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Atypical Advocate, Patient Engagement Instigator, Diabetes Community Leader

Tampa, FL


Combining over 25 years of sales, marketing, and non-profit management experience with 33 years of Type 1 diabetes creates a unique skill set sought after by patient organizations, industry, and government relations. A popular speaker and advisor for the patient advocacy community (not just diabetes!), Christel combines humor, research, and personal perspective to highlight the importance of the patient voice in every healthcare conversation. Whether it's sharing insights on a FDA panel, in front of healthcare professionals and patients, or on gubernatorial appointed councils, her unique and insightful views are welcomed and valued.

She's the current CEO and co-founder of the 501(c)(4) Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition, founder of the 501(c)(3) The Diabetes Collective and The Diabetes UnConference, member of the Florida Diabetes Advisory Council, 2015-6 PatientsLikeMe Team of Advisors member, writer at ThePerfectD, and speaker on the Insulet Sex, Insulin, and Rock & Roll tour.

AVAILABILITY: as required

Industry Experience
Healthcare - Advocacy Healthcare - Online Communities Healthcare - Patient & Family Advisory Councils Professional Services Other
Areas Of Expertise
Blogger Business Development Consumer Insights Digital Marketing Marketing Operations Peer Support Program Development Project Management Social Media Strategy
Health Perspective
Patient Advocate Other
Health Conditions
Diabetes Diabetes - Type 1

A 501(c)(4) focused on providing a voice for over 29 million Americans and their families to address the issues of safety, quality, and access to diabetes medications, services, and devices with federal and state policy makers.

March 2014 – Present

A 501(c)(3) providing peer support events and resources for adults in the diabetes community, including The Diabetes UnConference. The Diabetes UnConference is an adult peer-facilitated psychosocial event offered to patients and caregivers impacted by diabetes.

Creator at ThePerfectD
March 2013 – Present

A diabetes blog encompassing the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes and the complexities of navigating a world that doesn't understand fully how diabetes works.

Director of Membership at Professional Photographers of America
April 2008 – November 2011

Overseeing membership, government affairs, certification, member engagement, and benefits for over 25,000 professional photographers from around the world.

Please view my LinkedIn profile for my full activity.

Bachelors, MLA
McGill University

Masters, MIS

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