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Lorraine Anderson, BSc, RD, CDE, is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. She has had type 1 diabetes for over 25 years and believes that having diabetes has made her a stronger and healthier person. Currently Lorraine is employed as a Clinical Manager with Animas Canada working in the Toronto area and is very passionate about insulin pump therapy. She enjoys working with kids with type 1 diabetes at Camp Huronda in the summer months and is a busy full-time mom/stepmom to her six children Nicholas, Nathan, Scott, Caroline, Caitlyn, and Kara.


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Natalie Bellini, BSN, RN, CDE, has had type 1 diabetes since she was a young child. Within a year of finishing nursing school, she started to care for people with diabetes, focusing first on diabetes in pregnancy then pediatrics and insulin requiring adults. She has worked on the medical side of camps for children and teens in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She has spoken nationally and internationally as an expert in both working with teens and their parents with diabetes as well as infusion set choice, usage and maintenance. Her fundamental goal when developing the teenage curriculum for Children with Diabetes conferences is that each and every teen that attends finds a passion in life and pursues it. She is currently attending university part time in order to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Natalie works at Novo Nordisk and is mom to Erin.

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Andrew Deutscher is a Speaker and Vice President of Business Development at The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus and productivity by harnessing the science of high performance. His recent book, typecast: Amazing People Overcoming the Chronic Disease of Type 1 Diabetes, is inspired by his youngest boy who was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 at the age of 2. In addition to serving on multiple committees for the American Diabetes Association and JDRF, he volunteers for outreach and advocacy efforts impacting both newly diagnosed patients as well as government funding to advance diabetes prevention and treatment. His experience speaking on the topic of sustainable high performance in major corporations worldwide, has enabled him to frame diabetes care in an empowering way. Andrew graduated from Syracuse University, with a BS in Public Relations and Marketing. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two sons.

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Jeff Hitchcock is the creator, editor, webmaster and president of Children with Diabetes. After earning a degree in computational mathematics in 1981, Jeff worked in high tech and traveled the world, meeting Brenda, who would become his wife, in Africa. He worked in defense related industries until 1995, when he started a small Internet company and launched Children with Diabetes. He subsequently worked at LEXIS-NEXIS and Pearson plc on Internet initiatives, and now works full time bringing Children with Diabetes to you.

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Sarrah Morris, BScN, RN, MBA, is a Registered Nursing Professional and MBA Graduate from Queen's University, specialized in strategic business development and leadership in Healthcare. Sarrah's clinical experience includes Healthcare Institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, The Hospital for Sick Children, Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto) in the area of Diabetes, and in recent years as a Senior Clinical Specialist, Toronto with Medtronic Diabetes. Her growth and advancement has been driven through caring for people, providing guidance and direction for their wellness. More specifically, her background includes experience in Diabetes and Critical Care; Congestive Heart Failure, ICU, Transplant, and Emergency Medicine. Sarrah's in-depth experience as a Senior Diabetes Clinical Specialist with Medtronic combined with her new role in Medtronic Market Development (National) brings together her broad experience to develop Health Care Professional Education programs and support projects and initiatives with patient organizations including Children with Diabetes (CWD) and others.


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Mike Riddell, PhD, is a Professor and Graduate Program Director in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science at York University in Toronto Canada. His research interests are focused on the metabolic and hormonal responses to exercise and stress in diabetes, publishing over 130 original research papers and 17 book chapters on the topic. Michael is a co-author on the CDA Guidelines on Physical Activity and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescents Diabetes guidelines on Exercise for Children and Adolescents. Living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 14, Michael has worked with several active people with type 1 diabetes including Diabetes Sports camps and at Dskate hockey camps. He loves working with elite level athletes and those new to exercise with a diagnosis of diabetes to help them better control their glucose levels and maximize their performance. Michael has recently done trekking expeditions to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Machu Pichu with several other individuals with type 1 diabetes.

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Harold Sanco, CPT, is a former National Aerobic Champion and two time bronze medalist at the National Step Challenge Competition. He has been voted Washington, DC’s “Best Instructor” by Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post. With more than 20 years of experience in youth physical education and coaching, he is an internationally acclaimed instructor and trainer who teaches across the United States, Canada and 15 countries for some of the top fitness conferences in the world. His popular “Urban Funk” class has been featured in People, Allure and W magazines. He is AFAA certified and a Master Trainer for Lebert Training Systems. Currently he serves as the Director of Group Fitness for the award-winning Results Gym in Washington, DC and the Director of Fitness for two National Youth groups “Children with Diabetes” and “Workout4Kids.”

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Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, is owner and Clinical Director of Integrated Diabetes Services, a practice located just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive insulin therapy and advanced education for children and adults. He and his staff provide consultations throughout the world via phone and the internet. Gary is a Masters-level exercise physiologist. He has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for 19 years, and served as the 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year. He has had type 1 diabetes for 30 years and makes personal use of insulin pump therapy and CGM. Gary has written dozens of articles for diabetes trade publications and six books, including the popular Think Like A Pancreas - A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin. He lectures nationally and internationally for people with diabetes as well as professionals in the healthcare industry. In addition to serving on the faculty of Children With Diabetes and the Board of Directors for JDRF, Gary volunteers for the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Sisters, and Setebaid Diabetes Camps. Gary has been happily married for 25 years and has four wonderful kids. A fitness fanatic, he enjoys playing basketball, running, cycling and cheering on his Philadelphia sports teams.

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Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW, CDE is a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist who has has been working as a clinician in the diabetes field for over 35 years. In addition, he's a "person living with diabetes, type 1" for over 50 years. He is author of the recently released book "A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the Universe" and is president and founder of A Mile In My Shoes, a consulting company that provides counseling and education to patients and their families as well as training and supervision for healthcare professionals. He is a nationally and internationally well-known public speaker and trainer, integrating his personal experiences of living with diabetes into unique and creative treatment strategies for adults and families. As a Diabetes Educator and Family Therapist he specializes in making the link between how families communicate and support each other to how children manage and take care of their diabetes, helping both children and families cope more effectively with the daily challenges of living with diabetes. He has a particular expertise in working with teens who are having difficulty with their diabetes, helping them and their families adopt more effective coping strategies.


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Barb Wagstaff is the founder and creator of the website www.diabetesadvocacy.com, which focuses on Wagstaff advocating and promoting the awareness of Type 1 diabetes. As a mother of two children, one of whom has type 1 diabetes, Barb devotes her time to working with individuals and groups on issues affecting people with diabetes in Canada. She was the major driving force in creating changes to the Disability Tax Credit for those living with type 1 diabetes in Canada. Barb also has a special interest in the issue of children with diabetes in the school system and is a vocal advocate for the need of federal unity on the subject.

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Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD, CDE, Pediatric Psychologist, Associate professor of Psychiatry, Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. She has been a certified diabetes educator for over 20 years and is an author of numerous research articles, and a co-author of a book on transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Dr. Weissberg-Benchell works with children, teenagers and their families to facilitate adaptation and coping with diabetes and other chronic conditions.


CWD Staff

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Jeff Hitchcock is the creator, editor, webmaster and president of Children with Diabetes. After earning a degree in computational mathematics in 1981, Jeff worked in high tech and traveled the world, meeting Brenda, who would become his wife, in Africa. He worked in defense related industries until 1995, when he started a small Internet company and launched Children with Diabetes. He subsequently worked at LEXIS-NEXIS and Pearson plc on Internet initiatives, and now works full time bringing Children with Diabetes to you.

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A finicky connoisseur of hotel meeting space, cappuccino, and kid-friendly cheese and fruit platters, Laura Billetdeaux is CWD's VP of Education and Programs. Since 2000, Laura has organized every single CWD conference, always keeping in mind the true purpose of CWD - education and support of families with type 1, and always keeping in mind why it all works – the efforts of so many dedicated individuals. Laura lives in Manchester, Michigan with husband Neal, who graciously and energetically assists with the conference teen programs. They are parents of Sam and Carolyn who both serve as youth faculty at CWD conferences as time allows.

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Jim Vail was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986 at age 19 while he was a sophomore at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Jim graduated with a degree in Media Communications and was a producer for CNBC Business news in Washington, D.C., for 9 years all the while wrestling with the unpredictability of short and intermediate acting insulin. After finally going on a pump in October of 2001 and 'getting his life back,' Jim began volunteering at CWD in the teen program where he quickly became one of the Program Coordinators. He's worn, tested or personally used virtually every product represented in the Exhibit Hall. Jim serves as the Director of Development and Communications for CWD.

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Scott Kyllo lives in British Columbia, Canada. He has two children, Alyssa (23) and Chad (21). Their path along the diabetes road started in 1996 when his son, Chad, then age 2 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when they were residing in Bahrain in the Middle East. The World Wide Web had just arrived in Bahrain and it brought to the Kyllo's the safety of the CWD family. Two years later, when life was becoming somewhat comfortable and routine, Alyssa, then age 7, was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Chad was also diagnosed with celiac disease in 2001. The family attended their first Friends For Life conference in 2002. Getting to meet the CWDers in person was like Christmas in July! Scott is a Chief Information Officer by day and an Aircraft Engineer by night maintaining a Piper Cherokee and a Mooney. These skills and his "Macgyver" qualities keep him running at the CWD conferences as our Information Technology and Audio Visual support person. He is a strong advocate of CWD conferences and believes anyone with a connection to diabetes should attend at least one ... although warns that the conferences are much like potato chips ... it's hard to stop at just one!

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Julia Mattingly is mom to 20 year old Hannah and 18 year old Ethan, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10 months and started pumping when he was 3. Julia, Ed, and the kids have been to every Friends for Life conference and most of the regionals as well. Julia coordinates registration at each conference, and you can always find her when you need a smile and a "Hi Y'All!" Julia loves coordinating registration and being able to meet and talk to everyone who walks in the door. Her best CWD memory is from 2000 when she met all of her CWD email moms in Orlando for the first time. She also loves to see the smiles on her children's faces when they re-connect with their CWD friends each summer.

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Kristen Seiz, MS, RD, CLC, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9. Inspired at a young age by her diabetes, she pursued a career to become a dietitian and studied for her Masters degree at D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She lives and works in Buffalo as a Nutritionist at a Catholic Charities WIC Office. Upon attending her first CWD Conference in 2011, she fell in love with the people and relationships she formed and was determined to become a part of it. This is the first year Kristen will be a part of the CWD staff and she is looking forward to working with the kids, seeing old friends and meeting many more!

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Joanne Stroud, MHA, FACHE, is first and foremost a CWD Mom. Her son Ben was diagnosed in 1998 at the age of ten and CWD quickly became their lifeline. She attended her first conference in 2003 and instantly became hooked, telling Laura she'd do anything (within reason of course!) she could to assist CWD. Both Ben and his brother James are now 'giving back' as CWD volunteers. When not hanging with her FFLs, Joanne is an administrator for a home health agency. She and Jim, a CRNA, have one other son, Kyle who lives in Portland, OR with his fiancée Sarah.

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