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.
Chaundra M. Bishop
With an education in biology and public health science, Chaundra Bishop has implemented a myriad public health programming over the last several years. She is currently the Director of Healthier Communities Initiatives at the Springfield YMCA, spending the last year and a half collaborating and sharing important health messages to favorably impact the quality of life in populations throughout the community. Previously, Bishop worked as a health educator for Adams County Health Department. Her passion for public health and health education/promotion developed as the prevalence of preventable chronic diseases grew, specifically among underserved populations.
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.
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.
Deanna Lohman, RN, BSN, CDE
Deanna Lohman is a Registered Nurse who is the Director of Diabetes Education with the HSHS Medical Group Joslin Diabetes Center. She has worked in diabetes education at HSHS since 2014. Lohman previously worked at the Springfield Diabetes & Endocrine Center, Interim Health Care and St. John’s Hospital. She is a certified diabetes educator who holds certifications as pump trainer. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Cedarville College.
Tiffanie Pressley, MA, BS
Tiffanie Pressley serves as the Division Chief for the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Office of Health Promotion. She has been with IDPH for 20 years, spending over 17 years in the Division of Environmental Health. Currently, she oversees the day-to-day operations of chronic disease programs including: asthma, comprehensive cancer, rape prevention and education, injury prevention, tobacco, nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention, heart disease and stroke prevention, and diabetes. She is an experienced principal investigator, project team leader and manager for federally-funded grant activities and has extensive expertise in environmental health, toxicology, and evidence-based programs.
Pressley has a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Illinois College, Jacksonville.
Janae D. Price, MPH CDR
Janae Price is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Field Epidemiologist assigned to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in Springfield. In this capacity, Price leads a multi-component, multi-disciplinary data collection and reporting efforts around chronic disease prevention and control. She develops and deploys surveys, leads focus group interviews, performs program evaluations, informs strategic planning efforts, and conducts complex projects for statewide programs including but not limited to: nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Maggie Rivera is the proud daughter of a former Bracero migrant farm worker. During those years, she had the fortune of becoming involved with the Illinois Migrant Council, first as a volunteer, later as a board member and most recently as a board-appointed Interim President/CEO. For the past 26 years, she has been a devoted member to the League of United Latin American Citizens (L.U.L.A.C.). Rivera is the founder of many LULAC councils across the Midwest. Currently the LULAC-IL State Deputy Director, she has held many positions within the organization such as council president, youth/young adults council advisor, Illinois State Director, District Director, and Secretary. She is the Immediate Past National Treasurer and Past National Midwest VP.
Rivera received a bachelor’s degree from National Louis University-Chicago in Behavioral Science and a master’s degree in business management/organizational leadership from Webster University. She is currently completing a Binational PhD in Education (Dissertation on farmworkers children education) at Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Mexico/VIA Novus University.
Erin Zepp, MS, RD, CDE
Erin Zepp is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and the coordinator of the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Diabetes Prevention Programs for Memorial Health System, based in Springfield.