Meet the I <3 College Speakers!

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Meet the I <3 College Speakers!
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Rob Howe - Host
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Rob Howe has been living with type 1 diabetes for 15 years. He is an Entrepreneur, Marketing Strategist, Podcaster and former professional basketball player. In 2015, Rob founded Diabetics Doing Things, in an effort to raise awareness around the amazing things that type 1 diabetics are doing around the world.

As of 2020, Rob’s podcast has been downloaded over 1.5 million times, from listeners in over 70 countries. Rob lives in Dallas Texas with his wife Erica and their fur babies, Michael J. Fox, Rowan & Enzo.  

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Tiana Cooks - Guest
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Tiana was diagnosed with T1D March of 2014. Shortly after being diagnosed, she attended her first T1D gala, since then she has loved dedicating her time to helping others with Type One. She has significant experience organizing camps, walks, and community events.

You can always count her in for a workout or new adventures outside of the gym. In 2019 she placed 1st Runner up in the Miss Colorado USA competition while confidently sporting her insulin pump and CGM. She is passionate in helping others learn to embrace and proudly live in their T1D. Traveling and meeting new people are two guaranteed experiences that will bring a smile to her face. 

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Christina Roth - CDN's CEO & Founder
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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). 

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Dr. Dan DeSalvo - Guest
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Dr. DeSalvo (or Dr. Dan as his patients call him) is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital where he serves as Type 1 Diabetes Clinic Director and Director of Strategic Collaboration. As a sophomore at Baylor University, his life changed forever when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which ultimately directed his career path. After graduating from Texas A&M College of Medicine, he completed Pediatric Residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine where he was appointed Chief Resident, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Stanford University.

Now, as a pediatric endocrinologist his greatest passion is helping others live well with diabetes, and he considers it a remarkable privilege to shepherd families on their diabetes journey. He currently serves on the on T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative, Beyond Type 1 Scientific Advisory Council, and College Diabetes Network Clinical Research Advisory Committee.  As a
patient-oriented clinical researcher, his primary focus is on emerging diabetes technology including continuous glucose monitoring, insulin pumps and closed-loop automated insulin delivery systems.  Dr. Dan enjoys an active life, which includes running, cycling, swimming, skiing, hiking and playing sports with his two young boys! 

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Steven Santoyo
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Steven Santoyo is a 2019 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he served his campus as the Chapter president and founder of Type Texas: The CDN Chapter at UT-Austin. Steven has lived with T1D since March 2011 and uses the T:Slim x2 insulin pump and Dexcom G6 to help manage life's highs and lows.

In addition to being a voice for persons with T1D in Texas, Steven spent his final spring semester as a senior in college interning with Congressman Marc Veasey of Texas, a member of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus. It was there in Washington D.C. where Steven learned more about health care reform. Today, Steven is an educator in his hometown of Dallas, Texas where he teaches over 130 middle school students in the subjects of English Language Arts, Reading, and Journalism. He is pursuing his Master's in Education from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and hopes to one day in the near future attend law school to continue advocating for educational equity and persons living with T1D from coast to coast. 

 

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Rafael Treviño
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Rafael Treviño is a 3rd-year undergraduate at Harvard College where he studies Biomedical Sciences & Engineering with a minor in Economics. Rafael’s diagnosis as a freshman in high school in 2015 not only came during his first finals week, but also completely reoriented his career aspirations. He completed his International Baccalaureate diploma at Bellaire High School right outside of Houston, TX (where he was a patient of Dr. DeSalvo’s at Texas Children’s Hospital), and is now on track to graduate from Harvard College in 2022.

In the world of diabetes, he is an active advocate on Harvard’s campus through his role as Founder & President of the Harvard Undergraduate College Diabetes Network Chapter (which he founded following his 2019 internship at CDN), and through his recent stint as a social media influencer for T1D Exchange. In addition, he has assisted in research at Joslin Diabetes Center related to closed-loop insulin delivery systems and the aging of beta cells. He is currently studying molecules to increase production of beta cells at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard for his thesis, and he aspires to either attend medical school or a Master’s program for Biomedical Engineering. In his free time, Rafael also enjoys reading, watching sports, and performing stand-up comedy.