Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

Volunteer Leader Newsletter

An Instant Boost for Your Group!

By: Nadine Merker, Director of Member and Volunteer Engagement

Have you been wondering how to recruit new volunteers for your group? What to get the word out about your CB or COI and want to add the personal touch?

You can do both by representing your group at  the CB and COI Networking Reception scheduled for Thursday, August 11 at the Annual Meeting in San Diego   This reception will be held from 5:00 pm- 6:30- in the Marriott Marquis and Marina Ballroom D-E.

Tips For Success at the COI/CB Netowrking Event

By: Meghan Jardine MSN, MBA, RD, RDN, LD, CDERN, BSN, CDE, SANE-A

AADE16 is less than 2 months away.  How time flies!  It’s time to get ready for the COI/CB Networking Event on Thursday evening (5:00-6:30 PM). This is a great way to kick off four days of education, networking, and engaging with other professionals who are working toward a similar goal of serving people who have diabetes. This event is our opportunity to grow our membership and involve others. Here are a few tips ensure success

AADE16 Annual Meeting Update: Save the Date


​Thursday August 11 - Coordinating Body and Communities of Interest Networking Reception -  5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m. - Marriott Marquis & Marina Ballroom D-E

Friday, August 12 - CB and LNG Financial Workshop - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Reminder: It's Time to Vote! 

By: Deborah Greenwood PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE

2016 AADE Nominating Committee:DeborahGreenwoodVolNews2015

Sandra Burke, PhD, APRN, FAADE, FAAN 

Kathryn Mulcahy, RN, MSN, CDE

Tami Ross, RD, LD, CDE, MLDE

Ann Williams, PhD, MSN, RN, CDE

One critical way to have a say in the future of our association is to vote in the AADE National Leadership Election.  That time is near!  Voting is now open through June 30.

Why I love My Job.... Next Winning Contest Entry

Please read Ann Heard- Nesbitt’s winning entry below on why she loves her job as a diabetes educator:

I love my job because….

In my years of practice it has become natural sense of enjoyment and fulfillment. It is said that we have spiritual gifts to share and fortunately, my daily encounters are enriching and humbling experiences. My clients are indigent care and the challenges are many, especially with diabetes/related diseases. One valuable lesson I have learned is that health education is based on personal desire for self-care and not determined by level of education or socioeconomic status.

Knowing that I am making a difference towards improving the quality of life of those individuals living with diabetes/related disease or those-at risk, is a daily motivator. As my clients learn from me, I too learn from them; the ability to not only provide education, but to connect with those individuals in a way that empowers them to help themselves. When people see your heart, they accept your message.  “I’m fulfilled in what I do”.  

Tips and Resources: What's available in My AADE Network?

VolunteerResourceCenterAs we come up to the half way point of your term as a CB, LNG or COI Leader we hope you have taken advantage of all of the AADE resources available, and share the knowledge with incoming volunteers!

Among the resources available in My AADE NETWORK is the CB and LNG leader manual. Within the manual, AADE outlines the volunteer engagement model, suggested roles and responsibilities for volunteer positions, and important documents that will help you make your year successful.   We also offer a separate manual for our Communities of Interest leaders.  

Admin Tip: Creating a Discount Code for Your Event

We’ve seen many groups utilize MY AADE NETWORK to set up events successfully, and one feature that event creators have found useful is the ability to create a discount code. Creating a discount code can help make registration easier for you and your registrants. Benefits of using a discount code

The AADE 2016 Public Policy Forum: Changing the Culture of Advocacy One Legislation Visit at a Time

​By: Kurt Anderson, Director of Federal and State Advocacy

The AADE 2016 Public Policy (PPF) was held on May 13 and 14. This year the PPF was not in Washington D.C., but was held outside of Chicago in Rosemont, IL.

“But why?” you may ask.

Because AADE is beginning to change the culture of how we do advocacy.

Tip from past COI Incentive Qualifiers: Pharmacy COI

Each quarter, AADE holds a contest to see which CB, LNG, and COI can be the most active in MY AADE NETWORK.  This CB and LNG Quarterly Incentive Contest and COI Quarterly Incentive Contest, promotes engagement in My AADE NETWORK for members as well as provides an opportunity to win prizes from AADE! Check out the incentive requirements, here.  ​

In case you missed it: New Forms for Continuing Education (CE) Hours

We wanted to remind you that AADE has made exciting updates to the process for CBs and LNGs requesting continuing education hours (CE hours) for your programs! The new planning forms are streamlined from the previous “CE Application” process forms. These planning forms are exclusive to AADE CBs and LNGs and are accessible in the Volunteer Leader Resource Center under the Administration icon.

Spotlight: Rural Populations and Educators Practice Area Discussion Group

By: Kathy Dropeski, RN CDE

Rural diabetes educators and patients face challenges that are often vastly different from their urban counterparts. Rural communities present a complex mesh of social, economic, educational and cultural factors that affect diabetes education practice, care and treatment. Rural populations tend to experience lack of access to primary and specialty care, increased risk of premature death and higher rates of obesity, diabetes and smoking. The Rural Populations and Educators practice area discussion forum provides an opportunity for diabetes educators to exchange ideas, information and strategies for identifying issues and creating solutions to help people with diabetes who live in rural areas. 

Upcoming Events in 2016 

CB, LNG and COI Leadership Audio

October 19 
"Preparing for a Successful Leader Transition" will prepare CB, LNG, and COI leaders in implementing an effective transition process for their incoming leaders.  

AADE Staffing Update

Since so many of you work closely with AADE staff in your roles as volunteer leaders, we wanted to let you know that Carlita Gay has been awarded a Fellowship and will embark on a career in teaching, and thus will no longer serve in the role of Volunteer Engagement Coordinator as of June 15th. Carlita has been with AADE since 2013, and we thank her for her many contributions to the association over the years.

June 2016

CB and LNG Store



Member Affiliates Liaison to the Board

Chris Memering

Member Affiliates Council

Kathleen Gold
Virginia CB

Meghan Jardine
Plant Based COI

Molly McElwee-Malloy
Diabetes Technology COI

Melanie Teslik
New York CB

Jeanna Rhoulhac
New York CB

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
October 19 @11am

CB and LNG Leaders:
Annual Meeting 2016 Events
August 12 - August 15

MAC Co-Facilitators:
Quarterly Call
October 25 @ 11am

COI Leaders:
Quarterly Call
June 22 @ 11am

Quarterly Call
September 28 @ 11am