PRESS RELEASE: College Diabetes Network Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors


For Immediate Release

(BOSTON, MA) July 9, 2021: The College Diabetes Network (CDN) is pleased to announce that Brad Stadler, Sharyn Lee, Abby Coleman, John Shumate, and Katama Eastman have been named to the CDN Board of Directors in the last year. The CDN Board of Directors is now composed of 15 members from across the diabetes, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Headquartered in Boston, CDN is the only organization dedicated to young adults with diabetes and has established collaborations with national organizations such as the American Diabetes Association (ADA), JDRF, the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and more. CDN has fundamentally changed the way the diabetes industry thinks about and supports the 18-to-26-year-old age group with diabetes. Ten 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.

“These new Board members bring a wide array of experiences, expertise, knowledge, and passion for type one diabetes,” said John L. Brooks III, Chair of the CDN Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to have them as part of the CDN team.”

“My family with type one diabetes taught me how many puzzle pieces have to be in place to go from a state of managing to a state of thriving with the disease,” said Abby Coleman, CPG Executive & Entrepreneur in Foodtech. “CDN is an innovative organization using the power of community insights and peer to peer distribution to empower young adults to thrive with type 1 diabetes, and I am proud to join the Board of Directors to continue to ensure a bright future for CDN and the young adults it supports.”

“I am incredibly excited to join the CDN board” said Brad Stadler co-CEO and Board Director of True. “Christina and the team are doing life changing work in building a much needed support structure to young adults with Diabetes transitioning to living on their own.”

“I am thrilled to be a part of the CDN Board because I am passionate about helping young adults thrive while managing diabetes,” said John Shumate, VP Global Brand Marketing, Champion Brand at Hanesbrands Inc. “As a type one diabetic, I understand first hand the challenges and obstacles many of our members face and I want to make sure they have all the tools and resources they need to be successful.”

"There have been many hurdles in the 17 years since my 15 month old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but going off to college has to be up there with the most daunting,” said Katama Eastman, an entrepreneur. “It is a relief to know that CDN is there to help her transition to life away from home, her parents, her routines, and her doctors. I am proud and excited to serve on the Board of Directors of CDN and help in their efforts to support these students and young adults as they take control of the management of their disease. The impact that CDN has made in just 10 years is remarkable, and I am looking forward to being part of this talented and dedicated team."

“Young adults face significant life decisions and choices. Those with diabetes have additional burdens: insurance, daily self-care, medication management, mental health, avoiding complications and living one’s best life.” said Sharyn Lee, RN, MS, VP Business Development and Chief Clinical Officer, Bennabis Health. “CDN is a unique community that supports young adults with diabetes with the tools and resources essential for ‘being on their own’. I’m honored to serve with outstanding board members and CDN’s passionate staff to ensure our place as the voice for young adults with diabetes.”


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 type one diabetes 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. CDN also provides resources for those in high school and the workforce - ensuring that all young adults with diabetes are empowered to live a healthy life without compromise.

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Abby Coleman

Abby is a seasoned CPG executive and entrepreneur in foodtech. She is currently building social justice programs at an impact investment firm.

Previously, Abby was the CEO of Territory Foods, a chef-crafted, prepared meal service for intentional eaters. Abby joined Territory after leading ecommerce and marketing at an Amazon subsidiary called Quidsi. Prior to Amazon, Abby was a brand leader at Kraft Foods and Mondelez International, leading teams in the US and China. Abby's first food venture was a catering company she founded after working for Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.

Abby earned her BA from Yale University and her MBA from NYU Stern. She has two daughters ages 3 and 6, and the family eats (mostly) plants.

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John Shumate

John Shumate is an executive marketing leader with achievements driving double-digit sales growth, exceeding revenue and profitability goals for industry leaders in Retail, CPG, E-Commerce, Digital, Footwear/Apparel, Food & Beverage, Hospitality, Sports and Entertainment arenas. Blending creative vision, marketing expertise, media savvy and a passion for innovative excellence, developed and implemented winning marketing strategy and product launches across digital/social media and traditional marketing channels for major brands, including Hanes Brands International, Pepsico, Gatorade, MGM Resorts Intl, Foot Locker Inc., Miami Dolphins and Orlando Magic.

Shumate is known as a growth minded revenue driver and brand builder for world-class corporations. He is an impact driver with glistening track record of leadership success. He has a proven ability to mentor and develop as well as build consensus that consistently creates momentum to implement strategic initiatives. He has developed and managed partner alliances with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, and Live Nation properties as well as celebrities, athletes and entertainers. His essential value is his talent for defining vision, drive growth strategy, and infusing the team with game-changing ideas.

Shumate obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and currently serves on their Board of Directors. He later earned his MBA from Florida Atlantic University. Shumate is married to his lovely wife Shana and they are the proud parents of twin boys Jackson and Chase.

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Brad Stadler

In 2012 Brad Stadler co-founded True with the mission to disrupt outdated practices in the executive search industry.  Since then, True has become the leader in efficient, forward-thinking talent management. The firm has grown quickly, becoming the 7th largest in North America (by revenue) with 14 offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Brad helps set and oversee True’s strategic direction; drive innovation and growth initiatives; and ensure the firm is operationally aligned with its short and long term business goals. As co-CEO Brad has also co-founded a collection of companies within the True platform including talent management technology Thrive, leadership assessment flagship Synthesis, and AboveBoard, a startup that focuses on both connecting underrepresented executives with top companies, and on helping companies recruit and hire more diverse leadership teams.  Brad serves as a non-executive Board Director for AboveBoard.

Prior to founding True, Brad co-founded and built IronHill Partners alongside Joe Riggione, a national retained search firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ: HSII) in 2008.  In October 2020, Brad joined the Board of Directors of The College Diabetes Network.

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Katama Eastma

Katama’s 15 month old daughter, Merrill, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the fall of 2004, plunging Katama into the world of research, advocacy, investing, and prevention. She joined the board of the New York/Long Island chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in 2004 and served as the chapter president from 2016-2019. Katama chaired the JDRF Children’s Congress, which brings over 165 children ages 4-18,to lobby senators and congressmen on the Hill for diabetes research funding. She and her husband, Jay,  co-chair the advisory board of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and were early investors and sponsors in the T1D Fund, a first-ever venture philanthropy fund dedicated to investing in diabetes related businesses. Katama graduated from Williams College and had a career in fashion as a retail buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, and Ralph Lauren in London, UK.  Katama and her husband, along with two other families, recently bought, renovated, and reopened a historic inn and restaurant in Peru, Vermont, called Johnny Seesaw’s. She is also a yoga instructor, photographer and mother of four—Merrill, Jack, Oliver, and Otis. 

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Sharyn Lee

Sharyn is a healthcare entrepreneur, strategist, and “C” suite business development executive with more than 30 years’ experience.  She is currently the CEO of Glucose Revival, a transformational company with a novel solution for addressing mild, moderate and severe hypoglycemia;

She has been a Managing Director at the ADA and Chief Learning Officer at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology where she created new products, expanded business and grant relationships, and designed innovative projects valued at more than $35 MM in new revenues.

As founder and CEO of the Medical Education Broadcast Network, she led the company to recognition as the 3rd largest private medical education company in 4 years, developed technology based online educational products, and wrote the curriculum for the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute. The company’s clients included Fortune 500 pharma and device companies, and major professional associations.

Her earlier career included VP roles in sales and operations in consulting, homecare, infusion therapy, joint ventures, intensive care nursing and academia.

She is the author of over 50 published articles and invited speaker for more than 75 national conferences and meetings.  Named Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2005, she has received numerous awards, including an honorary Doctor of Letters. Sharyn earned an MS in Management from Lesley University and a BS in Nursing from Fitchburg State University.  She has served on more than 15 boards throughout her career, and currently serves on the board of College Diabetes Network and Aging Life Care Association.