Membership Advisory Group | American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association's Membership Advisory Group meets regularly to develop strategies for enhancing the professional membership experience.

Are you intersted in participating in the Membership Advisory Group? Applications are being accepted now for a 2-year term beginning January 2024. Please complete the applicaiton by October 30th 11:59 p.m. ET


Advisory Group Description


The Membership Advisory Group provides expert guidance on the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA’s) Professional Membership Initiative. This group oversees the development and enhancement of ADA’s Professional Membership benefits and strategies. The ADA's Membership Advisory Group meets regularly to develop strategies for enhancing the professional membership experience, including Interest Group engagement, professional awards, and networking opportunities.

Qualifications for Membership:

ADA Professional Member volunteers that represent the multidisciplinary diabetes care team as well as those who represent the research community will be eligible for service on this group.

Advisory Group Charges and Responsibilities:

  • Review membership benefit offerings and serve as a sounding board for new benefit ideas
  • Vote on applicants for membership-based leadership teams
  • Develop the long-term mission of and engagement strategies for ADA’s Interest Groups
  • Review membership marketing and communication materials targeting diverse audiences
  • Provide insights regarding successful membership management, revenue, growth, and engagement used by related organizations
  • Serve as a liaison to Interest Groups by connecting with the Leadership Team on a frequent basis

Advisory Group Commitment:  

  • Monthly conference calls (60 minutes)  
  • Regular email communication with the other members of the Membership Advisory Group, via the DiabetesPro Member Forum
  • Two-year term (January start)
  • One meeting per year at ADA’s Scientific Sessions
  • Regular email communication and/or attendance at Interest Group monthly meetings


Current Members

Todd Hagobian, PhD, Chair 
Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Public Health 
California Polytechnic State University    

Henry Rodriguez, MD, Immediate Past Chair
Professor of Pediatrics, University of South Florida
Clinical Director, University of South Florida Diabetes and Endocrinology Center

Julio E. Ayala, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Nuzhat Chalisa, MD, FACE
Director Endocrinology and Diabetes Education
Morris Hospital & Health Care Centers
Morris Hospital

Andrew Crisologo DPM, FASPS, FFPM RCPS (Glasg)
Medical Director, Diabetic Limb Salvage Parkland Hospital Dallas, TX
Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 

Laya Ekhlaspour, MD
Assistant Professor
University of California, San Francisco

Kimberly F. Ellis, FNP-C & CDCES
Ellis Diabetes Education and Consulting, LLC.

Estelle Everett, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor-in-Residence 
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Anthony Good, DNP, MBA, FNP-BC, GNP-BC 
Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Kidney Care Medical Associates; Associate Professor; FNP Program Director
Advanced Kidney Care Medical Associates, Saint Francis University

Amit Gupta, MBBS, DNB, MNAMS, FACE, FACP, FRCP (Glasgow, Edinburgh),FRSSDI,FICP
Director, Centre For Diabetes Care
Greater Noida, India

Cassandra Henderson, MD, MSc, CDCES
Maternal Fetal Medicine Consultant and Diabetes Care and Education Specialist.    
Garden OB GYN    

William Horton, MD, MSc, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Virginia

Rebecca Ortiz La Banca Barber, PhD, MSN, RN
Research Nurse Scientist
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Joyce Lee, PharmD, APh, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, CDCES
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California, Irvine (UCI)

Zhenqi Liu, MD
James M. Moss Professor of Diabetes and Professor of Medicine
University of Virginia

Catherine McManus, PhD, RDN, LD
Assistant Professor & Vice Chair for Education
Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Department of Nutrition

Don Nelinson, PhD
Director, US Diabetes Publication Lead
Sanofi, General Medicines - US Medical

Lucia M. Novak, MSN, ANP-BC, BC-ADM
President, DIABESITY, LLC, North Bethesda, MD
Co-Executive Director, Capital Health and Metabolic Center, Capital Diabetes and Endocrine Associates, Camp Springs and Silver Spring, MD

Kristen Nwanyanwu, MD, MBA, MHS
Associate Professor
Yale University

Stanley Schwartz, MD
Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

Jenise Wong, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology    
University of California San Francisco    

Deborah Young-Hyman, PhD, CDCES (formerly CDE), FTOS, Fellow SBM
Health Science Administrator, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health