Our Team

Christina Roth, Chief Executive Officer and Founder

croth@collegediabetesnetwork.org

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 

Bio: 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 and consulted on Glu Research for the T1D Exchange before transitioning to run CDN full-time in 2012. Christina was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CDN in January of 2013.

Emily Ike, Program Director

eike@collegediabetesnetwork.org

What she likes to do: Go for walks with my dog. Collage. Watch old episode of the Twilight Zone.

Bio: Emily graduated from Hampshire College in 2010 with a focus in gender studies and sexuality education. After graduation, Emily worked in programming with non-profit organizations such as the Girl Scouts and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. She also spent time working as a nanny for a child with Type 1 diabetes, which was her first introduction to the many challenges that young people face managing their disease. In 2012, Emily went on to pursue her Master of Science in Community Health Education at Teachers College-Columbia University. 

After completing her graduate work, Emily worked in the college health field, helping schools to implement an online health and wellness program for their students. She joined the CDN team as the Program Director in December of 2014, and is currently completing a certificate program in Non-profit Management and Leadership at Boston University.

 

Sarah Twomey, Operations and Communications Manager

sarah@collegediabetesnetwork.org

What she likes to do:  Read. Go on hikes with my family. Go thrifting with friends. Bake.

Bio: Sarah graduated Cum Laude from American University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in marketing. Sarah served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Pennsylvania, then stayed on with the nonprofit after her VISTA term ended. She then moved back to D.C. to work at American University and pursue her Master of Public Administration degree. Sarah finished her master's in the summer of 2015 and moved back to the Boston area. She joined the CDN team as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator in December 2015.

 

Dan Browne, Program Coordinator

dbrowne@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 10

What he likes to do: Hike, Cook, Run, Play, Travel

Favorite thing about diabetes: I love the discipline, strength, and people that diabetes has brought to my life.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: The depression and the anxiety that comes with managing a chronic disease.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Paying attention to my health amidst 1,000,000 distractions.

Bio: Dan was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at 10 years old. He started a CDN chapter on his college campus at the University of Mary Washington in 2013, and interned with CDN after graduation before joining the New York Stem Cell Foundation as a Research Associate studying beta-cell replacement therapies for diabetes. He returned to the CDN team as Program Coordinator in 2017 and is thrilled to work with all of the inspiring CDN students across the country.

Katie Redmond, Development and Administrative Assistant

katie@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 10 years old

What she likes to do: Catching a concert in the city, cross stitching in front of the TV, weekend excursions into the woods, and giving magnificent hugs.

Favorite thing about diabetes: The chosen family I have developed through my diabetes – friends I can rely on to be there through the years.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: The need to understand health insurance more than the average person.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Carving out time to eat consistently, particularly during exams/thesis draft deadlines!

Bio: Katie graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish, and a minor in Latin American Studies in May of 2012. She was diagnosed with T1D on September 10, 2000. Katie attended ADA Camp Carefree in New Durham, NH for many years, both as a camper and staff. Directly after college, Katie focused on membership and advocacy for a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., and returned to her New England roots in 2016 after a brief excursion to Munich and beyond. 

Charles Riley, Program Assistant

charles@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 14 

What he likes to do: Read, listen to podcasts/audiobooks, play board/tabletop games, tinker with technology, catch a good concert.

Favorite thing about diabetes: The close-nit nature of the T1D community!

Least favorite thing about diabetes:The impact of highs and lows on cognitive function.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Lugging around all 8 tons of stuff needed to manage T1D along with the normal load of a college student. 

Bio: Charles graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science with minors in Applied Nutrition, Biological Science and Chemistry in April of 2017. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on May 8, 2008. Charles co-founded the CDN Chapter "DOSES" at Ohio University in 2014 and went on to lead that chapter until his graduation. 

Malissa McQuillan, Program Assistant

malissa@collegediabetesnetwork.org

Age Diagnosed: 5

What she likes to do: Go to the beach, read inspiring books, eat Mexican food, travel (when I have the opportunity to).

Favorite thing about diabetes: The instant connection you have with someone with T1D and being able to listen to their 'T1D stories'.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: The roller coaster affects my blood sugars have on my mood/energy levels.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Everyone from my high school knew I had T1D, so my biggest struggle going to a college where I originally did not know a single person was constantly having 'the talk' with all of my new friends/professors/people in my life about T1D.

Bio: Malissa graduated from the University of Delaware in Spring 2017 with a degree in Health Behavior Science and Public Health. She was diagnosed with T1D in the year 2000 when she was 5 years old, soon followed by her older sister, and then her dad. While at school, she got involved in T1D research as a Research Assistant, where she looked at how the transition to college affects diabetes related quality of life in freshmen and sophomore students. Additionally, she interned at the local JDRF Diabetes Foundation, where she realized she had wanted to continue her career in the non-profit sector and working with people with T1D at the CDN! 

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