She now devotes her efforts to many diabetes advocacy avenues, including co-founding the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to amplifying the diabetes voice on federal and state policies; founding The Diabetes Collective, Inc., which produces The DiabetesUnConference; and acting as a gubernatorial appointed member of the Florida Diabetes Council. You can find her thoughts on life with diabetes on her personal blog, www.theperfectd.com. Christel lives in Florida with her husband and daughter.
While at Brown, she served as project director of a NIH funded grant to develop a diabetes management program in American Samoa based on the AADE7. She has experience in training community health workers in diabetes, presenting at scientific conferences, serving as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals, co-authoring scientific papers, and working with both adults living in nursing homes with type 2 diabetes and with adolescents living with type 1 diabetes.
Nicole sees herself as an integral part of an inter-disciplinary team dedicated to helping people live with diabetes successfully. Currently, she has a private practice in Dallas and volunteers as a speaker for the American Diabetes Association-North Texas Chapter and JDRF. She loves to travel and shop and recently completed culinary school. She has also had type 1 diabetes for 22 years and has been pumping since 2000.
Bennet created the StripSafely.com grassroots advocacy campaign for diabetes meter accuracy, which helped pave the way for many successful policy advocacy endeavors, including #FDAasksDOC, #Vote4DM, and most notably, as the co-founder of Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition. He writes the blog Your Diabetes May Vary.
In November 2014, he spoke before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during a public workshop on interoperability between diabetes devices. In November 2013, Stephen began awarding medals to people living with diabetes who achieve their athletic goals. He is a part time moderator of the popular weekly DSMA Twitter chats, and advocates for people with diabetes everywhere through support of legislation designed to reduce the burden and ensure safety of people living with diabetes, and through encouraging others by staying true to the phrase “I support you… no conditions”