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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 Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE; Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP, MSN, PMH, GNP, BC-ADM, CDE, CDTC, FAAN, FAADE; and Carrie Swift, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE.
Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE has been an active AADE member for 25 years and has worked in diabetes education for 27 years.
Currently, I work as a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Shadyside Hospital, within the Nursing Education & Research Department. In my current role, I serve as the resident diabetes expert and play a key leadership role in diabetes care coordination and oversight. My key responsibilities include nursing education, patient education and preparation for discharge, and program development and oversight.
My career as a Certified Diabetes Educator began in 1990 while working at UPMC's Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology. It was at the CDE where I became experience with intensive management and insulin pump therapy. In 1998, I tried my hand in the corporate world, working as a Diabetes Sales Specialist for Bayer Pharmaceuticals and then Disetronic Medical Systems as a Territory Manager.
Missing direct patient care, I left the corporate world and returned to my hometown hospital, Latrobe Area Hospital, to grow their diabetes education program. After obtaining ADA recognition and growing patient visits from 100 per year to over 100 per month, I returned to UPMC as the manager of the CDE. After building a new state of the art center and completing my masters, I transferred to my current position at Shadyside Hospital.
I wanted to become an AADE Board Member because: After serving at both the local and state level, it was time to take my experience to national where leaders can play a key role in the future of our profession.
The best thing about being a diabetes educator is: Witnessing your patients take control of their diabetes. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a patient master self-management and getting them to goal. Sometimes I think I get more excited than my patients do when their A1C improves.
My all-time favorite movie is: This is a hard one to answer. There are so many: Remember the Titans, Dirty Dancing, Blindside, The Santa Claus, even Disney's new movie, Moana. I guess my all-time favorite, though, is The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. I enjoy romantic comedies or movies where the good-guy (or gal) wins!
A great book I would recommend is: The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. It is a story that teaches the power of positivity in a most entertaining way. It is a good, quick and easy read.
The best dish I cook is: Wish there was a dish to report--truth is, I don't cook. I can do take out really well, though.
An interesting fact about me: I played Snow White at Storybook Forest between my freshman and sophomore years of college.
Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP, MSN, PMH, GNP, BC-ADM, CDE, CDTC, FAAN, FAADE has been an Active Member of AADE for 24 years and worked in diabetes education for 39 years.
In 2004, I joined New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. I am currently a Diabetes Nurse Practitioner, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.
In this role, my responsibilities include: patient consults for diabetes and hyperglycemia management and education; ongoing staff education for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses and dietitians; as well as leadership in numerous system-wide initiatives.
I wanted to become an AADE Board Member because: I want to help AADE promote the role of the diabetes educator in preparing patients and professionals in the most up-to-date diabetes self-management education and skills with a focus on integration of new technologies into the hands of our patients. I want to assist AADE in being "at the table" for all diabetes guideline development and educational initiatives in collaboration with other diabetes organizations.
The best thing about being a diabetes educator is: Diabetes educators are in the best position to educate, motivate and support patients and mentor other health professionals to do the same.
My all-time favorite movie is: The Godfather. Working as the lone diabetes educator/nurse practitioner in larger and larger medical centers over time, I can relate to being a "wartime consigliore."
A great book I would recommend is: Managing Diabetes and Hyperglycemia in the Hospital Setting (2016). Draznin B, Ed. Alexandria, VA, American Diabetes Association. Why? Because it is a great textbook on Inpatient Diabetes Management AND because I am co-author of Chapters 27, 28, 29 & 30 (LOL).
The best dish I cook is: It's a toss-up between lemon bars and grandma's honey cake. Either way it has lots of carbs but "bolus-worthy."
I seriously collect: Way too many coats and shoes. My friends always make fun of me.
An interesting fact about me: I confess that I have been riding motorcycles since I was 11 years old and almost always had a bike until a few years ago when the rental in my garage became too expensive for a bike and a car. My favorite bike was a red Kawasaki Ninja, although I have owned many different brands over time.
Carrie Swift, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE has been an Active Member with AADE and worked in diabetes education for 36 years.
I am a Certified Diabetes Educator at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA (November 2010 to Present). I provide outpatient diabetes education and medical nutrition therapy (MNT) services; present diabetes, nutrition and wellness topics to corporate, school, and community groups; coordinate department activities, develop performance improvement initiatives, assist with marketing, and new service development. I also coordinated a grant-funded telephonic program designed to decrease hospital readmission rates for patients with diabetes.
I wanted to become an AADE Board Member because: To be involved in an organization that has been so beneficial to me in my career as a diabetes educator.
The best thing about being a diabetes educator is: Helping people discover their own path to successfully manage their diabetes.
A great book I would recommend is: Growing up, my favorite books were the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. I read them multiple times in my youth, and then again as an adult with my daughter. I highly recommend these books for all ages!
An interesting fact about me: I'm a bit of an adventure seeker. I've been sky diving, helicopter riding, scuba diving, rappelling, zip lining, white water rafting, and I really enjoy downhill skiing.