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Leadership in Support of a Cure for Diabetes

The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) is privileged to be supported by a Visiting Advocacy Committee (VAC). Each member shares a passionate commitment for diabetes care, research and ultimately the cure. VAC members have demonstrated their effective leadership by reaching the top of their respective professions. They donate their time to help advance the DCOE mission and lead by example through their generous philanthropy.

  • Ronny Bachrach

    Ronny Bachrach

    Ronny was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 28 years old. She's eager to engage with groups working to better the lives of those living with the disease. She's a member of the Center for Nutrition and Metabolism Advisory Committee at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and also serves on their Board of Overseers.

  • John Cammett

    John Cammett

    John has type 1 diabetes and is inspired by his mother who has lived with T1D for over 56 years. He serves on the JDRF finance committee and lends his business expertise and financial support to new therapies and technologies. John is a lifelong entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of real estate, including finance, investment, management, and leasing for the transportation and logistics industry. 

  • Mark Fuller

    Mark Fuller

    Living with type 1 diabetes himself, Mark has been active in the diabetes education community for over 25 years. He's Chairman & Treasurer of the George F. & Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, which funds term chairs for two of the principal scientists within the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence. Mark also Past Chairman and current Treasurer of the Barton Center for Diabetes Education.

  • Judy Hunt

    Judy Hunt

    Judy has advocated for a T1D cure for 37 years since her daughter was diagnosed at the age of 2. She serves on JDRF’s International Board of Chancellors, Canada Board of Directors, and nPOD Ambassadors. She was the first public Board member of the AADE and NCBDE, and served on the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease Council, Texas Diabetes Council, and Pennsylvania Diabetes Academy. 

  • Nicole Johnson

    Nicole Johnson, PhD

    In 1999, Nicole became the first ever Miss America winner living with type 1 diabetes, and used the platform to publicize her use of an insulin pump. Today Nicole is a nationally recognized advocate for diabetes research and education. She serves as V.P. of Operations in the Science and Health Care Division of the American Diabetes Association.

  • Margery Perry

    Margery Perry

    Margery has been a diabetes advocate for more than 30 years, ever since her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7. She is Chair of the JDRF Research Committee, and has also been a member of NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council. Margery sits on several diabetes foundation boards, including Taking Control of Your Diabetes and Insulin for Life.

  • Joseph Vicidomino

    Joseph Vicidomino

    Joe’s grandson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 2. As a Global Vice Chair (retired) with Ernst & Young, he has experience developing and leading the implementation of solutions to complex challenges faced by various types of organizations ranging in size from emerging businesses to large global companies. Joe is leveraging his experiences to advance the mission of the DCOE.