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.
A FFL attendee since 2003, Hunter Cope grew up through the CWD elementary, tween, and teen groups with her service dog, Diva, by her side. Hunter, who was diagnosed with type 1 fourteen years ago, has volunteered at each Friends for Life Orlando conference along with her family. She is currently in the nursing program at Santa Fe College, and has a new service dog, Abby. She looks forward to being part of the staff again this year.
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.
Belinda Peach is mom to Hannah (17) and Brianna (21). 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).
Brandy Schmidt is Jeff's wife and mother of two, Brandon, dx'd 1997, and Rhiannon, dx'd 2009. When Brandon was diagnosed, Brandy came home from the hospital and found CWD on the first search. She has been addicted to CWD since then. She has been an advocate for all military families dealing with diabetes. She helped implement a gluten free policy in San Diego county public schools when Brandon was diagnosed with celiac in 2005. She has been dubbed the "Gluten Free Police" at conferences. Brandy now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, four dogs and a bearded dragon!
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.
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