Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

Volunteer Leader Newsletter

Are You Represented??

By: Nadine Merker, Director of Member and Volunteer Engagement

We are in full swing for our preparations for our upcoming 2016 State Coordinating Body Training Program, Friday, January 8- Saturday, January 9 in Chicago.  

We are very excited about the program's line up speakers who include Jamie Notter author of When Millenials Take Over, Ray Hilst of Vanguard Technology who will provide tips on writing for MY AADE NETWORK and of course, our volunteer leaders and AADE staff who will share suggestions and resources to assist you in your role as a MY AADE NETWORK leader.  

Every year we hear from attendees how much they gained from the sessions as well as the time tey spent networking with other leaders.  Yet, there are Coordinating Bodies (CB) that are not represented at this annual program.  

We understand that work and family commitments may prevent a CB Chair from attending this program; however, we strongly encourage each CB to send a representative if a Chair is not able to attend.  If you don't have a Chair-elect, why not ask another CB team member? Or reach out to one of your LNGs? Still not sure who to send? Please contact Pati or me and we will assist you in selecting a representative.  

We hope to see all of the CBs Representative at the 2016 Program!


CB Member Recruitment Challenge is in Full Swing!

Is your CB up for a friendly competition? How about a chance to win five free memberships? AADE is excited to have launched the CB Member Recruitment Challenge, a contest designed to help bring in new members as we near the end of 2015.

Here’s how it works: 

The Challenge begun Oct. 1 and will run through December 31. The top two CBs will each receive five free AADE membership to distribute however they wish. To create an even playing field, the winning states will be determined by the largest percentage of new members recruited between October 1 and December 31. So no matter the size of your CB, you have an equal chance to win.

The current membership count by CB as of October 1, originally posted in the Leadership Forum, is your starting point. Each month, an updated list will be provided, along with the Challenge standings.

Are you ready to begin recruiting members? Get started today!

If you have any questions or would like suggestions to help recruit members, please contact Dan Goldberg, AADE Senior Manager, Membership & Marketing.

The Facts About The Needs Assessment

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

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What is great about doing surveys, is the fact you can find out a lot about what is on people’s minds.  In the recent 2015 Program Coordinators Survey for AADE CE Applications a few questions from respondents were asked regarding needs assessment data.   Let’s see if the information below helps.

Why do a Needs Assessment?

The needs assessment data is used to validate the need for each educational activity.  The needs assessment is done prior to the discussion about the educational activity.  Based on the data reviewed, the results of the needs assessment brings clarity to identifying and validating the gap in knowledge, skills or practice.  The content of the educational activity is then designed to improve or meet the gap.  The data is also used to formulate the learning objectives and learning outcome which addresses the current needs of the learners in the target audience related to their professional development.  The needs assessment findings are prospectively linked to the activities offered.

What methods are there to collect data?

There are different methods to collect the data.  They may include but are not limited to:

  • Surveying stakeholders, target audience members, subject matter experts;
  • Requesting information from learners or subject matter experts;
  • Reviewing quality studies and/or performance improvement activities;
  • Reviewing evaluations of previous educational activities; and
  • Reviewing trends in literature, law or healthcare. 

What type of supporting evidence can be used?

Supporting evidence for the needs assessment data may include but are not limited to:

  • Annual employee Survey data;
  • Literature review;
  • Outcome data;
  • Survey results from stakeholders;
  • Quality data;
  • Requests (via phone, in person or by email);
  • Written evaluation summary requests.

What Do I do with the data collected?

The data collected is to be submitted with the CE application.  All data submitted is kept electronically at National AADE Office. 

I hope this offers some clarity describing what the needs assessment is, what it is used for, and the data needed to formulate your education programs.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me or Charlene Rocha at  Keep up the good work!

CB Member Recruitment Challenge - Montana & Rhode Island Leading the List!

By: Kellie Antinori-Lent, 2015 Member Affiliates Liaison

The AADE CB Member Recruitment Challenge, now in its second month, is aimed at recruiting members to join our professional organization.   That is one way of saying it.  I like to say it a different way.  The Recruitment Challenge is aimed at finding fellow colleagues who are missing out on being a part of the premier professional organization that connects and educates passionate diabetes educators from around the world. 

Stop and think about it for a moment—have you ever met a diabetes educator who did not absolutely love their profession?  Would you agree that not being a member of AADE is like missing out on being a part of your professional community?  Encouraging members to join—or rejoin, for that matter—should be an easy “sell,” then, if I may. 

Never lose sight of all the benefits when you are recruiting.  They are priceless—networking opportunities, insight and support from educators locally, across the state, and nationally (via MY AADE NETWORK), on-line connections with those who work in your area of expertise (Communities of Interest or COI’s), continuing education programs—including some that are free with membership, professional publications (AADE in Practice and The Diabetes Educator), advocacy work, leadership opportunities—the list goes on.  Quite simply, it keeps diabetes educators connected, involved, and “in the know.” 

In case you haven’t heard about the CB Member Recruitment Challenge as of yet, here are the details:

  • It is taking place from October 1 thru December 31, 2015
  • It will reward the top two states with the largest percentage of new member’s five free AADE annual memberships
  • Winning states will have the freedom to award the memberships however they wish!

Currently, Montana and Rhode Island are in the lead—but the challenge is not yet over!  To find out where your state is in the standings, click on the latest update announcement.

Happy recruiting!

Tip from 3rd Quarter Incentive Winners - Pennsylvania Coordinating Body

By: Lisa Laird, Pennsylvania Coordinating Body Chair

TipPassion. Commitment. TEAM work. We were recently asked the reasons for our continued success at making incentive goals on the MY AADE NETWORK.  Our CB Leadership drew a strong bond of teamwork from the beginning with Kellie Antinori-Lent leading the transition team over five years ago.  Since then, there has been a legacy of strong tech leaders with cohesive goals.  We have enjoyed the leadership and tenacity Nancy Demkosky demonstrates no matter how difficult the topic or task.

As I come close to leaving the CB as chair, I am humbled to think that how much I rely on the team to carry these goals as successfully as they had in the past without a concerted effort on my part - they worked so well together. One member calls them “a devoted team”. Past chair, Pat Adams, thought this has worked so well because of the commitment of the board members. Others have commented on the leadership and the strong, open communication, non-judgmental discussions, through the MYAADE Network and monthly conference calls. My own reflections? I made a commitment to serve the board and the body of members of Pennsylvania.

My ability to honor my commitment is of utmost importance. Character is established and supported by our commitments; therefore, every commitment is important and essential whether to ourselves, one another, to our LNGs, or in service on the CB. WE are much greater as a whole. Don’t we “show up” when someone is waiting or depending on us? Success depends on it. Failed projects and goals are a result of not showing up. Your credibility and reputation depend upon it as states Gary Ryan Blair in Everything Counts! (52 Remarkable Ways to Inspire Excellence and Drive Results, 2010).

All of the working parts – all of the members of AADE- are valuable and work together to promote the goals of our organization. Honoring our commitment as we do – consumed with passion for those we teach and serve with diabetes – drives our TEAM work to completion.

Incentives? The frosting on the cake.

Accomplishment and recognition as a working body? Priceless.

It's Time to Raise Your Hand

RaiseYourHand"Raise Your Hand" and volunteer to be part of the 2016 MAC Co-Facilitator Volunteer Team.  

If you are interested, please visit out Coordinating Body (CB) and Local Networking Group (LNG) Leader announcement page to learn more.  You can also find information on our Communities of Interest leader page! Please return the forms included on the leader pages no later than November 23rd, 2015.  

Everyone who submits a form will be part of the "selection" for the 2016 MAC Team.  3 Representatives from the CB/LNG will be selected and 2 Representatives from the COIs will be selected. 


Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Dawn Taylor


Dawn Taylor, RN MSN CDE, BC-ADM, CNL, is one of our esteemed volunteers from Georgia, and has been recognized through the Excellence in Nursing Award and the Professionalism in Nursing Award.

Q: What lead you to become a Diabetes Educator?

A: I love interaction with people and helping make a difference in their lives.  I was a probation officer for  number of years and began to feel I was not helping anyone – not the probationer and not the public so I decided to return to school for nursing and I have not regretted my decision at any point in time.  After graduation I worked in the Surgical Intensive Care unit which I loved – I loved the technology and I loved the patients and their families. Teaching patients and families was very important to me so when a position became available as a Patient Education Coordinator I immediately applied. Diabetes Education was a major portion of the job and I loved it – learning the intricacies of diabetes mellitus, working with the patients and families – trying to meet them where they were on their diabetes journey and take them further on their wellness journey. 

A few years after being the Patient Educator role our hospital began a quest to expand our Diabetes Services.  My role changed and expanded as we opened our Diabetes Management Center.  In the beginning I was the only Diabetes Educator in the hospital and with expansion I was able to build a team of diabetes educators – currently 5 RNs (including myself – 4 of which are CDEs),1 RD, a Physicians’ Assistant, a Nurse Practitioner, a LPN, and 6 other support staff members.  Of course much of this was accomplished by adding an endocrinologist to our staff.   

Q: Do you have a mentor or coach you work with?

A: Our endocrinologist, Dr. Jennifer Lawrence, has been an awesome mentor to me over the years.  It is such a privilege to be able to work with an endocrinologist (and mid-level providers) directly, as a diabetes educator my voice can be heard and we can work as a team to make the best decisions for each patient. 

Q: What, about being a CB Leader, was most interesting to you? 

A: When I first volunteered to be a CB leader I wanted to expand my circle of diabetes educator contacts and I wanted to be certain our south Georgia diabetes educators were heard within the state. 

Q: Suggestions on balancing Life and Work and Volunteerism?

A: Life and Work and Volunteerism balance can be difficult.  In recent years I think this has become even harder as the changes in health care have challenged each of us to meet demands placed upon us in our jobs.  The first step has to be knowing ourselves – how much are we able and willing to give, what challenges are ahead, what interests do we have. Second we must learn to say “no” as much or more than we say “yes”.  Most of us want to be involved and do many things time and resources are limited and we must make choices about where we want to be involved and what is the most important for us.  Third, realizing that volunteering does not mean you must do the entire project by yourself but looking for people  to partner with so the amount of time each individual must spend on the project is not so great.   

Visit the MY AADE NETWORK CB and LNG Store!

MY AADE NETWORK StoreThis convenient, shopping site for AADE State Coordinating Bodies and Local Networking Groups was created to make it easier for MY AADE NETWORK leaders to order products for their upcoming programs and events and have it billed directly to their CB or LNG AADE account. AADE has provided Lighthouse Printing, Inc. with the CB and LNG Logos so that you can personalize any of the items you select to order.


Reminder: Responding to Spam Emails

From time to time you may see spam emails coming through some of the forums on MY AADE NETWORK. The amount of spam coming through is not in excess—a 2013 Microsoft Security Intelligence Report found that more than 75% of all email transmitted could be classified as spam—and we normally expect spam volumes to ebb and flow across the entire internet. However, in order to keep our communities as spam-free as possible, we wanted to provide some tips for defending against and responding to spam.

  1. Change your email password regularly:

    Consider changing your password every 45 days to prevent hackers from easily accessing your email account and your contact list. This is how a hacker or spambot can send an email from your account, acting as you. Note: a good tip to remember to do this is to put the reminder to change your password as a reoccurring event in your Outlook calendar. If you change your password often, it does not have to be a drastically different password from the one before.

  2. Block senders who send you spam/junk email:

    When you receive an email that appears to be spam, block the email address that sent it to you if you do not recognize that email address. It is likely spam. If you recognize the email address, send that person a separate email, asking if they intended to send the message. That way, you are safe from having your computer infected, and you also have informed the other person that they may be infected.

  3. Do not click on suspicious links or open suspicious attachments:

    This is the most important. If you receive an email that only has a link (and/or an attachment) in it, and there is no context to support it, do not click the link or open the attachment. If you click on the link or open the attachment, you are opening up your computer to a potential virus, or letting the hacker have all of your email contacts. This is how a spam email spreads. 

  4. Do not reply to the email:

    If you see an email that you suspect is spam, do not reply to the email.  You may be risking infecting your own email. Instead, kindly email the person who sent the email (in a new separate email) letting them know that you received a spam email from them. If you see it in MY AADE NETWORK, please contact us at and we will remove it. Or contact your CB State Leader, and they can remove it.   

With these practices and tips in mind, spam can be kept a minimum. Again, when in doubt, delete the email.  If it is important, they will resend or give you a call. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at  

Continue to Celebrate National Diabetes Month!

Thank you to all that promoted National Diabetes Education Week (NDEW) , November 1-7.  As you know, we are still in the midst of National Diabetes Education Month.  There is still time to take this opportunity to generate attention for the work that you do. Be sure to check our website ( and social media vehicles each day that week to learn what’s new.  Here’s some suggestions:

Check out our new animated video! This video highlights the work of diabetes educators.  Since the release of the video, we have already had one group request it to be viewed in their physician's office waiting room! 

Share patient resources on our website. Perfect for the holidays, is our Healthy Holiday Eating tip sheet. This year, we partnered with Tu Diabetes/Diabetes Hands Foundation to recreate it in Spanish.

Download our newly enhanced AADE Diabetes Goal Tracker mobile app that lets people with diabetes set and track their behavior change goals. This new enhancement boosts our Healthy Eating feature, allowing users to log daily food intake based on their customized profile and track key information including calories, carbs, sodium and total fat.

Admin Tip: Changing Your Forum Preferences on MY AADE NETWORK

By: John Tyler, Web & Digital Content Manager

MY AADE NETWORK Online ForumsOccasionally we receive questions from admins, asking how to change the display settings for forums on MY AADE NETWORK. While the global default settings for forums are set sitewide, individual users can change their own personal preferences to make forums easier to read, and function how they expect they should.

The default settings for forums on MY AADE NETWORK display topic threads from oldest post to newest post, they show 10 posts per page, there is a warning pop-up window if you accidentally navigate away from a post you're writing before you hit "Send," and you return to the topic you were reading if you decide to use the "Mark topic as read" option.

You can use the following steps to change any of your personal preferences, or share these instructions with members in your CB, LNG, or COI:

1. Hover over MY OPTIONS at the top of any page on MY AADE NETWORK and select MY PROFILE:

Editing MY AADE NETWORK Forum Preferences

2. You will see all your behind-the-scenes profile information, along with three tabs to select from, PROFILE, TRANSACTIONS, and PREFERENCES:

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3. Switch the view to PREFERENCES, and select the FORUM module:

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4. Once on the PREFERENCES tab, you can drop down the "Thread view sort order" field to reveal sort order options. The default is to show forum threads in chronological order (oldest post first), but you can switch this to reverse chronological order (newest posts display first). Your selection here will affect all forums sitewide for your personal account when logged in.

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You will also notice on this page that you have the option of changing the number of threads you view on a page (from 10 posts per page to all), whether or not you will receive a warning message if you inadvertently navigate away from a message you are writing*, and where you would like to be directed once you marked a topic as read.

*It's highly suggested that you leave the "Warn before leaving post creation page" option marked as "Yes" since this can be a real lifesaver if you accidentally hit the back button when you're writing a post online.

You can also download a version of this article as a PDF to share with members in your CB, LNG, or COI:


What's Coming in 2016

MY AADE NETWORK Manuals - Newly Revised!

December 18th - Updated Coordinating Body, Local Networking Group, and Communities of Interest Leadership Manuals will be posted in My AADE NETWORK

Leadership Development for CB, LNG and COI Leaders – 11:00 a.m. Central Time

March 23 - Leadership Audio for CB, LNG and COI Leaders: “Cliff Notes for the New AADE Website and MY AADE NETWORK: Your Guide to Success”

October 19 - Leadership Audio for CB, LNG, and COI Leaders- Preparing for a Successful Leader Transition

COI Leader Quarterly Conference Calls – 11:00 a.m. Central Time

February 17 - COI Leader Call - This call is intended for all COI leaders and will review the AADE resources available to all COI leaders and also include a presentation by a COI leader which will provide tips for increasing engagement on their group’s on-line discussions

June 22 - COI Leader Call - 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 - COI Leader Call- This call is intended for all COI leaders and will feature a presentation by Karen Kemmis on tips for creating blogs


CB and LNG Leader Briefings- 11:00 a.m. Central Time

January 25- Finance Part 1-2

February 10- CB and LNG Briefing Call for Finance and Program Planning Leaders

April 6 - CB and LNG Briefing Call for State Grassroots Coordinators

May 11 - CB and LNG Briefing Call for Membership Leaders

August – Annual Meeting Financial Leader Face to Face Meeting


CB and LNG Store



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
2016 State Coordinating Body Training Program
January 8 and 9 

Spring Audio
April 8 @ 12pm

CB and LNG Leaders:
Briefing Call
February 4 @ 12pm

Briefing Call
March 18 @ 12pm

Briefing Call
June 10 @ 12pm

MAC Co-Facilitators:
Quarterly Call
January 28 @ 11am

Quarterly Call
May 20 @ 11am

COI Leaders:
Quarterly Call 
February 11 @ 11am

Quarterly Call
June 17 @ 11am