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Natalie Bellini, R.N., C.D.E., has had diabetes since she was a young child and within a year of finishing nursing school started to care for people with diabetes, first focusing on high risk pregnancy and then pediatrics and insulin-requiring adults. She has lectured extensively to clinicians, patients and their families about diabetes, the psychological effect of the disease and how to keep going on the hardest of days. Natalie has worked with children and adults of all ages and has assisted in initiating and expanding pump programs at numerous hospitals and private practices. She believes in truth in education and that knowledge is power. Natalie works for Animas Corporation.

Brian F. Foster, M.S.E., is a Pump Support Representative for Animas Corporation. Having had type I diabetes for just over 23 years, Brian spent his formative years in the educational system fighting for the right to compete in athletics. He is an active speaker on diabetes and exercise, embracing the idea as a necessity. "Twenty years ago the fight was to allow those with diabetes to compete from a legal standpoint. Now the battle involves proving it socially, whether that means to others or just to ourselves." As an accomplished athlete he has competed collegiately, in addition to four different national competitions involving endurance sports (most recently 2003's Boston Marathon.) He is a member of the Diabetes Exercise and Sport Association (DESA), and is a Lifescan Athletic Achievement Awards 2003 participant.

Jeff Hitchcock is the creator, editor, and webmaster of Children with Diabetes. After earning a degree in computational mathematics in 1981, Jeff traveled the world with the US Government, meeting Brenda, who would become his wife, in Africa. After leaving government service in 1988, he worked in the defense industry until 1995, when he started a small Internet company and launched Children with Diabetes. He subsequently worked at LEXIS-NEXIS and Pearson plc on Internet initiatives, and now works full time bringing Children with Diabetes to you.

Zippora Karz is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances. She was featured in a variety of roles choereographed by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins (The Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker being one of her favorites) as well as works choreographed specifically for her by such choreographers as Peter Martins and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Today Miss Karz stages Balanchine ballets all over the world coaching and teaching dance. She still performs, mostly for diabetes related events, as well as speaking and working with kids and young adults. Miss Karz has juvenile diabetes.

Bill King is a national motivational speaker at diabetes conferences, camps, and support groups, as well as the Manager of Patient and Professional Relations at Animas Corporation. He is also a marathon runner, having completed seven marathons since 1996 when he began wearing an insulin pump. He is involved in the Type 1 glucose control marathon research study and is currently training to run the Boston Marathon in April 2003. "One of the key components to dealing with diabetes successfully is keeping an upbeat attitude," Bill says. "Keeping diabetes under control is labor-intensive. It's a ton of work. The people who do it most successfully are those who stay positive about it." Bill currently serves as a National Board Member for the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association and he is an ADA Team Diabetes Marathon Coach.

Rick Philbin, M.Ed., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., is a regional manager for Animas Corporation, an athletic trainer, and an individual with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Animas, he managed a comprehensive sports medicine center in Silver Spring, Maryland. Rick is a presenter for Fitness in Today's Times On-site Corporate Wellness Program and is very active in diabetes as it relates to exercise. He has spearheaded an effort to bring a chapter of the Diabetes, Exercise, and Sports Association (DESA) to the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area and lectures frequently on exercise through DESA. He is currently the chapter president and a national board member. Rick's professional experience also includes working as an Athletic Trainer for a Philadelphia-based sports medicine center, where he worked with professional athletes from the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. He believes education is paramount for good diabetes management. As an avid exercise enthusiast with Type 1 diabetes, Rick practices tight management of his diabetes while on an insulin pump.

William Quick, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E. is Associate Director for Pharmacovigilance, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Bridgewater, NJ, with responsibility for drug safety for their insulins and other diabetes products. Dr. Quick serves as Medical Director of Children with Diabetes and Diabetes123. A nationally-recognized expert in diabetes education, Dr. Quick is a past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and has been involved with computers since he purchased his first Apple II in 1979. He has been a specialist in diabetes care and endocrinology for over 25 years.

Melissa Ringley, R.N., C.D.E., is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing-Wise Virginia, and has been involved in diabetes education for over 11 years. When her daughter was diagnosed with diabetes 11 years ago, Melissa dedicated herself to learning about diabetes and giving back that learning to patients and the medical community alike. Melissa has presented to numerous groups of patients with diabetes as well as health care practitioners, and has worked with over 400 insulin pump patients with all types of diabetes and from all walks of life. Melissa is known for her caring attitude and genuine concern for all her patients, and for her active involvement in the diabetes community.

Richard Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E., Psychologist, and Associate Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Author of Psyching Out Diabetes and Sweet Kids, Optimal Pumping, and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes. Dr. Rubin is Stefan Rubin's father. Stefan is also on the conference faculty and is a coauthor of Optimal Pumping and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes. Dr. Rubin is a sought after speaker for both professionals and people living with diabetes. He speaks with authority and warmth on the human side of diabetes.

Stefan Rubin was diagnosed type 1 in 1979, at the age of seven and began insulin pump therapy three years later. He considers his experience an invaluable exercise and education that continue to prepare him for any hurdles that diabetes-and-life place in his path. Long a source of inspiration for his father, Dr. Richard R. Rubin, Stefan is co-author of two books, including 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes, published in 2003 by the American Diabetes Association. Stefan also speaks locally and nationally in an ongoing attempt to share his outlook on living well with diabetes. Stefan and his wife Christine, live, work and play with their son Brooks in Baltimore, Maryland.

Stephanie Schwartz, R.N., M.P.H., C.D.E., Clinical Nurse Specialist, Diabetes123, Hillsborough, New Jersey. A specialist in diabetes care and education for many years, Ms. Schwartz is the Associate Editor of Children with Diabetes, and coordinates the publication of questions sent to the Diabetes Team for Diabetes123 and Children with Diabetes. She has been an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and has been a member of the Committee on Education Program Recognition of the American Diabetes Association.

Hope Warshaw, M.M.Sc., R.D., C.D.E., currently applies nearly twenty five years of work in the diabetes and nutrition fields to her work as a diabetes educator, insulin pump trainer, diabetes and nutrition consultant and freelance writer. Hope is the author of five consumer books, four of which are published by the American Diabetes Association. Several are: Complete Guide to Carb Counting (ADA), Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating (ADA), The Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible, and Eat Out, Eat Right (Surrey Books). Hope has also gained credibility and become widely recognized through her professional publications and volunteer professional activities which includes terms as chair of The Diabetes Care and Education group of American Dietetic Association and Public Affairs Committee for American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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