Crystal Crismond Jackson is a member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA)’s Legal Advocacy staff located at ADA’s national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia and Director of the Association’s Safe at School Campaign. Crystal is considered a national authority on the rights of students with diabetes and has spoken at conferences and forums throughout the United States and internationally on how to effectively advocate on behalf of students with diabetes, training hundreds of parent advocates, attorneys, and health care professionals.
A parent of a child with diabetes, Crystal began her advocacy as a volunteer for ADA when she and another parent advocate teamed up to lead the passage the first state diabetes school legislation in the country which provides comprehensive coverage for students with diabetes in Virginia. Simultaneously she pursued a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education resulting in a settlement that is a nationwide model for safe and effective school diabetes care.
Crystal, a former litigation paralegal, is a contributor to many journal articles and diabetes publications including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Diabetes Education Program’s school guide entitled “Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel” and the ADA’s treatise on school issues: “Legal Rights of Students with Diabetes.” Crystal is a member of the Virginia Diabetes Council and serves on a number of other diabetes and youth advisory boards. She resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Hope Warshaw is a nationally recognized dietitian and diabetes educator. She applies nearly thirty-five years of expertise in her work as an author and freelance writer, media spokesperson, consultant and diabetes educator. Hope is most well known for her expertise in the areas of healthy restaurant eating and diabetes nutrition management. She offers practical solutions to healthier eating to individuals during counseling sessions or to millions through varied communication and social networking vehicles.
As a freelance writer, Hope wrote her first book, Eat Out, Eat Right, in 1990. It’s sold over ½ million copies. Hope’s award-winning, best-selling consumer books published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) include: Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, 4th ed; Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating, 4th ed; What to Eat When You’re Eating Out, 2nd ed;Complete Guide to Carb Counting, 3rd ed; Real Life Guide to Diabetes and The Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible. Hope has developed an app named EatSmart with Quantia Communications. The app is a series of narrated videos focused on healthy eating with diabetes.
Hope has written consumer articles for diabetes magazines including Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Forecast. She is currently the contributing editor for Diabetic Living, Better Homes & Gardens, consumer magazine and Diabetic Living Online website as well as a member of their editorial advisory board. Hope has authored professional articles in Diabetes Care, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Diabetes Educator and Nutrition Today. She’s the co-author of several ADA books for healthcare professionals including: Practical Carbohydrate Counting: A How-to-Teach Guide for Health Professionals and wrote a chapter for the ADA book Diabetes Nutrition Therapy, published in 2012. Hope is a sought after speaker who regularly presents at association annual meetings and nutrition and diabetes symposiums.
As a media spokesperson Hope has promoted her books and better-for-you food products on media tours. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Graham Kerr’s A Gathering Place, TV Food Network, Lifetime Cable and others. She has conducted hundreds of interviews for print, radio and websites. Hope has been quoted in newspapers and magazines including: TIME, HEALTH, PREVENTION, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Washingtonian, CHILD, SHAPE, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health, Fitness and others.
As a nutrition and diabetes consultant, Hope has worked with companies, such as McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company; National Starch Food Innovation, PRESENT e-Learning (PRESENTdiabetes.com), Perrigo Diabetes Care, Quantia Communications, and others. Hope has worked with PR companies, such as Fleischman Hillard, Inc., Paine PR, Edelman, RF Binder, Porter Novelli, Splash LLC and Hunter PR.
Hope demonstrates leadership abilities in volunteer positions for several Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dietetic practice groups and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. She currently serves on AADE’s Board of Directors, 2011 -2014. National awards include: American Dietetic Association Foundation’s 2002 Award for Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice, American Diabetes Association’s 1999 Outstanding Community Service in Reaching People award and the 1993 Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group’s Distinguished Service Award.
Penny Starr-Ashton is a mom of three girls, living in Philadelphia. She is a teacher and a Reading Specialist at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She married her 7th grade boyfriend, Chuck, who she met when she was 13. Her oldest child has autism, her middle child is a regular teen and her youngest, Grace, has Type 1 Diabetes. Penny considers herself an advocate for autism, special education and Type 1 Diabetes. Grace is 10 years old uses the OmniPod insulin pump and the Dexcom CGM. Penny loves the DOC and considers herself a part of it with her blog about mothering a child with Type 1 Diabetes, ‘A Sweet Grace‘. You can find her usually washing something, bolusing something, or trying desperately to keep it all together.
Mari Ruddy, Director of TeamWILD: We Inspire Life with Diabetes and the Founder of the Red Rider Recognition Program of the Tour de Cure, has successfully lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 31 years. Since her father was diagnosed with type 1 when she was 1 year old, technically, she has lived with diabetes her entire life.
Mari was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 16. Her brother was diagnosed with type 1 when he was 20. When she was 39, she found out she had breast cancer, for the first time. She then founded the Red Rider Program for cyclists with diabetes now used at over 91 Tour de Cure events put on by the American Diabetes Association. She founded the Red Riders to celebrate the challenges and hard work it takes to live well with diabetes.
When she realized the cyclists needed support to do the Tour de Cure successfully with their diabetes, she founded TeamWILD which provides expert integrated athletic, diabetes, nutrition and mental skills coaching in cycling, triathlon, running and walking. TeamWILD is for people with diabetes who want to take charge of their health by seeing themselves as athletes first.