Board and Staff

The SDES family is comprised of generous and supportive individuals, families, alumni, volunteers, donors, civic organizations, corporate sponsors, and leadership who share the common bond of caring and serving children and teens living with diabetes and their families. Over 375 people volunteer each year to make our many diabetes camps and community programs successful, including Board of Directors, physicians, nurses, NPs, certified diabetes educators, pharmacists, nutritionists, students, counselors, and activity leaders. SDES Community Leaders lead and assist with fundraising and family activity events.


Board Chair Emeritus: Katie Mapes Hester, RN, CDE: Clinical Manager: Medtronic Diabetes
Board Chair: Terri Brennan, MAE, RN, CDE: Clinical Manager: Insulet Diabetes
Board Vice Chair: Rebecca Lee, Pharm. D, Rush Hospital
Board Treasurer: Kyle Crawford, US Government
Board Secretary: Dora Hartsock, Insurance Manager, Whitehaven Insurance


Kevin Astle, Pharm. D, Assistan Professor, Auburn University
Taylor Caffey, MD, Medical Director Emeritus
Jacob Edwards, MD, Dothan Pediatrics
Christina Hair, RN, CDE, Endocrinology Nurse, USA Women’s and Children’s
Rebecca Lee, Pharm. D., Rush Hospital
Eleanor Massey, Marketing Consultant
Mary Oliver, Instructor, Gadsden State Community College
Julia Pachecho, Lions of Alabama
Joel Sampson, Vice President, iHeart Radio
Erin Turnham, Parent Representative, Sugar Rush Survivors

Advisory Committee (*Former Board Chairs)

*Tip McAlpin, McAlpin Interiors
*Gus Gary, Lions of Alabama
*Matthew Munson, Attorney
*Dennis Pillion, PhD, Retired, UAB School of Medicine
*Quinton Gurley, MD Anesthesiologist, UAB Medicine
Bernard Eichold, MD Chief Health Officer, MCHD
Richard Epstein, Diabetic Children of Alabama Trustee
Heather Whitley, Pharm. D, Associate Professor, Auburn University
Ava Mitchell, DNP, Children’s of Alabama
Anne Marie Kaulfers, MD, USA Women’s and Children’s
Mike Shelton, Vice President/Deputy Chief Information Officer, University of Alabama


Rhonda McDavid, Executive Director
John Latimer, Camp & Community Programs Director
Jay Dial, Communications & Events Coordinator
Sarah Latimer, Registrar/Family Services
Amanda Jordan, Assistant Summer Camp Director

Community Outreach

Maria Martin, South Alabama/NW Florida