Membership Advisory Group

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

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 & Chair, 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

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

Joseph Aloi, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine
Chief, Section on Endocrinology and Metabolism
Executive Director Endocrinology, Obesity and Metabolism Service Line 
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

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

Nuzhat Chalisa, MD, FACE, DABOM
Director Endocrinology Diabetes & Obesity Clinic
Morris Hospital & Health Care Centers

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


Kimberly F. Ellis, MSN, FNP-C, CDCES
Healthcare Consultant, Ellis Diabetes Education and Consulting, LLC.
Director of Clinical Care, Strive Health

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

Alison B. Evert, MS, RDN, CDCES, FADCES
Diabetes Nutrition Education Consultant
Kirkland, WA

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

Kathryn Evans Kreider, DNP, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, FAANP
Clinical Professor
Director: Endocrinology Specialty
Duke University School of Nursing
Nurse Practitioner, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Nutrition
Duke University Medical Center

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)

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

Kristina Naseman, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, CDCES, BC-ADM 
Pharmacist Program Coordinator Diabetes Stewardship
University of Kentucky HealthCare
Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center

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

Banshi Saboo, MBBS, MD, MSc (UK), MNAMS, PhD, FACP (USA), FICN (Canada), FIACM, FACE (USA), FRCP (Glasgow), (Edinburgh), (London)
Diacrae Hormone Clinic, Gujarat, India

Deborah Young-Hyman, PhD, CDCES, FTOS, FSBM
Health Science Administrator, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health