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Lisa Becks, A.C.S.W. is the clinical social worker for the Diabetes Program in the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Michigan. She works with children in the outpatient clinic and co-facilitates diabetes education classes for kids and families that are newly diagnosed. She also helps kids and families cope with the daily struggles of diabetes and assists them in finding appropriate resources in the community.

Nugget Burkhart, M.A., C.P.N.P., C.D.E. is a pediatric nurse practitioner who works in the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Michigan. She has worked with children and adolescents with diabetes for many years. She created the "Pump Team" at the UM, a pump program for kids and teens desiring pump therapy. She strives to "tailor" the diabetes regimen to the ever changing needs of each child and family.

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 1985, 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.

Robert Monoson, M.D., the Medical Director for Animas Corporation, is a perinatologist who spent the first 20 years of his career in academic medicine, teaching at the UCLA, University of Hawaii, and Tufts University Schools of Medicine. He began his career developing new surgical procedures for operating on babies before they are born. He then began caring for women with diabetes during pregnancy and has developed new technology in the areas of telecommunications and algorithmic diabetes management. A few years ago, Dr. Monoson left practice because of problems with his own diabetes, and he joined the high tech industry. He joined Animas Corporation at the beginning of this year.

William Quick, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., C.D.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.

Kari Rosenfeld, Oregon. Take it from a Mom who has "been down the road" with diabetes -- literally! Kari and her daughter Clare (CWD's International Youth Ambassador) have traveled over 100,000 miles sharing with kids how to take good care of their health and empowering them to get involved in finding a cure for diabetes. From raising an "over-achiever" to "making our family fair" with siblings, Kari has practical experience and down-to-earth and sometimes humorous tips on family life with diabetes.

Richard Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E., Psychologist, Private Practice, Baltimore, and Associate Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Author of Psyching Out Diabetes and Sweet Kids, 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.

Mike Schurig, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E. is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who has had Type 1 diabetes since age 12. He currently is employed at Florida Hospital Celebration Health as a certified diabetes educator in Celebration, FL (the Disney created suburb located close to Walt Disney World). Mike has had experience in diabetes education with kids and adults. Mike is active with local ADA activities, regional diabetes educator groups, and the CWD website. His interests are insulin pump education and technical advances in diabetes. Mike enjoys visiting the nearby theme parks and enjoying Central Florida with his wife Gayle and his 11 year old daughter Allyson.

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.

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