Adam Brown

P4DC Founder

Close Concerns / diaTribe
Twitter: @asbrown1  / @diatribenews

Much of Adam’s writing for Close Concerns focuses on diabetes technology, especially CGM, insulin pumps, and the artificial pancreas. Adam graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with concentrations in marketing and health care management & policy and completed his senior thesis on the motivational and financial factors associated with optimal diabetes control. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12.

Kelly Close

P4DC Founder & Current Team Member

Close Concerns / diaTribe
Twitter: @kellyclose  / @diatribenews

A passionate advocate, Kelly has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 25 years. She is president of Close Concerns and editor-in-chief of diatribe, a newsletter for people with diabetes. Kelly and her staff attend over 40 conferences globally that focus on diabetes and obesity, cover key medical literature in the field, and write quarterly about 60-plus private and public companies in the area. Kelly frequently speaks about diabetes and obesity markets and the public health implications of diabetes and obesity. She is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School.

Kate Cornell

Current Team Member

Sweet Success: My Life with Type 2 Diabetes / The Type Two Experience
Twitter: @SweetenedKate

Kate was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005. Since she wasn’t offered any education beyond “watch what you eat”, she went about educating herself. She began her personal blog in 2011 as a way to stay focused on her own diabetes, and through that developed a desire to help others navigate the world of type 2.

Bennet Dunlap

P4DC Founder & Current Team Member

Your Diabetes May Vary / StripSafely
Twitter: @BadShoe / @StripSafely

As a father of two children with type 1 diabetes, Bennet chronicles his family’s experiences on how they cope with the demands of living with diabetes on his personal blog, Your Diabetes May Vary, with the intent of helping others stay current with diabetes news and feel connected in a way that helps families stay positively engaged with diabetes tasks. Bennet has a Bachelor of Science in finance and a Master’s in health communication.

Manny Hernandez

P4DC Founder

Diabetes Hands Foundation / Livongo Health
Twitter: @askmanny

Manny is an internationally recognized health advocate who has lived with diabetes since 2002. In the past 20 years, he’s led dozens of projects and managed a variety of software products. Between 2007 and 2015, Manny combined his passions at as the co-founder and president of Diabetes Hand Foundation. In May 2015, he joined Livongo Health, as their Senior Vice President – Member Experience. At Livongo he is helping reinvent the way we manage chronic conditions (starting with diabetes) through technology, real-time information, and human support to make life easier for people with chronic conditions.

Jeff Hitchcock

P4DC Founder & Current Team Member

Children with Diabetes
Twitter: @cwdiabetes

In response to his daughter Marissa’s diabetes diagnosis at the age of two, Jeff began Children with Diabetes to share experiences with other families, so that together, they can all make a difference in the lives of kids with diabetes. In addition, Children with Diabetes promotes the Quilt for Life diabetes awareness project and hosts Friends for Life conferences to provide education and support for children with diabetes and their families.

Scott Johnson

Current Team Member

Scott’s Diabetes
Twitter: @scottkjohnson

Writing is how Scott copes with his type 1 diabetes. He utilizes his blog, Scott’s Diabetes, to reflect on his struggles and successes and examine his thoughts and feelings of living with a chronic disease. He is also a co-host of Diabetes Social Media Advocacy Live on Blog Talk Radio.

Kerri Sparling

P4DC Founder & Current Team Member

Six Until Me
Twitter: @sixuntilme

Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1986. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.” She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a global audience of patients, caregivers, and industry. Well-versed in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents globally at conferences, advocacy events, and diabetes-specific events hosted by advocacy organizations. She currently works full-time as a writer, and lives in Rhode Island with her husband and daughter.

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Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies saw the opportunity to strengthen their relationships with the diabetes community by engaging with them on a new and different level thru the P4DC Coalition. A cross-company collaboration among the companies that touch diabetes within Johnson & Johnson, they are focused on engaging and providing emotional support to the diabetes online community, rather than on marketing products and hope to create a real tangible difference in the lives of people with diabetes in need.