DiabetesSisters Welcomes New Board Members Matt Stella and Dona Rice

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Matt Stella and Donna Rice join the well-regarded Board of Directors at DiabetesSisters

DiabetesSisters is pleased to announce the election of two highly esteemed individuals, Matt Stella and Donna Rice, to their Board of Directors, effective January 1. As Board Members, Mr. Stella and Ms. Rice will join existing board members Mike Swearingen, Andrea Thomas, Vicki Norris, David Warren, Diana Karczmarczyk, and Wanda Nicholson, MD in setting DiabetesSisters-related policies, fundraising, and representing the organization to the community.

Matt Stella brings many years of expertise in diabetes-related policy and advocacy, and currently serves as the National Policy & Advocacy Director for Cardiovascular & Diabetes at multinational company Johnson & Johnson. Prior to this position, Matt worked for various pharmaceutical and medical device companies in a business, training, and sales capacities. With an expertise in communication and a lengthy management and leadership history, Matt has effectively created and maintained business partnerships. Most recently, his work involved establishing and maintaining patient and physician advocacy partners, while also leading grassroots advocacy efforts. Mr. Stella graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.

Donna Rice has an extensive history working in the healthcare industry in a clinical capacity. Currently, she serves as the Senior Medical Director for Sanofi US, where she works to improve patient and provider education about diabetes-related products to improve clinical outcomes. Before taking this position, Ms. Rice served in leadership positions at Big Picture Health LLC, The American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute Affiliate of Baylor Health Care System. In these positions, she managed diabetes self-management education and training, worked to develop the strategy and direction of the organizations, and helped to improve quality of care by improving the delivery of services and diabetes interventions. Ms. Rice has a nursing background, with nearly 15 years of clinical experience, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baker College.

“We welcome the expertise and experience that Mr. Stella and Ms. Rice bring to DiabetesSisters’ Board of Directors. Through their leadership, we will further the organization’s mission and reach more women with diabetes in need of our programs and services,” said Brandy Barnes, Founder and CEO of DiabetesSisters.

About DiabetesSisters:
A 510c3 nonprofit, DiabetesSisters is the only organization worldwide focusing exclusively on women with diabetes. Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes, and to advocate on their behalf. DiabetesSisters has a 10,000-member peer network that unites women with diabetes for the purpose of support, education and advocacy. Signature programs include monthly small group meetings (PODS Meetups); DiabetesSisters’ Conferences throughout the U.S.; and the Life Class Webinar Series and online blogs, forums, and expert resources. For more information, visit http://www.diabetessisters.org.

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