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Larry Ellingson, R. Ph.
Donna Ryan, RN, RD, MPH, CDE, FAADE Board Member
AADE President 2018 and Board of Directors 2012-2019

Donna Ryan currently is the Regional Director of Population Health for Ascension Health – Sacred Heart Health System on the Florida Gulf Coast. She holds dual licenses as a registered nurse and registered dietitian. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from California State University, Northridge in 2004 and her Bachelors in Science at the University of Alabama. She is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, and a Fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

Ms. Ryan served as the 2018 President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). She has also served as AADE Treasurer and as member of Board of Directors from 2012 to 2019.

Ms. Ryan serves in several leadership and advisory positions, including the Diabetes Advisory Council (DAC) for the State of Florida, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Collaborative for Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control DSMES Marketing Strategy Group, and Director of Diabetes Prevention Programs at Ascension Sacred Heart. As part of the Florida DAC she participated in the Women in Government Diabetes Learning Exchange working with Florida Legislators to identify needs and opportunities for the state to improve diabetes and prediabetes care, coverage and support. She was a workgroup member and speaker for the CDC, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and Florida Dept of Health ‘Diabetes Prevention Program-An Equitable Approach for State Empowerment’.

Along with advisory roles, Ms. Ryan has served as a panelist for FDA Critical Path Innovation Meeting: Hypoglycemia and FDA/CMS Hearing on Glucose Monitoring. From 1996 to 2013, Ms. Ryan worked as a diabetes and nutrition educator at medical centers and hospitals in California and Florida.

Ms. Ryan has dedicated 30 years of service to patients with diabetes and chronic conditions, providing expert clinical care, education and support in hospitals, public health, community health and population health settings. She is passionate about helping underserved communities manage their diabetes and advocating for equitable access to quality care and resources.