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The leadership of the Florida Diabetes Alliance consists of the Board (Chair, Chair-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Past Chair, At-large members) and is responsible for fundraising, community and public relations, human resource and financial management, and daily operations of the Alliance The board, which leads and oversees the focus groups, collaborate with each other to address the needs of the state, including the implementation of diabetes mentoring programs and increasing capacity of education programs.

Officers

Kathryn Mulcahy RN, MSN, CDCESr, Chair

A photo of Kathy Mulcahy. She has short brown hair and is smilingAfter receiving her BSN from College Misericordia, she began her career in 1969 as a registered nurse in the NICU at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and over four years rose to the role of clinical lead for the neonatal training program for nurses and physicians. After moving to Virgina, she worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Pediatrics as a staff nurse, Preop Teacher, Diabetes Training Nurse, and Assistant Nursing Coordinator for four pediatric units. With a keen interest in diabetes and teaching, she returned to school to gain an MSN from George Mason University and at the same time became the Diabetes Clinical Specialist for the Inova Fairfax’s 650 bed hospital. She began the Diabetes Education Program at Fairfax and eventually expanded this to all three hospitals, which was awarded the first multi-site American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Program certificate. She was in the first year of health professionals who received the Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) credential. With growing recognition as an expert in the field of diabetes education, she was elected to the American Association of Diabetes Educators and eventually served as president of AADE from 1999 to 2000. After more than thirty years working at Inova Fairfax Hospital, she accepted a position with Amylin Pharmaceuticals as the Medical Science Liaison and worked in this field until retirement. Although retired, she continues to remain involved as a volunteer in the diabetes field as a passionate diabetes care and education specialist. She currently serves as chair and founding member of the Florida Diabetes Alliance.

Sharon Hatch, Immediate Past Chair

a photo of Sharon Hatch - she is smiling and has long brown hair and is wearing a dark jacket over a white blouseShe is currently the Senior Director of Quality Management at Aetna. She has been in managed care for over 25 years, including at Jackson Memorial Health System, UnitedHealthcare, and Aetna, advocating for members and providers and innovating quality, engagement, health management, and population health strategies to build competency and partnerships, while improving outcomes for members and alleviating provider burden. Her extensive subject matter expertise and leadership experience includes HEDIS, CAHPS, STARS, disease and case/care management, data analytics, member outreach, value-based programming, rewards and incentives, RFPs, and building highly successful quality programs from the ground up. Her experience includes Medicaid, Medicare & DSNP, MMP, marketplace, CHIP, and MLTSS. Her work has included more than 40 states and territories in managed care, specialty networks, and primary care clinic networks.

She currently serves as the Past Board Chair for the Florida Diabetes Alliance, has served as a consultant to primary care clinic networks and physician groups looking to create and implement quality, risk, and population health programs, and volunteers as a patient advocate for navigating health care and systems.

Carol Kazounis, RD, CDCES, Chair Elect

With a passion for diabetes education and a prevalence for diabetes among her family members focused her career on helping those with diabetes live the best possible life and teaching life skills to prevent it from developing in those with pre-diabetes. She is a Registered Dietitian and attained her undergraduate and graduate degree in Dietetics from the University of North Florida. She has over twenty years of experience working in Dietetics and public health with a focus on preventing many chronic diseases by the promotion of lifestyle changes and nutrition interventions and treating those who have diabetes. She focused on diabetes education while working in the WIC program and quickly realized the community I worked in needed a full diabetes education program and this would a full-time educator. In 2018 she transitioned over to community health and worked to get a diabetes program started. In 2019 the program was accredited for both Diabetes Prevention and Diabetes Self-Management Education.

Lisa Fisher CPA, Treasurer

Lisa Fisher has been a CPA since 1986. She has worked in public accounting along with various industries including real estate development and not for profits. She is retired and volunteers providing accounting and tax services. She has been interested in diabetes because of a personal history going back many years. She became a board member and treasurer of the Florida Diabetes Alliance in 2023.

Jennifer Roberts MPH, Secretary

Jenny Roberts is the Program Manager for the Florida Department of Health, Diabetes Prevention and Management Program. She is the lead for statewide diabetes activities and projects for the National Diabetes Prevention Program and Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support programs. Jenny is responsible for managing the 2320 grant A Strategic Approach to Advancing Health Equity for Priority Populations with or at Risk for Diabetes. She is also the facilitator for the Florida Diabetes Advisory Council.

At Large Directors

Wilhelmina Lewis, MD

Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician with Fellowship training in Geriatrics. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Lewis serves as Chief Executive Officer for Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. She oversees operations for the company’s sixteen service sites in six counties and is passionate about providing and facilitating high quality, comprehensive, affordable care. Dr. Lewis is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Nova Southeastern University School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Florida State University School of Medicine’s Department of Geriatric Medicine. She serves on several community boards. She is a past chair of the Health and Human Services (HHS) facet of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Links, Inc., and led the development of what has become a nationally awarded “best practices” program for addressing Metabolic Syndrome through children’s programs, women’s programs, and broader community screenings and education.

Tammie Johnson, DRPh

Tammie Johnson is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University. After working as a public health professional for over 15 years, Dr. Johnson entered academia in 2010. Dr. Johnson discovered her love for epidemiology when she assisted with collecting and analyzing data from the first Florida Youth Tobacco Survey in 1998. Since then, her interests have expanded to include many chronic disease outcomes and determinants, and she specializes in complex survey data methodology and analysis. Her publication topics include diabetes, metabolic syndrome, physical activity, alcohol consumption, tobacco use, mental distress, and related outcomes and determinants.

Carmen Fabre Pedrero, MPH

Carmen Fabre Pedrero graduated from Florida A&M University with her master’s in public health and has served as a general member of the Florida Diabetes Alliance. She has taken the lead on the technological pieces of the past 2 webinars that have been hosted. Her passion for diabetes prevention and management started when she became the Diabetes Analyst for the Florida Department of Health. In her current role as the Disability and Health Program Manager for the Florida Department of Health, she has been able to integrate and increase access to diabetes prevention and management to those with a disability.

Kimberly Goebert MSN, RN

Kimberly Goebert as spent 46+ years working in healthcare. Ms. Goebert is employed as the Director of Quality/Risk Management at PanCare of Florida, Inc. (PanCare) in Panama City, FL since 2013. In 2016 she was challenged with creating a diabetes education program for PanCare. With much work, our DSME program was started and accredited by ADCES that same year.

In addition to her responsibilities related to quality and risk management at PanCare, she supervises the Diabetes Self-Management Education program and staff. She provides oversight for planning, implementation and evaluation of the program and ensures the systematic and coordinated day to day operations of diabetes educational services at all 12 of our locations/sites. In addition, she ensures that the National Standards (NSDSME) and ADCES accreditation standards are met and always maintained. She is a member of ADCES and ADA and have directed our accredited diabetes program for the last 7 years.

Juana Burgohy RD, MPH, CDCES

Territory Business Manager for Mannkind Corporation. She provides education to health care providers on two diabetes treatment options for type 1 and 2 diabetes patients. Her passion is helping people living with diabetes become educated, empowered, and effective in their daily management of diabetes.

She is a Registered Dietitian, and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Ms. Burgohy earned a Master of Public Health degree with a health promotion and disease prevention concentration. She has served on the Florida Dietetic Association board in numerous positions including President of the Miami Dietetic Association. She has also served as a ACDCES (American Association of Diabetes & Education Specialist) member on the Florida and Jacksonville local networking groups.

“I am excited to be appointed as a Florida Diabetes Alliance Board member. I look forward to collaborating and networking with others to enhance diabetes prevention and care in our Florida communities.” ~Juana Burgohy

Organizational Appointed Members

• Kianga Tucker, Florida Department of Health
• Tammie Johnson, Florida Universities and Colleges
• Jeanna Rhoulhac Rd, CDE, Cdtc, Ld/N, American Dietetic Association