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Henry Anhalt, DO, FAAP, FACOP, FACE, CDE is the director of the division of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at the St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey. Prior to his appointment at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Dr. Anhalt was the Director of the division of pediatric endocrinology at the Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Anhalt also served as program director for the largest fellowship training program in pediatric endocrinology in New York. Additionally, Dr. Anhalt is a leader in diabetes care; he is a certified diabetes educator and champions the use of pump therapy in all children with diabetes. His expertise and outcomes have been published and appreciated by his pediatric endocrinology peers. Dr. Anhalt is a sought after speaker and is often quoted in the Wall St. Journal, LA Times, and CNN. He lectures widely both in the United States and internationally.


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Natalie Bellini, R.N., C.D.E., has had diabetes since she was a young child and within a year of finishing nursing school started to care for people with diabetes, first focusing on high risk pregnancy and then pediatrics and insulin-requiring adults. She has lectured extensively to clinicians, patients and their families about diabetes, the psychological effect of the disease and how to keep going on the hardest of days. Natalie has worked with children and adults of all ages and has assisted in initiating and expanding pump programs at numerous hospitals and private practices. She believes in truth in education and that knowledge is power. Natalie works for Animas Corporation.


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Bob Bulgarelli, M.D., is a cardiologist who specializes in Preventative and Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine. Bob has spent the last several years working with Dean Ornish, MD and Andy Weil, MD in developing a more holistic approach to cardiac care as well as running stress management workshops. He is the director of The Smart Heart Program for Main Line Health System. Smart Hearts is a comprehensive lifestyle program geared toward risk reduction for heart patients, including diet, exercise, stress management, group support and spirituality. His program is expanding to help patients with obesity and diabetes as well. Programs like his have been recently shown to be effective in delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes. Bob has a particular interest in bringing his message of healthy lifestyle change to children and adolescents.



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Jeff Hitchcock is the creator, editor, and webmaster of Children with Diabetes. After earning a degree in computational mathematics in 1981, Jeff traveled the world with the US Government, meeting Brenda, who would become his wife, in Africa. After leaving government service in 1988, he worked in the defense industry 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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Crystal Jackson is a CWD mom and manager the American Diabetes Association's government relations and advocacy division. She is one of the ADA's most valuable resources on anti-discrimination laws and protecting the rights of persons with diabetes. As a parent of a child with diabetes, Crystal was instrumental in the development and implementation of law and policy in Virginia that resulted in improved standards of school diabetes care. Crystal has contributed to many diabetes publications including the National Diabetes Education Program's Helping the Student with Diabetes to Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel and is a member of the Virginia Diabetes Council.


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Kim Kelly, Pharm. D., is the Director of Diabetes Programs at LifeScan, Inc., in Milpitas, California. Dr. Kelly has a lengthy and distinguished career involving both patient care and administrative roles, including President of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. His research and experience have included a number of publications, participation on editorial boards and review panels of several journals, involvement in medical curriculum development, and various committees of professional organizations. Currently, his activities center around developing diabetes health management and educational programs for various health care providers and provider organizations. Delighted to work with children and teens alike, Dr. Kelly participated as a volunteer in four CWD conferences before joining CWD as 'regular faculty' in 2004. Dr. Kelly extends his tenure as faculty to this Fall's conference, focusing on both adult and tweener (ages 10-12) programming.


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Lauren Lanning is a self-proclaimed Jersey Girl transplanted to Colorado. She has been involved in the CWD diabetes conferences since the very first gathering in Orlando in 2000, where she volunteered to make name badges. Little did she know. Making name badges evolved within an hour into leading a huge group of CWD volunteers who assist with every aspect of helping all the CWD conferences run smoothly. Lauren has two adorable daughters, Monica and Sarah, who are the inspiration in her life. A computer geek at heart, Lauren has her own web design business and has taught computer skills to elementary aged children. For fun, she completes century rides in Death Valley to raise money for diabetes research.


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Rick Philbin, M.Ed., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., is a regional manager for Animas Corporation, an athletic trainer, and an individual with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Animas, he managed a comprehensive sports medicine center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Rick is a presenter for Fitness in Today's Times On-site Corporate Wellness Program and is very active in diabetes as it relates to exercise. He has spearheaded an effort to bring a chapter of the Diabetes, Exercise, and Sports Association (DESA) to the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area and lectures frequently on exercise through DESA. He is currently the chapter president and a national board member. Rick's professional experience also includes working as an Athletic Trainer for a Philadelphia-based sports medicine center, where he worked with professional athletes from the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. He believes education is paramount for good diabetes management. As an avid exercise enthusiast with Type 1 diabetes, Rick practices tight management of his diabetes while on an insulin pump.


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Michelle Rago is an attorney and CWD mom. She graduated from Harvard University in 1986, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Sociology. There she received the First Annual Ben Teel Memorial Prize for Public Service. She graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1990, receiving a Charles Evans Hughes Fellowship. Michelle has practiced complex commercial litigation since graduation, specializing in securities and other class actions on behalf of investors. In 2000, Michelle's son Trent was diagnosed with diabetes at age 4. Due to the diagnosis, Trent's daycare would not accept him back. Since then, Michelle has worked hard to keep abreast of the changing laws with relation to diabetes and school, insurance coverage, and discrimination on account of diabetes. She is a member of the parents list on the CWD website and often assists parents with legal issues that arise in connection with diabetes.


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Melissa Ringley, R.N., C.D.E., is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing-Wise Virginia, and has been involved in diabetes education for over 11 years. When her daughter was diagnosed with diabetes 11 years ago, Melissa dedicated herself to learning about diabetes and giving back that learning to patients and the medical community alike. Melissa has presented to numerous groups of patients with diabetes as well as health care practitioners, and has worked with over 400 insulin pump patients with all types of diabetes and from all walks of life. Melissa is known for her caring attitude and genuine concern for all her patients, and for her active involvement in the diabetes community.


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Richard Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E., Psychologist, and Associate Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Author of Psyching Out Diabetes and Sweet Kids, Optimal Pumping, and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes. Dr. Rubin is Stefan Rubin's father. Stefan is also on the conference faculty and is a coauthor of Optimal Pumping and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes. Dr. Rubin is a sought after speaker for both professionals and people living with diabetes. He speaks with authority and warmth on the human side of diabetes.


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Gary Scheiner, having had type 1 diabetes since 1985 and working as a Certified Diabetes Educator since 1993, knows the latest and best techniques for achieving optimal diabetes control. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Gary has authored a book and dozens of articles, and speaks at local and national meetings on diabetes, fitness and motivation. Gary received the 1997 William Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient Activities by the American Diabetes Association, as well as the 1998 Allene Van Son Award for the development of effective diabetes teaching tools by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In 2002, he was granted the Novo Nordisk Diabetes Education Research award for the study of basal insulin levels in pump users. Gary owns and operates Integrated Diabetes Services, a private practice located just outside of Philadelphia, specializing in intensive blood glucose control and lifestyle intervention for people with diabetes.


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Dr. Alan Schorr graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981. He completed his fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Hahnemann University in 1986. Dr. Schorr is in solo practice in Langhorne, PA. He is the sub-section chairman of Endocrinology and the chairman of the Institutional Review Board at Saint Mary Medical Center. He has over 300 pump patients of all ages in his practice and has long standing interest in technology, particularly glucose sensing and computer applications for diabetes treatment. He is currently a medical advisor for Animas Corporation.


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Mike Schurig, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who has had Type 1 diabetes since age 12. He currently is employed at Florida Hospital Celebration Health as a certified diabetes educator in Celebration, FL (the Disney created suburb located close to Walt Disney World). Mike has had experience in diabetes education with kids and adults. Mike is active with local ADA activities, regional diabetes educator groups, and the CWD website. His interests are insulin pump education and technical advances in diabetes. Mike enjoys visiting the nearby theme parks and enjoying Central Florida with his wife Gayle and his 12 year old daughter Allyson.

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Joe Solowiejcyzk, RN, MSW, has had diabetes for 43 years – and has devoted his professional career to helping healthcare professionals, parents, children, and adults better manage the disease. As a registered nurse and practitioner in family counseling, Joe integrated diabetes education with family counseling and therapy for a more comprehensive approach to diabetes management.


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