Bruce and Rachele Baccaro have a combined total of 94 years at IBM working in various capacities from engineer to graphic design management and from secretary to capital financial management and are grandparents to five. Their oldest grandchild, Kyle, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age seven. Kyle's sister, Emily, was dx'd in November 2012. Through Kyle and his mom, Julie, Bruce and Rachele were first introduced to CWD in 2006 and experienced FFL for the first time in 2007. They knew immediately that they wanted to be involved with FFL in some capacity, and were selected to be the 'lead Grandparents' for the first time at Friends for Life 2008. Bruce and Rachele now help lead the Grandparents Track at Friends for Life conferences. They reside in Newburgh, New York, close to their blended family of three children and five grandchildren.
Julie Baccaro is mom to Emily, age 16, and Kyle, age 18. Kyle was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 7, and he has been pumping since they returned from attending their first FFL Conference in 2006. Julie devotes considerable volunteer time as coordinator of a youth community outreach program and as coordinator of youth mission trips to Appalachia. She is also director of a youth run soup kitchen program and works with homeless families and youth at risk. In 2011, Julie assisted with the grandparent's program at FFL and provided significant one-on-one time with the alternate caregiver participants effectually providing a "generational link." Julie is employed by a major accounting firm in Manhattan, NY and resides in Newburgh, NY with Kyle and Emily.
Jane Hunsche, RN, is the mother of Kara and Philip and wife of Dave. Kara was diagnosed in 2001 at the age of 6. Jane has been advocating for Kara and others with diabetes ever since. Jane is a Registered Nurse; she worked in Neonatal Intensive Care for 21 years has now moved on to Adult Home Care. Jane teaches adults with type 2 how to care for their diabetes. She says she is "thrilled to be able to give back to CWD families for all that has been given to us."
Pam Loebner is a California public elementary school teacher who has worked in both special education and regular education classrooms for 25 years. Since becoming a CWD mom, Pam has assisted the district nurse with education for families and teachers when newly diagnosed or newly enrolled students arrive. While always working as an advocate for student needs, Pam focuses on ensuring equal access to all school activities for children with diabetes. Pam discovered the CWD website 30 minutes after her daughter's diagnosis in June 2002 when Sarah was 9 1/2. Pam and her family haven't missed a CWD conference since.
Diana M. Naranjo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of California San Franciscoís Madison Center for Pediatric Diabetes. As a trained pediatric and adult psychologist working in behavioral medicine, Dr. Naranjo focuses on the psychosocial needs of patients and families with diabetes. Currently, she is working on developing a transition program within the Madison Center for adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes as they transition from pediatric to adult health care. Together with the team, she aims to understand barriers and facilitators to care, what developmental demands are important as adolescentís transition to adulthood, and how to best provide services that engage young adults and their families. Furthermore, as a Latino-American and fluent in Spanish, much of her clinical work focuses on bridging the health-care gap for underserved ethnic minority patients with type 1 diabetes.
Henry Rodriguez, MD, is a highly regarded pediatric diabetologist and collaborative type 1 diabetes clinical researcher who led the Indiana University (IU) DPT-1 Regional Recruitment Center and served as the highly successful IU TrialNet Clinical Centerís Clinical Director for 10 years. He joined the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 2010 as a Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Director of the USF Diabetes Center. He has led expansion of clinical, educational, and clinical research activities at USF including launch of the USF T1D Exchange Clinical Center, markedly increasing local TrialNet recruitment activities, and partnering with industry in investigating novel therapies in type 1 and pediatric type 2 diabetes. Dr. Rodriguez is the Protocol Chair for the NIH-funded TrialNet Pathway to Prevention Study and serves on numerous TrialNet committees. He is a member of the ADA National Board, Professional Practice Committee and the Research Grant Review Committee and has been a longstanding volunteer with JDRF and a staunch supporter of diabetes camps. He has also been the member of working groups addressing insulin pump therapy in children and the transition of young adults from pediatric to adult diabetes care providers. His clinical and research foci are the improvement of lives impacted by diabetes while pursing prevention and a cure.
Peggy Scoggin, MSN, CDE, has been a nurse since the 1970s. Her nursing career veered toward diabetes education in the mid 1980s when her two young children were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She has been a CDE (diabetes educator) for the past 25 years in pediatric, adult and pregnancy programs, but primarily has focused on children/teens and families living with diabetes. Currently, she is supervisor/lead CDE of the CHOC Children's Hospital Pediatric Diabetes Program in Orange, California. Her passion has been developing creative educational classes for children and teens so that they get a good start with diabetes. She has also developed classes addressing preconception issues for young women and preparation for college's exposure to risky behavior. Peggy joins the Grandparent Faculty as a CWD veteran mom and now a grandmother herself.
Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW, CDE is a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist who has has been working as a clinician in the diabetes field for over 35 years. In addition, he's a "person living with diabetes, type 1" for over 50 years. He is author of the recently released book "A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the Universe" and is president and founder of A Mile In My Shoes, a consulting company that provides counseling and education to patients and their families as well as training and supervision for healthcare professionals. He is a nationally and internationally well-known public speaker and trainer, integrating his personal experiences of living with diabetes into unique and creative treatment strategies for adults and families. As a Diabetes Educator and Family Therapist he specializes in making the link between how families communicate and support each other to how children manage and take care of their diabetes, helping both children and families cope more effectively with the daily challenges of living with diabetes. He has a particular expertise in working with teens who are having difficulty with their diabetes, helping them and their families adopt more effective coping strategies.
Heather Speer, MPH, CCRC, CDE, is a CWD mom and CDE who has worked tirelessly for the last 20 years with thousands of families who have children with type 1 diabetes. She has served as coordinator of the PADRE Foundation's Fashion Show, Golf Tournament, Teen Surf and Snowboard Camps and Family Social events. She has developed education and support programs for kids with diabetes and their families. Heather instituted an emergency kit program for all newly diagnosed children at Children's Hospital Orange County when her daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age three in 1990. Heather joined the CWD Ask the Diabetes Team in 1996. She lives with her husband Steve in Newport Beach, California and continues to work with children and families at CHOC. At Friends for Life, Heather is part of the Grandparents' Faculty.
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