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).
Age Diagnosed: 14 (on Valentines Day!)
What she likes to do: Dressage and riding horses. Trying new recipes. Yoga. Crime shows.
Favorite thing about diabetes: The people that I have met as a result, and the community that I am now a part of.
Least favorite thing about diabetes: Having a great workout, and then eating the entire fridge to treat the resulting lows.
Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Managing blood sugars while studying abroad