Cara Barnett, MPH
Cara Barnett serves as the Diabetes Program Manager for the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). In this capacity, Barnett oversees the operation of the statewide Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. She has also been tasked to work on the implementation of the Illinois Diabetes Action Plan. She has been with IDPH for 15 years—12 years in the Division of Environmental Health, Toxicology Program and three years in its Office of Preparedness and Response as a Disaster Services Planner and as the Public Health Intelligence Officer for the Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center. She has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois- Springfield and Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Eastern Illinois University.
Starlin Haydon-Greatting, MS, BS Pharm, FAPhA, CDM
Starlin Haydon-Greatting is currently serving as the Illinois Pharmacists Association’s (IPhA) Director of Clinical Programs and Population Health, working primarily to create and establish ambulatory care medication management programs. She serves as the IPhA Patient Self-Management Program (PSMP) Pharmacy Network Coordinator. Haydon-Greatting also coaches patients in the pharmacist-based care management program for self-insured employers in pre-diabetes, diabetes, cardiovascular health, asthma, and depression.
Specializing in pharmacoepidemiology, she is an expert in the field of healthcare outcomes research and drug-use analysis, with over 25 years’ of experience with medical and pharmacy claims analysis and population health management. She serves on the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Adherence workgroup and the National Quality Forum (NQF) Endocrine Steering Committee. Most recently she was appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)-Council on Ambulatory Care Pharmacy. Currently she serves the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) on the Illinois Coordinating Body (ILCB) as the CB Leader and for ASHP as the Section of Ambulatory CARE Practitioners (SACP) Past-Chair of the SAG on Compensation and Practice Sustainability (CPS) and the liaison member to their Medication Therapy Management SAG.
Manny Hernandez is the Functional Health literacy Program Coordinator for the Waukegan Public Library. This program was developed to address the need of the community to gain access to medical services and to eliminate language, low literacy, and socio-cultural barriers through education and engagement strategies, serving community member from Waukegan, Zion, North Chicago, Gurnee and Round Lake area.
Hernandez started his career in community services as a Community Health Worker. He has obtained numerous certifications, including: Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) peer educator; Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Life Style Trainer; Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) accredited provider/trainer; and Mental Health First Aid certified Instructor, recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Health. These certifications enabled him to recruit and train 14 members of the community to become certified Community Health Workers, expanding the capacity to deliver culturally sensitive medical information to the people in need.
He is also an active participant with the Lake County Health Department’s initiative Live Well Lake County, by being part of Health Literacy, Diabetes, and Behavioral Health Action Teams.
Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RDN, MBA, CDE, CEC
Mary Ann Hodorowicz is a licensed registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She is also a certified endocrinology coder and owns a private practice specializing in corporate clients in Palos Heights, IL. Hodorowicz is a consultant, professional speaker, trainer, and author. Her clients include healthcare entities, professional membership associations, pharmacies, medical CEU education and training firms, government agencies, food and pharmaceutical companies, academia, and employer groups. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) from 2013 to 2015, was chair of AADE’s Advanced Practice Community of Interest Group in 2016, and nominated for the Award in Excellent Practice of the Weight Management Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016.
Paula Jimenez, RN
Paula Jimenez is the Assistant Division Chief of the Chronic Disease Division at the Illinois Department of Public Health in Springfield. Jimenez is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience in both chronic and infectious diseases. She currently serves as the Program Manager for the Chronic Disease and School Health Grant and previously managed the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials’ grant to develop the Illinois Diabetes Plan. In this role, Jimenez and her team have engaged public and private stakeholders from nearly 60 organizations throughout Illinois to develop and finalize the plan.
Susan Menninger Krause, MS, BA
Susan Menninger Krause is the C.W. Avery Family YMCA’s Health & Wellness Director. She has worked at the Y since it opened in 2006. Her health and wellness career spans more than 20 years with years of coaching, sports specific training, orthopedic rehab, and group facilitation experience.
Menninger Krause earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas and an Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas. She holds certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Instructor and the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research as a Fitness Specialist. Menninger Krause also holds certifications in Pilates, Cycling, and Barre and as an EnhanceFitness Instructor.
She serves as a Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach; Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Trainer; Take Charge of Your Diabetes- Diabetes Self-Management Program Facilitator; YMCA of the USA Blood Pressure Self-Management Program; and Healthy Heart Ambassador Faculty Trainer.
Jordan-Lindsay Morris earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. She has a Master of Public Health from Benedictine University. She also was a Paramedic/EMT for 16 years and is an IPHA AmeriCorps Alum 2014/2015.
Jordan-Lindsay has been with Lake County Health Department/ Community Health Centers for nearly three years where she is a Community Health Specialist within the Health Equity Team. She co-chairs the Live Well Lake County Diabetes Prevention and Management Action Team, where she is coordinating diabetes self-management and prevention programs in high-risk areas.
Maria D. Oquendo-Scharneck
Maria D. Oquendo-Scharneck joined AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging serving Suburban Cook County, in September 2005. She has a Certificate of Gerontology from Oakton Community College. She has over 20 years of experience in aging services. Her background extends from senior housing management to programming aimed towards the isolated elderly throughout Chicago, as well as health promotions for diverse older adults.
She is the Chair of Network of Multicultural Aging (NOMA). Oquendo-Scharneck is a graduate of the ASA New Ventures in Leadership, national leadership program for minority individuals in aging. She has been the regional coordinator for the Take Charge of Your Health programs. She apprenticed at Stanford University as a T-Trainer in the Chronic and Diabetes Self-Management Program. Oquendo-Scharneck is a Master Trainer in the Spanish culturally adapted Tomando Control de su Salud and Manejo Personal de Diabetes programs.
She represents AgeOptions as a member of the Cook County Department of Public Health’s Alliance for Health and Active Communities Strategy and Support Team and is a member of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity Clinical Workgroup.