Board Of Directors

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Theresa Garnero, APRN-BC-ADM, MSN, CDE

(Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management, Master of Science in Nursing, Certified Diabetes Educator)

Founder,  Executive Director

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 is recognized professionally with multiple awards. It only took 25 years down her career path to come up with the idea of using dance as a solution for community health. The light bulb of Dance Out Diabetes (DOD) went off in 2006 and she’s been working diligently since to have a forum for FUN physical activity that includes everyone. DOD had its first event in 2010.

Anyone who meets Theresa gets that she is inspired to make it a better place for people with diabetes and their circle of support. In addition to being the volunteer Executive Director for DOD, she is the practice manager at the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF. (Note: DOD is a non-profit 501c3, not affiliated with UCSF.) 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. She is a sought after design consultant for several international diabetes technology companies because of her talents and unique perspective.

Theresa is also a former figure skating champion who trained with Brian Boitano and a regular, but not professional, dancer. She is often the first and last on the dance floor because of the joy and stress relief it brings. As the founder of Dance Out Diabetes she wants to meet you on the dance floor no matter where you live. Just join us in the live stream!

(Read Theresa’s Bio)

Board of Director meeting minutes available by request. Please email for more information.


Rosie headshotRosie Castillo

Secretary, Treasurer, DJ Charis

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)

Volunteer Chair

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. Her role as Volunteer Chair is pivotal to the success of Dance Out Diabetes.

Margaret Keyes

Board of Directors

Type 2 Diabetes

Margaret Keyes, an octogenarian with type 2 diabetes, a writer and Jungian psychologist, was also the director of a family service agency and an adjunct professor of graduate studies. She views Dance Out Diabetes as the most effective approach to community health to be found anywhere; its creative outreach captures attention with tangible rewards for participating, superb medical team services and pleasure and companionship in dance as exercise.


JulisaNunez DODJulisa Nunez

Board of Directors

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.


Future Directors

If you have diabetes, like to dance and would like to help us expand beyond San Francisco to a national venue, please email Theresa Garnero at 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
Jennifer Dorn
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
Louise Vogel