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Panel Details for all Spirit Week Zoom Meet Ups

MONDAY – April 19th – I get by with a little help from my friends….

Evening Zoom Meet Up 7:00 pm intended for YOUTH living with T1D: If you are a youth in NC, join us for a Zoom social . We will have games, laughs, a little bit of T1D!

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TUESDAY – April 20th – HELP, Anybody HELP!

Evening Zoom Meet Up 7:00pm intended for parents of children under 10 years old living with T1D: Join our panel of experts who can offer support, answer questions, share tips, and help you balance T1D and supporting your child living with T1D .  Check out the recording here using the password @14*Xgb^ 


Dr. Mark Henin is a Pediatric Endocrinologist. He completed Pediatric Residency at Levine Children’s Hospital and his Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Henin was instrumental in conducting several research studies while completing his fellowship and has been recognized for his hard work and dedication by receiving several awards throughout his career. When treating patients, Dr. Henin strives to strive to engage and work with families to develop a treatment plan customized to their child’s unique needs. In his free time, Dr. Henin enjoys spending quality time with his wife and daughter, traveling to experience a variety of cultures and foods, lounging on the beach, barbecuing, and routing for the Carolina Panthers.




Linnet Steinman is an RN, MSN, and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has held the Nursing Director position at various NC Diabetes Camps for the last 20 years. is a certified pump and sensor trainer for several companies.  Her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of 2 young adults living positively with T1D.




Kelly Solesbee is working as a Clinic RN at Cone Health’s Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Greensboro, NC.    She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing with her BSN and has always worked in pediatrics including Long Term Care, Acute Care, Pediatric ICU and School Nursing.  She has worked and volunteered for Diabetes Summer Camps since the summer of 2013.  After her first summer, she took on the role of the Diabetes Team Lead to help educate the school system staff in Diabetes Care Management. She is a single mom of an active 13-year-old who enjoys all things outdoors.


Taranda S. Ingram is a mother of a son diagnosed in 2015, with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of one. This unexpected event gave her the vision to create All For One Cares. She has over 15 years of experience in assurance and advisory positions, as well as governance and oversight for domestic and global Fortune 500 companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lowe’s Home Improvement, SPX, and Wells Fargo. Over the years she has held various leadership positions that has afforded her the opportunity to successfully develop new programs, through the recruitment and training of new talent. Terry holds a B.S. in Accounting from UNC Charlotte and B.A. in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill.




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WEDNESAY – April 21st – It’s been a Hard Day’s Night

Evening Zoom meet Up 7:00 pm intended for parents of tweens, teens, and young adults living with T1D : Join our panel of experts who can offer support, answer questions, and share tips for how to support your Tween, Teen, or young adult living with T1D and more.  Check out the recording here using the password DgrY2a@5


Courtney Edwards, MMS, PA-C works with Wake Forest’s Pediatric Endocrinology team, and specializes with kids, teens, and young adults who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 4, she pursued medicine with the hope to empower kids with the confidence necessary to embrace life in with positivity, while managing Type 1 Diabetes effectively. She graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine Dept of PA Studies with board certification in 2016, and joined the Pediatric Endocrine team in 2018. Through teaching and sharing life experiences during visits, Courtney uses this technique to form management centered relationships with her patients and their families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, road cycling, and participating in JDRF events!



 Katie McLean, PhD is a licensed psychologist/health services provider in the state of North Carolina. Her clinical and research interests include improving the mental health and quality of life for individuals across the lifespan facing medical illness. She specializes in a number of cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based psychotherapies to address various mental health and medical challenges. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family.




Alex McGowan is a junior at UNC Chapel Hill studying Exercise Sports Science and Psychology. She hopes to work as a PA and eventually a certified diabetic educator. Alex loves gymnastics and anything to do with crafts. She’s been living and thriving with T1D for 14 years!



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THURSDAY – April 22nd – Getting Better all the time

Evening Zoom Meet Up 7:00 pm intended for adults living with T1D: Join our panel of experts who can offer support, answer questions, and share tips for how to live your best life as an adult living with T1D and more. Check out the recording here using the password ge=6JkJ8


Dr John Parker is a fourth-generation physician. He graduated medical school from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He then completed his Endocrinology subspecialty training at Duke University. Dr Parker began clinical practice in 2003 as an endocrinologist in Wilmington, North Carolina and was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology in 2005.

Dr Parker is certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Diabetes and Metabolism. In addition, he received his Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ENCU) from the American College of Endocrinology. Currently, Dr Parker practices at Wilmington Health, where he also served as Medical Director of an evidence-based obesity treatment program (Health Management Resources at Wilmington Health) for more than 8 years, and he also conducts clinical research in multiple areas of endocrine disorders, including adrenal disease, obesity, and type 1 and type 2 diabetes, with PMG Research/ICON/Accellacare.  He is Consulting Associate in Medicine at Duke University and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Coastal Carolina Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since 2014.


Erika Peterfy, PharmD, CDE, BCACP, CPP attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy – Complete PGY1 pharmacy residency in ambulatory care at Carolinas Medical Center – Practicing as CDE in Endocrinology since 2013 –   Certified pump trainer. She currently coordinates a team of diabetes educators  at Tryon Medical Partners.




Corey Colson is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist currently working at Tryon Medical Partners. Before moving to Charlotte, Corey had the opportunity to work with an affiliate of Joslin Diabetes Center in Illinois for 5 years in the role of Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator.  He earned his Bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus in Nutrition and Master’s in Nutrition Science from Eastern Illinois University.

He currently resides in Charlotte with his wife and puppy (Miles). Corey also has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 12 years. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and running ultramarathons. He has completed distances up to 50 miles and enjoys helping fellow Type 1’s reach their exercise goals.




FRIDAY – April 23rd – Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, Life Goes On….

Evening Zoom meet Up 7:00 pm intended for all impacted by T1D: Tonight’s zoom will be a trivia challenge for the whole T1D community.  We will also celebrate the winners of the the other challenges this week, Recognized some amazing volunteers in our state and have a toast,  to all of us,  for making our community Come Together – because life does go on!


Stacey Simms is the host of the award-winning podcast, Diabetes Connections and the author of “The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom, Real-Life Stories of Raising a Child with Type 1 Diabetes.”  Stacey’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006, one month before he turned two.  Stacey’s been named to Diabetes Forecast magazine’s “12 People to Know” and The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom was named a 2021 Best Parenting Book by Book Authority


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