A Special Congratulations to Umesh Verma!

I am pleased to let you know that the National Leadership Council—the voting membership of the American Diabetes Association—has voted to approve the slate of nominees for the new class of Vice Officers and Board Members.   Below is the slate of new members and attached you will find the impressive array of leaders who will make up the new membership of our Board of Directors.  Congratulations to these new members and special thanks to all of our Board members (see them on diabetes.org) for your continued dedication.

I am confident that the collective talents and passion of this outstanding group of individuals will guide the Association well in pursuit of our mission and 2012-2015 Strategic Plan goals.


Vice Chair of the Board:  Janel Wright, JD, Anchorage, AK

Vice President, Health Care & Education:  David Marrero, PhD, Indianapolis, IN

Vice President, Medicine & Science:  Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, FRCP, Memphis, TN

Vice Secretary/Treasurer:  Richard Farber, MBA, Pacific Palisades, CA


Brian Bertha, San Francisco, CA

Jay Dunigan, Londonderry, NH

Gina Gavlak, RN, BSN, Sheffield Village, OH

Aida Giachello, PhD, Chicago, IL

George King, MD, Dover, MA

Guillermo Umpierrez, MD, Atlanta, GA

Umesh Verma, Houston, TX

Roniece Weaver, MS, RD, LD, Windermere, FL

I would also like to once again extend my appreciation to the 2012 Board Development Committee, under the leadership of Chair Robert Garrett, FACHE, for their expertise in developing this outstanding slate of nominees.  Members of this Committee include Richard Bergenstal, MD, Nash Childs, PE, Robin Diehl, Victor Gonzalez, MD, John Griffin, Robert Henry, MD, Larry Hausner, MBA, Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD, CDE, CLS, FNLA, Rita Louard, MD, Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, MSPH, PhD, RD, Gerry Nee, CPA, and Chris Tobin, MS, MBA, CDE.

This is an exciting time for the Association and we’re thrilled to have each of these new members of the Board. Special thanks to all of the members of the 2012 and 2013 Board of Directors for your commitment to our organization and the movement to Stop Diabetes®.

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