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 fulfilment and satisfaction from knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of your patients and their families.

It was very difficult to select the three winners who will each receive a free year’s AADE membership. However, we did select the following three members’ entries listed below. Congratulations!

Annie McCoy RD, CDE. LDN

Ann Heard- Nesbitt RDLN, CDE

Maggie Beville RN, BSN, CDE, MLDE

Starting with this issue, we will be sharing one of the winning entries beginning with Annie’s. 

Thank you again to everyone who submitted an entry.  Your passion and dedication as diabetes educators inspire us all!

Why I love my Job as a Certified Diabetes Educator Every day:

Every day I learn something new from the fine people who surround me –EVERYONE on staff , professional  and community organizations enhance my knowledge - especially the patients!

Every day I hear “Thank you – this was very helpful” after an individual or class session or phone call.

Every day I see people improving  lifestyle choices; complications prevented; people learning, sharing motivating each other !

Every day there is opportunity to give back to the people and community.

Every day I pray that I can help the people I come in contact with who live with Diabetes EVERYDAY.

My mother had a picture of angels in her home with the saying:  “It is only in giving oneself to others that we truly live” - Ethel Purcy Andrus.  This Career gives us the opportunity to truly live EVERYDAY! 

-Annie McCoy, RD,CDE,LDN

Announcement: Please see the important announcement about May 25th AADE Website Maintenance at the bottom of this newsletter.  

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. 

The 2016 Nominating Committee was charged with putting forth a ballot of qualified candidates from those AADE members who submitted applications.

Candidates on the 2016 ballot:


  • Joan Czarnowski-Hill, RDN, CDE, LDN
  • Donna Ryan, MPH, RN, RD, CDE, FAADE


  • Daniel Kent, PharmD, CDE
  • Nathan Painter, PharmD, CDE

Board of Directors

  • Tammi Boiko, MSN, RN, CDE
  • Sandra Bollinger, PharmD, FASCP, CGP, CDE, CPT, CFts
  • Lucille Hughes, MSN/Ed, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE
  • Virginia Ives, RDN, LD, CDE, LPC
  • Jan Kavookjian, MBA, PhD
  • Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, FAADE
  • Jodi Lavin-Tompkins, RN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM
  • Kelli Rodriguez, MSN, MBA, CDE

Nominating Committee

  • Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE
  • Terry Compton, APRN, MS, CDE
  • Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE
  • Carole’ Mensing, RN, MA, CDE, FAADE
  • Hildegard Payne, RN, MA, CDE, FAADE
  • Eva Vivian, PharmD, MS, CDE, BC-ADM

Voting is conducted electronically, so it’s easy and takes less than a minute or two to cast your vote.  I encourage you to learn more about the candidates by reading their biographies and statements, which will be available as part of the online ballot.

To Vote:  Your voting ballot will be associated with, and validated by the email address listed on your AADE member profile.  To ensure that your election email and ballot arrive safely in your inbox, simply add the following email address as an approved sender:  noreply@directvote.net  

When your voting email arrives on June 1, 2016, just click on the link provided within the email, and you will be taken directly to the online ballot – no username and no passwords required. 

Help us spread the word! Reach out to your CB, LNG, COI members, and other AADE colleagues, and encourage them to vote! This is truly everyone’s responsibility, as we are a MEMBER DRIVEN organization. Post a message to MY AADE Network discussion boards, and use calendar reminders to encourage voting. Please post this message to make it easier.

Following the close of the election, the names of our newly elected national leaders will be posted on the AADE website and published in the eFYI newsletter.

Voting is one of the most important membership privileges.  Exercise that privilege to impact the future of AADE!

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.

We encourage the CBs and LNGs to use these new CE forms. For groups who are already in the midst of planning we will accept the previous CE Application forms until July 31, 2016. The new CE planning forms will be required effective August 1, 2016. Some highlights for the new CE planning forms include:

  • New Activity Planning form – formerly the “CE Application” is now the CE activity planning form. This planning form allows the CBs and LNGs to proactively plan their programs rather than focusing on a CE Application approval process.
  • New Educational Activity Plan Table – This new table is for both live and enduring programs and lessened information to be completed by presenters.
  • Grow Registration numbers – the new promotional template allows CBs and LNGs to list the amount of CE’s for participants.
  • A streamlined process – new CE forms eliminate entering duplicate information and a simplified Educational Activity Plan table for presenters.
  • As before, CBs and LNGs will continue to submit CE forms for their programs electronically to the AADE CE Application inbox at ceapplication@aadenet.org.

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.  Also, each CB will receive a meeting room they can use at the 2016 Annual Meeting. 

Another congratulations goes out to Diabetes Educators Chicago Area AADE and Delaware Local Networking Group for being the drawing winners for the LNG Quarterly Incentive program!

These 2 LNGs will receive either a podium banner including their LNG name 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

Lastly, congratulations to the Inpatient Management COI for being the drawing winner for the COI Quarterly Incentive program!

This COI will receive either a free banner for the group to display at the Annual Meeting activities or a $200 credit towards the 2016 Annual Meeting registration.

Remember - this is a great time to be planning for the 2nd Quarter Incentive Contest.  Check out the 2016-2017 CB and LNG, and COI Incentive Checklist to see how you can qualify for next quarter!

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. The topics can range from sharing how your state completes an activity, how you handle a situation at a conference or local meeting, or something AADE is planning (such as the annual AADE Conference in San Diego).  MAC is a forum for leaders to share what they are doing or encourage discussion on a specific topic.

An example of a difficult situation came last year, when our state (New York) had a conference. With each issue that came up at the conference, we as a coordinating body had to brainstorm solutions together to find solutions.  All Coordinating Body teams do this, and put out small fires everyday.  MAC is there as an outside resource for leaders to call on when they would like a different perspective or guidance.  Since we all come from different backgrounds, it can be helpful to look to MAC for creative solutions to problems! We always felt that AADE was just a call away if we wanted some feedback / guidance on how to handle a situation. After the event, each chair wrote up and reported their process to be use in the future. Many of us have done conferences and this was an opportunity for us all to learn and share your expertise.

There are many diabetes legislatures in the pipeline. As a member of MAC, we ask ourselves: what can we do as a group and what worked in your State to move legislation forward? As leaders, we have so much expertise to share with other states and our LNGs.

The goal of MAC is to share. MAC emails only go to the identified leaders in each state (Coordinating Body teams). If you see an email from us, please respond. Let’s share your ideas and ours through our collective expertise from across the United States. 

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.

For those of you who attended the event in 2016, I am sure you will agree that the programs that were offered became more important as you made your leadership transition.

We are excited to be able to offer this program again in 2017 and we look forward to meeting with the incoming State CB Leaders.

As you plan your budget for 2017 be sure to include a line item for travel for your incoming CB Chair.

The 2017 event will be held at Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park. This is the perfect location for those of you who have never been to Chicago or for those of you who can’t wait to come back to Chicago.

More information to come in the next few months.

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.

Each year we find that more and more AADE Annual Meeting attendees are attending this event. What will you be doing to make sure your exhibit draws in these attendees?

Details: CB and COI Networking Event – Thursday, August 11 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m at the Marriott Marquis & Marina Marina Ballroom D-E

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.

Laughter and conversation fill the room; Smiles are plentiful as fellow AADE members, CB Leaders and COI members proudly display their posters, momentos, articles and photos!! Sharing Newsletters helps others learn about Who is doing what…get the 411 on what is happening in your state, and with your COI…share your experiences…IT’S ALL GOOD!!

It is incredible how creative our fellow members are; AND

How Enthusiastic can you be when representing your home LNG, state CB and/or your COI!  How will you share your state and COI memories …Make sure you fully participate …get started with planning now…recruit lively members…they will be happy to boast, offering to all booth visitors fantastic PR!!  Don’t be shy, participate…get involved in the State and COI Showcase!

You will thoroughly enjoy this event from start to finish and beyond!! 

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.

Participating will not only help other diabetes educators benefit from being a part of AADE, you’ll also be helping AADE expand its reach. And for good measure, for each member referred who joins, you’ll also be entered into the Spring AADE Member Referral Contest and have a chance to win a $200 gift card.

To enter the drawing, simply complete the brief online form to provide your name and the colleague you’re referring. We’ll follow-up and do the rest.

Help us add to the list of the nearly 200 membership champions who have referred a member since the beginning of last year. 

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.

We have seen many groups utilize MY AADE NETWORK to set up events successfully and seamlessly.  

With online event registration, you’re able to:

  • Easily track your attendees from year to year
  • Ask and maintain attendee special request lists for events—questions about dietary restrictions, physical accessibility questions, or special housing accommodations
  • Provide attendees with immediate online registration confirmations via email
  • Allow attendees and vendors to pay via a secure credit card transaction—no more writing down credit card information on pieces of paper that can get misplaced

Here a few tips we would like to share to ensure your event displays all of the information you have available to potential registrants:

  • If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend a training on setting up events, this is available as a recorded webinar that you can view at your convenience.
  • When setting up your online registration, pay special attention to your marketing page setup , as this is the first page attendees will see when they click on a calendar item and want to register for your event.
  • Make sure your online registration includes a cancellation policy, if you would like to set a deadline and/or fee for last minute cancellations. We can’t stress the importance of anticipating late cancellations enough—if the attendee has a last minute cancellation, it's important that each CB and LNG knows their own policy.  

For an example of AADE's annual meeting cancellation policy, please visit our website.  Individual CBs and LNGs may borrow from the policy as they see appropriate as well seek guidance on this topic by reaching out to AADE.

If you need additional support setting up your MY AADE NETWORK event, need access to be able to setup events online, or have specific questions that aren’t addressed here, contact mynetwork@aadenet.org for help. 

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.

During this 1hr training, you will learn how to:

  • Add guest options and add-ons to registrations
  • Manage your event after registrations state to come in
  • Ask unique questions of registrations start to come in
  • Manage reports for your event 

View the recording now!

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 marketing@aadenet.org and we will help you create your social media account and give some pointers on methods for staying engaged online.

Already have a social media account for your CB, LNG or COI? Fantastic! Please register your page with us by sending an email to marketing@aadenet.org. We’re here to help you build your following and answer any questions you may have.

You could win! For the month of June, the most active and engaged* CB, COI or LNG social media account (e.g. Facebook page, twitter handle) that has registered their social media with AADE will receive a $100 gift card! To register your social media with AADE, please email your CB name, social media account name (e.g. AADE Iowa, @AADEIowa) and the contact information for the person in charge of that account to marketing@aadenet.org.

*includes shares, likes, postings/tweets and engagement with others on social media. 

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.  

COI Leader Calls

June 22
This call is intended for all COI leaders and will review the COI Annual Meeting activities and also will include a presentation by Kurt Anderson on the role COI leaders can play in advancing AADE's legislative goals.
September 28

This call is intended for all COI leaders and will feature a presentation on tips for creating blogs. 

CB and LNG Briefing Calls


Annual Meeting Financial Leader Face to Face Meeting - August 12, 2pm-3pm

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-Facilitator:
Quarterly Call
May 17 @ 11am

Quarterly Call
October 25 @ 11am

COI Leaders:
Quarterly Call
June 22 @ 11am

Quarterly Call
September 28 @ 11am