Christina graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with both departmental honors in Psychology and “honors of greatest distinction” from the Commonwealth Honors College. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Psi Chi National Honor Society, and the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society, and was the recipient of a Commonwealth College honors research grant to fund her thesis research looking at strengths and competencies in adopted adolescents which Christina then presented at 3 regional conferences and the International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR3) in Leiden, the Netherlands in 2010. At the age of 14 Christina was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which has fueled her passion in helping other people living with the disease. In her junior year at UMass, Christina founded the College Diabetes Network (CDN) both as a national organization and as a local chapter at UMass. For her work with CDN, Christina was the recipient of the Bateman Family Memorial Scholarship, the 21st Century Leader Award, the Class of 1941 Humanitarian Award, and the UMass Amherst recipient of the Massachusetts governor’s “29 Who Shine” award. After graduating in May 2011, Christina worked as a research assistant at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA, before transitioning to run CDN full-time in 2012. Christina was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CDN in January of 2013.
Jo graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Neuroscience in 2011 and is now living in Cambridge, MA. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 14 and has been involved in both JDRF and the ADA since her diagnosis. Following Jo’s diagnosis in 2004, her Grandmother, Ruth Treitman, began to sell her jewelry at the Clever Hand Gallery in Wellesley, MA to benefit JDRF as well as The College Diabetes Network. Jo was a three sport athlete in high school, and continued playing lacrosse for some of her time at Wellesley. In 2009, she was a counselor at Camp Carefree, an ADA camp in New Hampshire. Jo spent the spring of her junior year in Copenhagen studying Danish design and neuropsychology at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She realized her passion for science during her time at Harvard University working as a summer student in Dr. Doug Melton’s lab. She continued her work in stem cell research throughout college, and upon graduating, Jo worked as a research technician at Tufts Medical Center in a Biology lab studying the effect of BPA exposure to breast cancer incidence. Jo co-founded both Diabesties (now a program of CDN) and the Wellesley College CDN chapter in 2011 as a senior. Since then, she has been an involved member of the CDN team.
Amanda Cedrone, Operations Assistant
Amanda graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a B.A. in both journalism and political science. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 18-months-old and she and her family were actively involved in the Walk to Cure Diabetes until she went to college in 2007. During her time at Northeastern University, Amanda was an editor at the school paper called The Huntington News, reported for the Boston Globe and studied abroad in Italy and Austria. She graduated in 2012 and moved to New York City, where she earned an M.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. While there, Amanda wrote a 6,000 word article on the lack of resources available for college students with diabetes and the difficulties they face during their college years. Through completing the piece, Amanda met Christina and Jo. It also helped her to realize her passion for learning and writing about diabetes, and helping others with the disease, and through CDN’s professional development opportunities, she became a regular contributor to DiabetesMine.com. She spent the summer of 2013 interning at Newsday in Long Island where she was reporting on breaking news and writing feature articles. She joined CDN in September.
Dani is a sophomore at Bentley University, majoring in Economics-Finance with a minor in Spanish. At school Dani stays busy as a member of the Honors Program, the Bentley Women’s Varsity Lacrosse team, the Off the Clock A Cappella musical group, and the recently-created campus diabetes club. Dani was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was three years old, and she and her family have been involved in the diabetes community ever since. In addition to blogging for CDN, she is the creator of a Twitter account called Diabetic Girl Problems, which she created in the spring of 2012 to share her life as a college-age female diabetic with other young diabetics. In the fall of 2008, Dani wrote and performed an original song about living with diabetes- titled “Walk With Me”- to raise awareness for the Worcester Walk to Cure Diabetes. With the help of some friends, Dani made a YouTube video of the song and performed it at the walk that year. Dani has lived in Massachusetts for the majority of her life and intends to attend grad school and eventually live in Boston post graduation.
Student Advisory Committee (SAC)
The College Diabetes Network (CDN) was founded by a student for the purpose of addressing the unmet needs of the young adult population with Type 1 diabetes. To that end, we believe that student involvement and oversight is necessary to the effectiveness and success of CDN as a national organization. This advisory committee was formed in the winter of 2013 to create an environment for student leaders to collaborate with and learn from successful peers. These students are integral to the strength and sustainability of the organization.
Read about the Spring 2013 SAC: CDN Student Advisory Committee Bios