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Marina Chaparro, RDN, CDE, MPH, is a bilingual pediatric and diabetes nutrition expert. She is a certified diabetes educator at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with extensive experience working with children and families. Chaparro is also the founder of Nutrichicos, a bilingual nutrition center specializing in pediatric nutrition that offers individualized nutrition assessments & services in both Spanish and English. Marina is passionate about diabetes care since her diagnosis with type 1 Diabetes at age 17. She has experience working at top diabetes institutions including Joslin Diabetes Center, Mass General Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital. Marina is an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor trainer and is often asked to speak on topics such as childhood obesity, infant nutrition, diabetes and Latino Health issues. She is National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has extensive experience providing science-based commentary to major media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Univision Media, Miami Herald and Reuter’s Health. Marina often contributes articles and story ideas to print and online communication channels where she translates nutrition science into practical every-day information for consumers. On her blog, www.nutrichicos.com, Chaparro shares reliable, practical and science-driven recommendations to help parents and families meet the nutrition needs of their children. Chaparro’s background includes clinical nutrition, public speaking, public health, research and program planning with a focus on Latino health issues. She co-created a successful nutrition and physical activity program for Hispanic adolescents and their mothers, called Healthy Chicas while working in Miami Children’s Hospital. Chaparro earned a specialty certificate in pediatric weight management. Marina is a graduate of Boston University and earned a master’s degree in public health from Florida International University.

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Fairlee Fabrett, PhD, is the Director of Clinical Training at the Acute Adolescent Residential Treatment Program at McLean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts where she oversees therapy provided to families and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses including Borderline Personality Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Fabrett received her B.A. in psychology from University of Arizona before earning her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School before completing a post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital. Dr. Fabrett has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, chronic illnesses, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents as well as family and group therapy. A Mexican native herself, Dr. Fabrett also has experience in providing culturally sensitive and effective treatments for individuals and families of minority groups. Dr. Fabrett’s research interests have focused on the impact of acculturation on different outcomes such as adolescents' academic aspirations and family conflict and on the way cognitive or family processes operate differently among minority populations and their impact on mental health.

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Jimmy Ferrer, Managing Director and co-Owner of GADIJA, LLC, a consulting company in the diabetes field, specializing in the underserved Hispanic/Latino community. He is responsible for all business development efforts, project/engagement planning, execution and delivery. Jimmy is the father of three teenage boys, Gabriel, Diego and Jaime. Jaime was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 3 in 2006. He is a passionate diabetes advocate, writer and editor for the blog Jaime, mi dulce guerrero (Jaime, my sweet warrior), created by his wife Mila Ferrer, one of the most widely-read Spanish diabetes blog in the US, Mexico, Latin America and Spain. Jimmy previously served as Advocacy chair on the Miami Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association. Before Jaime was diagnosed, Jimmy was a professional basketball player representing Puerto Rico in international competition. After retiring from basketball he became a successful entrepreneur. Things changed quickly after his youngest son was diagnosed and he was determined to learn as much as possible about diabetes, to make sure Jaime and others could achieve their dreams and goals and live a healthy life with diabetes.

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Mila Ferrer started to blog about type 1 diabetes on July 2011, five years after Jaime, her youngest son, was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of three. She lives every single day advocating for more and better education about diabetes, not only for the people affected by this condition and their family but for the general population.Through her blog Jaime, mi dulce guerrero and public speaking she shares her experiences and provides peer-to-peer support for our Latino community. Mila is a well-known advocate for educating Latino parents who have children with diabetes through her renowned blog, active social media presence, and participation in health conferences. Since 2015 she has been a Member of the Transitions Diversity Advisory Board. She has been recognized as “Diabetes Leaders” by the IDF(International Diabetes Federation), and as a Top Latina Influential Blogger, by LATISM, and Community Champion at the Research & Hope Awards presented by PhRMA. Mila is the Director of Community at Diabetes Hands Foundation, where she oversees and manages TuDiabetes (English) and EsTuDiabetes (Spanish) two online communities for people touched by diabetes.


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Mariana Gomez, BA, is an active Diabetes Advocate in her country Mexico, and through her social media channels. She is a Diabetes Educator and a Licensed Psychologist specialized in Narrative Therapy and with experience with children and adolescent population with type 1 diabetes. On 2008, Mariana started a blog where she shares her experiences and diabetes knowledge with others. She is considered a diabetes influencer in Latin America and has participated in several conferences, events, and TV shows dedicated to diabetes education in the last years. Mariana worked for the Mexican Diabetes Federation as Communications Manager helping to build and empower the diabetes community in Mexico. She is Community Manager for EsTuDiabetes.org. Mariana has lived with type 1 diabetes for 31 years. Her perspective is to engage youth with T1D and their family members to promote their health and overall quality of life.

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Penelope Pauley, MD, is a board certified pediatrician with advanced research experience in pediatric endocrinology, DNA research, cell therapy and genotyping. Her dedication to the field of medicine is evidenced by the impressive amount of research conducted, grants awarded, presentations and lectures given and active professional memberships. Dr. Pauley provides children of Central Florida access to the latest research and technology available, offering leading-edge diagnostics, treatments and therapies, ensuring children of every stage of their endocrine, diabetes and metabolism condition and care have the resources they need to be as healthy and happy as possible.

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