Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

Volunteer Leader Newsletter

Happy 5th Anniversary and a New MY AADE NETWORK Service

 By: Nadine Merker, Director of Member and Volunteer Engagement
This upcoming Annual Meeting will mark five years since we launched MY AADE NETWORK.   We know that these five years have required our volunteer leaders to embrace new processes and technology, as well as to foster more statewide collaborations with other AADE leaders.  

Change is never easy, but we continue to see the effort and accomplishments by all of you to make MY AADE NEWORK grow and in fact thrive with more educational offerings and increased attendance at your programs each year.

Throughout the past five years, we (AADE staff) have looked for ways to make the administration of your CB and LNG as painless and as easy as possible.   With that goal in mind, we are excited to let you know of a new online service that will be available to CB and LNG leaders this fall.

We are working with Lighthouse Printing Inc. (our banner and button vendor) to create the MY AADE NETWORK CB and LNG Store.  You will be able to order t-shirts, badge holders, attendee bags, give a ways - for your upcoming programs and have it billed directly to your CB or LNG AADE account.  This will eliminate having to use your personal credit card to purchase these items and then wait for a reimbursement check.  Look for the grand opening announcement with all the details regarding this new online store in September.

We thank you for all your hard work these past five years and we look forward to working together with you and the continued growth of MY AADE NETWORK- Happy  5th Anniversary!!

High Tech Etiquette

 By: Kellie Antinori-Lent, 2015 Member Affiliates Liaison
Several weeks ago, I received an email from a friend with a link for a YouTube video entitled “A Conference Call in Real Life.”  Not that I had extra time in my day to watch it, but I did.  I have to tell you, I laughed from beginning to end! 

Several colleagues stopped by my office to find out what was so funny.  If you have ever participated in a conference call that was, let’s say, less than successful, you would agree 100% that the characterizations in the video were true to life.

After the last CB & LNG Leadership call, I realized that this sophisticated new way of holding a meeting is pretty new to most of us.  Even as the leader on the call, I realized I needed to learn more about my role.  After doing some reading on the subject, I found that challenges with high tech meetings (conference calls) are quite commonplace. 

Below is a list of the top 5 conference call etiquette tips I found:

  1. First and foremost, USE THE MUTE BUTTON: Learn how to use the mute button on the phone you will be using BEFORE logging into the call. Then, when on the call, keep your line on mute to prevent background noise distractions (such as private conversations, keyboard typing, dogs barking, ambulance sirens, children playing, and coffee brewing systems).To participate in the call—ask a question, make a comment— unmute your line. When finished speaking, remember to place your line back on mute. There is nothing more distracting than background noises.
  2. Don’t place your line on HOLD: Many work lines begin playing music or an advertisement when a call is placed on hold. That means everyone on the conference call will hear it. Background music is nice for customers, but not for conference calls.     
  3. If possible, use a regular phone, a landline: Mobile phones may work just fine, but regular phones are less likely to have problems with interference and dropped calls.     
  4. Announce yourself: Before speaking on a call, introduce yourself and where you are from. For example, “This is Kellie from Pennsylvania.” Not everyone will be able to identify people by their voice, especially when there are more than just a few people on the call. This is, of course, simply being polite, but can also help prevent talking over one another and avoids interruptions.     
  5. Be ready! Have a copy of the agenda and any other papers provided for the call with you. This helps attendees to stay on track and gain the most from of the meeting. Mark the meeting date, time and call in number with passcode on your calendar. This will permit easy sign on the day of the meeting, especially if you are running late that day. Try your best to call in a minute or two prior to the call. There is no benefit to call in sooner.

Wonderful Accomplishments

By: Nancy Stonis, MJ, BSN, RN, AADE Practice Manager of Accreditation

Nancy Stonis AADE Approver Unit has been very busy this year approving many of your outstanding programs. So many of you have developed engaging, successful and informative programs. So far, 39 education programs have been approved. More is yet to come!  

As the mid-year approaches and AADE puts the final touches for AADE15 in New Orleans, this seems like a good time to recognize all of you for the outstanding work that has been accomplished in 2015. Your presentations have been innovative and informative. Your hard work continues to enhance the field for diabetes educators.

This is also a time to recognize the volunteer CE reviewers who take so much of their valuable time to review all the CE applications they receive from the CBs, LNGs, and outside organizations. They do an outstanding job of maintaining the integrity of the programs by ensuring compliance with the accrediting body regulations.   They share their expertise and knowledge with you to ensure your programs are balanced and in good standing.  

Your 2015 CE reviewers are...

Nurse reviewers:

Phyllis Bruno, MSN, RN, CDE
Audrey Johnson, MS, RN, CDE


Aaron Aoki, RPh, BScPhm, MBA, CDE
Jo Anne B. Farrell, RN, BSN, CDE, MSN
Amy Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE
Amy Freeman, RD, CDE
Sharon Goodman, RN, BSN, CDE, CHC
Laura Hanson, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Sherri Horvat, BSN, RN-C, CDE, CPT
Leigh Howell, Pharm D
Tommy Johnson, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE
Alexandra Kazaks, PhD, RD, CDE
Kristi W. Kelley, Pharm D, BCPS, CDE, FAADE, RPh   
Barbara Kocurek, BS, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, FAADE, RPH
Robin Leohardt, RD, CD, CDE
Aubrey Molgaard, RN, CDE
Debbie Moore, MSN, RN, CDE
Julianne M. Patterson, MSN, RN, CDE
Debra Pete, RN, MSN, CDE
Charles D. Ponte, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, BCPS, RPh
Michele Poradzisz, PhD, RN
Elizabeth Quintana, EdD, RD, LD, CDE
Erin Rainey, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM
Nancy Ryan, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
Colleen Smyrniotis, MSN, APN, GCNS-BC, CDE
Condit Steil, PharmD, CDE, RPh
James Taylor, PharmD, CDE
Stephanie Woerner, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-C, CDE

Congratulations to everyone for a job well done!

I look forward to the continued success you bring to your programs and working with you.

Save the date: 2016 State Coordinating Body Training Program in Chicago.  New Program and New Name!


Please mark your calendars for the day and a half CB Leader Training program scheduled for Friday, January 8- Saturday January 9, 2016 in Chicago. 

We are excited to launch this new program (replaces the former annual Leadership Program) which will prepare newly elected volunteers in their roles as state Coordinating Body leaders by providing them with specific tools, information and resources to use in working with their groups.

Look for more information about this program in September!

Annual Meeting 2015 Events for Coordinating Bodies and Communities of Interest!


Again, this year, we are offering the CB and COI leaders the opportunity to showcase their groups at the 2015 AADE CB and COI Networking Event during the AADE Annual Meeting.

This is a great, FREE, opportunity to meet with attendees.  

This event will be held at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in the Versailles Ballroom on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

Please plan to be at the ballroom between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m. for set up.
The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.

A table top sign and stand will be provided for you. Tables will not be assigned you are free to select your own location.

Just announced – AADE will offer a Financial Update Session at the 2015 AADE Annual Meeting.  This face to face session, for CB and LNG Leaders, will be led by Ken Widelka AADE ChiefAdministrative Officer.

This session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 5 from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Rm. 224 at the Convention Center.

The Diabetes Prevention COI – “Working on the front end of the diabetes continuum”

By: Marcene Butcher, Co-Leader, Diabetes Prevention COI
Introducing: The Diabetes Prevention COI ! It’s a new AADE Community of Interest developed by your fellow AADE members interested in working on the ‘front end’ of the diabetes continuum, and is intended to be a networking and discussion group for those interested in learning more about or providing the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in their communities, who desire a peer-group to learn from, have discussions with, and gain resources from. 

The Communities of Interest are one way to engage with other diabetes educators nationally, and this COI’s focus is connecting you with those who are experienced in providing this evidence-based lifestyle change program for reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes.

The DPP, a highly successful national clinical trial, demonstrated a reduction in the incidence of diabetes by 58% through intensive lifestyle change.  The National DPP has been modified for group classes, and is intended to be provided over the course of many months to a full year.  Behavior change takes time, and these classes engage people in long-term lifestyle changes that ultimately may reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes.

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) selected AADE as one of six partner organizations to assist in expanding the reach of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. An overarching goal of this project is to make the Lifestyle Change Program a covered healthcare benefit for people with prediabetes.  It also highlights the leadership role that diabetes educators can play in prevention efforts.

With the estimated 86 million Americans with prediabetes, there is a growing tidal wave of interest in diabetes risk reduction/prevention nationally, and this COI is focused on giving you the resources and connections to help you become knowledgeable about the DPP and how this evidence-based lifestyle program is being implemented in communities.  Diabetes educators are uniquely qualified to provide these programs, and we want to help position you to be involved in working on the front end of the diabetes continuum.  Join your colleagues in the Diabetes Prevention COI…we’d love to have you!  

Please feel free to contact me, if you have any questions at

New Website Launch!

New AADE Website
We are proud to announce the release of our newly redesigned website. It’s been crafted to reflect what you’ve told us you need now…and builds upon technology capable of addressing future needs.

Immediately you will notice streamlined menus, simpler navigation and an easy way to see what’s new.

Start exploring the new

  • Review key Practice resources like the new algorithm and guidance on when to refer to diabetes education, entrepreneurial tools and the Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Discover Patient Resources which offers a wealth of materials and guidance for people living with diabetes and handy tip sheets for you to provide during your education sessions.
  • Explore the wide variety of Education & Career opportunities we offer through our courses, career network, accreditation and certification and volunteer opportunities.
  • Read the News & Publications area which gives you online access to our two journals, newsletter and our Diabetes Education Blog.
  • Take advantage of the Research section which gives you studies demonstrating the value of diabetes education to share with your employer.
  • Take action through Advocacy and support federal and state legislation that seeks more access to diabetes education.

We hope you like the new website as much as we do. Let us know what you think.

Meet Kurt Anderson, AADE's new Director of Federal and State Advocacy

By: Kurt Anderson, Director of Federal and State Advocacy
AdvocacyMy name is Kurt Anderson and I am the new Director of Federal and State Advocacy at AADE.  I am very excited to be working here on so many dynamic issues relating to you and the care you give.

I come to AADE with 17+ years of experience in legislative and government affairs. Most recently I was assistant legislative chief of staff for former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn where, among other accomplishments, I played a key role in Illinois’ implementation of the Affordable Care Act. I also guided and managed highly effective lobbying programs for the Department of Human Services, Department of Health Care and Family Services, Department of Aging, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Insurance and Department of Public Health, and the Health Facilities and Services Review Board, among other agencies.

Prior to that, I served as the director of intergovernmental affairs with the Service Employees International Union, Illinois Council. There I created and administered the union’s grass-roots oriented legislative and PAC program, directed lobbying assignments and trained local members on the legislative and political process. I also co-created and guided the long-term legislative agenda and briefed leaders on all pending initiatives.

Public Policy Forum Recap

On June 15 and 16, over 50 AADE members and staff attended our Public Policy Forum in Washington D.C. The two days were geared towards learning more about advocacy, sharpening advocacy skills and talking to members of Congress on Capitol Hill about AADE’s legislation - The Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act - H.R. 1726/S. 1345.  These two bills are identical and were introduced in both the House and Senate chambers. For more information on these bills, please go here.

On June 15, in addition to presentations from AADE President Deborah Greenwood and AADE CEO Charles Macfarlane, we also had the opportunity to be addressed by former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He gave an overview of the current political climate in D.C. and discussed the importance of individuals and organizations being part of the political process.

Other presenters included our D.C. lobbyist Deborah Outlaw of the Outlaw Group who gave a tutorial on our legislation and gave an overview of diabetes legislation in Congress of interest to AADE. Laura Lay from Winning Strategies Washington guided us through the mechanics of how to successfully conduct a meeting with a congressperson and/or their staff. Joel White, Executive Director of HealthIT Now Coalition discussed the increasing role which telehealth plays in current health care and its importance in diabetes treatment.  Melissa Akinlawon, our Advocacy Administrative Coordinator, some seasoned AADE members and I role-played the best and worst practices for effective communication with Congress members and their staff.

In the afternoon, Amy O’Connor who is the Director of Digital and Social Media at Eli Lilly, gave a presentation on how to work with digital media to expand AADE’s outreach.

Finally, Bennet Dunlap of the Diabetes Online Coalition gave a very inspirational talk on working and living with diabetes.

Early in the morning on June 16 we all traveled to Capitol Hill to give the AADE Legislative Champion Award to Congressman Tom Reed, Republican Congressman from N.Y. Congressman Reed has long been an advocate for diabetes education.  We also lobbied our Congressional members on The Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act - H.R. 1726/S. 1345.  We engaged in over 110 conversations about the legislation with legislators and their staff. To date, 13 House members and 4 Senate members have agreed to officially support the legislation by being “co-sponsors”.

The two days in D.C. were very productive in moving our legislative agenda forward.

Call to Action

But in order to move The Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act - H.R. 1726/S. 1345 into law, it is important to continue our conversations with legislators.  Please send your Congressperson a letter urging them to support this important legislation. You can send letters via the AADE website by clicking on the links below:

Send your Representative a letter or send your Senator a letter!

And, if you want to meet with your legislators in their district offices, now is the time to set up meetings.  Many legislators will be home in the month of August.  Now is the best time to schedule those meetings and get on their calendar.

Your input will help make this bill a law.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or Melissa at

MY AADE NETWORK Admin Tip: Updating Your State Landing Page 

The state landing pages on MY AADE NETWORK provide valuable real estate for CBs to communicate to members and non-members who your CB leadership team is, how to contact them, as well as any additional information you may want to highlight, such as a registration link to a big upcoming event.

Because this area can be seen by potential members and/or attendees for your events, it's important to keep this space up-to-date... and we've made a downloadable guide on how to do that.
Download our PDF guide and follow the easy step-by-step instructions on how to update this key content area of your state's homepage.

You can change this area multiple times per year, or list your leadership team for 2015 and leave it as is all year long—the choice is up to you—but make sure you don't miss out on this valuable opportunity to communicate with members and nonmembers.


Member Affiliates Liaison to the Board

Kellie Antinori-Lent

Member Affiliates Council

Richard Arena
New York CB

Mary Jean Christian
California CB

Chris Memering
Inpatient Management COI

Marilyn Novosel
North Carolina CB

Kendall Smith
Plant Based Nutrition COI

AADE Staff

Nadine Merker
Director, Member and Volunteer Engagement

Patricia Mangano
Manager, Volunteer Engagement

John Tyler
Manager, Web and Digital Content

Carlita Gay
Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement 

Important Dates:
(All times CST)

All Volunteer Leaders
Fall Audio
November 4 @12pm

CB and LNG Leaders:
Briefing Call
October 14 @ 12pm

COI Leaders:
Quarterly Call
October 21 @ 11am