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Grace Pasol-Uniacke’s story began when she had her second child and the doctor told her that she had gestational diabetes. “The main idea I came away with after my conversation with him is that in my 60’s I would likely have diabetes. I’m sure there was more I should have gleaned from the conversation, but I was only 40 and 60 was a long way away.” Not quite…she was diagnosed with diabetes in 2013 at age 53. In that first year, many of the old ways had to be adjusted (like eating/sleeping habits), and some are still hard to kick, but the one habit that has come back in full force is her love of dance. When Grace read the founding Executive Director’s newsletter that shared DOD would end in December 2014, she decided to step up to the plate. “I just knew inside that I had to do something to try to keep it going. I guess I finally understood what DOD has meant to me. This once a month dance has been a life line in a year that has been a bit hard to swallow, (or prick, if I may say).” Grace is being mentored into her new roll in order for this vital life line to continue. She believes that DOD has also become a life line for many of the other participants that attend and keep coming back. She invites you join her in keeping DOD the vital LIFE LINE it has become!
(Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management, Master of Science in Nursing, Certified Diabetes Educator)
Theresa is a passionate advocate and innovator in the field of diabetes education and care with a vast repertoire of experience. This comes from partnering with and learning from thousands of people with all types of diabetes and their families across the healthcare continuum. She has always enjoyed discovering what inspires people in order to facilitate meaningful approaches to self-care. She is nationally known for her use of therapeutic humor, her creation of self-care symbols and iconography to communicate complex points, her friendly yet thorough writing style as an author, and her diabetes cartoons. The idea of using dance as a solution for community health went off in 2006 and she has been working diligently since to have a fun forum for physical activity that includes everyone. As a recreational dancer and former figure skating champion who trained with Brian Boitano, this medical fitness model was a natural fit. Dance Out Diabetes (DOD) had its first event in 2010.
Rosie studied folklore dance under distinguished instructors Amalia Hernandez and Maestro Rafael Vega Espana in Mexico City, Mexico. She later studied African American Latin dance in the United States, performing in group productions and as a soloist. Rosie has many talents. To save DOD the expense of hiring DJs, she began to study the craft. She is also known as DJ Charis and debuted 11/12/11 at our dance-a-thon to rave reviews. Rosie represents the at-risk population and non-diabetes professional.
Michelle Barth, MS, RD, CDE
(Master of Science, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator)
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Michelle Barth has over two decades of experience facilitating many types of nutrition education for a diverse range of patient populations. She specializes in weight management, facilitating self-care goals, and is a personal coach. Michelle attends regular group dances and is known to dance for hours.
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Julisa has been involved with Dance Out Diabetes since she began volunteering in 2010. As a native Californian, born and raised on a ranch; Julisa quickly developed a love and passion for great quality organic food and where it comes from. Julisa holds a BS in Psychology, and she has been a Health and Nutrition Specialist at Children’s Council of San Francisco for the past six years. As part of the Nutrition team, she is the project manager for community health fairs, garden projects, healthy cooking classes and classes on the importance of being physically active. Outside of work, you can find her doing things she loves and enjoys: volunteering, cooking, running, hiking and enjoying all the great foods that San Francisco has to offer.
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Jennifer is a native of the East Bay Area, and as a mixed race, African American woman with precursors and genetic predispositions to diabetes, she is excited to help develop Dance Out Diabetes for those who are looking for a new way to incorporate exercise into their lives. Her background is in Business Administration and Computer Science, as she co-owned and operated two franchises covering the entire East Bay and San Francisco territory. She currently works in a different capacity at BART and has been exposed to many arenas within BART. Music is a staple in her life as she is a vocalist and has a personal love for all dance, having participated in modern dance, jazz and belly-dancing.
If you have diabetes, like to dance and would like to help keep our efforts going, please email Grace Uniacke at email@example.com or call 1-877-765-4386.
Former Directors whose talents and volunteerism helped tremendously
Alphabetical, by last name:
Nikki Bengal, BA, RN, PHN, MSN
Nancy J.V. Bohannon, MD, FACP, FACE
Carolyn “CC” Brown
Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD
Richard Peng, MS. MBA, RCEP, HFS, CDE
Sandy Pieschel, MPA, BSW, RN, CDE
Katie Savin, MSW
Dawn Swidorski, EMPA
Etta Vinik, MEd
Dr. Aaron Vinik
Board of Director meeting minutes available by request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.