Heather Valdes Speer has had a career of successful leadership in coordination and financial administration with progressive achievement in clinical diabetes education, patient support and care programs and medical research. Her diverse leadership roles also include fundraising and event planning for charitable organizations.
She holds a MPH from California State University Long Beach with a specialty in Community Health Education and Administration. She also received a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton with a Minor in Psychology. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, certified in Phlebotomy and Medication Administration as well as Construction Technology Project Management. Also a Certified Health Education Coordinator, she develops and updates curriculum at Children's Hospital Orange County (CHOC) for their ADA recognized pediatric diabetes self education management program. She has worked closely over the last 15 years with families who have children with Type 1 diabetes. With the current epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in children she has found a new interest in working with these families. Latinos make up most of the Type 2 population in Orange County, CA and this has been an especially inspirational community with which to work.
Heather is currently the Clinical Endocrine Research Coordinator and Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Regional Recruitment Coordinator at CHOC and spends her time recruiting volunteers, soliciting physician participants, marketing, developing direct mail and coordinating health fairs, presentations and exhibits. She also procures and processes research specimens for studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Patient education and follow-up contact is an important and stimulating aspect of her position.
She also has worked as Project Coordinator for the Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation (PADRE) in Orange, California coordinating fundraising and event planning for their Marathon, Fashion Show, Silent Auction, Golf Tournament, Street Fair, Barbecue and Volunteer Recognition events. She developed education and support programs for juvenile diabetics and their families, published promotional, direct mail and educational literature and quarterly newsletter, directed the Annual Fund campaign and instituted an emergency kit program for all newly diagnosed diabetics. Previous to her daughter, Stephanie, being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1990 she was Vice President of Bayfront Transportation, Inc., Irvine, California, a limousine and meeting management company.
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