PRESS RELEASE: Christina Roth, CEO and Founder of College Diabetes Network, Honored As Boston Business Journal “40 under 40” Recipient.

SARAH TWOMEY, OPERATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

August 24, 2018 (Boston, MA): The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is proud to announce that their CEO and Founder, Christina Roth, was recognized as one of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40. This award is presented to young executives on the rise, entrepreneurs and innovators who are truly making a mark in their respective industries in ways that are fueling Massachusetts’ economic engine.

Christina, 29, has led CDN as its Chief Executive Officer since her appointment in 2012. 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. Headquartered in Boston, CDN is the only organization dedicated to young adults with diabetes- and as such has established national collaborations with organizations such as the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and JDRF. Recognized as a winner of the 2016 Small Business Association of New England (SBANE) Innovation Award, CDN has fundamentally changed the way the diabetes industry thinks about and supports the 18-26 year old age group with diabetes. Eight years ago, the transition from childhood into adulthood with this disease was an afterthought for many in the industry. Now it is a key consideration.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic and incurable autoimmune disease which requires diligent minute-by-minute management, as well as injections or infusion of insulin in order to survive. More than 30 million people in the US have diabetes, with millions more at risk for, or undiagnosed with, type 2 diabetes. With proper care, access, and support people with diabetes can thrive, however it remains the 7th leading causes of death in the United States, and can have short term consequences such as seizures and coma, and long term complications such as blindness, amputations, and neuropathy.

The 21 men and 19 women, representing the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors, were selected by the Boston Business Journal editorial staff from nearly 350 nominations received this year. They will be recognized by the BBJ at a cocktail reception and awards ceremony taking place on Oct. 17. In addition, each of their inspiring stories will be featured in an upcoming special supplement of the Business Journal.

In this year’s announcement Carolyn Jones, the Business Journal's market president and publisher, states that "the 40 Under 40 program is one of the most competitive awards programs [that BBJ] runs.”

“Christina continues to be a visionary leader for CDN and is responsible for the organization’s growth in the past few years” said John L. Brooks III, Chair of the CDN Board of Directors. “We are proud that she is being recognized for her commitment to creating a sustainable and nationally recognized organization and for being a leader in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector.” 

Christina also serves on the board of the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC). A native of Hingham, MA, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Commonwealth Honors College of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, receiving a Bachelors in Psychology with honors of greatest distinction. After graduation, Christina worked at the Joslin Diabetes Center and consulted for the T1D Exchange. 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.

About the College Diabetes Network

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is singularly focused on providing young adults with T1D the peer connections they value, and expert resources they need, to successfully manage the challenging transition to independence at college and beyond.

CDN creates a community of young adults with diabetes; a community run by students for students. CDN supports them in creating peer networks on campus, facilitates connections between students and local resources, and provides tools to reduce the barriers of running these on-campus Chapters.

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