Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM, Rear Admiral, USPHS (Retired), Chairman of the Board of Children with Diabetes, is a retired Rear Admiral with the U.S. Public Health Service, who has twice been the Surgeon General of the United States. After a 37 year career in public service in uniform, he was the Vice President of Global Strategic Affairs for Diabetes; and WorldWide Chairman of the Johnson and Johnson Diabetes Institutes, a global network of educational facilities focused on providing health providers the knowledge, skills, and tools to help them better serve people with diabetes. He retired from Johnson and Johnson in 2013, and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of First Samurai Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in health policy and programs, bridging the public and private sectors.
In addition to being the Chair of T-1 Today, doing business as Children with Diabetes, he is a member of the board of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the Diabetes Hands Foundation, the Physician Assistant Foundation, and the National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians. He has been a member of the board of the National Kidney Foundation, the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation, and the American Dietetic Association, among several others. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, America's health university; and vice chair of the Dean's Council for the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health.
He has had Type 1 diabetes (LADA) for 15 years, and has been closely associated with and supportive of Children with Diabetes for over a dozen years, in faculty and leadership roles. This past November, he was the JDRF's Hope Gala Honoree at its black tie event in Washington, DC.
His older daughter, Erika Moritsugu is an Assistant Secretary in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development; his younger daughter, Emily, is in middle school in the Japanese Immersion program in Fairfax County; and his wife, Lisa Kory, is an appointed Commissioner for the Fairfax County Commission on Organ Donation and Transplantation. He and his family reside in Great Falls, Virginia.
Jeff Hitchcock is the creator, editor, webmaster and president of Children with Diabetes and a member of the Board of Directors of T-1 Today, Inc. After earning a degree in computational mathematics in 1981 from Marquette University, Jeff worked in high tech and traveled the world, meeting Brenda, who would become his wife, in Africa. He worked in the federal government and later in defense related industries until 1995, when he started a small Internet company and launched Children with Diabetes.
In the beginning, Children with Diabetes operated as an independent company. From March 2008 until December 2013, Children with Diabetes was part of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Solutions companies. In December 2013, Jeff resigned from Johnson & Johnson and bought back Children with Diabetes, setting it up as a non-profit corporation and receiving 501(c)(3) recognition by the IRS.
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, strong social media presence, and participation in health conferences. She has been recognized as "Diabetes Leaders" by the IDF(International Diabetes Federation), and as a Top Latina Influential Blogger, by LATISM. Mila is a member of the Diabetes Advocates (DA), a collective of individuals and organizations that offer expertise, resources, and support to those touched by diabetes. She is one of the few Spanish resources for the DA and their only parent of children with diabetes Spanish resource. Mila is the Community Manager on EsTuDiabetes.org, the largest Hispanic online community for people touched by diabetes.
Audrey Greenfield is the Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Clinical Support for Aspire Bariatrics. Since March 2009, she served as Worldwide Vice President of Advocacy and Professional Relations for LifeScan and Animas Corporation, both part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. Prior to that, she was the Executive Vice President of Clinical & Government Affairs for LifeScan and Animas beginning May 2006. Previously, Audrey was the Executive Vice President - Marketing, Sales, and Clinical Affairs of Animas Corporation from May 2003. From November 1998 to April 2003, she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Clinical Affairs. Prior to this position, Audrey was Director of Clinical Affairs at Luxar Corporation, and subsequently at ESC Medical Systems, which acquired Luxar.
George Huntley is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Theoris Group, Inc., a professional services and software company based in Indianapolis, IN with offices throughout the US and Europe. He has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1983 and has been an active volunteer in the fight against diabetes since 1986.
George has held many leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association including:
He received ADAâ€™s Addison B. Scoville Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2002.
- Chair â€“ National Board of Directors 2009
- Chair â€“ Legislative and Regulatory Subcommittee 2012-2015
- Chair â€“ CEO Search Committee 2007
- Chair â€“ Finance Committee 2005
- Chair â€“ Affiliate Associations Committee 1996-1998
- Chair â€“ Indianapolis Leadership Council 2002-2006
- Chair â€“ Maryland Affiliate 1994-1995
- Chair â€“ Baltimore Chapter â€“ 1993-1997
George is a founding member and current officer of the National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council, a 501c3 organization dedicated to patient advocacy to improve the quality of life for people living with diabetes.
Paul Madden, MEd, has served as Friends for Life faculty for the past 14 years and joined the board of T1 Today in 2014. Paul is an accomplished author and speaker serving in numerous leadership roles on national and international boards including the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association, the International Diabetes Federation, the American Diabetes Association, the Joslin Diabetes Center, the Young Leaders in Diabetes/IDF, and the JDRF. Paul developed and served in numerous new leadership roles at Joslin Diabetes Center a Harvard Medical School Affiliate including Special Assistant to the President, behavioral medicine, corporate development, advocacy, exercise, and camp administrator/director. Creating new winning solutions that create value and growth for organizations and the people being served is what Paul does best. He empowers, educates and inspires people to explore and adopt healthier lifestyles. Paul touches the soul of the people he works with enabling them to address the challenges of life more fully and positively! Paul is the Global Senior Advisor for Diabetes and Non Communicable Diseases with Project HOPE. Paul has had type 1 diabetes for over 50 years.
R. Stewart Perry grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. Since 1983 he has been the co-owner of Perry & Perry State Farm Insurance, one of the largest State Farm Insurance agencies in the state of Kentucky and is a Diabetes Consultant and Advocate. Stewartâ€™s family has been dramatically affected by diabetes. His son has type 1 diabetes, both parents, and sister have all had diabetes during their lifetime. He has lost an uncle, grandfather and great grandmother to complications of diabetes. Stewart was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1990. Since that time, he has been actively involved in the American Diabetes Association. Stewart was the Chairman of the National Board of Directors and Chair of the National Advocacy Committee for five years, He was Chair Bluegrass Chapter for a number of years and helped organize many of the fundraising events still in existence. He served as the Kentucky Affiliate Board of Vice-Chair and was Chair-Elect when it became a part of the Southern Region where he served as the Chair of the Southern Region. He also is a former member of the National Board of Directors. He is the State of Kentucky State Advocacy Chair for ADA. Stewart is a member of the Kentucky Diabetes Network and a founding member of the Fayette County Diabetes Collation. Stewart was appointed by two different Governors of Kentucky to the GET FIT KY Board and The Diabetes Research Trust Fund Board where he currently still serves.
Stewart is one of the founders of the National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council and currently serves as an officer of that organization, where he has been instrumental in passing Diabetes Action Plan legislation in 18 states over the past four years. He is known as a passionate and tenacious advocate of diabetes issues on both the State and Federal level.
In addition to diabetes organizations Stewart continues to be very involved in community and state charitable organizations and currently serves as President of Equestrian Events Inc., the organizer of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.
Stewart has received many awards for his service over the years including;
- ADA Commonwealth of KY Hall of Fame Award
- The Lexington Forum â€śForum Awardâ€ť
- ADA Bluegrass Chapter â€śVolunteer of the Year Awardâ€ť
- ADA KY Affiliate President-Chairman Award of Appreciation
- Lexington Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year
- Sayre School Service Award
- ADA National Addison B. Scoville Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
- ADA National Wendell Mayes Jr Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to Diabetes
Stewart is also a member of the American Diabetes Associationâ€™s Summit Circle.
Tami A. Ross, RD, LD, CDE, MLDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian, certified and licensed diabetes educator, and a nationally recognized diabetes and nutrition expert with over 25 years of experience in a variety of settings. She has authored nine books, and more than 100 articles for professional and consumer publications, and is a key opinion leader and sought-after speaker. She has been featured in USA Today, on CBN, and is Past President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Tami was named "Diabetes Educator of the Year" by the Diabetes Care & Education dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Tami serves on the Board for T-1 Today, Inc. Learn more about Tami and her work at www.TamiRossRD.com or connect on social media @tamirossrd.
Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 28 years, diagnosed in 1986. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra "Diabetes doesn't define me, but it helps explain me." Kerri is a passionate advocate for all-things diabetes. She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a global audience of patients, caregivers, and industry. Outside of her blog, Kerri's work can be found at diaTribe, Animas, and in diabetes outreach like JDRF's Countdown magazine, in addition to her extensive diabetes YouTube channel. Well-versed in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents regularly at conferences and works full-time as a writer and consultant. Her first book, Balancing Diabetes (Spry Publishing), was published in 2014. Kerri and her husband, Chris, live in Rhode Island, USA with their daughter.
Michael R. Swearingen ("Mike") is an experienced leader in healthcare. Retiring as the World Wide Director of Professional Relations from Johnson & Johnson in 2013. Mike joined Johnson & Johnson in 2006 as the Director of Government and Professional Relations for Animas Corporation. A year later, he was promoted to Director of Professional Relations, Global Strategic Affairs, managing national and international relationships with major healthcare societies, and key opinion leaders for the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Franchise.
Known for helping to create and drive strategic initiatives, Mike has been a catalyst for passage of several state legislative measures involving healthcare. Most recently he was a key advocate instrumental in the passage of a state licensure requirement for Diabetes Educators in the States of Kentucky and Indiana. In 1999 Mike was made an honorary "PA" in the State of Indiana, and in October 2014 was named the recipient of the Diabetes Care Education (DCE) National Champion Award.
He has worked with numerous companies, elected officials, government agencies, professional medical associations and academies to create major enduring initiatives such as, "Diabetes Awareness Days", state and federal advocacy training workshops, national and international medical education conferences, and national sales and management meetings.
Mike's broad background in healthcare includes 20 years with Eli Lilly & Co., and seven years with Johnson & Johnson. In addition, for a year, he served as the Executive Director of the non-profit Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation. In this role, he developed the strategic business plan, which launched the NPHF and ensured its success. Mike has served on the national foundation boards for the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators Research and Education Foundation. Currently he is a Trustee of the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation, and Board member of T-1 Today Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes).
Born in Shelbyville, Indiana, Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Indiana University and completed work in the USC School of Pharmacy & Business Management Program.
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