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Educator Of The Year

2018 WADE Diabetes Educator of the Year Award

Purpose:  To recognize an individual who has made contributions to the field of diabetes education in an outstanding and unique manner and who has shown interest and involvement in WADE activities

Who can nominate:  Any WADE member can nominate another member or self-nominate for the award.

How to nominate: Electronically submit nominee's name, email address and phone number to Ineke Ojanen, WADE Awards Committee Chair (WACC) by February 1, 2018 ([email protected]).

Candidate eligibility criteria: Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), active Member of WADE, member of AADE, and three years of experience as a diabetes educator.

Process: Nominated members will be emailed a letter from the WADE Awards Committee Chair (WACC) which will include: eligibility criteria, the application, and a personal information form for nominees to complete to be considered for the award.

*Those who nominate and submit a complete award application will be placed into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.

2017 Diabetes Educator of the Year


2017 WADE Diabetes Educator of the Year is Randy Elde, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM.

Randy is a retired pharmacist, CDE and BC-ADM who has been actively involved in diabetes education for the past 25 years. His passion and inspiration developed after his daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He is known for his patience and compassion in his teaching and is always seeking out the new research and ways of teaching about diabetes. In his retirement years he continues to serve as an educator, insulin pump trainer, and volunteer for diabetes camps for children.

Previous Winners

1987 Jan Norman
1988 Lucy Matteson
1989 Jan Roth
1990 Margaret O’Leary
1991 Lois Van Ottingham
1992 Linda Haas
1993 Marcia Madsen-Miller
1994 Carol Malcom
1995 Martha Bell-Hart
1996 Mary McGregor
1997 Jeanne Harmon
1998 Chris Pelto
1999 Joanne Hanson
2000 Christina Malsam
2001 Kathy Fitzpatrick
2002 Hannah Kuhn
2004 Ginny Lewis
2005 Alison B Evert, RD, CDE
2006 Syusan Ruedebusch
2007 Linda Castine
2008 Laurie Payne RN, CDE
2009 Eileen Paul
2010 Martha Price, DSNc, ARNP, CDE
2011 Debby Jackson RD, CD, MEd, CDE
2013 Deborah Belknap, RN, CDE
2015 Kathleen Magee, RN, BSN, CDE
2016 Sue Barwick, RN, CDE
2017 Randy Elde, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM