Volunteer Showcase

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 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. Julisa strongly believes that in order to make a change in any community, you have to understand those that you are trying to reach and their individual needs- with those two key factors, everything else just falls into place.

Outside of work, you can find Julisa doing things she loves and enjoys: volunteering, cooking, running, hiking, and enjoying all the great foods that San Francisco has to offer.

Welcome to the Dance Out Diabetes Board of Directors, Julisa!

JulisaNunez DOD

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Volunteer Appreciation 2013

by Kenzie on October 31, 2013

We had a Volunteer Appreciation meal in October for all of our wonderful DOD volunteers. We truly appreciate everything you do!

Below are some volunteers enjoying themselves as much as the participants.

Volunteers for web


2012 Volunteer of the Year

by Kenzie on May 18, 2013

Thank you, Julisa Nunez!

Julisa has been there since Day 1. Dance Out Diabetes appreciates her help in transporting the monthly mobile clinic and DJ equipment and taking a lead role at the registration table.


Calling all Dance Out Diabetes Volunteers and Donors! This Thursday night is for you!

In honor of the backbone of our organization, you are invited to join us for a fun evening filled with celebration, recognition, mingling, and yes, free beer, wine and snacks, compliments of the Sports Basement located at 1590 Bryant St (@ 15th St) from 6-8 pm. Free parking – enter on Florida Street.

Besides that, you will have the opportunity to:

  • vote on the best design entry for our Dance Out Diabetes Expressive Diabetes Art Contest 2012
  • learn about our 3rd quarter participant outcomes
  • see who gets Volunteer of the Year
  • come meet some of your Board of Directors
  • get 10% off  the coolest fitness apparel and equipment at the Sports Basement with 10% of all sales going back to DOD!

New volunteers and donors welcome. REGISTER BELOW!

Online event registration for Dance Out Diabetes Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Night powered by Eventbrite


Please join me in sincere congratulations to our friend and Board of Director Richard Peng MS, MBA, RCEP-CDE!

Richard has been notified that he has won the AADE national “Rising Star” award!
This recognition is for outstanding achievement among upcoming novice Diabetes Educators.
Richard has been an active member of our California Coordinating Body and has provided essential support for our transition as:

  • Webmaster
  • Planning committee for the annual state conference
  • Conference program brochure development
  • Destination Getaway Presenter
  • Creation of a new guidebook, Exercise for Diabetes
  • Member of the California Tobacco Coalition

We are proud to have Richard’s involvement with Dance Out Diabetes and national acknowledgement for his efforts.

Kudos, Richard!


Thanks to the leadership of Shibin Tharayil and his involvement with UFLOW, a successful walk-a-thon fundraiser garnered $266 for Dance Out Diabetes today. Several walkers showed up to take the 4-mile walk around beautiful Lake Merced in San Francisco to raise awareness about diabetes, and money for our budding organization. We also offered a diabetes risk screening test, blood pressure screening and shared information about our new Wellness Program.

Here are some shots of the FUNdraising event. Thanks UFLOW and all the walkers that showed up to support Dance Out Diabetes.

Rosie Castillo, Shibin Tharayil and Theresa Garnero

Urban Future Leaders of the World striking a pose

Great Blue Heron at walk-a-thon


Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs)

by Theresa on April 19, 2012

Part of our mission is to improve access to care. Here is a photo of some of the volunteer CDEs who help with Dance Out Diabetes. This allows the community to ask local experts questions about how to prevent or manage diabetes FOR FREE.

Most of our CDEs give their talents without any stipends – they do so from the bottom of their pancreas. Although clearly not all are photographed here, our CDEs are the backbone of DOD.

Thank you ALL for your gifts of time and expertise.

Dance Out Diabetes volunteer CDEs


Michelle Barth

by Theresa on April 19, 2012

Since the concept of Dance Out Diabetes was born (over breakfast at First Awakenings in Pacific Grove back in 2005), Michelle Barth has been there every step of the way. True, it took years for DOD to materialize, but once it did, Michelle was ready to jump in and give it her all.

As a founding Board of Director and Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle participates in all meetings and many of the events, and organizes all volunteers for our annual dance-a-thon fundraiser (no small task). She has donated hundreds of hours to help Dance Out Diabetes become what it is today.

In 2012, she started the free monthly weight management series called Weigh Wise. She is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Health Coach and is passionate about helping people discover and maintain their wellness. Plus, she LOVES to dance.

Thanks, Michelle, for being a staple of DOD!

Michelle Barth on the dance floor

Michelle Barth on the dance floor


Come join several students who will be walking around Lake Merced in San Francisco (515 John Muir Drive) to raise awareness about diabetes and funding for Dance Out Diabetes.

You can help by pledging a donation to one of the student walkers. All proceeds go to Dance Out Diabetes programs. This is a wonderful volunteer activity to help us help others. Join in!

Contact Shibin Tharayil at 408-425-4348 for more information (see the flyer here).



Nikki Bengal

by Theresa on January 4, 2012

Nikki has been involved with Dance Out Diabetes since December 2010. She has many talents. She is a registered nurse, published, and one of our new Board of Directors. She volunteers at most our of dances, helping to check-in participants. Always ready to get an A1C or blood pressure, Nikki also helps to answer questions. She has type 1 diabetes and has been a long-standing believer in exercise. You will likely meet her when you come to one of the dances.

This photo speaks volumes. After riding her bike a couple miles to the dance studio, helping with the dance (and doing a little hula hooping on the dance floor), here Nikki had hopped back on her bike to make the couple mile bike ride home, yes, sporting her hula hoop (in a DOD color, no doubt).


Nikki Bengal, a dedicated DOD volunteer leaving a dance

Nikki Bengal, a dedicated DOD volunteer leaving a dance

Thank you Nikki for your contributions.