Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

Volunteer Leader Newsletter

Why I Love MY Job Contest...Inspires All of Us

By: Nadine Merker, Director of Member and Volunteer Engagement

Several months ago, I asked to hear from you as to why you loved your job as a diabetes educator.  The entries we received all shared the inspiration diabetes educators receive from working with their patients and the fulfillment and satisfaction from knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of your patients and their families.

It's almost 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 opens June 1 and closes on June 30. 

Reminder: New Forms for Continuing Education (CE) Hours

If you missed last month's article - AADE is excited to announce 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.

1st Quarter Incentive Winners Announced

WebBadges_IncentiveCongratulations to Arizona and Montana Coordinating Body for being the drawing winners for the CB Quarterly Incentive program!

These 2 CBs had the choice of either a free banner for their state CB or a $200 credit towards the 2016 Annual Meeting registration or a $200 credit towards merchandise at the MY AADE NETWORK CB and LNG Store. 

What is MAC?

By: Melanie Teslik, RN, CDE, Member Affiliates Council

I was at my biannual state Coordinating Body meeting and a question was asked; “What is MAC?”

MAC stands for Member Affiliates Council. There are five members of MAC.  Representing the State Coordinating Bodies are Kathy Gold, Jeanna Rhoulhac, and myself.  Representing the Communities of Interest are Meghan Jardine and Molly McElwee-Malloy. The goal of our group is to start a conversation with AADE State and LNG Leaders through MY AADE NETWORK. 

Save the Date: 2017 State CB Training

Here in Chicago – we are just getting a little taste of Summer, but we are looking forward to the AADE State CB Training event January 13 & 14, 2017.


Full Steam Ahead - CB and COI Preparation for the Networking Reception







As we prepare for the CB and COI Networking Event we hope you have your creative caps on and are planning on a fun and informative CB or COI table.


Showcasing Your COI and State's Talents and Bragging About Accomplishments! 

By: Jeanna Rhouhlac, LDN, RDN, CDTC, CDE, Member Affiliates Council

Before AADE16 is officially “Called to Order”, State Coordinating Body Leaders and COI devotees can enjoy networking and sharing ideas, strategies and successes at a lovely reception in the Convention Center.

This is truly a time to be creative and have fun!  After working hard all year organizing programs and taking care of business; now is the time for SHOW and TELL.


Encourage Peers to Become Membership Champion

MembershipChampionBadge_OriginalAs a volunteer leader for AADE, you know the impact our community has on people with diabetes. Share your passion for AADE by encouraging colleagues to join the organization and urge your fellow members to do the same.



MY AADE NETWORK Admin Tip: Ensure Your Event Information is Complete

Create an EventIt's exciting to see the number of CBs and LNGs using online event registration with MY AADE NETWORK grow each year, especially with the new look and feel recently launched! Transitioning to fully online registrations for your events can be both be rewarding for your CB or LNG, since it helps better serve attendees and event coordinators in a number of ways.


Recording Now Available: Advanced Options for Online Registration Using MY AADE NETWORK

Online-ed-VolNewsFor those of you who have previously viewed our recording on setting up events using MY AADE NETWORK, we now have a recorded training available, taking you through advanced options that go beyond just the basic event setup.



New Social Media Guidelines for CBs, LNGs and COIs




Is your CB, LNG or COI on social media? Do you want to be? We’ve developed new guidelines to help you be effective online communicators and a cohesive part of the AADE social media family. Read guidelines HERE.

Not on social media, but want to setup your CB, LNG or COI? Send an email to and we will help you create your social media account and give some pointers on methods for staying engaged online.


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 Website and MY AADE NETWORK Maintenance Scheduled for May 25th

AADE will be performing scheduled maintenance to upgrade back end AADE systems during the night of May 25th and morning of May 26th. All AADE websites (including MY AADE NETWORK and associated event registrations) may be unavailable beginning at 6pm Central on 5/25/16. While we cannot give an exact timing for how long this process will take, we expect to have sites back up and running the following morning, 5/26/16.

May 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