Our Team

Meet the CDN Team!

CHRISTINA ROTH, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND FOUNDER

croth@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 14 (on Valentines Day!)

What she likes to do: Dressage and riding horses. Trying new recipes. Yoga. Crime shows.

Favorite thing about diabetes: The people that I have met as a result, and the community that I am now a part of.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: Having a great workout, and then eating the entire fridge to treat the resulting lows.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Managing blood sugars while studying abroad 

Bio: Christina is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of CDN. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 14, Christina became an active patient advocate while in college where she started CDN as a campus group in 2009. Due to the overwhelming response to the initial group, Christina expanded CDN into a national non-profit organization serving young adults with diabetes. After graduation, Christina worked at the Joslin Diabetes Center and consulted for the T1D Exchange. As CEO of CDN, Christina frequently speaks on topics such as CDN’s programs, research on the young adult population and how to meet their unique needs, non-profit management, women in business, innovation, and start-up organizations. She also serves on the board of directors at the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC). 

TIFFANY ARMSTRONG, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

What she likes to do: When she's not working, you can usually find her with family hiking in the mountains, trying new restaurants or snuggled up watching movies. 

Bio: Tiffany did her undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and earned a Masters of Public Administration focused in nonprofit management from North Carolina State University. Her career up to this point has been raising funds to provide research and support programming for children and adults battling cancer. This shift to raising money for CDN is more than professional; its very personal to her family as her son was diagnosed with T1D almost four years ago at age six. 

 

SARAH TWOMEY, OPERATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

sarah@collegediabetesnetwork.org

What she likes to do:  Read. Go on hikes with my family. Go thrifting with friends. Bake.

Bio: Sarah graduated Cum Laude from American University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in marketing. Sarah served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Pennsylvania, then stayed on with the nonprofit after her VISTA term ended. She then moved back to D.C. to work at American University and pursue her Master of Public Administration degree. Sarah finished her master's in the summer of 2015 and moved back to the Boston area. She joined the CDN team as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator in December 2015.

 

ANNA FLOREEN, MSW, CDE, Special Projects Manager

anna@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 6

What she likes to do:  crossfit,  maps, the weather, and exploring new hikes, restaurants, and recipes.

Favorite thing about diabetes: The awesome people I've met along the way-specifically at summer camp.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: Pump site changes and all the plastic pieces involved with it-one device please ;)

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Alcohol, balancing all of its complexities with diabetes, food and overall college mayhem. 

Bio: Anna has had T1D for 29 years and comes to CDN after 5 years as the Associate Director for Patient Engagement at the T1D Exchange where she focused on maintaining connectivity between clinics and patient-centered research opportunities for people affected by type 1 diabetes.  She has served on multiple national and international committees for non profit organizations and spoken world wide. Anna spent the majority of her childhood and young adult summers with the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, and continues to serve on the local board of AADE, as well as the JDRF psychosocial speakers bureau. Most importantly however, recently gave birth to a baby girl in the summer of 2017 and lives outside Boston with her husband and new daughter. 

 

DAN BROWNE, PROGRAM COORDINATOR

dbrowne@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 10

What he likes to do: Hike, Cook, Run, Play, Travel

Favorite thing about diabetes: I love the discipline, strength, and people that diabetes has brought to my life.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: The depression and the anxiety that comes with managing a chronic disease.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Paying attention to my health amidst 1,000,000 distractions.

Bio: Dan was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at 10 years old. He started a CDN chapter on his college campus at the University of Mary Washington in 2013, and interned with CDN after graduation before joining the New York Stem Cell Foundation as a Research Associate studying beta-cell replacement therapies for diabetes. He returned to the CDN team as Program Coordinator in 2017 and is thrilled to work with all of the inspiring CDN students across the country.

 

KATIE REDMOND, MEMBERSHIP AND ALLIANCES COORDINATOR

katie@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 10 years old

What she likes to do: Catching a concert in the city, cross stitching in front of the TV, weekend excursions into the woods, and giving magnificent hugs.

Favorite thing about diabetes: The chosen family I have developed through my diabetes – friends I can rely on to be there through the years.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: The need to understand health insurance more than the average person.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Carving out time to eat consistently, particularly during exams/thesis draft deadlines!

Bio: Katie graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish, and a minor in Latin American Studies in May of 2012. She was diagnosed with T1D on September 10, 2000. Katie attended ADA Camp Carefree in New Durham, NH for many years, both as a camper and staff. Directly after college, Katie focused on membership and advocacy for a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., and returned to her New England roots in 2016 after a brief excursion to Munich and beyond. 

 

CHARLES RILEY, PROGRAM ASSISTANT

charles@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 14 

What he likes to do: Read, listen to podcasts/audiobooks, play board/tabletop games, tinker with technology, catch a good concert.

Favorite thing about diabetes: The close-knit nature of the T1D community!

Least favorite thing about diabetes:The impact of highs and lows on cognitive function.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Lugging around all 8 tons of stuff needed to manage T1D along with the normal load of a college student. 

Bio: Charles graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science with minors in Applied Nutrition, Biological Science and Chemistry in April of 2017. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on May 8, 2008. Charles co-founded the CDN Chapter "DOSES" at Ohio University in 2014 and went on to lead that chapter until his graduation. 

 

MALISSA MCQUILLAN, PROGRAM ASSISTANT

malissa@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 5

What she likes to do: Go to the beach, read inspiring books, eat Mexican food, travel (when I have the opportunity to).

Favorite thing about diabetes: The instant connection you have with someone with T1D and being able to listen to their 'T1D stories'.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: The roller coaster affects my blood sugars have on my mood/energy levels.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Everyone from my high school knew I had T1D, so my biggest struggle going to a college where I originally did not know a single person was constantly having 'the talk' with all of my new friends/professors/people in my life about T1D.

Bio: Malissa graduated from the University of Delaware in Spring 2017 with a degree in Health Behavior Science and Public Health. She was diagnosed with T1D in the year 2000 when she was 5 years old, soon followed by her older sister, and then her dad. While at school, she got involved in T1D research as a Research Assistant, where she looked at how the transition to college affects diabetes related quality of life in freshmen and sophomore students. Additionally, she interned at the local JDRF Chapter, where she realized she wanted to continue her career in the non-profit sector and work with people with T1D!

ZACH HALL, PROGRAM ASSISTANT

 Age Diagnosed: 13 years and 2 months

What he likes to do: Travel, play tennis, read a good book, explore Boston, and cook!

Favorite thing about diabetes: Being able to say "I'm high" and watching people without diabetes panic, and everyone with diabetes nodding in agreement.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: Having to constantly justify what type one diabetes is and telling everyone that I did not get T1D because of eating too much sugar.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Focusing on an exam instead of being nervous about not being able to check my Dexcom data on my phone.

Bio: Zach was diagnosed with type one diabetes when he was 13 years old. After diagnosis, he immediately became involved in the diabetes community through his participation at Step Out walks, being the 2012 Youth Ambassador for the ADA's Step Out Walk in Metro Detroit, and through multiple fundraising events. Zach was born and raised in Macomb, Michigan, and attended Albion College. In May 2018, Zach graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Spanish. Zach began his journey with CDN in the summer of 2017 as a Summer Intern, and continued on as a Virtual Intern for the 2018-2018 school year as well as a Student Advice Columnist. Zach is excited to be on the CDN team full-time as Program Assistant and looks forward to working with Chapter Leaders from the West region, as well as to develop new leaders for the diabetes community.

STACEY CUNNINGTON, COMMUNICATIONS AND OPERATIONS ASSISTANT

Stacey@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 15 and 10 months

What she likes to do: Travel, try new restaurants, dance, explore Boston, be around small animals.

Favorite thing about diabetes: Seeing a stranger on the street with a pump/Dexcom and giving each other “the nod” and how unique the diabetes community is.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: The constant worry over whether you’ll be OK in the next moment, the next year, the next 10 years, and so on.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Keeping the distractions and worries about diabetes under control during classes and tests. 

Bio: Stacey was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in June of 2011 when she was almost 16 years old. She immediately became involved in the T1D community where she learned about The College Diabetes Network. She started a CDN Chapter her sophomore year at Boston University, which led her to attend the annual CDN student retreat in 2015. She returned to CDN as an intern the following summer to once again attend the annual retreat and work on the creation of the Campus Advisory Committee. She is constantly inspired and amazed by the CDN students, and is thrilled to be able to work with them and the CDN team.

 

ALYSSA SIMMONS, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Age Diagnosed: 3

What she likes to do: read, write poetry and short stories, anime, exercise, pet random strangers’ dogs


Favorite thing about diabetes: It has taught me to be resilient in all aspects of my life.


Least favorite thing about diabetes: Having to hit pause on an activity or event because your blood sugars are out of range.


Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Coping with the high blood sugars that resulted from the increased amount of stress that comes with college.


Bio: Alyssa was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was 3 years old. She graduated form the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience in the Spring of 2017. Before coming to CDN, Alyssa served as her Chapter leader at the University of Michigan. She also volunteered on the local walk planning committee for JDRF and was a patient advocate for both adult and pediatric diabetic patients at Michigan Medicine. During her time as an advocate, she consulted with committee members on a new program aimed towards assisting young adults transition from pediatric to adult care clinics. Alyssa’s involvement in the diabetes community paired with her personal experience sparked her initial interest in working in the diabetes sector.

 

EMILY IKE, CAMPUS AND CLINICAL OUTREACH COORDINATOR

eike@collegediabetesnetwork.org

What she likes to do: Go for walks with my dog. Collage. Watch old episodes of the Twilight Zone.

Bio: Emily graduated from Hampshire College in 2010 with a focus in gender studies and sexuality education. After graduation, Emily worked in programming with non-profit organizations such as the Girl Scouts and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. She also spent time working as a nanny for a child with Type 1 diabetes, which was her first introduction to the many challenges that young people face managing their disease. In 2012, Emily went on to pursue her Master of Science in Community Health Education at Teachers College-Columbia University. 

After completing her graduate work, Emily worked in the college health field, helping schools to implement an online health and wellness program for their students. She joined the CDN team as the Program Director in December of 2014, and is currently at Tufts University studying Occupational Health.

 

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