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College of Nursing Group PhotoAnastasia Albanese-O’Neill, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., C.D.E.

Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, M.S.N., R.N., C.D.E., serves as a consultant at the UF Diabetes Institute and conducts research on the role of technology in type 1 diabetes management. She also serves as a diabetes nurse educator in the UF Health pediatric diabetes clinic. Before returning to graduate school in 2010, Anastasia was the administrative director for the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) Project at UF, funded by JDRF. Anastasia has past experience as the highest-ranking marketing executive for Southwest Airlines in southern California, as a public relations manager in international logistics, and as a column editor at the Los AngelesTimes. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, North Florida Chapter, and is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s National Advocacy Committee, Safe at School Work Group, and Legislative Subcommittee. She has also been a member of the board of directors at leading business organizations, including the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and the Southern California Association of Governments. Anastasia plans to retire within minutes of the discovery of a cure for type 1 diabetes, but not a moment earlier.

Roberta Cook

Ms. Roberta Cook has been employed by UF Health since May of 1995 in the Department of Pediatrics, Diabetes Research as a study coordinator. She is currently the TrialNet Site Coordinator and TrialNet Study Coordinator for New Onset/Early Intervention Studies, which is her primary focus. Along with coordinating for TrialNet, Ms. Cook is the coordinator for 3 other studies at UF: the Anti CD 20 study, the CTLA 4 Study, and the GAD study. Ms. Cook received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University, is a Registered Nurse, and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 1987. With her years of experience and dedication to finding a cure, Ms. Cook is an important member of the UF Health Diabetes Research Team.

KempCynthia Ayris Kemp

Ms. Kemp began working at the UF Diabetes Institute in 2009 as a research coordinator in southwest Florida for TrialNet, Helmsley Trust diabetes research studies, and various UF Health Type 1 diabetes related studies. As research coordinator, her responsibilities include recruiting and screening research participants; coordinating participant scheduling and follow-up, and conducting screening events. Prior to becoming a part of the UF Health Diabetes Team, Ms. Kemp received her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University and worked in the management consulting field for over 10 years.