Kimball Dunlap, BSN, RN, CSN, is the mother of four adult children, two have lived with Type 1 diabetes for more than a twelve years each. She was inspired to pursue a mid-life career change and earned a Nursing degree following the families first time attending Friends for Life. Kimball's interest in children's health lead her to earn her school nursing certification. When she is not working as school nurse in suburban Philadelphia she is an avid fan of Disney Parks.
Rob Freund is a career EMS lieutenant/paramedic for the Baltimore County Fire Department. He has also been in the field of emergency medical care for almost 20 years as an ER nurse. He attended his first Friends for Life Orlando conference in 2012 and was greatly impressed with the educational programs offered. Rob is excited to join Dr. Ben's team and be a part of CWD.
Sarah Melendez, BSN, RN, mom to Brady, diagnosed in 2004, resides outside of Philadelphia. They have been attending conferences since 2005 and have made CWD an integral part of their lives. A graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing, Sarah currently works at with an orthopedic practice. Along with her passion for Diabetes and her goals to obtain her CDE, Sarah is extensively involved in local and overseas humanitarian aid. She has worked with disaster relief projects in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and has traveled to Haiti for medical trips, working extensively to schedule and finance pediatric orthopedic surgeries.
Belinda Peach is mom to Hannah (16) and Brianna (20). Hannah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2004 at the age of four, and they attended their first Friends for Life conference in 2005. During the lunch break on the first day of the conference, Hannah, then five, asked "when am I getting my pump?" It was great timing! Hannah started pumping that fall, just a couple weeks after starting kindergarten. Belinda knew after that first conference, given all the friends they'd made and all that they'd learned, that their family would be at every FFL conference. Belinda and her family live in Nashville, Tennessee. Belinda is an Oracle database administrator for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).
Jim Stroud, CRNA, MSNA, is first and foremost a servant of his wife, Joanne. He is also Dad to Ben, diagnosed at age 10 in 1998. Jim was thrilled to coach the CWD Western Hemisphere Soccer Team on its tour of Italy in 2004. When not doing whatever Joanne, Jeff, Laura, and everyone else listed above tell him to do, Jim gives anesthesia and is an adjunct professor of Nurse Anesthesia in San Diego, California.
Ben Szirth, PhD, is the Director of Applied Vision Research Laboratory at the New Jersey Medical School and the Program Director of the Ophthalmic Telemedicine Program, a community base outreach service addressing the homeless and low income families of New Jersey. His main research interest is in advanced imaging devices that can detect early signs of diabetes, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration. He holds three patents in the field of ophthalmology and has published over 50 peer review papers in the area of ocular imaging in English, Japanese, Spanish and French. Dr. Szirth has lectured in over 25 Countries in Hungarian (native language), English, French, Italian and Japanese.
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