but don't have the information or strategies to be successful. As a diabetes educator, I can help a person live better by providing information and working collaboratively with them to develop strategies for success.

My all-time favorite movie is: I have a few: Sweet Home Alabama, The Wedding Date, Legally Blonde, The Sound of Music, The Holiday and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I have watched each more often than I want to admit. Why? Spoiler alert: They all have happy endings!

A great book I would recommend is: The Secret Garden. It was my grandmother's favorite, and I read it as a kid. I have re-read it many times since. It is a nice story and revolves around beautiful things growing, in a garden and in relationships. The best dish I cook is: Herbed corn, which tastes great, but should only be enjoyed once in a while. Why? It’s the butter that makes it taste so good! Lots of butter...

I seriously collect: Refrigerator magnets, one from each new place I travel to. It gives me constant reminders of wonderful places I have experienced, people I have met, and memories of great times. I may need to get a bigger refrigerator soon.

An interesting fact no one would ever guess about me: My jobs during high school and college included babysitting, working in a grocery store/deli, waitressing, working in a pizza shop, bar tending, and teaching swimming lessons. I believe that each of these jobs, where I worked with people, helped me to become an effective healthcare professional/diabetes educator nearly as much as my academic programs.

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