Speakers we are honored to have at 2019 WADE Annual Educational Conference:

Faaiza Alibhai, PharmD


Topic: Breakout 2, Option 1 - Medication management in diabetes - Advanced Level

Faaiza Alibhai, PharmD completed her doctorate of pharmacy at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. She pursued a PGY-1 Ambulatory Care residency, followed by PGY-2 in Transitions of Care at UC San Diego Health. Since completing her postgraduate training in 2016, she has been practicing as a clinical pharmacist at the Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center at the University of Washington Medical Center. In her role she is involved with medication initiation, titration, education, and monitoring for diabetes management as part of a team-based model alongside physicians, nurses, dieticians, and other allied health professionals.

Radica Alicic, MD, FHM, FACP

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Topic:  Sodium Glucose Co-transporters Inhibition and Diabetic Kidney Disease

Dr Radica Alicic is a practicing internist at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital in Spokane, Washington. She received her Medical and Master of Science degrees at the University of Sarajevo Medical School in Bosnia. She currently serves as an Associate Director for Research at Providence Health Care in Spokane, Washington, and holds clinical appointments as an Associate Professor at the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington and Department of Medical Education and Clinical Science Washington State University College of Medicine. Her research interests include pragmatic design and implementation of the interventions to improve screening, early recognition and management of chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension in real life setting.

Cindy Brinn, MPH, RD, CD, CDE

Topic:  Panel - A Look Back, and To The Future

Cindy Brinn is a seasoned and recently semi-retired dietitian & diabetes educator, who has had the great fortune of navigating the field of diabetes education through many trials and tribulations. She started in the days when diabetes and nutrition education was provided as a free service in a small office/closet off the hospital kitchen. Cindy eventually grew and transitioned the service to the successful management of a standalone clinic and program affiliated with a Medical Group. She has participated in and led education & program changes that started with teaching patients about detailed food exchange lists and moved to carb counting, insulin pump training, and insulin management. Key changes now include placing the patient at the center of care and including motivational interviewing as a key component of education sessions. Cindy has loved her career in helping individuals live well with diabetes and is looking forward to sharing her experiences with new educators.

Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, DO


Topic:  PreConference - The Future is Plant: Integrating a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet in Diabetes Education

Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, DO, is a board-certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as a member of the American College of Lifestyle  Medicine. She graduated magna cum laude in psychology from Austin College in Texas, and got her medical degree, Master of Public Health, and Master of Science in Clinical Research and Education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Because she practices in Yakima, where so much of the population is considered overweight or obese, she has become even more interested in nutrition and lifestyle, and the power it has to both prevent & potentially reverse chronic disease. In 2014, she obtained a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. Not one to avoid a challenge, she became a certified Food for Life instructor through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in 2015, and a certified health and wellness coach. She is the host of the podcast Veggie Doctor Radio, and maintains an online presence at Veggie Fit Kids.

She began her career in Yakima in 2009, and spent six years as a pediatrician at Yakima Pediatrics. She says working alongside some of Yakima's finest providers inpired her to start her own unique practice model, "Nourish Wellness."


Maureen Chomko, RD, CDE

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Topic:  PreConference - Fad Diets & Diabetes Management: What's the Evidence?

Maureen Chomko, RD, CDE received her Nutrition degree from Drexel University and completed her dietetic internship at UCSF Medical Center. Following this, she worked at UCSF as an inpatient clinical dietitian. She began working as a dietitian at the University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics in 2012.

Soon after, she became a Certified Diabetes Educator. Partnering with the UW Diabetes Care Center, she developed diabetes education class series at three primary care clinics in the greater King County area distanced from UW Medical Center. Her publication on this collaboration to improve patient access to diabetes education recently received a Publications Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Most recently, she has been working for Neighborcare Health in South Seattle, where she assists in diabetes management and counseling for underserved populations.

She serves on the editorial board of the Diabetes Spectrum journal and assists in the production of patient educational materials for the American Diabetes Association. Her chapter on Nutrition Therapy for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes was recently published in the American Diabetes Association’s Guide to Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes. But most importantly, on weekends, she performs improv comedy at Comedysportz Seattle in the Fremont neighborhood.

Paul Ciechanowski, MD, MPH


Topic: Diapression: Practical Approaches to Addressing Depression in Individuals with Diabetes

Paul S. Ciechanowski, M.D., M.P.H. is a psychiatrist who cares for individuals with diabetes who are experiencing behavioral health issues like depression, anxiety and self-management. He is also a UW associate professor in psychiatry.

Dr. Paul earned his M.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and subsequently received training in family medicine (University of British Columbia), psychiatry (UW), and public health (UW). He is past president of the Washington State Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association. He has conducted NIH/CDC research for two decades in attachment theory and in developing effective collaborative care models of team-based care for treating populations with diabetes and depression. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

On a personal note, Dr. Paul is a musician, painter and runner. He loves spending time with his wife and children. He is an avid backpacker and loves to spend time in the Cascades.

Nancy D'Hondt, RPh, CDE, FAADE

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Topic: KEYNOTE - Leveraging Your Strengths: Shaping Your Future

Staff/clinical pharmacist for Ascension St John in Detroit. Nancy specializes in diabetes care and self-management support for both the inpatient and outpatient populations providing expertise on protocol development and implementation, staff education and formulary decisions. Nancy serves as adjunct faculty for the system Outpatient Diabetes Education Program.   Nancy has been published on topics related to diabetes and related chronic conditions and has presented at both local and national audiences on such. Nancy has done volunteer work with the American Diabetes Assn., the American Heart Assn. and is a past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Megan Ellison, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CDE

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Topic:  PreConference - Standards of Care for Medical Nutrition Therapy vs. Nutrition Education in DSME: What's the Difference?

Megan Ellison, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CDE is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Specialist in Obesity & Weight Management and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Megan has had the privilege to be part of an accredited diabetes education program over the past decade. In 2014 she founded Sound Dietitians LLC, a nutrition consulting company that provides convenient access to evidence-based health interventions across the greater Puget Sound region. Her team of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Exercise Physiologists provide clinics and businesses with a variety of on-site services, including: medical nutrition therapy; health coaching; cooking demonstrations; nutrition and exercise classes; and Continuing Medical Education presentations. One of Megan’s passions is in mentoring the next generation of nutrition professionals and the SD team happily hosts many dietetic interns each year. Megan is an Adjunct Instructor with Seattle Pacific University and is currently working on development of a dietetic internship through SPU, including an international rotation to Shimla, India. To find out more about the adventures of Megan and her team, visit the Sound Dietitians website at www.sounddietitians.com or follow them on Twitter @SoundDietitians.

Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE

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Topic: Panel - A Look Back, and To The Future

Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE is the Manager, of Nutrition and Diabetes Education Programs for the University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics, 14 primary care clinics in Seattle-area and Pacific Northwest region. She is also teamed with an UW Medicine endocrinologist, on a multi-year Population Health grant for UW Medicine. Prior to these positions, Over the years she worked in a variety of practice settings both in- and out-patient as well as with a pediatric endocrinologist in private practice. Alison has served as presenter and guest lecturer in areas of diabetes nutrition and diabetes technology for health care professionals and consumers. She has also served as an author and editor for multiple publications and developed patient education materials for the American Diabetes Association and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Alison is currently serving as the co-chair of the ADA’s Nutrition Therapy for Adults with Diabetes and Pre-diabetes: Consensus Report to be published in the Spring of 2019.

Christine Fisher, RD, CD, CDE

Topic: Breakout 1, Option 1: Technology in diabetes care - Emerging Level

Christine Fisher RD, CD, CDE is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at CHI Franciscan Endocrinology.  She also has advanced certifications in insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring systems.  She has experience working with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes and patients with associated nutritional issues. Christine cares for the whole person. She meets patients where they are, providing the tools and encouragement to help them manage their disease and improve their lives.  She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and board member of the Washington Association of Diabetes Educators serving as the SW Washington LNG. She has also been a volunteer for the past 15 years at Camp Leo for Children with Diabetes.  
In her spare time, Christine enjoys running, mountain biking and gardening.  She also has been a volunteer for the past 15 years for Camp Leo, a diabetes camp for children with diabetes.

Dawn Jae, MS, RDN, CDE

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Topic: Panel - A Look Back, and To The Future

Dawn graduated from Bastyr University earning her master’s in nutrition and completing their dietetic internship, then became a Registered Dietitian. Dawn currently works at Bastyr Center for Natural Health clinic in private practice as well as adjunct faculty supervising graduate students on their clinic shifts. Dawn also works for Western Washington Medical Group where she has the opportunity to learn from the team of talented RD, CDE's who work there as well. Dawn became a Certified Diabetes Educator in January of 2019, and continues to learn and hone the art of diabetes education.    

Mary Janci, ARNP, CDE, BC-ADM

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Panel - Providers & Their Experience with CDEs - What Works, What are the Challenges, Where Are We Going

Mary Moyer Janci, ARNP, CDE, BC-ADM is a nurse practitioner specializing in diabetes serving clinical care at hospitals and outpatient clinics; and an educator and researcher. She early retired from UWMC Diabetes Care Center in 2017 after 13 years. She currently works at PSCC Free Clinics as diabetes specialist in North Seattle, UWMC Diabetes Research, and is a speaker for the American Diabetes Association Ambassador Program. Ms. Janci has published articles in professional journals and magazines, including Diabetes Care, Diabetes Education, Diabetes Spectrum, Clinical Nursing Research, and WebMD. She lectures at national and regional conferences, academic universities including the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and served as chair for WADE (Washington Association Diabetes Education Conference) 2010 conference.

Julia Kelley, ARNP, CDE, BC-ADM

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Topic: Panel - A Look Back, and To The Future; Panel - Providers & Their Experience with CDE's

Julia Kelley, ARNP, CDE, BC-ADM has 19 years of experience in Healthcare. Julia completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing Science at Emory University in Georgia and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Iowa. She has worked in clinics and hospitals collaborating with patients to promote healing, health improvement, and optimal health maintenance with focus on Endocrine and Diabetes for the last 12 years. She has precepted master’s in nursing students from Pacific Lutheran University for the last three years. She currently is working as an ARNP, CDE with Olympia Endocrinology, and is actively involved with Camp Leo, a weeklong overnight summer camp for Children with Diabetes.

Christiian Lewis, ARNP, BC-ADM, CDE
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Topic: Effective Transition of Diabetes Care: Inpatient to Outpatient

Chris Lewis is a family nurse practitioner at Providence Endocrinology in Spokane, WA. He graduated from Gonzaga University with his MSN degree in 2001. He has practiced in a multitude of areas including family practice, internal medicine, sports medicine, urgent care, cardiology. Chris is the father of a daughter with Type 1 diabetes and subsequently he has made diabetes his specialty, earning board advanced diabetes management & CDE certifications. He currently practices at Providence adult endocrinology, and will be transitioning his practice to the in-patient diabetes service at Sacred Heart Medical Center in April 2019.

William Martin, PA-C, CDE


Topic: Effective Transition of Care from Pediatric to Adult Endocrinology

William Martin, PA-C, CDE, has worked in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, since 2004, serving in both an outpatient and inpatient role. Currently, he is a PA-C at Providence Medical Group Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes in Spokane, Washington. He follows patients from diagnosis at a young age, through transitioning to adult diabetes care. Bill works with all different insulins, diabetes equipment, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. Personally, he is the father to 2 adult children who were diagnosed young, and have also gone through the transitional phase of diabetes management.

Tina Mac Donald, OD, FAAO, CDE

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Topic: Diabetes and Low Vision Rehabilitation - Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Tina R. Mac Donald received her OD degree from the Southern California College of Optometry (which is now a part of the Marshall B. Ketchum University) in 1992. Following graduation, she completed a residency in (Low) Vision Rehabilitation at The Center for the Partially Sighted (CPS). After completion of the residency, she was hired on as staff at CPS, was an adjunct associate professor at Marshall B. Ketchum University, worked in private practice, and was the Low Vision Specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was on the team for the first Implantable Miniature Telescopes (post-FDA approval) providing vision rehabilitation and training. Dr. Mac Donald currently heads Western's Century City Eye Institute. She has served as president of the Los Angeles County Optometric Society, been a Trustee for the California Optometric Association, and has been a part of the American Optometric Association's Healthy Eyes Healthy People® committee. She is currently a member of the AOA's Health Promotion's Committee. Dr. Mac Donald has published articles and lectured on topics including low vision rehabilitation, aging, and diabetes. She received the Lawrence Gallarini Low Vision Memorial Award in 1992, and the Freid Honorary Lecturer in 2006 from the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Mac Donald's special interest is in the systemic disease processes and low vision. She pioneered the HIV and Low Vision Program and the Diabetes and Low Vision Program at The Center for the Partially Sighted. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and was the first optometrist to pass the National Certification of Diabetes Educator's exam.

Jayme Miller, MS, RD, CDE

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Topic:  Panel - A Look Back, and To The Future

Jayme Miller, MS, RD, CDE is a registered clinical dietitian with 27 years experience working with diabetes patients and their families. Currently working at CHI Harrison in Bremerton, Washington, with 8 years experience providing comprehensive diabetes education to both type I and type II patients in the inpatient setting to include diet education, sick day management, glucometer training, insulin instruction and recommendations for medication/insulin adjustments to physicians/Endocrinology ARNP. Work closely with Glucommander glycemic management system, and participate on Harrison’s Glycemic Management team. Involved in diabetes related health fairs and outpatient education programs, as well as training programs for RN’s, CNA’s and nurse residents.


Meghann Moore, RDN, CDE, MPH

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Topic:  Advanced Diabetes Technology

Meghann Moore, RDN, CDE, MPH received a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition from Washington State University in Pullman, WA. and a master's degree in public health, with an emphasis in maternal and child health and global health, from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is currently a Co-Lead of the Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center and Coordinator of the AADE accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education/Training program at Western Washington Medical Group in Snohomish County, WA. She is a certified pump trainer on all U.S.-based insulin pumps and recognized as a continuous glucose monitoring system trainer. Meghann has been published multiple times in Diabetes Forecast magazine as well as the 2012 American Diabetes Association Guide to Medical Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes. When she is not working she can be found enjoying time with her husband and kids, running, eating great food, watching movies and doing a bit of traveling. 

Cheyenne Newsome, PharmD, PhC, BCACP

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Topic: Breakout 2, Option 1 - Medication management in diabetes - Emerging Level

Cheyenne Newsome, PharmD, PhC, BCACP, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Newsome completed her doctorate of pharmacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. She pursued a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospitals followed by a PGY2 in ambulatory care at UNM College of Pharmacy. Dr. Newsome currently works as Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Mann Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she initiates, adjusts, and monitors medications for diabetes management.

Quinn Nystrom, MS

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Topic: Navigating the Complexities of Provider-Patient Communication: A Medical Journey with Type 1 and Eating Disorders

For the past 22 years, Quinn Nystrom, MS, has been sharing her and her brother’s stories of living with type 1 diabetes to over 300,000 people across North America.

She is a published author of the book, “If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?” and is a regular blogger for OnTrackDiabetes.com. As a professional speaker she travels to diabetes camps, convention halls, corporate offices, United States Congress and the White House.  Her company, Qspeak, allows her to speak, write, consult and raise funds for diabetes.

Nystrom has been featured nationally on XM Radio, Glamour Magazine, MSN, Diabetes Forecast, Reader’s Digest and The Learning Channel (TLC). She’s currently the National Diabetes Ambassador for Center for Change, speaking out about the high prevalence of people with type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder. In 2017, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed her to serve on the board for the Minnesota Council on Disabilities. In her free time, she leads efforts in her home state of Minnesota to fight the high costs of insulin. She received her Master of Science Degree in Communication Management from Syracuse University. To learn more about her, go to: www.QuinnNystrom.com.

Ineke Ojanen, RD, CDE

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Topic:  PreConference - The Future is Plant: Integrating a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet in Diabetes Education

Ineke Ojanen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital (VMM) in Yakima, WA. As a CDC Diabetes Prevention Program facilitator she added to the curriculum by preparing food for participants to sample using healthy recipes to help them successfully implement dietary changes. For the last two years Ineke has been a Food for Life instructor through VMM’s educational alliance program partnership with Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. Nothing brings her more joy and excitement then witnessing cooking class participants taste new foods for the first time and realize that healthy can taste delicious! She has completed additional training through Food Forward Culinary Experience by the Humane Society of the U.S. and Rouxbe Culinary Rx. She enjoys volunteering her time helping others teach cooking classes, doing hiking trail work, and serves on the WADE board as the Awards Committee Chair. In her free time she loves the kitchen as much as the great outdoors and even more, her dog.

Jennifer Okemah, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE

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Topic:  Clinical Inertia: How long does it take to go from 0 to 88?

Jennifer Okemah, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE is the owner of Salute Nutrition, PLLC, which is a multi-center clinic and telehealth platform for nutrition services including comprehensive diabetes care. She is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, certified specialist in sports dietetics and industry certified as an insulin pump trainer for all approved devices. Jennifer believes in helping to create avenues and learning platforms to create more CDE's with the highest clinical skill set possible to serve the needs of growing changes in healthcare. When she is not involved in clinical diabetes management or writing for diabetes blogs or speaking about diabetes, she is often found volunteering in the diabetes world, such as JDRF, ADA, and diabetes camps.

Charlotte Parsons, ARNP, BC-FNP, CDE


Topic: Breakout One, Option 1 - Technology in diabetes care - Emerging Level

Charlotte (Charlie) Parsons, APNP, BC-FNP, CDE is a board certified family nurse practitioner at CHI Harrison Health Partners Endocrinology in Bremerton, Washington. She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator. 
Charlie specializes in diabetes management with a special interest in technology-assisted care such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.

She enjoys teaching and coaching and offers recommendations for treatment and care based on her education and expertise. Charlie believes in the positive impact of healthy behaviors and enjoys assisting patients understand their choices, setting health and wellness goals and actively participate in their care. Her mission is to improve health outcomes through lifestyle changes and medical management. 
Charlie received her medical education at the University of Hawaii. She has over 15 years of direct patient care experience. She is a certified insulin pump trainer and a member of the American Associate of Diabetes Educators. She volunteers with local nonprofit diabetes organizations, including a diabetes camp.

Outside of work, Charlie enjoys photography, bicycling, reading, travel and spending time with family.

John Peng, MD

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Topic: PANEL - Providers & Their Experience with CDEs - What Works, What are the Challenges, Where Are We Going

John Peng, MD, FACP received his doctoral training at Albany Medical College in New York, followed with residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center, in Seattle, Washington. Currently he is attending physician of General Internal Medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Lynwood Clinic, Washington. Additionally, he is an instructor in Outpatient Medicine Clerkship at UW School of Medicine and also for the ARNP Program of Seattle University. In 2008, he received the ‘Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award,’ Washington State Chapter, ACP-ASIM.

Professional and society memberships include Fellow of American College of Physicians and Washington State Medical Association. Dr. Peng is a contributor editor to the Virginia Mason Bulletin; a camp physician at YMCA Camp Orkila during summer months.

Publications include: Okemah J, Peng JY, Quinones M, “Addressing Clinical Inertia in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Review”, Advances in Therapy, (2018) 35: 1735. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12325-018-0819-5, Peng JY, Mecklenburg RM, “Insulinoma Diagnosed in a 74-Year-Old Man Post Cardiac Arrest,” abstract published and case presented at the Washington State ACP Associates’ Clinical Vignette Competition, Seattle, WA, Dec 1997; Peng JY, Kirtland SH, “Recurrent Pseudo-Chylous Pleural Effusions in a 78-Year-Old-Man with Rheumatoid Arthritis,” abstract presented at the Washington State ACP-ASIM Associates’ Clinical Vignette Competition, Seattle, WA, Dec 1998; Peng JY, Otero H, “Gastric Carcinoid Due to Atrophic Gastritis Presenting as Iron-Deficiency Anemia Without Pernicious Anemia,” abstract presented at the Washington State ACP-ASIM Associates’ Clinical Vignette Competition, Philadelphia, PA, Oct 1999; and Peng JY, Otero, H, “Hemolysis After Excessive Caffeine Consumption: An End to Coffee in Seattle?”, abstract presented at the Washington State ACP-ASIM Associates’ Clinical Vignette Competition, Seattle, WA, Oct 1999.


Derek Rapp

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Topic:  Back to the Future of JDRF Research -- Karen Goldstein Speaker

Derek Rapp is President and Chief Executive Officer of JDRF. Prior to his appointment, Derek served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for JDRF International and was formerly JDRF Research Chair. He has been involved in the research funding and oversight activities of JDRF since 2005. 

From early 2001 until February 2011, Derek was Chief Executive Officer of Divergence, Inc., a science-based company finding solutions in the prevention and control of pest infections. He led the successful sale of the company in February 2011. As CEO of Divergence, Derek’s main responsibilities included developing and implementing the company’s strategy, ensuring suitable financing of the company, implementing relationships with licensees and collaborators, and overseeing operations. 

Derek has also been an active volunteer with numerous leadership roles in different organizations, including JDRF International. Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University with concentrations in Economics and German and a Master in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Derek is married to Emily Rapp, and they have three children (Helen, Turner, who was diagnosed with T1D in 2004, and William).

Carol Wysham, MD

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Topic:  Cardiovascular Outcomes Trials: What Does It Mean For The CDE's; 
            PANEL - Providers & Their Experience with CDEs - What Works, What are the Challenges, Where Are We Going

Carol Wysham, MD is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is an Endocrinologist at Multicare Rockwood Clinic Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Spokane, Washington. Her current areas of research interest include reduction of CVD risk in type 2 diabetes and improving delivery of care for diabetes. She has conducted numerous trials for the National Institute of Health including the ACCORD Trial and the AIM-High Trial., as well as most of the long-term cardiovascular outcome trials. She is a member of the American Diabetes Association and The Endocrine Society and a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology and The American College of Physicians. She has spoken at WADE numerous times, and returns again this year to share her expertise on Cardiovascular disease and diabetes, with a panel.