Meet New Community Manager Cynthia Rogers-Celt

Meet Cynthia Rogers-Celt! Cynthia will take over as Community Manager of TuDiabetes on February 29th, and we could not be more excited to introduce her to you.  Cynthia is smart, creative, enthusiastic, a little Canadian and a little whacky…

Cynthia has lived with type one diabetes for 19 years, diagnosed at the age of 19.  She earned her B.A. in Spanish and French from the University of North Dakota,  completed graduate studies in Immunology and Teaching English as a New Language at Saint Cloud State University and is completing her specialist program in Educational Administration at the University of Idaho. Cynthia’s career in education has included ESL teacher, instructional coach, peer mentor and professional development consultant.  She currently also teaches online education and technology  course for Treasure Valley Community College.

In her work, she has coordinated social media, web design, digital communication and discussion platforms.  She is active in the DOC, and you may have run into her at last year’s Diabetes UnConference in Las Vegas, TCOYD conference in San Diego or Type One Summit Sacramento. Cynthia is active in many diabetes groups in her community, serving as a diabetes mentor and ambassador advocating support and community for all people living with and loving those with diabetes.

You may also run into Cynthia on her bike, on a plane, camping, walking pup Roxy, singing O’Canada, eating or shopping the local food markets.

Join outgoing Community Manager Emily Coles as she welcomes Cynthia to her next adventure: TuDiabetes!

Meet Cynthia Rogers, our new Community Manager!

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Meet Cynthia Rogers!  Cynthia will take over as Community Manager of TuDiabetes on February 29th, and we could not be more excited to introduce her to you!

Cynthia is smart, creative, enthusiastic, and a little whacky.  She has had diabetes for 19 years, and has experience in program management and people management as Professional Development Program Manager for the Boise Independent School District, as well as social media, web design, digital communication and more!  She’s active in the DOC, and you may have run into her at last year’s Diabetes UnConference in Las Vegas, TCOYD conference in San Diego or  Type One Summit Sacramento.

Join outgoing Community Manager Emily Coles as she welcomes Cynthia to her next adventure: TuDiabetes!!

Dr. Sean Vasaitis presents D.A.I.L.Y., for people with type 2 diabetes

What is D.A.I.L.Y?

This new resource developed by the Endocrine Society and Hormone Health Network, called D.A.I.L.Y., or Diabetes Awareness Information for Loved Ones and You, was created by endocrinologists and diabetes experts to help people with Type 2 diabetes take control of their condition and better manage their symptoms, as well as engage loved ones for support. D.A.I.L.Y aims to help people become more active participants in their daily diabetes management and inspire them to take greater control of their health care.

Dr. Sean Vasaitis is one of the Endocrine Society members who helped to create this program.

Sean Vasaitis, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Vasaitis completed his doctoral work in Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2007.  He holds a masters degree in Exercise and Health Science from Miami University, Ohio and a bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

Prior to his appointment at the UMES School of pharmacy, Dr. Vasaitis was a research fellow with Dr. Angela Brodie and Dr. Vincent Njar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).  At UMB he was involved in the development of novel inhibitors of androgen action for the treatment of prostate cancer.  He also is involved in clinical research in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center investigating the mechanisms by which exercise, vitamin D and complementary therapeutics affect metabolic function.

Dr. Vasaitis’ research goals follow the overarching concept of integrating Western approaches to medicine and pharmacological therapy with evidence-based complementary medicine to further a holistic approach to disease treatment.  In addition to his research in novel drug development and metabolic function, he has taught taijiquan (tai chi) to patients with stroke, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes as part of studies with Johns Hopkins Prohealth, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and within his own business practice.

Paul Laikind and Lisa Hepner present ViaCyte and “The Human Trial”: curing type 1 diabetes


ViaCyte is a privately-held regenerative medicine company focused on developing a novel cell replacement therapy for the treatment of diabetes.  ViaCyte is conducting a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of the Company’s lead VC-01 product candidate in patients with type 1 diabetes who have minimal to no insulin-producing beta cell function.  The VC-01 product candidate is being developed as a potential long-term diabetes treatment with the goals of no immune suppression required, and a reduced risk of hypoglycemia and diabetes-related complications.

ViaCyte is headquartered in San Diego, California with additional operations in Athens, Georgia.  The Company is funded in part by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and JDRF.

Paul K. Laikind, Ph.D. is President, CEO and a member of the Board of ViaCyte, Inc. He has over 28 years of leadership experience in the biotechnology and life sciences industry in San Diego.  Dr. Laikind holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

Vox Pop Films

The Human Trial is a feature-length documentary with unprecedented, real-time access to one of America’s top labs – ViaCyte in San Diego. This groundbreaking film follows the team’s triumphs and failures in the lab as they attempt to make medical history at a landmark clinical trial in 2016.
The ultimate goal of this film is to raise the public profile of type 1 diabetes, and help lead the nation to new support, money and research towards a cure.

Vox Pop Films is a full-service production company based in Los Angeles. Prior to forming Vox Pop Films in New York City in 2008, Director Lisa Hepner and Director / DP Guy Mossman built careers as successful documentarians. Our film and commercial work has been internationally recognized from Sundance to Seoul.

Lisa Hepner currently runs Vox Pop Films with her partner, Guy Mossman. For the past 21 years, Lisa has produced a variety of films and programs for Sony Pictures Classics, HBO, A&E, PBS, Lifetime, Discovery, MTV, TLC and the CBC. In 2003, she directed Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines that marked her documentary directorial debut.  Lisa has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 25 years.

Using a Holistic Approach to Normalize Blood Sugar and Reverse Diabetes Complications


Dr. Geoff DePaula has been a Doctor of Acupuncture and a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 15 years. He is also the Founder & CEO of IM Health ( a virtual integrative medicine diabetes and pre diabetes reduction telemedicine program. Dr.DePaula has synergized some of the most powerful, evidence-based complimentary and alternative medicine approaches into a unique & powerful program, that allows participants achieve normal blood sugars. IM Health has been tracking savings from this approach for employers, and allows companies to save thousands of dollars for each diabetic participant in 12 months. His philosophy of “get the patient the BEST care, and everything else falls into place”, comes from years of evaluating the cost-effectiveness of the US healthcare system and how to create a sustainable healthcare system that works for everyone.

Meet Gene Kunde, new CEO of Diabetes Hands Foundation


Gene Kunde joined Diabetes Hands Foundation (parent of TuDiabetes) as CEO in December of 2015, after an extensive search by our Board of Directors, and we are thrilled to have him!! Already, Gene is making a strong showing at the helm of this important organization, as his extensive leadership experience, strong management background and enthusiasm for the crucial work we do come together to launch us into 2016.

“I consider it an honor to become the CEO of Diabetes Hands Foundation,” said Kunde. “Diabetes Hands Foundation has a powerful mission, serving as an important resource for those living with diabetes and their loved ones. I wanted to be part of an organization that aids and empowers individuals and I am energized by this opportunity to realize that ambition by contributing to the growth and impact of Diabetes Hands Foundation.”

Kunde brings to Diabetes Hands Foundation nearly thirty years of executive leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He is the former CEO of Birkenstock USA, LP and of Sanita Clogs, Inc. Before that he was the COO of Epson America, Inc. He is also the former COO of Strive for College.

“We are excited to have someone with Gene’s record of business success lead the organization onto what we believe will be a period of significant expansion of Diabetes Hands Foundation’s reach,” said Dennis Urbaniak, Board Chair of Diabetes Hands Foundation. Gene is uniquely suited as one who can inspire with a clear and creative vision, while also possessing a business acumen that will advance the business strategically.”

Meet Gene and learn how he sees the next year for Diabetes Hands Foundation and TuDiabetes!

CGM wrist watch??? Gary Scheiner explains and reviews


The past several years have brought about a variety of new ways to see, track and share blood glucose data, including several CGM wrist watch options.  Are you confused about them?  So are we!!  In this interview, D-guru Gary Scheiner will explain, review and compare the different options available today.

Gary Scheiner is a certified diabetes educator, insulin-pump and continuous glucose monitor user and trainer, Masters-level exercise physiologist and expert at carb counting.  He serves on the advisory boards of several diabetes device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies; volunteers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association, American Diabetes Association, and Setebaid diabetes camps; and serves on the faculty of Children With Diabetes.  Gary teaches and art and science of blood-glucose balancing to people with diabetes throughout the world from his private practice, Integrated Diabetes Services as well as through his online school of higher learning for insulin users, Type 1 University.

Live interview with Dana Lewis, creator of Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System (#DIYPS)


Diagnosed at age 14 with type 1, Dana Lewis had the usual experience of years of frustration of dealing with diabetes devices that did not communicate with each other. She often imagined a system that would take data from each device, run it through the algorithm that every PWD uses in their head dozens (or hundreds) of times a day, and automate some of the decision-making process. In late 2013, this became a reality after someone shared their code to help pull data off of a CGM in real-time. Dana and her now-husband Scott Leibrand used the CGM data to create a decision-assist system they called #DIYPS, the “Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System”. #DIYPS took CGM data and, with Dana entering information about insulin delivered by her pump and carbohydrate information, processed the data to provide real-time predictions – and alerts – to help her know when to take action. (#DIYPS also had louder alarms to wake Dana up at night, as she sleeps through CGM alarms – this was one of the key drivers of developing a system.)

After a year of using #DIYPS and with collaboration from the wider #wearenotwaiting community, they were able to take the #DIYPS algorithm and “close the loop”, using a raspberry Pi and a Carelink USB stick to automate the process of uploading data, run it through the algorithm, and if needed issue temporary basal rates to the pump…then read the data, and perform the process automatically over and over again. Dana wanted to find a way to make this type of DIY effort available to more people more quickly (and help fill the gap between now and when a commercially available artificial pancreas comes to market in 2017 or 2018). This is how the #OpenAPS movement was born, with a goal to make safe and effective basic Artificial Pancreas System (APS) technology more widely available. #OpenAPS is a number of things: a toolkit to help people communicate with their diabetes devices; a reference design for a closed loop system; and a series of basic documentation for those who are choosing to build their own OpenAPS system.

Dana can be found online at @DanaMLewis, #DIYPS, and #OpenAPS on Twitter. You can read more about the #OpenAPS movement and get links to the documentation at

Diabetes in relationships, with Daniele Hargenrader

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Daniele Hargenrader, AKA the Diabetes Dominator, is the bestselling author of Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator, available on Amazon.

Daniele is a nutritionist, diabetes health coach, certified personal trainer, and YouTube interview series hostess. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1991 and is now an active diabetes advocate. Daniele ballooned up to 200 pounds a few years after her diagnosis and the unexpected and sudden death of her father three years later. She also battled deep depression and a binge eating addiction that lasted more than six years. Through these adversities, she eventually took herself from obese to athlete, and now shows others how to do the same through her Six Pillars of Total Health system.

She is an international speaker, has presented at Fortune 100 companies and top-ranked hospitals and universities. Daniele’s passion in life is teaching people how to create the quality of health and life they’ve always imagined. See more from Daniele at

A few sentences about diabetes and relationships: I always say that the most important relationship we all have is the one we have with ourselves! Self-love and appreciation are the most crucial factors that determine whether or not we have a harmonious relationship with both our own diabetes and with other people. Love starts from within and radiates outward into all of our other relationships!

Creating healthy habits, with Dr. Jody Stanislaw


Did you know that only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions? Yikes! Learn how to be in that 8%! Tune into this interview with Dr. Jody Stanislaw and you will learn her proven B.E. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. formula for creating healthy habits in your life that stick in the long run, leaving you happier and healthier!
Dr. Jody Stanislaw received her doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 from one of the top holistic medical schools in the country, Bastyr University. She has had Type 1 diabetes herself for 35 years. Ever since her diagnosis at the age of 7, she has wanted to be a model for and help others live a healthy and vibrant life in spite of diabetes….and that is exactly what she does! She has helped people all over the country not only lower their A1c, and focuses on helping patients increase their energy and feel better overall.
Jody works with patients virtually over phone/Skype. Being a type 1 for over 30 years, she is an expert at helping patients lower their A1c, as well as eat healthier and be happier. She also has a formula for how to adopt healthy lifestyle habits which all patients enrolled in her very popular Lifestyle Transformation Program learn. Sign up for a complimentary intro call to speak with Dr. Jody to learn more here: