International Diabetes Camping Conference - 2021

Conference Faculty

Anna Albritton DECA

Anna Albritton MS, RD, LD, CDE Camp Kudzu

Anna Albritton is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has been involved with Camp Kudzu—based in Atlanta, GA—since 2014 and currently serves as the Clinical Diabetes Education Manager at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Session: What's In It For Me? Different Approaches of Utilizing Continuing Education as a Means of Medical Staff Recruitment. Sunday, February 28 7:00 - 8:00PM (EST) 

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Kim Aycock, MST, has several decades of experience blending the skills of a master teacher with the knowledge of a seasoned camp expert. She trains camp staff at all levels and speaks professionally at regional and national conferences. Kim has the ability to connect with and motivate learners of all ages through her interactive and innovative presentations (in-person and virtual!). Kim also serves as the Co-Chair of ACA’s Project Real Job Committee whose goal is to support efforts to recruit, hire and retain camp staff. More information can be found at her website:

Session: It’s A Real Job! Tuesday, March 2, 11:00 - 12:00PM


Natalie Bayne, Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma

Natalie is the Community Outreach and Camp Director for Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma, Camp Endres. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1996 and started attending Camp Endres in 2002. I was a hyperactive camper & the wild child counselor which I believe has given me the tools and life experience to be the camp director that I am today. I just became the Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for DECA & I am incredibly passionate about making sure that every single person feels that camp is a safe place to be who they are. 

Session: Stepping Into A Leadership Role: Panel Discussion  Tuesday, March 2, 6:00 - 7:00PM

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Kasey Bozeman, University of Georgia

Kasey Bozeman sets out to make a difference every day as the University of Georgia Extension 4-H Specialist for Science Programs.  She has an MS in Environmental Education and BS in Environmental Science.  Her favorite learning environments are outdoors, engaging, and fun.  She believes every morning should begin with a good cup of coffee and every evening should end looking at the stars.

Session: Stem & Sustainability Together. Tuesday, March 2, 11:00 - 12:00PM (EST) 

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Gary Cornwell, Florida Diabetes Camp
Gary began volunteering as a counselor with the Florida Diabetes Camp in 1987. When the Camp settled down at Camp Winona in 1990 he became the director of the two Winona Sessions as well as the director of Camp’s 7 weekend programs. In 2006, Gary retired from the University of Florida and began working full-time for Camp. A few years later he was named Executive Director of the Florida Diabetes Camp In addition to his responsibilities as Executive Director, he remains the director of the Camp Winona Sessions as well as all weekend programs.

Session: Best Practices to Recruit and Integrate Allied Healthcare Students as Volunteers at Camp Sunday, February 28 5:00 - 6:00PM (EST)

Carla Cox

Carla is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist. She has a PhD with emphasis in exercise physiology and a master’s degree in Nutrition. She has worked for over 30 years in the field of diabetes, with special emphasis in type 1 diabetes and the use of insulin pumps and sensors. She has been a member of both the research and practice committees of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists and is a yearly volunteer supporting children with diabetes at multiple ADA summer youth camps and Riding on Insulin winter ski camps. Carla has written multiple articles on diabetes technology and provided talks to local, state and national organization and has authored tip sheets for all pumps and sensors for ADA camp medical personal. Her favorite volunteer work is coaching diabetes management for teens and adults with type 1 diabetes while adventuring in the great outdoors. She presently works at Mountain Vista Medicine/Pediatric Endocrinology in Utah and the American Diabetes Association Consumer programs division based in Virginia.

Session: Understanding Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) and Considerations for Camp. Sunday, February 28 4:00 - 5:00PM (EST)

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Melanie Coyne, Camp Conrad Chinnock 
Melanie Coyne is the Director of Operations for Camp Conrad Chinnock. A former camper and staff member, she has been a part of the diabetes camping community for the past thirty years. She is passionate about supporting and encouraging those with type one diabetes all their families. Melanie has extensive experience in administrative event management for non-profits. She is skilled in Nonprofit organization, special events, budgeting, and strategic planning. Over the past five years her team has raised over One Million Dollars for camping and educational programs through their yearly gala.

Session: Fundraising for a Virtual Camp Session & Virtual Fundraising Events.  Monday, March 1 5:00 - 6:00PM(EST) 

Niambi Jaha-Echols

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Niambi Jaha-Echols is CEO of Cross Cultural Agility, LLC. She is a Certified Cultural Agility Strategist, Inspirational Speaker, Thought Leader, Author, Visionary, Spiritual Activist, Professional Educator and nationally recognized Life Empowerment and Transformation Advocate with over 30 years of experience working with various modalities of creativity. Her expertise includes: executive coaching, cultural audits, facilitation/training, strategic diversity, equity, & inclusion initiatives, and building inclusive leadership teams. Niambi has worked with individual executives, teams, and organizations from around the world. She enjoys traveling, inspiring creativity, innovative thinking in others, and uncovering solutions to challenges that beseech the human spirit.

Keynote: Equity, Empathy & Intercultural Expansion: Healing Our Disconnections.  Tuesday, March 2 7:00 - 8:15PM

Ernie Fernandez

Ernie M Fernandez, M.D., University of Texas Southwestern

Ernie Fernandez is an assistant Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has been a Camp Director of Camp Sweeney for 37 years.

Campfire Chat: How to Make Camp Work in a Covid Environment.   Monday, March 1 7:00 - 8:00PM


Tracey Gaslin, PhD, CPNP, FNP-BC, CRNI, RN-BC, Association of Camp Nursing

Tracey Gaslin, PhD, CPNP, FNP-BC, CRNI, RN-BC is a dual-certified nurse practitioner with a doctoral degree in educational and organizational leadership.

Dr Gaslin treats patients with bleeding disorders and is the executive director of the Association of Camp Nursing, a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and a volunteer for the American Camp Association. Her camp background is in special needs camping where she continues to serve to date. She publishes most of her work in the areas of camp nursing, service leadership, and pediatric development.

Session: Camping in COVID Times: Effective Health and Wellness Measures.  Monday, March 1, 1:30-3:00PM

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Kaylor Glassman, Diabetes Youth Families

Kaylor grew up attending DYF programs after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. She gave her first insulin shot at Bearskin, learned how to count carbs, and made amazing diabuddies who are still her closest friends today.

She joined the full-time DYF team in 2015 as the Camp Director, and became the Director of Programs after running Bearskin Meadow Camp for three incredible years. Kaylor absolutely loves interacting with the camp families and staff who create the camp magic and are true inspirations. She is honored to step in as the Interim Executive Director and lead the organization.

In her free time, Kaylor enjoys baking gluten-free goodies, reading suspenseful thrillers, and playing with her puppy Ranger.

Session: Campfire Chat: Insurance Changes 2021 Monday, March 1, 7:00 - 8:00PM

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Gavin Griffiths

Gavin's first movement that began the name 'DiAthlete' in the UK came in 2008, in completing a 3 hr 1 min marathon as a teenaged type 1 on MDI who hadn't been taught to carb count. 100+ challenges around the world later, and now founder of DiAthlete the CIO, Gavin has been an advocate & inventor of practical and relatable methods in the approach to diabetes education. A method shared across a global alliance of likeminded diabetes organisations in the League of DiAthletes network: make diabetes education connect!

Session: Young Adults into Advocates, Camps by DiaAthlete. Sunday, Feb 28th 10:00 - 11:00AM (EST) 

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Michael Haller, MD University of Florida
Professor and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Florida and VP of Florida Diabetes Clinic

Session: Best Practices to Recruit and Integrate Allied Healthcare Students as Volunteers at Camp. Sunday, Feb 28th 5:00 - 6:00PM (EST) 

Paul Hiers

Paul Hiers, MD University of Louisville

Dr. Paul Hiers completed his undergraduate degree, medical school, pediatric residency, and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the University of Florida. He is now assistant professor at the University of Louisville/ Norton Children's Hospital. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18. His family and personal experiences with diabetes lead to his passion to care for youth with type 1 diabetes. He has volunteered at diabetes camps every summer for many years in various roles as a counselor, rec staff, medical staff, and board member.

Session: From Camper to Physician. Sunday:2:30 - 3:30PM (EST) 

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Abby Hollander, MD Washington University
Abby Hollander, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Washington University School of Medicine, and is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, completed pediatric residency at Northwestern University/Children’s Memorial Hospital, and completed pediatric endocrinology fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hollander has had a long association with ADA Camp EDI, the Ed and Gloria Hirsch Camp for Children with Diabetes in Missouri. She has served as a camp physician since 1990 and has been camp medical director since 2001. She is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Camp Medical Leadership Group. Dr. Hollander has a longstanding interest in providing education to optimize diabetes care in the camp setting. She has presented talks on this topic to several organizations including the American Camp Association (2014), the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (2015 and 2020), and the Association of Camp Nursing (2017). She is co-author of a course on diabetes care at camp through the American Diabetes Association called Diabetes at Camp that was initially released in 2019.

Session: What's In It For Me? Different Approaches of Utilizing Continuing Education as a Means of Medical Staff Recruitment.  Sunday, Feb 28th 7:00 - 8:00PM (EST) 

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Deb Jordan, PhD. East Carolina University

Deb Jordan is a professional educator who has been teaching and conducting staff training workshops for a variety of agencies and organizations for over 35 years. She has made over 125 presentations at the local, state, national, and international levels as well as written textbooks in leadership and programming. Much of Deb’s work is about leadership; diversity, equity, and inclusion; program evaluation; and ethics. She is excited about being part of this conference!

Session: It’s A Real Job. Tuesday, March 2, 11:00 - 12:00PM

J. Joy James, PhD. Appalachian State University

Dr. Joy James, Professor of Recreation Management at Appalachian State University has been involved in teaching, resident camps and environmental education for over twenty-five years. As a life-long learner, Joy has a passion for getting everyone outside to experience the wonders of nature and camp!

Session: Nature Success. Tuesday, March 2, 2:00-3:00pm

Emanuel Kiembo

Emmanuel Kisembo, Programs Manager, Special Initiatives, The Sonia Nabeta Foundation

I am a T1D warrior and advocate. I have lived with T1D for 9 years. I use my knowledge to ensure every T1D warrior gets a shot at being who they would want to be.

Session: Social Determinants of Health. Sunday, February 28, 9:00-10:00am

Rayhan Lal

Rayhan Lal, MD Stanford University

Dr. Rayhan Lal has lived with type 1 diabetes for several decades and studied electrical engineering and computer science at U.C. Berkeley. During his work in engineering his two younger sisters developed T1D and he decided to become an adult and pediatric endocrinologist. As an engineer and physician-scientist with diabetes, his primary research interest is the design, development and testing of new diabetes technology with his mentor, Dr. Bruce Buckingham. Rayhan collaborates with members of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center, industry, and open-source diabetes community to bypass the biological, technological, and human factor limitations of existing devices

Session: Understanding Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) and Considerations for Camp.  Sunday, Feb 28th 4:00 - 5:00PM (EST) 

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John Latimer currently serves at Camp Seale Harris as the year-round Camp and Community Programs Director for all camp programs that the organization operates, which includes summer overnight and day camps as well as year-round family camps and community programs throughout the state of Alabama and northwest Florida.
After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1990, John spent time as a camper, counselor and finally seasonal director at Camp Seale Harris before moving on to direct other programs full-time, including Camp Joslin (Massachusetts), The Barton Center for Diabetes Education (Massachusetts) and the Camp Nejeda Foundation (New Jersey). John is a Standards Instructor and Visitor with the American Camp Association and a current Board Member of DECA. He lives in Alabama with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.

Session: Stepping into a Leadership Role (Panel).  Tuesday, March 2 6:00-7:00PM

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Jennifer McVean, University of Minnesota

Jennifer McVean, MD is an associate professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Minnesota. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed a pediatric residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. McVean completed her pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She envisioned and is co-protocol chair of the JDRF funded "Hybrid Closed Loop Therapy and Verapamil for Beta Cell Preservation in New Onset Type 1 Diabetes" study.

Dr. McVean’s passion for type 1 diabetes stems from her own diagnosis at age 11. Her clinical and research goal is to reduce burden in people living with T1D. Dr. McVean is actively involved in the diabetes community on multiple JDRF committees and is a member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Pediatric Endocrine Society (PES).

Session: Understanding Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) and Considerations for Camp.  Sunday, February 28th 4:00-5:00pm

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María Laura Macías, PsyD

I'm María L Macías. I'm a Psychologist, Clínic Specialist, and member of Diabetes Interdisciplinary team for children and adolescents with diabetes at Santísima Trinidad Children Hospital, Córodoba in Argentina. I've written a couple of books for children and adolescents with diabetes, as well as organizing educational and recreational camps. I'm delighted to exchange our experiences with you at DECA’s 2021 International Diabetes 

Session: Camps for children with diabetes. An experience  in Argentina.  Sunday, February 28, 11 - 12:00PM(EST) 

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Ryan Martz, Camp Camp Conrad Chinnock

Ryan is an award-winning meeting and event producer who has an extensive background in running successful conferences to community events and everything in between. He has led fundraising efforts raising over $8.5 million for various non-profit organizations. Some of his notable projects include working with Macy’s, Paramount Studios, Miss America, John Stamos, nonprofit Galas, and even the cast from CBS’s NCIS television series.

Session: Stepping Into A Leadership Role: Panel Discussion. Tuesday, March 2, 6:00 - 7:00PM (EST) 

Session: Fundraising for a virtual camp session & virtual fundraising events. Monday, March 1, 5:00 - 6:00PM (EST) 


Anthony Myer, Central Ohio Diabetes Association

Anthony began going to Camp Hamwi in the summer of 2005 as a camper and has spent his summers going to camp since, becoming a staff member in 2008. He earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from Ashland University. After graduation Anthony worked a variety of occupations, from Executive Team Leader at Target to Job Coach for students with disabilities, but ultimately knew his passion was in camping. Anthony joined CODA full time in January of 2019 as the Youth and Family Program Director. Having been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Anthony is extremely passionate about the impact that CODA can have in the diabetes community. In his free time, Anthony enjoys going to concerts, playing disc golf, hanging with friends, and spending quality time with his daughter.

Session: Stepping Into A Leadership Role: Panel Discussion.  Tuesday, March 2, 6:00 - 7:00PM

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Mark Moyer MBA, MHA  Setebaid Services, Inc.

Mark Moyer has served as Setebaid Services’ Executive Director for over 23 years. As Executive Director he manages the day-to-day operations of the organization’s diabetes education programs for youth, young adults and their families; he is also the direct liaison with the Board of Directors, who have ultimate fiscal responsibility for the organization. In 2020 Mr. Moyer coordinated a panel of Board Members to review the organization’s insurance to assure governance appropriate fiscal safeguards were in place. The three-months review and investigation process identified areas where insurance coverage has changed. Through careful review and creative implementation the organization has found ways to better position themselves without additional costs to its budget. Prior to his work with Setebaid Services, Mr. Moyer served as a Camp Administrator for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education and a healthcare consultant/project manager for multiple healthcare systems on the East Coast. Outside of work he loves to travel and spend time with his family and golden retrievers.

Campfire Chat: Insurance: Changes in 2021  Monday, March 7:00 - 8:00PM

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Lisa Norlander, MD Camp de los Ninos

Lisa is a physician based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has training in both family and emergency medicine and currently works in several county-run urgent care centers in San Jose. She started attending diabetes camp while she was in medical school and has now participated in various camps around the world. She has served as the medical director for Camp de los Ninos in California and provided medical support on backpacking trips for youth and adults with diabetes in the US, South America, and Europe. She sits on the board of directors and the medical advisory committee for DYF (Diabetes, Youth, Families). In addition, she has worked part time in the Pediatric Endocrinology Division of Stanford University assisting on their closed-loop and diabetes technology research trials.

Session: Contagious Disease Management at Camp.  Sunday, February 28 1:00 - 2:15PM


Anastasia Albanese-O'Neil, PhD, APRN/PNP-BC, CDCES

Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD, APRN/PNP-BC, CDCES is a longtime diabetes camp volunteer. She has served as a clinical scientist, clinician, and diabetes care and education specialist since 2008. She has published her research findings in Diabetes Care, the Lancet, Clinical Diabetes, The Diabetes Educator, and the JMIR Diabetes. Albanese-O’Neill currently serves as co-chair for the American Diabetes Association’s Safe at School Working Group.

Session: Contagious Disease Management at Camp.  Sunday, February 28 5:00 - 6:00PM

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Erin Policinski Camp Joy

Erin Policinski has over 20 years of camps experience working with non-profit summer camps including those run by the YMCA, Girl Scouts, and Girls Inc. She's held various roles from camp counselor to head wrangler to Camp Director and claims to have done "every possible job on camp." 2020 brought ample time for Erin to hone her facilities upkeep skills by assisting the Camp Joy facilities team with ensuring the grass stayed mowed. Erin has a passion for staff development, risk management, and youth development through experiential activities and programs.

Session: What do you do the rest of the year: a look at non-summer programs.  Tuesday, March 2, 2:00-3:00PM

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María Laura Pomares, MD

Dr. Pomares is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Nutrition and a Diabetologist. She currently practices at Endocrinology and Diabetes Service, Juan Pablo II Pediatric Hospital, Corrientes, Argentina. She is a member of the Northeast Chapter and the Graduate Committee of the Argentine Diabetes Society.

Session: Use of Telemedicine in Type 1 Diabetes: The Covid Era. Sunday, February 28, 11:00 - 12:00PM


Stephen W. Ponder, MD, FAAP, CDE Texas Lions Camp

Stephen Ponder is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist with Baylor, Scott and White Healthcare in Temple, Texas. In 2006, he developed a type 1 diabetes follow-up practice model called “Diabetes Housecall”, engaging families of his patients who reside in remote areas of Texas via webcam visits directly between his office and their homes. For this body of work Dr. Ponder has recently been awarded the 2016 Innovative Use of Media and Technology Award by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In 2017 he was recognized as the AADE Texas Coordinating Body as their Diabetes Educator of the Year. In 2018 he received the National AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year Award, the first physician certified diabetes educator (CDE) to receive this recognition.  He is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Endocrine Society.  He has volunteered for 39 consecutive years at one of the largest residential children’s diabetes camping programs in the United States (Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Tex.) and has served as its medical director since 1989. He has also served on numerous local, state, and national committees and has delivered presentations on pediatric diabetes and childhood obesity in numerous national and international venues.

Session: Contagious Disease Management at Camp.  Sunday, February 28 1:00 - 2:15PM

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Anna Rambo, Camp Kudzu 

Anna has been with Camp Kudzu for over 20 years as a camper and volunteer and now Senior Programs Manager. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Georgia College and State University and has been in the non-profit sector in Development and programming positions for over 6 years. As a person who has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 22 years, Anna is committed to the amazing work diabetes camps do teaching children to feel supported and empowered as they grow through their personal life and diabetes care. She lives in Atlanta and loves camp and Clemson football!

Session: Stepping Into A Leadership Role: Panel Discussion.  Tuesday, March 2, 6:00 - 7:00PM (EST)

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Reggie Rivers, The Gala Team

Reggie Rivers is the Founder and President of The Gala Team.  He is a talented, quick-witted Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer who has helped nonprofits raise tens of millions of dollars.  Reggie is a former Denver Broncos running back (1991-1996) where he was a ​2-time Broncos NFL Man of the Year in recognition of his civic engagement.  He earned a BA in Journalism from Texas State University (1991), and a Master’s Degree in Global Studies from the University of Denver (2007). Reggie worked in newspaper, radio and television for 25 years and has published six books.

Session: Fundraising for a Virtual Camp Session & Virtual Fundraising Events.  Monday, March 1, 5:00 - 6:00PM (EST) 


Ian Roberts, Camp Ho Mita Koda

Ian Roberts is the Executive Director and President of the Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation, the world’s oldest summer camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes. He has spent his career in the camping and non-profit world and his expertise lies in focusing on operating efficiency, strategically accelerating change to business processes and system integration, and building a culture of integration, engagement and collaboration.An active member of the American Camp Association since 2001, Ian currently serves as a Lead Visitor and the Communications Chair with the ACA Ohio Local Council of Leaders. Ian is the co-author of ‘Connection Without Contact: Techniques for Creating Social Connection While Maintaining Physical Distance’ which will be released in the ACA bookstore in Spring 2021.  

Keynote: Lessons Learned From Operating Camp in 2020.  Monday, March 1, 10:30 - 11:45 AM

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Ariella Randle Rogge, Sanborn Western Camps

Ariella Randle Rogge is a Director at Sanborn Western Camps in Florissant, CO. She has spent the last twenty five years working in the camping industry and in the experiential and secondary education fields. If you want to talk existentialism in grammatically-correct vernacular over an IPA while dancing to bluegrass, she's your buddy. She is the mom of two athletic, intelligent boys and the wife of a coach and inspiring teacher.

Session: No One Wakes Up To Ruin Your Day:Feedback Methods & Mindsets for the 21st Century. Tuesday, March 2, 3:00 - 4:00PM


Karen Sando, PharmD., Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy

Dr. Karen Sando is the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation and an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy. In her role, Dr. Sando is responsible for the oversight of programmatic and classroom-based assessment for the Pharm.D. program. Dr. Sando graduated with her Pharm.D. from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2008 and went on to complete a PGY-1 focusing in ambulatory care in 2009. From 2009 to 2010, she worked as an Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacist at Shands Jacksonville providing clinical services in anticoagulation, diabetes, and pain management. Dr. Sando then went on to be a faculty member at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, providing clinical services at UF Health Family Medicine at Old Town and other UF Health family medicine clinics. She directed a PGY-1 residency program focused in ambulatory care and academia from 2010 to 2013 and then went on to direct an ASHP-accredited PGY-2 in Ambulatory Care from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Sando currently teaches chronic disease topics, including management of diabetes, in the Pharm.D. curriculum. Dr. Sando served as a Camp Director at the Pee Wee Camp (ages 5 to 9) with FL Diabetes Camp for several years and served on the FL Diabetes Camp Board of Directors as Secretary. She mentors pharmacy students who complete clinical rotations at FL Diabetes Camp over the summer at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Sando is published in the areas of diabetes management, hyperlipidemia, and the scholarship of teaching and learning and was recognized as the 2019 Pharmacist of the Year by the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Session: Best Practices to Recruit and Integrate Health Care Professionals as Medical Staff at Camp.  Sunday, February 28th 5:00-6:00pm


Lowell R. Schmeltz, MD, FACE, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Lowell R. Schmeltz, MD, FACE, is a partner at Associated Endocrinologists in Farmington Hills, MI and an Associate Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. Dr. Schmeltz completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Northwestern University.  Dr. Schmeltz is board-certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology, Past-President of the Michigan chapter of the American Diabetes Association, member of the National ADA Youth Strategies Committee, and Chairman of Camp Midicha (the diabetes camp for children in Michigan).

Session: Contagious Disease Management at Camp.  Sunday, February 28 1:00 - 2:15PM

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Rob Shaw, Camp Kudzu

Robert “Rob” Shaw serves as Camp Kudzu’s Executive Director, leading its professional staff and working closely with the board on policy and planning, budgeting and finances, and on relationships with our friends, donors, and other nonprofits. Rob has a deep and longstanding appreciation for the needs of children living with diabetes. He has decades of relevant professional experience for leadership, development and believes that that camp is a force for good in young lives, and has great zeal for growing Camp Kudzu programs.

Prior to joining Camp Kudzu, Rob has worked with the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation and most recently served as Vice President of Leadership Giving and Chief Development Officer at the Parkinson’s Foundation. Earlier in his nonprofit career, Rob was the Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of JDRF. Rob’s personal interests align tightly with Camp Kudzu’s programs as he is an avid outdoorsman, loves camping and hiking, and enjoys farm life as well as competitive sports.

Session: Sustainability for the next 18 months - keeping the gates open.  Monday, March 1, 4:00-5:00PM

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Shawn Shepheard

Shawn Shepheard is an executive coach, business strategist and keynote speaker. Shawn helps great leaders become exceptional, on their terms. Shawn has a long track record of being the secret weapon for executives and business owners. He has worked with entrepreneurs across North America, and for global companies including LinkedIn, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Javelin, Allstate, Kaloutas, Tim Hortons, Kraft Foods, and the YMCA. Many of his clients think of him as their private Sherpa—in their corner and helping them reach new heights.

His unique ability is using his raw honesty combined with his sense of humor and adventure to help people reignite the dream vision they’ve always wanted, and provide clarity that gets them excited and moves them into immediate positive action where they’ll become even bigger stars than they already are.

Keynote:Reimagining Work: What is Possible Now   Sunday, February 28, 8:15-9:30PM

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Dorothy Shulman, MD  University of South Florida

Dr. Shulman joined the USF Diabetes and Endocrinology Center as Professor of Pediatrics in July 2012 after serving as Chief of the USF Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism from 2005-2012, previously based in St. Petersburg. She served as Director of the Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship Training Program from 2005 to 2019.  Dr. Shulman is currently a member of the Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council for the State of Florida, served on the Governor's Diabetes Advisory Board, was a member of the sub-board of Pediatric Endocrinology for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.  Dr. Shulman has been a volunteer physician for the Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes at Bring a Friend Camp and Camp Winona for many years. Her scholarly interests concern improving the care of children with a variety of endocrine disorders including diabetes, growth, puberty, adrenal, thyroid, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Dr. Shulman’s current major clinical research interest is in in closed-loop insulin pumps for treatment of type 1 diabetes.

Session:Best Practices to Recruit and Integrate Allied Healthcare Students as Volunteers at Camp.  Sunday, February 28, 5:00 - 6:00PM

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Kat Shreve, Camp Kudzu

Just minutes after the Shreve family’s station wagon arrived at Camp Meadowlea in Bridgeport, WV Kat’s career path in camp began. Since then, Kat has worked for Project Adventure as a facilitator and developed environmental education programs at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Additionally, in her 30 years in camp, Kat has directed the Athens YWCO Camp for Girls, Girl Scout Camp Meriwether, YMCA Camp Colman in the Seattle area, and both Girl Scouts camps in Virginia: Camp Pamunkey Ridge and Camp Kittamaqund.

As an active member of the American Camp Association (ACA), Kat serves as an Accreditation Visitor and Instructor Trainer. During her tenure with ACA, Kat has served as the Education Director for ACA and has volunteered for several years with the Southeastern Region Board of Directors and on the LCOL of the Evergreen Region.

Kat has spoken at several youth professional gatherings from camp professionals to recreation professionals to educators. She was on the writing team for two books, Creating Positive Youth Outcomes and Designing Quality Youth Program.

Kat graduated from the Recreation & Leisure Studies program at the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Education. In 2007, Kat was honored as the University of Georgia College of Education Professional Alumni of the Year. The ACA awarded Kat the National Service Award celebrating her work volunteering for both multiple ACA regions and on the national level. She is a current member of the ACA National Awards Committee. And serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee as both a frequent contributor and member of Camping Magazine. Most recently, she was inducted into the Pioneers in Camping, an honor society of camp professionals who have worked in the field for 30 years.

Kat has happily returned to the Camp Kudzu team as the Director of Programs.

Session:Campfire Chat: Insurance Changes 2021.  Monday, March 1, 7:00-8:00PM

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Angela Figueroa Sobrero, MD

Dr. Sobrero is a Paediatric Endocrinologist and Chief of the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition Service from Hospital Materno Infantil "San Roque" de Parana, Entre Rios, Argentina
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Session: First virtual experience in educational-recreational Camp for children with type 1 Diabetes in Argentina.  Sunday, February 28, 11:00 - 12:00AM

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Teresa Tucker, PhD

Teresa W. Tucker, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management at Clemson University. Her research interests include professional development for camp staff, youth development, and inclusive recreation experiences for people with disabilities. Teresa has worked as a camp professional for over 30 years and has been a volunteer for Camp Kudzu since 2011.

Session: Campfire Chat: The Best Activity We Do Is...  Tuesday, March 2, 4:00-5:00PM

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Bill Vierbuchen, Camp Nejeda

Bill started his career selling insulin pumps for MiniMed in the late 90's. After leaving MiniMed, he joined the Board of DIrectors at Camp Nejeda in Stillwater, NJ. He worked in the Operating Room selling instruments and equipment until 2010. After traveling for two years, he became the Executive Director at Camp Nejeda where he's been working for a decade. He is currently the DECA Chair of the Board.

Session: Sustainability for the next 18 months - keeping the gates open.  Monday, March 1, 4:00-5:00PM


Sandra Cushner-Weinstein PT, LICSW, LCSW-C, Brainy Camps Association
Sandra Cushner-Weinstein has a long history of designing programs, directing health organizations, and establishing non-profit agencies to serve children with chronic health conditions, their families and the community. Sandra is the founder and director of the Brainy Camps Association, a subsidiary of Children’s National serving children with epilepsy, neurofibromatosis, Tourette syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, hydrocephalus, congenital heart disorders, sickle cell disease and transitioning youth. As a practicing clinician, Sandra provides counseling for children, teens, and parents, promotes community education and conducts leadership training among teens and young adults with chronic health conditions.

Session: Fundraising for a Virtual Camp Session & Virtual Fundraising Events.  Monday, March 1 5:00-6:00pm

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Jenna White, BS - Diabetes Youth Foundation, Indiana 
Jenna graduated from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and majored in Business Management with minors in Marketing and Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. She was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 17 and became a counselor at DYFI 5 years later. The following year, she spent the summer as the Diabetes Ed Instructor. In January 2011, she became the Executive Director at DYFI.

Session: Mind the Gap.  Tuesday, March 2 6:00-7:00pm

Kim Boaz-Wilson

Kim Boaz-Wilson, RN, BSN, CDCES Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma

Session: Sustainability for the Next 18 Months - How Long Can We Keep the Gates Open?  Monday, March 1 4:00-5:00pm