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 with preparations for our upcoming 2017 State Coordinating Body Training Program, Friday, January 13- Saturday, January 14 in Chicago. We are very excited about the program’s line up of speakers which include:


Raise Your Hand for 2017 MAC

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New Member Affiliate Council (MAC) co-facilitators will be selected in December, 2016. The new term begins January 1, 2017 and runs through December 31, 2017. Any Coordinating Body (CB) or Community of Interest (COI) leader may enter their name for consideration. All entrants must be current AADE members. The MAC Co-Facilitators are comprised of 3 CB leaders and 2 COI leaders. The key duties of the five co-facilitators include:


National Diabetes Education Week

By: Diana Pihos, Director of Marketing and Communications

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Every year during National Diabetes Awareness Month, AADE carves out a week to focus on the importance of diabetes education. This year’s National Diabetes Education Week was November 6-12 and we had all kinds of surprises; from new resources to exciting opportunities to engage in meaningful online discussions. Check out to see what we’ve got.

2017 CB and COI Leaders - Ready, Set, GO!

imagesBy: Pati Mangano, Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement

Well, it is only a few short months until the CB and COI 2017 Leaders need to begin their term.

While we are on the subject—just to be clear—the terms for CB and COI Leaders follow the National AADE BOD terms: January 1–December 31. Please be sure that your team is in place no later than January 1. If your team has changed already, please note that the current team will serve until December 31, 2017.

MY AADE NETWORK Tip: Responding to Spam Emails

By: John Tyler, Web and Digital Content Manager


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 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.


Meet a New AADE Volunteer: Lacie Peterson, MS, RD, CDE

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Hi, I am Lacie Peterson, MS, RD, CDE. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah and I have a full-time faculty appointment at Utah State University and a part-time diabetes practice in an internal medicine clinic. I have had the great opportunity to start my career as an RD in diabetes working in an endocrinology clinic for 7 years. I have remained active in the diabetes community even though my professional positions have changed.


Taking the First Step?

By: Melanie J. Teslik, RN, CDE

Every year we receive an email from AADE requesting members to volunteer for different positions or committees. If you are like me, this is a crazy time of year with family, work, and holidays. Is this the year to take the first step and think about volunteering or are you thinking maybe next year?


Meet AADE's New Chief Operating Officer

By: Gina Tassio McClure, Chief Operating Officer


Although my first official day as your new Chief Operating Officer was not until October 3, I had the opportunity to attend the AADE Annual Meeting in San Diego this past August. After observing the AADE Board lead insightful discussions, AADE members actively engage with each other throughout the educational sessions, and AADE staff work collaboratively to produce a large scale event, I felt confident that I had chosen to join an association that was vital, engaged, and passionate.


What a Great Idea!


What a great idea the Illinois CB had for their November event! They gave every attendee this cool reusable bag. Attendees used the bag to collect information from the vendors, but you know they were thinking – this will come in handy when I go shopping or need to carry special items to the office.


Tips to Engage Your Members

By: Meghan Jardine, MS,MBA,RD,LD,CDE,RDN

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Give ownership – allow people to take action and be challenged. Don’t bore them with menial tasks. Think about your goals for the COI. Do you want to expand your membership? Do you want to provide engaging COI activities? How can your member/volunteers participate in accomplishing these outcomes? Identify one of your key members to develop a survey (Survey Monkey is a free resource) and then follow up with members who respond. This models them as future leaders.


Top Commenters on MY AADE NETWORK: Recognizing exceptional insight

Each quarter the most helpful, insightful and/or eye-opening comments are voted on by our team of Online Community Contributors (volunteer members dedicated to facilitating conversations on MY AADE NETWORK) who pick two comments that truly stand out.


November 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

Cindy Wilson
Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement 

Important Dates:
(All times CST)

Leadership Development for CB,LNG and COI Leaders - 11:00 am Central Time

March 22, 2017

October 18, 2017

COI Leader Quarterly Conference Calls - 11:00 am Central Time

February 15, 2017

June 21,2017

September 27, 2017

MAC Co-Facilitators:

February 1,2017

May 17, 2017

October 25, 2017