David McShea, National Director, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, American Diabetes Association
David has been working in the nonprofit arena for his entire professional career, specifically with organizations addressing the diabetes epidemic, first JDRF and now the American Diabetes Association.
In his current role, he oversees the strategic direction on a national level for the Association’s signature walk event, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. With more than 120,000 walkers participating in more than 120 events across the country, Step Out raises $20.5 million annually in support of the Association’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
David has always had a passion for walk-a-thons, as they provide an opportunity for individuals to come together and raise critical funds and awareness in support of a common cause.
On a personal level, David has many loved ones and friends with diabetes. His sister, father, grandfather and several cousins all have type 2 diabetes, and his wife’s aunt has type 1.
David received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from DeSales University in Pennsylvania.
Manny Hernandez is a nonprofit leader, a recognized social media author, and a passionate diabetes advocate. He has published numerous books on social media and health 2.0 and he is a frequent speaker at international conferences about health and social media. He has also been interviewed by The NY Times, NPR, Fox News Health and Bloomberg News on these topics.
Manny heads the Diabetes Hands Foundation, a nonprofit that connects, engages and empowers people touched by diabetes. Through its social networks, TuDiabetes.org (in English) and EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish) and programs like the Big Blue Test, Diabetes Advocates and No-Sugar Added Poetry, Diabetes Hands Foundation offers information and support to more than a quarter million people around the world every month.
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