Dr. Courtney Lias studied at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she received her Ph.D. in biochemistry, cellular,
and molecular biology. After leaving Johns Hopkins in 2003, she joined the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health in the
Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health. Currently, as the Director of the Division of Chemistry and Toxicology devices,
she is involved in many diverse activities including premarket clearance/approval, manufacturer assistance, post market regulatory
compliance actions, and the development of FDA Guidance for diagnostic devices.
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Howard Look is the President and CEO of Tidepool, a Palo Alto, California based non-profit startup building an open platform and
applications to free the data, help reduce the burden of living with type 1 diabetes, and provide an open platform for researchers and
other application developers. Prior to Tidepool, Howard was VP of Software and User Experience at TiVo, Pixar, Linden Lab and
Amazon. Howard has a 13-year- old daughter living with type 1 diabetes. He received his bachelor of science in computer
engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and plays drums in a blues band.
Find him online: http://linkd.in/17xgLD9, @Tidepool_org, email@example.com
Anna McCollister-Slipp is the co-founder of Galileo Analytics, a visual data exploration and advanced data analytics company
focused on democratizing access to and understanding of complex health data. Anna’s passion for improving healthcare research
through innovation in health data analytics is rooted in her personal experiences living with type 1 diabetes. In addition, Anna is a
vocal advocate for improving methods for comparative effectiveness research, and the development of more reﬁned outcomes
measures to better guide care and assess treatments. She was named by XX In Health as a “Woman to Watch” at Health
Datapalooza 2013, and was one of a select group of innovators invited to participate in “The Hive” at TEDMED 2013.
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Patty Telgener is the vice president of reimbursement at Emerson Consultants, Inc., a company focused on offering reimbursement,
regulatory, clinical and market development consulting to the medical device, biologic and pharmaceutical industries. Currently, Patty
is working with numerous medical device, diagnostic, and biologic companies ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar
organizations. Prior to joining Emerson Consultants, Patty was director of reimbursement for Medtronic Neurological and Medtronic
Diabetes for over 14 years. She was also a healthcare consultant with Deloitte and Touche, where she conducted hospital financial
analyses and implemented new patient care delivery systems and has eight years of nursing experience in pediatric intensive care and
the emergency room.
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Dr. Joseph M. Smith is chief medical and science officer of West Health. He employs his engineering and clinical expertise to advance
West Health's one-of-a-kind initiative to lower healthcare costs through the West Health Institute, West Health Policy Center, West
Health Investment Fund and West Health Incubator. All of these entities focus on lowering costs by creating innovative, patientcentered solutions that deliver the right care at the right place at the right time. Dr. Smith’s role encompasses directing the West Health
Institute’s medical and clinical research and he is a co-manager of West Health Investment Fund.
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Amy Tenderich is founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetesmine.com, a popular patient-led informational site and advocacy group,
which she launched following a diagnosis with type 1 diabetes in May 2003. After living overseas and many years of PR/marketing
work for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, Amy became a freelance writer and consultant in the health and diabetes industries
(and full-time mom). Tenderich is the co-author of the patient guidebook, Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes, founder of the
DiabetesMine Design Challenge, and a frequent speaker on diabetes and ePatient advocacy.
Find her online: http://linkd.in/1gM4zGr, @amydbmine, @diabetesmine
Sandra Cook is the consumer assistance specialist for the Arkansas Health Connector Division of the Arkansas Insurance Department.
As part of the historic Affordable Care Act, Ms. Cook is assisting in the implementation of health reforms that will help over 500,000
Arkansans to obtain health coverage, some for the very first time. She is an experienced program director with over 35 years’
experience in the administration, development, coordination and monitoring of human services programs.
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R. James Dudl, MD, is the diabetes lead at the Care Management Institute of Kaiser Permanente. He attended medical school at the
University of Michigan, interned at Philadelphia General, and did his residency at the Cleveland VA/Case Western Reserve. He also
completed an endocrine fellowship at the University of Washington. Prior to his current position, he was the chair of diabetes with
Kaiser in San Diego, and co-chair at Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Dudl, who lives near Cleveland, Ohio, enjoys
surfing, traveling, and exercising with his dog and grandchildren.
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Dr. Richard A. Feifer is the national medical director for National Accounts at Aetna Inc. He leads the department of Clinical
Consulting, Strategy, and Analysis, which develops and implements strategies to help some of the nation’s largest employers improve
the health and productivity of their members. He is a board-certified internist and currently an assistant clinical professor at the
University of Connecticut. Dr. Feifer’s main professional focus is the design, implementation, evaluation, and communication of
strategies to optimize population health, and to improve the quality and efficiency of health care.
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Donna K. Lencki is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Capital BlueCross. She is responsible for driving growth
for the company by expanding scope and presence in the marketplace and leading strategic diversification efforts. Before joining
Capital, Ms. Lencki founded & led the Geneia Company. Prior to Geneia, she was Founder, CEO and Chair of Choicelinx
Corporation. She began her career with Healthsource Inc. and was CEO of its New England based companies.
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Charles A. Stemple is the senior medical director of Humana. He has 15 years of managed care experience in a variety of clinical and
administrative areas, and his expertise is in integration of clinical, pharmaceutical and operational activities across the health plan.
Prior to joining Humana, Stemple worked as a consultant to Novo Nordisk focusing on physician quality outcomes in diabetes,
cardiovascular care and office processes and procedures.
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Deneen Vojta, MD, is senior vice president for business initiatives and clinical affairs at UnitedHealth Group and chief clinical officer of
the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance. As a member of the core leadership group, she identifies innovative solutions in the
marketplace addressing the significant health care challenges facing the nation. In this role, she spearheaded UnitedHealth’s
partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Y–USA to launch the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
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Tad Simons is co-founder and managing director of Pyxera, a unique consulting and development firm dedicated to creating
innovative and valuable offerings for healthcare and the life sciences. Prior to Pyxera, Tad was co-leader of IDEO’s global health
practice for over 11 years. He has deep and wide technical and business knowledge across pharma, devices, diagnostics,
biotechnology, consumer health, hospital systems, and healthcare product design. His current work involves examining healthcare
systems, helping companies build internal innovation capabilities, and supporting teams that bring together a wide range of human
and technical disciplines.
Find him online: www.linkedin.com/pub/tad-simons/1/567/5
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Scott Strange has been in the information technology
field for more than 25 years, but the Leavenworth,
Kansas, resident is better known in the diabetes
community for his blog, Strangely Diabetic. He was
diagnosed with type 1 in 1970 and has written on his
struggles with both diabetes and depression.
Julia Neese is a 43-year-old business economist and
native of Munich, Germany, who’s been living with
type 1 since the age of 9. She got a continuous
glucose monitor in 2011, and the experience has been
so positive for her that it altered the way she sees
diabetes and technology.
Find him online: @Strangely_T1
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Kyle McClain is a Knoxville, Tennessee, resident who
was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years
ago. Now, he’s using his experience in the software
technology world to develop a new diabetes data
app called Gludi.
Simon Carter is a type 1 diabetic who lives in Australia.
He also has a daughter with type 1. Carter created
Manage BGL, a blood glucose, carbohydrate and
insulin logging and prediction system that integrates
data from multiple diabetic devices in the cloud.
Find him online: @kylemcclain
Find him online: @ManageBGL
Shelley Spector was diagnosed with LADA about 10
years ago. She also has a young daughter who was
diagnosed with type 1 a few years ago. Shelley is a
social worker in Houston, Texas, who often sees the
more scary sides of diabetes complications.
Corinna Cornejo was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
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in 2009, and now works for the
Foundation. She’s a wife and mom of two teenagers
and currently lives in Hawaii.
Find her online: @corinnacornejo
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Christel Marchand Aprigliano was diagnosed with
type 1 three decades ago. She hit the online airwaves
in August 2005 with the first-ever diabetes weekly
podcast called DiabeticFeed.Christel blogs at The
Melissa Lee is a 33-year-old from north of Dallas,
Texas, who’s a very active advocate in the Diabetes
Online Community and mother of two young children.
She was diagnosed with type 1 almost a quartercentury ago, blogs at Sweetly Voiced, and works
professionally as a private voice lessons instructor.
Find her online: @ThePerfectDBlog
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Amy Tekrony was diagnosed with type 1 at the age
of 11. Inspired by the strong relationship she had with
a nurse with diabetes in her childhood, she is
currently applying to medical school to become an
Allison Dunning is a 30-year-old type 1 from Cleveland,
Ohio, who was diagnosed about six years ago. She’s a
research engineer who builds implantable micro devices
for people who are paralyzed.
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